Football: Aggies to Host Kean for ECAC South Atlantic Bowl Championship
Nov 17, 2008
The Delaware Valley College football team has been selected to host Kean University in the 2008 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Atlantic Bowl Championship on Saturday, November 22. Kickoff on Robert A. Lipinski Field at James Work Memorial Stadium is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
It marks the fifth time in the last six years that the Aggies have reached the postseason. They began the run in 2003 by going 9-2 and capturing the ECAC Southeast Bowl with a 54-37 home victory over The College of New Jersey. They then followed with back-to-back Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) championships and NCAA quarterfinal appearances in 2004 and 2005, finishing with a 12-1 record each time. In 2006, Delaware Valley was selected for the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl and it dropped a 15-9 home contest to Salisbury University to end the year with an 8-3 mark.
Third-year head coach Jim Clements and the Aggies finished the 2008 regular season with a 7-3 overall record (7-2 versus Division III teams) and a 5-2 mark in the MAC. They captured a share of the conference title with Albright College and Lycoming College, but Lycoming received the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division III playoffs because of victories over both Delaware Valley and Albright.
Two of the Aggies' wins this year have come against nationally-ranked teams as they upended No. 3 Wesley College (25-22) and No. 6 Salisbury (41-27). They will enter the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl on a three-game winning streak, including a 34-9 thrashing of Albright in the regular-season finale.
Kean, under third-year head coach Dan Garrett, ended the regular season with a 21-17 triumph over 18th-ranked Montclair State University to improve its record to 7-3 overall and 6-3 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference. The Cougars took home the ECAC Southeast Bowl title in 2006 with a 37-0 blanking of King's College.
Ironically, Delaware Valley and Kean have recently agreed to meet in a non-conference, regular-season game next year. That contest is scheduled for week two in Union, New Jersey.
The Delaware Valley-Kean battle is one of four ECAC Bowl games that will take place in the South Region on Saturday. Johns Hopkins University (8-2) will host Catholic University (8-2) in the ECAC Southeast Bowl while Moravian College (8-2) will host Salisbury (8-2) in the ECAC Southwest Bowl. The new ECAC South Central Bowl will see Montclair State (8-2) host Albright (7-3).
Ticket prices for the ECAC South Atlantic Bowl are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens. The ticket booth at James Work Memorial Stadium will open at 10:00 a.m.
Athletic information provided courtesy of Matthew Levy, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director. To learn more about Aggies Football and other Delaware Valley College sports, please feel free to visit the Athletics website at athletics.delval.edu.