DANBURY, Conn. (pacathletics.org)–On Monday, Grove City College and Westminster College were both selected to host Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III bowl games this Saturday.
The eight teams selected by the ECAC Division III Football Committee to participate this season were Ithaca College (8-2), Salisbury University (8-2), Grove City (7-3), Westminster (7-2), Alfred University (6-4), Morrisville State College (6-4), Utica College (6-4) and Wesley College (6-4).
All four of this year’s ECAC Division III bowl games will take place Saturday at campus sites. Kickoff for all four matchups is slated for 1 p.m. (EST).
Grove City will host Morrisville State Saturday at Robert E. Thorn Field in the James Lynah Bowl.
Grove City enters Saturday’s bowl game on a six-game win streak. Last Saturday, Grove City concluded the regular season with a 42-15 Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) win over Thiel College in the 35th Mercer County Cup game. The Wolverines’ 7-3 overall record is the program’s best since the 1997 team went 9-1 and hosted the ECAC Southwest Bowl. Saturday will mark Grove City’s first postseason appearance in 21 seasons.
Morrisville State enters Saturday’s bowl game having won four of its last five games. The Mustangs closed the regular season last Saturday with a 49-7 home loss to third-ranked Brockport State in Empire 8 action. Morrisville State opened the season 2-3 before earning wins over Utica, St. John Fisher College, Buffalo State and Hartwick College in conference play. Morrisville State is also making its second-ever ECAC bowl appearance. The Mustangs won the 2014 ECAC North Central Bowl.
Westminster will host Wesley Saturday at Memorial Field in the Clayton Chapman Bowl.
Westminster earned victories in the ECAC’s James Lynah Bowl games in back-to-back years. The Titans defeated St. John Fisher 42-21 in 2015 and Utica 33-6 in 2016. Saturday’s meeting will be the first between the Wesley and Westminster. The Wolverines finished their season 6-4 overall and 5-4 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).
Saturday will be the first time Westminster has hosted a postseason game since 1994, when the Titans played Lambuth University (Tenn.) in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II national championship semifinals. Westminster won, 46-6, and went on to claim its sixth national title with a 27-7 victory over Pacific Lutheran University (Wash.).