NEW LONDON, Conn. – Coast Guard off to its best start since 2007 is ranked ninth in the first Grinold Chapter New England Division III football weekly rankings of the 2017 season.
The Bears are 3-1 overall and 1-0 in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Coast Guard will host Catholic on Saturday in the first ever NEWMAC home game as part of Parents' Weekend with kickoff set for 1:30.
The Bears have been led by their defense this season. The Coast Guard defense, which has not allowed a touchdown in nine straight quarters, has allowed just 44 points this season. It is the least amount of points allowed through the first four games for the Bears in 43 years. The 1974 team allowed 43 points in its first four games.
The Bears have the top defense in the NEWMAC allowing just 11points per game, which is tied for 16th nationally in Division III. Coast Guard is allowing just 254 yards per game which is also best in the NEWMAC and ranks the Bears 26th nationally. The Bears also have the top rushing defense in the NEWMAC allowing just 105.5 yards per game.
Springfield received nine first place votes to top second place Framingham State (which received five first place votes) in this week's rankings, while Trinity, Western Connecticut and Salve Regina round out the top five. Amherst, which received the other first place vote this week, checks in at the sixth spot in the poll, while Middlebury, Curry, Coast Guard and Williams round out the inaugural rankings for the 2017 campaign.
The New England Division III Football Poll is presented by the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, which also serves as the title sponsor of the weekly Gold Helmet Awards presented by the New England Football Writers Association throughout the season.
A 15-member panel representing all five New England Division III playing conferences will serve as voters in this year's poll, and rankings will be released each Monday afternoon through November 13th.
Members of this year's voting panel are Skip Bandini (Curry), Jeremy Cameron (Massachusetts Maritime), Jeff Devanney (Trinity), Kevin DeWall (Endicott), Bill George (Coast Guard), Kevin Gilmartin (Salve Regina), Mark Harriman (Bates), Mike Landers (Mount Ida), Chad Martinovich (MIT), Dan Mulrooney (Anna Maria), Gabby Price (Husson), Chris Robertson (WPI), Mark Robichaud (UMass Dartmouth), Bob Ritter (Middlebury) and Joe Verria (Bridgewater State).
Rank School (FPV) Record Points
1 Springfield (9) 4-0 144
2 Framingham State (5) 4-0 134
3 Trinity 2-0 114
4 Western Connecticut 3-0 88
5 Salve Regina 3-1 63
6 Amherst (1) 2-0 49
7 Middlebury 2-0 41
8 Curry 3-1 40
9 Coast Guard 3-1 30
10 Williams 2-0 28
Also Receiving Votes: Husson (24), WPI (22), Plymouth State (17), MIT (16), Worcester State (15)