The game is being tabbed the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl.
It will mark the fifth time that Springfield College will play in and host an ECAC Championship Bowl game. SC is previously 4-0 in ECAC post-season games. The Pride defeated Cortland (49-26) in 1995; defeated Fitchburg State (53-7) in 2004; defeated Plymouth State (42-13) in 2009; and defeated Mount Ida (26-17) in 2010.
Springfield will enter the game with a 7-3 overall record. It just finished 5-2 (third place) in its first season in the Liberty League with a convincing 62-23 victory at WPI last Saturday. SC has won its last four straight. Alfred, meanwhile, will enter with a 6-3 overall mark, 5-2 in the Empire 8. The Saxons finished in second place in their conference, and have won two straight overall.
Alfred, indeed, is a familiar foe. These two teams have faced each other in each of the past eight seasons when Springfield was an affiliate member of the Empire 8. The Saxons have had the better of it overall with a 6-2 record against the Pride since 2004. Both of Springfield's wins against the Saxons came on Stagg Field -- in 2004 by a score of 38-20, and in 2006 by a score of 41-34.
Of note is the fact that Alfred Head Coach Dave Murray is a Springfield College graduate, class of 1981.
This year, Alfred and SC have faced two common opponents, RPI and St. Lawrence. Alfred lost at RPI in its opener Sept. 8, while SC defeated the Engineers, 42-21, at home on Nov. 3. Alfred defeated St. Lawrence, 28-7, on the road Sept. 15, while SC defeated St. Lawrence, 33-20, also on the road on October 20.
Murray just won his 100th game at Alfred this past weekend -- a 30-13 victory at Hartwick.
Springfield Head Coach Mike DeLong remains the winningest active Division III head coach in New England with 184 wins (in 31 years total). That places him fifth nationally in the same category. Now in his 29th year at Springfield College, DeLong's record at SC alone is 172-119-2, good for a .590 winning percentage.
Entering the game Saturday, Springfield College is rated second nationally in Division III in rushing offense with 338.90 yards per game on the ground. It is coming off a game in which it rushed for 503 yards on the ground. At the same time, SC is ranked #1 nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 200.68, mainly behind the arm of freshman QB Jonathan Marrero (Boston, Mass.).
The six ECAC games to be played Saturday, Nov. 17 are as follows:
Northeast -- Alfred at Springfield;
Northwest -- Castleton State at St. John Fisher;
North Atlantic -- Norwich at Endicott;
Southeast -- Albright at Franklin & Marshall;
Southwest -- Carnegie-Mellon at Waynsburg;
South Atlantic -- Muhlenberg at Delaware Valley.