BANGOR, Maine - The last moment of the 2017-18 Husson athletic season is the football team winning their first NCAA playoff game in program history with a 23-21 upset of previous undefeated and nationally ranked Springfield College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Stagg Field on the campus of Springfield College.
After the senior day victory over Mount Ida College, the Eagles then went on to make program history with its 23-21 victory over #19/#20 Springfield College Pride in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 18th, marking the program's first win in three appearances and the it's first ever win over a ranked opponent. The Eagles however bowed out of the NCAA Tournament with a 37-15 loss to #5/#7 Delaware Valley (DelVal) University Aggies in the second round on November 25th. With the loss to DelVal, the Eagles finished their 15th year anniversary season with double-digited wins for the first time in program history with a 10-2 overall mark.
Following the historic campaign, and for the first time in program history, Husson University was ranked in the final edition of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Coaches Poll and the D3Football.com Poll. The Eagles, who entered the AFCA Poll at No. 31 in the final regular season edition on November 13, climbed ten spots to No. 21 and was unranked in the final D3Football.com regular season edition, jumped up to a tie for No. 25 with Franklin. The final AFCA rankings represents the highest in program history and marked the first time that a team from the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference is ranked in the top 25 in both polls. The team was also ranked No. 3 in New England in the final edition of the Grinold Chapter Division III Poll, the highest ranking in program history.
The two-time defending ECFC Champions will kick off their 16th season on the road at Union (N.Y.) on September 1st. Kickoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.