BEVERLY, Mass. — The Endicott football team has been selected as one of six teams to play in the third annual New England Bowl Series, as announced earlier this morning. Endicott will host the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy on Saturday, November 17 at 12 PM. The other two matchups in the New England Bowl Series will include Maritime (N.Y.) at Springfield (1 PM) and Salve Regina at Bridgewater State (12 PM).
All six competing teams and each host institution were selected by the commissioners of the four NCAA Division III conferences that have joined forces to present the New England Bowl Series: Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC), the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
One year after expanding the New England Bowl series to include a second game, the four commissioners made the decision to add a third game in order to reward numerous seven-win teams that distinguished themselves in their respective conferences this fall. While the additional bowl game will allow student-athletes from six teams, rather than limiting it four, to enjoy an outstanding postseason experience in 2018, there is no commitment by the participating conferences to continue offering the third bowl game in future years at this time.
Tickets for all three games in the New England Bowl Series may be purchased on the day of the game. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Children under the age of six will be admitted free.
PLEASE NOTE: Only cash will be accepted at the ticket area for Saturday's game at Endicott. An ATM is available on campus at Public Safety.
ENDICOTT VS. MERCHANT MARINE MATCHUP
Records: Endicott (7-3 overall, 4-2 home) | Merchant Marine (7-2 overall, 4-1 road)
Last Postseason Appearance: Endicott (2013, NCAA First Round, L, 24-0 vs. Rowan) | Merchant Marine (2017, ECAC Clayton Bowl, W, 35-20 vs. Buffalo St.)
Conferences: Endicott (Commonwealth Coast Football, CCC Football) | Merchant Marine (New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference, NEWMAC)
Key Stats: Endicott ranks second in its conference in points per game at 36.9 | Merchant Marine is first in the NEWMAC in points per game at 28.2
NEW ENGLAND BOWL SERIES HISTORY
2016: Framingham State 37, Salve Regina 34
2017: Framingham State 48, Curry 14 | WPI 17, Maritime (N.Y.) 3
(Photo Credit - Nick Grace)