CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Salisbury University football team moved up one spot to No. 6 in the fourth Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Lambert Meadowlands football poll for Division III, announced by the organization on Tuesday.
Salisbury (7-2, 5-1 Empire 8) defeated Utica College, 63-23, on Saturday to earn the Empire 8's automatic qualification to the NCAA tournament. The Sea Gulls sit just outside the top five of Hobart College (9-0), Wesley College (8-1), Widener University (8-0), and the State University of New York at Cortland (7-1).
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 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.
Salisbury travels to play Frostburg State University in the 14th annual Regents Cup Game. Kickoff at Bobcat Stadium is 1 p.m.
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