November 11, 2010

NJAC to take up MAC's challenge

MAC-NJAC challenge The Middle Atlantic Conference and the New Jersey Athletic Conference have announced that 16 member institutions from the two leagues will participate in a football scheduling alliance billed as the MAC-NJAC Challenge in 2012 and 2013.

The partnership between the two conferences will feature a series of 16 head-to-head match-ups over the course of two seasons, with eight games taking place in 2012, and the other eight contests occurring in 2013. For the MAC, it replaces the MAC-PAC Challenge, from 2010-11.

The complete schedule for the MAC-NJAC Challenge is as follows:

2012 2013
Saturday, September 1
Brockport State at Lycoming
Wilkes at Morrisville State
King’s at William Paterson
Lebanon Valley at Montclair State
Delaware Valley at Rowan
Albright at Kean
Western Connecticut at Widener
Saturday, September 7
Lycoming at Brockport State
Morrisville State at Wilkes
William Paterson at King’s
Montclair State at Lebanon Valley
Rowan at Delaware Valley
Kean at Albright
Widener at Western Connecticut
Saturday, September 8
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
September 14
FDU-Florham at TCNJ

Stevenson, a football-only member of the MAC starting the sport in 2011, is not participating. Buffalo State, a current member of the NJAC, is leaving to join the Empire 8.

The matchups in the Challenge were established on a geographical basis, with an emphasis on reducing travel while ensuring that games qualify as in-region competition for NCAA regional ranking purposes. The same teams will face each other in back-to-back seasons, ensuring that all 16 participating institutions will host one game during the two-year Challenge.

“This is a unique opportunity for the members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and something that I know all of our participating institutions are excited about,” said Terry Small, Commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. “Our members have a tremendous amount of respect for the MAC institutions and their football programs, and there already are a number of great rivalries that have developed between schools in both leagues. This is a great opportunity for our programs to test themselves against outstanding in-region competition in a cost-effective manner.”

Members of the two conferences have met 35 times since the start of the 2002 season, with the NJAC holding a 19-16 edge in those head-to-head matchups. The two leagues also have a history of competing against each other in postseason play, with 10 head-to-head matchups since 2003. The NJAC holds a 6-4 edge in those postseason contests, with the MAC institutions posting a 4-2 record in ECAC Bowl Games, and the NJAC institutions holding a 4-0 advantage in NCAA Tournament play.

“Over the years, the MAC and the NJAC, two of the top Division III conferences, have played each other in a very competitive atmosphere in most sports,” said MAC Executive Director Ken Andrews. “Football has been no exception, as many important games have come down to the wire. This Challenge builds on that history and offers our programs, particularly for the student-athletes, a unique opportunity within the Division. We thank NJAC Commissioner Terry Small for working through the details with his membership in order to make this idea a reality.”

Every contest in the Challenge will take place on the opening weekend of each season with the exception of the games between The College of New Jersey and FDU-Florham, as both institutions have elected to continue their traditional match-up on the second week of each year.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
Kean at Christopher Newport
TBA
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
TBA
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
TBA
Marietta at Denison
TBA
McDaniel at Catholic
TBA
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
TBA
Sewanee at Kenyon
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hanover at Centre
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
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