RICHMOND, Va. (January 12, 2011) -- CAA Football extended its mark of National Championship game appearances to five-straight, but Delaware’s loss didn’t deter Top-25 voters from recognizing the league’s power as four CAA Football squads appeared among the Top 10 in the season’s final polls.  The Blue Hens also picked up a two regional honors following the National Championship game.

Delaware, despite its narrow one-point loss to Eastern Washington in the National Championship game, garnered one first-place vote and came in at No. 2 in the final Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25.  Villanova, which advanced to the semifinal round of the NCAA playoffs, logged a spot at No. 3.  New Hampshire, a squad which has advanced to the postseason a national-best seven-straight seasons, was ranked seventh, while William and Mary fell six spots to No. 10 following its second-round playoff loss to Georgia Southern.  Richmond (133), James Madison (92), Massachusetts (77) and Rhode Island (3) also earned votes in the polling process, but fell outside the Top 25.  Old Dominion, a CAA Football newcomer in 2011, finished 2010 with an 8-3 mark and logged 20 votes in the final poll.

The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Notes...
-- Three CAA Football squads held the No. 1 spot in the The Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 this season - Delaware, Villanova and William and Mary.

-- CAA Football finished the 2010 season with four teams in the Top 10 - sixth time this season.  The league had as many as five of the Top 10 from Sept. 20-Oct. 11 (four weeks).

-- If you’re counting teams that receive recognition by way of votes in the poll, eight of CAA Football’s 10 were honored in this season’s final poll - four in the Top 10 and four outside of the poll, but receiving votes.

-- The league has had at least three teams ranked every week since The Sports Network’s poll began and two teams among the poll’s Top 10 in 83-straight weeks.

Following the National Championship loss, Delaware came in at No. 2 in the final FCS Coaches Poll.  Villanova moved eight spots to No. 3 following its run to the semifinal round.  New Hampshire jumped to No. 7 after logging a win in the playoffs over Bethune-Cookman, while William and Mary fell four places to No. 8 following its loss in the second round to Georgia Southern.  Richmond (19), Massachusetts (13) and James Madison (2) also earned votes in the final Coaches Poll of the season.

FCS Coaches Top 25 Notes...
-- Two CAA Football teams held the No. 1 spot in the Coaches poll this season - Delaware and Villanova.

-- Four CAA Football squads appear in this week’s Top 10 - sixth time this season.  The conference had as many as six among the Top 10 earlier this season (Sept. 20).

-- CAA Football has had at least four squads ranked every week in the FCS Coaches poll since it debuted in 2007.

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Below is a comparison showing the final regular season National Polls released following the National Championship Game.

Sports Network/Fathead.com Top 25 Ranking FCS Coaches Top 25
Eastern Washington (121) No. 1 Eastern Washington (25)
Delaware (1) No. 2 Delaware
Villanova No. 3 Villanova
Appalachian State No. 4 Appalachian State
Georgia Southern No. 5 Wofford
Wofford No. 6 Georgia Southern
New Hampshire No. 7 New Hampshire
Stephen F. Austin No. 8 William and Mary
North Dakota State No. 9 North Dakota State
William and Mary No. 10 Stephen F. Austin
Montana State No. 11 Montana State
Jacksonville State No. 12 Jacksonville State
Southeast Missouri State No. 13 Southeast Missouri State
Lehigh No. 14 Lehigh
Bethune-Cookman No. 15 Bethune-Cookman
South Carolina State No. 16 Penn
Western Illinois No. 17 South Carolina State
Penn No. 18 Northern Iowa
Northern Iowa No. 19 Liberty
Montana No. 20 Western Illinois
Liberty No. 21 Montana
Jacksonville No. 22 Jacksonville
Grambling State No. 23 Cal Poly
Cal Poly No. 24 Grambling State
Dayton No. 25 Dayton

The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced the final ECAC Lambert Meadowlands Football Poll presented by FieldTurf, along with the 2010 winners for all divisions.  The University of Delaware (12-3) claimed the Football Championship Subdivision crown after a stellar season in which the nationally-ranked Blue Hens were narrowly defeated in the National Championship game by Eastern Washington.

Delaware, an ECAC member institutions, will be crowned as both a Lambert Meadowlands Team of the Year as well as an Eastern College Athletic Conference Team of the Year.  The Blue Hens, and head coach K.C. Keeler, will be presented the Lambert Meadowlands Awards during the Eastern College Football Awards Banquet at the New Meadowlands Stadium in February.

Established in 1936 as the Lambert Trophy to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, the award has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in the Bowl Subdivision. In 1957, the Lambert Cup was created to recognize non-Division I-A teams, and in 1966 a Division III award was added. In 1983, the Lambert family decided the Meadowlands Sports Complex would be the best organization with a sincere and involved interest in college athletics to sponsor and manage the award, and since that time, the awards have been known as the Lambert Meadowlands Awards.

To be eligible for the Lambert Meadowlands Award, a school must be located in the East or play at least half of its schedule against eligible Lambert teams. The territory includes New York, New Jersey, New England and Pennsylvania, while teams in the bordering states of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia and the District of Columbia qualify if at least half of their schedule features eligible teams. Teams in Eastern-based football conferences, regardless of location, qualify if at least half their schedule is against Lambert eligible teams.

Below is the ECAC Lambert Cup Football Championship Subdivision Poll released Jan. 10.

Rank Team Record Points
No. 1 Delaware 12-3 180
No. 2 Villanova 9-5 162
No. 3 William and Mary 8-4 130
No. 4 New Hampshire 8-5 128
No. 5 Penn 9-1 106
No. 6 Lehigh 10-3 98
No. 7 James Madison 6-5 40
No. 8 Richmond 6-5 38
No. 9 Harvard 7-3 32
No. 10 Robert Morris 8-3 30