CENTERVILLE, Mass.– The Salisbury University football team finished the regular season No. 5 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Lambert Meadowlands football poll for Division III, announced by the organization on Monday.
Salisbury defeated Frostburg State University, 48-2, in the 14th annual Regents Cup Game Saturday to win the Empire 8 Athletic Conference outright for the second straight season.
The Sea Gulls trail Hobart College (10-0), Widener (9-0), the State University at Cortland (8-1) and Wesley College (8-1) in the poll.
SU's opponent in the first round of the NCAA tournament, Rowan University (7-2), is No. 8 in the voting.
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.
The victory against Frostburg State was Head Coach Sherman Wood's 100th in his 14 years at his alma mater. He will be honored for the accomplishment at halftime of Thursday's men's basketball game against Washington College, which is slated for 7:30 p.m.
The Sea Gulls and Profs – a recipient of an at-large bid to the field out of the New Jersey Athletic Conference – will square off Saturday at noon at Sea Gull Stadium.
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