Quarterback Niel Loebig
Nov. 6, 2002
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Duquesne's football team, with last Saturday's 59-10 win over Iona, has stretched their lead to two full games for their fourth straight Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League title and a return berth to the ECAC Football Classic.
The postseason contest, resurrected in 2001 by the Eastern College Athletic Conference, matches the regular-season football champions from the Northeast Conference and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Last year, the game was held at Duquesne, the MAAC champion site. The 2002 game will be hosted by the NEC representative. The site will rotate annually between the two conferences.
- MAAC: Duquesne's win over Iona put the Dukes in position
to clinch the MAAC title this Saturday.
Fairfield currently sits in second place, a half a game ahead of
Iona and Saint Peter's. The Dukes can clinch their unprecedented fourth consecutive MAAC title with a win at Canisius or a Fairfield loss against visiting St. John's.
The Dukes, who have won 22 consecutive league contests, will be facing Canisius in what has turned out to be the Griffs' final home football game. Canisius officials announced last week that the school would be eliminating a number of varsity programs, including football, effective next season.
Duquesne and Fairfield will then match up on the final Saturday of MAAC competition when the Stags travel to Pittsburgh for a 12:30 p.m. match at Rooney Field.
- NEC: Two teams are vying for the ECAC Classic berth -
Albany and Stony Brook. Wagner, which was tied for first last week, was knocked out of contention by Saturday's 10-7 overtime loss to Sacred Heart.
Albany, which has a non-conference match at Florida International on Saturday, has clinched a share of the title. Stony Brook must defeat Robert Morris on Saturday and hope for an Albany loss to visiting Monmouth on Nov. 16 to secure the NEC berth in the bowl.
The ECAC Bowl Game was conducted from 1993 to 1997 as the season-ending game for the now defunct Intercollegiate Football Conference, which was comprised of many of the MAAC and NEC members. Duquesne has participated in three of the six contests winning the title in the 1995 matchup with Wagner.
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