CENTERVILLE, Mass. - Wesley College has been selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Lambert Meadowlands Football Trophy recipient for Division III, the conference announced Monday night. This is the fourth time and the third straight year that Wesley has received the honor.
"It is a great honor to be selected as the Lambert Meadowlands Trophy recipient," said Head Coach and Athletic Director Mike Drass. We've been privileged to have won this three times previously and it is a great honor to be associated with some of the great college football teams on the East Coast."
The Wolverines, who finished the 2011 season 12-2, claimed Division III top honors after advancing to their fifth NCAA Semifinal in the last seven years.
Other recipients of the award this year were Discover Orange Bowl Champion West Virginia University (FBS), Lehigh (FCS) and New Haven (Division II).
Established in 1936 as the Lambert Meadowlands 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.