November 19, 2013
Framingham State University’s football team finished the regular season ranked number one in the New England Division III Football Poll and will head to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
The Rams finished the regular season with a 9-1 record, finishing 8-0 in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC). They will travel to Ithaca College on Saturday, November 23, for a first round tournament game.
The team finished the regular season by blanking Worcester State 36-0. Star senior running back Melikke Van Alstyne surpassed 6,000 rushing yards for his career during the game, a feat only two other players from New England have accomplished in Division III history.
Following many years of struggling to compete in its conference, the FSU football team has emerged as a powerhouse in recent years under the direction of Head Coach and FSU Athletic Director Tom Kelley ’76. The team is a combined 35-9 since 2010, finishing as MASCAC Champions four years in a row and earning the first two NCAA Tournament invitations in school history.
About Framingham State University
Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,400 students with 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a public university, Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.