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Springfield Football Ranked #1 in New England Division III's First Weekly Poll

Springfield Football Ranked #1 in New England Division III's First Weekly Poll   Springfield, Mass. -- September 21, 2009 -- Under the direction of Head Coach Mike DeLong, the Springfield College football progam (2-0) has been ranked #1 in New England Division III's first weekly poll released earlier today. The Pride has been listed ahead of WPI, Trinity, and Maine Maritime.

Springfield received a total of 167 points and five out of 18 first-place votes. Ranked second was WPI with its 3-0 record and 161 points. The Engineers led with a total of nine first-place votes.

Up third was Trinity, which has yet to play, but which finished first at 8-0 in last year's season-ending poll. The Bantams had 132 points and the remaining four first-place votes in this year's first poll.

In fourth was Maine Maritime (2-0) with 106 points, followed by Plymouth State (2-1) with 102, Williams (0-0) with 87, Amherst (0-0) with 45, Husson (1-1) with 38, Bridgewater State (2-1) with 28, and, rounding out the Top 10, Westfield State (2-1) with 27 points.

Amongst others receiving votes were Middlebury (24), Endicott (22), Curry (19), and Fitchburg State and Framingham State (13 each),

Averaging 56.0 points in two games, Springfield has beaten Fitchburg State (55-7) at home, and King's of Wilkes-Barre, Pa., 57-30, on the road. This Saturday at 1 pm, the Pride travels to play at Alfred, also unbeaten at 3-0, in their Empire 8 conference opener. Last season, Alfred defeated the Pride at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field, 17-14.

Springfield is averaging 447.5 rushing yards per game. That ranked second nationally in that category entering last Saturday. Overall, SC was averaging 560.0 yards per game of total offense, while giving up 204.5 ypg.

Sophomore QB Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.) was rushing at 138.0 yards per game with four TD's. He had also thrown for 176 more yards (88.0 pg) and had thrown for four more TD's. Senior FB Baldwin Cunningham (Manchester, Conn.) had rushed for 106.5 yards per game and two more TD's.

On defense, junior DE Chris Kulcsar (Haworth, N.J.) was SC's leading tackler with 13 after two games (nine unassisted). Freshman ILB Matt Pieterse (Springfield, Mass.) was second on the team with 12 tackles, while senior DE John Ward (Stoughton, Mass.) was third with 10 total tackles.

2009 New England Division III Football Poll (Week #1) -- Sept. 21
1) Springfield (2-0) (5 first-place votes)) -- 167 points
2) WPI (3-0) (9) -- 161
3) Trinity (0-0) (4) -- 132
4) Maine Maritime (2-0) -- 106
5) Plymouth State (2-1) -- 102
6) Williams (0-0) -- 87
7) Amherst (0-0) -- 45
8) Husson (1-1) -- 38
9) Bridgewater State (2-1) -- 28
10) Westfield State (2-1) -- 27

Others Receiving Votes: Middlebury (24), Endicott (22), Curry (19), Fitchburg State (13), Framingham State (13).

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