Western Connecticut football to join MASCAC for 2013 season

Nine institutions to compete in newly formed league beginning in Fall 2013

official release from the desk of Jim Seavey, Director of Media Relations - MASCAC

BUZZARDS BAY, MA (Feb. 9) —  A new era in gridiron excitement is set to begin shortly for the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, as football will become the league's newest championship sport beginning with the 2013-14 academic year.

MASCAC Commissioner Angela Baumann announced earlier today that six core conference member institutions: Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Westfield State University and Worcester State University will join with affiliate member institutions Plymouth State University, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Western Connecticut State University to form a nine-team playing league that will kick off conference competition for the 2013 season.

Eight of the nine MASCAC football playing institutions are current members of the New England Football Conference, while Western Connecticut is a current member of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. All nine schools will compete in their current respective conferences during the upcoming 2012 campaign before playing for the inaugural MASCAC title the following season.

"Tradition and competitive excellence have been hallmarks of the MASCAC for over four decades, and the addition of football as a championship sport will undoubtedly add to that tradition," Baumann said. "Our new football league will bring great excitement, enhanced visibility and most importantly, new opportunities for our student-athletes and member institutions going forward."

The MASCAC champion will receive the conference's automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Football Championships after the association's mandatory two-year waiting period expires, and all nine football playing institutions will remain eligible for at-large berths during that time.

The MASCAC becomes the sixth football playing conference for institutions competing in New England Division III play, joining the New England Football Conference, the New England Small College Athletic Conference, the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference, the Liberty League and the Empire 8. The MASCAC will now sponsor 17 championships for its member schools, a total which also includes the addition of women's lacrosse in the spring of 2013.

"I share in the great excitement and enthusiasm of our member schools, who have all enjoyed great success, tradition and camaraderie in their current football playing conferences," Baumann said. "I know we are all looking forward to establishing new traditions of success in the years to come."

Below is the proposed schedule for the Colonials when they begin play in the MASCAC in 2013 and how the Colonials have fared against its "new" league opponents. The Colonials can play up to 10 games and will attempt to fill in two dates prior to the start of the conference schedule.

The Colonials are members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference for the upcoming 2012 campaign. They have been an affiliated member of the NJAC since 2004. Prior to that, Western held memberships in the New England Football Conference and Freedom Football Conference, respectively.

Date

Opponent

All-Time Record

Last Meeting

Series Began

Sept. 21

at Plymouth State

8-21

W, 56-7, 2005

1971

Sept. 28

HOME vs. Framingham State

3-8

W, 41-0, 1985

1975

Oct. 5

at Bridgewater State

6-10

W, 45-7, 1997

1971

Oct. 12

HOME vs. Massachusetts Maritime

2-5

W, 31-17, 1985

1979

Oct. 19

HOME vs. Fitchburg State

1-0

W, 31-17, 2004

2004

Oct. 26

at Worcester State

first meeting

 

 

Nov. 2

HOME vs. UMass Dartmouth

2-2

W, 50-18, 1999

1993

Nov. 9

BYE WEEK

 

 

 

Nov. 16

HOME vs. Westfield State

5-0

W, 8-7, 2001

1982