MIDDLETOWN, Conn.—The Norwich University football team notched its fourth-straight win to open the season for the first time since 2004. Despite claiming a win in the 11th annual Battle for the Maple Sap Bucket game, the Cadets dropped into 8th spot in the weekly Grinold Chapter New England Division III Football Ranking.
The Cadets received 65 points ranking behind WPI, Western Connecticut and UMass Dartmouth as the only other teams with a perfect 4-0 record. New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival WPI was again ranked in the top spot after receiving 13 first-place votes and totaling 148 points while Western Connecticut ranked 2nd garnering 104 points including one of the other first-place votes.
Endicott (3-1) received the final first-place vote as the Gulls were ranked third with 101 points. UMass Dartmouth, previously ranked sixth, moved up into the fourth place slot this week with 85 points, while Middlebury (3-0) rounded out the top five teams in the second weekly poll with 84 points.
Western New England (4-0) slipped two spots to sixth despite continuing its undefeated run to start the year. Amherst (3-0) leapfrogged Norwich (4-0) into seventh place with a win over Tufts. Wesleyan (3-0) remained in the 9th spot followed by Massachusetts Maritime (3-0) who moved into the top 10 after being unranked in the first poll.
The Cadets best ranking came back in 2012 when they climbed to 3rd place in the New England Division III poll.
The Cadets will look to move to 5-0 on the season and match their best start since 1979 when they travel to Springfield on Saturday to take on the Pride at 12:00 p.m.