CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) has released the fourth Lambert Meadowlands football poll of the 2013 season on Monday and Gallaudet University is in a three-way tie for eighth with Rowan University (6-2) and Alfred University (6-2) out of 10 available positions in the poll. This is the second consecutive time this season Gallaudet has been named in the Lambert Meadowlands poll.
Gallaudet (8-0) remains undefeated after a miracle win, 40-34, over Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) foe Becker College last Saturday. With the game tied, Becker lined up for a field goal with only two seconds left on the clock. Gallaudet took home the victory after it blocked the field goal attempt and returned it 79 yards for the game-winning touchdown with no time remaining in the game. Gallaudet will host conference rival Anna Maria College (2-6, 1-4 ECFC) in its final home game of the season where the Bison (5-0 ECFC) hope to remain perfect.
Hobart College (7-0) holds the first-place position with a unanimous vote after defeating Union College, 41-20. Johns Hopkins University (8-0) takes the No. 2 spot and remains unbeaten after a 24-28 win over Ursinus College. They are trailed by Lebanon Valley College (7-1) who pulled out a 34-31 win in overtime against Delaware Valley College. Ithaca College (7-1) and Thomas More College (7-1) are fourth and fifth, respectively. Wesleyan University (7-0) is No. 6 while Framingham State University holds the No. 7 position. Gallaudet, Rowan and Alfred are tied for eight, rounding out the top 10.
Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Bowl Subdivision. In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.
To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if at least half of their schedule features eligible teams.
The Bison continue to receive votes in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III coaches poll. GU received 18 votes this week and is on the cusp of making the Top 25. The Bison are the fourth team listed outside the Top 25 receiving votes.
ECAC Lambert Meadowlands - Division III Football Poll (Week 4)
|2. Johns Hopkins||8-0|
|3. Lebanon Valley||7-1|
|5. Thomas More||7-1|
|7. Framingham St.||7-1|