November 11, 2010

NJAC to take up MAC's challenge

MAC-NJAC challenge The Middle Atlantic Conference and the New Jersey Athletic Conference have announced that 16 member institutions from the two leagues will participate in a football scheduling alliance billed as the MAC-NJAC Challenge in 2012 and 2013.

The partnership between the two conferences will feature a series of 16 head-to-head match-ups over the course of two seasons, with eight games taking place in 2012, and the other eight contests occurring in 2013. For the MAC, it replaces the MAC-PAC Challenge, from 2010-11.

The complete schedule for the MAC-NJAC Challenge is as follows:

2012 2013
Saturday, September 1
Brockport State at Lycoming
Wilkes at Morrisville State
King’s at William Paterson
Lebanon Valley at Montclair State
Delaware Valley at Rowan
Albright at Kean
Western Connecticut at Widener
Saturday, September 7
Lycoming at Brockport State
Morrisville State at Wilkes
William Paterson at King’s
Montclair State at Lebanon Valley
Rowan at Delaware Valley
Kean at Albright
Widener at Western Connecticut
Saturday, September 8
TCNJ at FDU-Florham
September 14
FDU-Florham at TCNJ

Stevenson, a football-only member of the MAC starting the sport in 2011, is not participating. Buffalo State, a current member of the NJAC, is leaving to join the Empire 8.

The matchups in the Challenge were established on a geographical basis, with an emphasis on reducing travel while ensuring that games qualify as in-region competition for NCAA regional ranking purposes. The same teams will face each other in back-to-back seasons, ensuring that all 16 participating institutions will host one game during the two-year Challenge.

“This is a unique opportunity for the members of the New Jersey Athletic Conference, and something that I know all of our participating institutions are excited about,” said Terry Small, Commissioner of the New Jersey Athletic Conference. “Our members have a tremendous amount of respect for the MAC institutions and their football programs, and there already are a number of great rivalries that have developed between schools in both leagues. This is a great opportunity for our programs to test themselves against outstanding in-region competition in a cost-effective manner.”

Members of the two conferences have met 35 times since the start of the 2002 season, with the NJAC holding a 19-16 edge in those head-to-head matchups. The two leagues also have a history of competing against each other in postseason play, with 10 head-to-head matchups since 2003. The NJAC holds a 6-4 edge in those postseason contests, with the MAC institutions posting a 4-2 record in ECAC Bowl Games, and the NJAC institutions holding a 4-0 advantage in NCAA Tournament play.

“Over the years, the MAC and the NJAC, two of the top Division III conferences, have played each other in a very competitive atmosphere in most sports,” said MAC Executive Director Ken Andrews. “Football has been no exception, as many important games have come down to the wire. This Challenge builds on that history and offers our programs, particularly for the student-athletes, a unique opportunity within the Division. We thank NJAC Commissioner Terry Small for working through the details with his membership in order to make this idea a reality.”

Every contest in the Challenge will take place on the opening weekend of each season with the exception of the games between The College of New Jersey and FDU-Florham, as both institutions have elected to continue their traditional match-up on the second week of each year.

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Anna Maria at Worcester State
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Western New England at Springfield
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Albright at Kean
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Widener at Rowan
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WPI at Curry
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Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
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Salve Regina at Bridgewater State
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William Paterson at SUNY-Maritime
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Ursinus at TCNJ
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Fitchburg State at Becker
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Randolph-Macon at Johns Hopkins
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St. Lawrence at Coast Guard
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Thomas More at Wesley
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Emory and Henry at Ferrum
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Washington and Lee at Averett
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Hampden-Sydney at Wabash
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Rose-Hulman at Kalamazoo
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Alfred State at Morrisville State
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Susquehanna at Lycoming
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Oberlin at Brockport State
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Utica at Misericordia
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Delaware Valley at Montclair State
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Southern Virginia at Methodist
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Ohio Wesleyan at Bluffton
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Marietta at Kenyon
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Merchant Marine at Apprentice
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Cortland State at Buffalo State
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Muhlenberg at Wilkes
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Sewanee at DePauw
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RPI at Norwich
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Alma at Heidelberg
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Berry at Maryville (Tenn.)
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Bridgewater (Va.) at Gettysburg
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Muskingum at Waynesburg
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St. Vincent at John Carroll
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Mount Union at Bethany
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Juniata at Grove City
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Franklin at Illinois Wesleyan
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Rhodes at Austin
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Carleton at Macalester
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UW-Platteville at Buena Vista
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Ohio Northern at Washington U.
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UW-River Falls at St. John's
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Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
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Simpson at Iowa Wesleyan
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Hope at Monmouth
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Lawrence at Rockford
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Aurora at Illinois College
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Martin Luther at Maranatha Baptist
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Hendrix at Westminster (Mo.)
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St. Norbert at Carthage
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Lewis and Clark at Whitworth
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College of Idaho at Pacific
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Arizona Christian at George Fox
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Hartwick at Western Connecticut
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Salisbury at Christopher Newport
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Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
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Carnegie Mellon at Case Western Reserve
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Stevenson at N.C. Wesleyan
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Butler at Wittenberg
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Shenandoah at Gallaudet
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Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
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Greensboro at Guilford
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Geneva at Frostburg State
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Thiel at Allegheny
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Taylor (Ind.) at Anderson
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Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
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Denison at Earlham
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Albion at UW-Stevens Point
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Concordia (Wis.) at North Park
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Beloit at Chicago
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Howard Payne at Trinity (Texas)
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Mary Hardin-Baylor at Millsaps
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Hanover at Centre
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Central at Benedictine
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Hamline at Minnesota-Morris
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Lake Forest at Wisconsin Lutheran
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Wartburg at Augsburg
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Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
Dec. 20: All times Eastern
Final
at UW-Whitewater 52, Mount Union 14
@ Salem Stadium; Salem, Va.
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Final
UW-Whitewater 16, at Mary Hardin-Baylor 15
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Final
at Mount Union 41, North Central (Ill.) 40
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