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Western New England Picked to Repeat as NEFC Boyd and League Champions

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CENTERVILLE, Mass. – For the first time in program history, Western New England University is predicted to repeat New England Football Conference division and league championships in 2012 after a vote of the NEFC's 16 head coaches, it was announced on Thursday.

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Western New England, which went 10-2 overall (7-0 NEFC) and qualified for the NCAA Division III playoffs for the first time ever last season, totaled 58 points to edge Endicott and Salve Regina with 54 points apiece for the Boyd Division title and received four first-place votes to capture the conference championship in the annual preseason poll.

"The results of this poll illustrates just how competitive this conference is," said WNE football coach Keith Emery, who has led the Golden Bears to a 19-4 mark the last two of his eight seasons at the helm. "It should make for an interesting and exciting season in 2012."

The Golden Bears, who report to preseason camp on Saturday, are expected to return 66 players from the 2011 record-setting squad (10 wins, 7 NEFC victories against no losses, first-ever conference and division crowns) and welcome over 75 newcomers.

This season marks the final year of the current conference alignment as current members of the multi-sport Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference – Bridgewater State University, Fitchburg State University, Framingham State University, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Westfield State University, and Worcester State University, plus Plymouth State University and University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth – will compete in a newly formed MASCAC football league. The remaining members will continue under the same conference moniker and retain the NEFC's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championship.

In the Bogan Division, Framingham and Bridgewater tied for the top spot with 58 points each. Other schools vying for NEFC supremacy include Salve Regina and Framingham, both receiving four votes,   Bridgewater (3) and Worcester (1).

According to the NEFC, the balloting for the divisions was based on a point system with eight points awarded for a first-place pick descending to one point for an eighth-place selection.  Each coach ranked teams only in his own division (including his own), and each coach was asked to pick the eventual conference champion.

Division play begins the weekend of Sept. 21, with the final NEFC Championship game to be played on Nov. 10 at the site of the Bogan Division winner. WNE opens the season Sept.1 on the road at Norwich.

BOGAN DIVISION                                                      BOYD DIVISION
1. Framingham, 58 points                                       Western New England, 58 points
2. Bridgewater, 58                                                     Endicott, 54
3. Westfield, 41                                                          Salve Regina, 54
4. Worcester, 38                                                        UMass Dartmouth, 34
5. Massachusetts Maritime, 32                              Curry, 30
6. Maine Maritime, 28                                               MIT, 24
7. Coast Guard, 21                                                   Plymouth, 21
8. Fitchburg, 12                                                         Nichols, 11
 
2011 Standings: http://newenglandfootballconference.com/seasons/2011/standings-div

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
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Wesley at Brockport
12:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Mount Union
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12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Washington and Jefferson
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12:00 PM
Husson at Delaware Valley
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1:00 PM
Berry at St. Thomas
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1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
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Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
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Trine at Wartburg
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
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at Alfred 29, Stevenson 16
@ University of Delaware
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