Springfield was ranked No. 1 in this coaches poll in week #1 of the poll. But SC suffered its only loss of the season at Alfred the very next Saturday, and was relegated to No. 2. The Pride has not lost since, and has maintained its No. 2 ranking.
A pair of unbeaten NESCAC schools -- Trinity and Amherst -- surrounds SC. Curry, which had been ranked sixth in this poll a week ago, defeated Plymouth State, then ranked third, last Saturday. Thus, Curry is now fourth, Williams(4-1) fifth, Maine Maritime (6-1) sixth, and Plymouth State (6-2) has dropped to seventh. The remainder of the top 10 is as follows: Westfield State (5-3) is eighth, Bridgewater State (5-3) is ninth, and Norwich (5-3) moves into the top 10 in the final spot.
Springfield has been on a roll, winning its last four contests. Last Saturday, Springfield broke a 7-all tie at the half to defeat Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., 35-7. That gave SC an overall record of 6-1, and an Empire 8 Conference record of 2-1. For his efforts against the Hawks (9 tackles, 2 tackles-for-loss, 1 sack), senior ILB Ken Goodwin (Foxboro, Mass.) was named the Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week.
SC has played five of its first seven games, and all three of its Empire 8 games, on the road. But the Pride will have the luxury of playing its final two regular-season games on Amos Alonzo Stagg Field, beginning this Saturday (Oct. 31) at 2 pm versus always-powerful Ithaca (5-2, 2-1 Empire 8). SC will then host St. John Fisher (4-3, 2-1 Empire 8) on Nov. 7 at 1:30 pm.
Head Coach Mike DeLong recorded his 160th overall victory in the win at Hartwick. In his 28th year of coaching, DeLong now owns an overall mark of 160-115-2 (.582). His record at Springfield, where he is now in his 26th year, is 148-109-2 (.576). DeLong remains the winningest active coach in New England Division III circles.
2009 New England Division III Football Coaches Poll
1) Trinity (5-0) -- 11 first-place votes -- 144 points
2) Springfield (6-1) -- 4 first-place votes -- 136 points
3) Amherst (5-0) -- 116 points
4) Curry (6-2) -- 98 points
5) Williams (4-1) -- 94 points
6) Maine Maritime (6-1) -- 77 points
7) Plymouth State (6-2) -- 70 points
8) Westfield State (5-3) -- 44 points
9) Bridgewater State (5-3) -- 20 points
10) Norwich (5-3) -- 14 points