Oct. 13, 2009
Center Valley, Pa. - Colgate, Holy Cross and Lafayette all earned positions in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Lambert Meadowlands Football Championship Subdivision top 10 poll, released on Monday. Colgate claimed the No. 5 spot, while Holy Cross came in at No. 7 and Lafayette was tied for No. 10 in the first ECAC rankings of the 2009 season.
The Raiders (6-0) are one of five remaining undefeated teams in the FCS. Colgate also received the No. 17 ranking in The Sports Network top 25 and No. 18 spot in the FCS Coaches poll on Monday. Holy Cross, which suffered its first loss of the season on Saturday at Brown, has a 4-1 record and is ranked No. 25 by TSN and No. 24 in the FCS Coaches poll. Lafayette has won three straight games to improve to 4-1 on the season and is also receiving votes in both national polls. The Leopards are tied for the No. 10 spot in the ECAC poll with their Saturday opponent, Harvard.
The ECAC will release the weekly poll in each of the four divisions (Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), Division II and Division 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 at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
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. Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.
Patriot League Football teams are back in action on Saturday, with No. 17/18 Colgate trying to move to 2-0 in the League and 7-0 overall when it visits Georgetown and No. 25/24 Holy Cross, Lafayette, Fordham and Lehigh all playing a non-League opponent.
ECAC® Lambert Meadowlands Championship Subdivision Football Poll
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2. New Hampshire
4. William & Mary
7. Holy Cross
9. James Madison