November 16, 2015

Albright Football - Lions to Host Norwich in opening round of NCAA Playoffs

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READING, Pa. – At the beginning of fall camp, Albright head coach John Marzka told his team that they would earn whatever the season held for them. If they finished with a winning record they would have earned it and if they finished with a losing record they would have earned that as well. What the Lions ended up earning to this point is a Middle Atlantic Conference title and a first round date with Norwich in the NCAA playoffs.

The Lions will host an NCAA playoff game for the first time in school history when it welcomes Norwich to Shirk Stadium on Saturday (Nov. 21) for a 12 p.m. kickoff.

Albright finished the regular season as the MAC champion after posting a 9-1 overall record and an 8-1 mark in conference play. The Lions secured the conference title with a convincing 38-13 victory over Lebanon Valley in the regular season finale.

This will mark Albright's fifth NCAA appearance in school history and the second under the direction of Marzka. The Lions previously appeared in the playoffs in 2009, 1996, 1976 and 1975. This also is the eighth postseason appearance for Albright in the nine years that Marzka has coached the Lions.

Norwich earned the automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs after winning six straight Eastern Collegiate Football Conference games, including a 20-17 win over Husson for the tiebreaker to win the league title.

Norwich finished the regular season with a 6-4 overall mark and a 6-1 record in conference play and earned its third conference title in program history. This is the second time Norwich has appeared in the NCAA playoffs under head coach Mark Murnyack, who is now in his fifth season.
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