CAPE COD, Mass. - The Wesley College football team regained the top spot in the FieldTurf Tarkett Lambert Meadowlands Division III rankings.
The Wolverines were the top ranked team earlier, but had dropped to No. 3 before defeating Salibury 23-14. The Sea Gulls had been the top team in the rankings, but dropped to fifth with the loss.
Wesley leapfrogged Thomas More, who has been ranked second each of the past two weeks.
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.
Division III, Record, Points, Prev.
1. Wesley, 7-1, 240, 3
2. Thomas More, 8-0, 228, 2
3. Delaware Valley, 8-0, 212, 4
4. Johns Hopkins, 8-0, 188, 5
5. Salisbury, 7-1, 172, 1
6. Kean, 7-1, 128, 6
7. Hobart, 6-0, 120, 7
8. Montclair St., 7-1, 84, 8
9. Trinity, Conn., 6-0, 40, NR
(tie) Widener, 8-1, 40, NR
Also Receiving Votes: Amherst, St. John Fisher, Lycoming, SUNY - Cortland, SUNY - Maritime