Oct. 14, 2008
FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 14, 2008) - The Sacred Heart Pioneers are ranked 10th in this season's first ECAC Lambert Meadowlands weekly football poll presented by FieldTurf announced Monday afternoon. The Pioneers are off to a 6-0 start to the season and are coming off a 41-24 win at Saint Francis-PA last week as they prepare to face the defending Northeast Conference champion Albany Great Danes on Saturday.
The Pioneers share the #10 ranking with the Yale University Bulldogs, who are 3-1 on the year. James Madison (6-1) holds the top-spot in addition to their #1 ranking in both the FCS Coaches Poll and Sports Network Media Poll.
SHU is 6-0 for the first time since the 2001 season and with last Saturday's win have gureenteed the program a winning season for the first time since the 2004 campaing, head coach Paul Gorham's first on the sidelines. After a 4-0 run through the non-conference portion of the schedule to start the year, the Pioneers have won two-straight in NEC play beating Robert Morris, 31-28, and Saint Francis (PA), 41-24, the last two weeks. Sacred Heart is atop the NEC standings along with Albany (2-0) and Monmouth (3-0) heading into this weekend's match-up with Great Danes.
ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Championship Subdivision (I-AA)Football Poll presented by FieldTurf Tarkett
1. James Madison 6-1 2. Villanova 4-1 3. Massachusetts 4-2 3. New Hampshire 4-1 5. Richmond 4-3 6. Harvard 3-1 7. William & Mary 3-2 8. Lafayette 4-1 9. Colgate 4-2 10. Yale 3-1 10. Sacred Heart 6-0
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) will release the weekly poll in each of the four divisions (Bowl Subdivision (I-A), Championship Subdivision (I-AA), II and III) and the final poll in January will determine the trophy winners. The first place teams in the final poll will be presented with their Lambert Meadowlands Awards during the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet, held in the Pegasus Restaurant at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
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 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 half of their schedule features eligible teams.