BRIDGEWATER, Mass. – The Bridgewater State University football team will host Salve Regina University in the New England Bowl on Saturday at noon at Swenson Field.
For the third consecutive year, the competing teams and the host institutions were selected by the commissioners of the four NCAA Division III conferences that have joined forces to present the New England Bowl Series: Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC), the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
One year after expanding the New England Bowl series to include a second game, the four commissioners made the decision to add a third game in order to reward numerous seven-win teams that distinguished themselves in their respective conferences this fall. While the additional bowl game will allow student-athletes from six teams, rather than limiting it four, to enjoy an outstanding postseason experience in 2018, there is no commitment by the participating conferences to continue offering the third bowl game in future years at this time.
Bridgewater State will be making its first appearance in the New England Bowl series. The Bears (7-3) tied for second in the MASCAC standings at the conclusion of 2018 regular season play with a 6-2 conference mark.
Salve Regina will be appearing in the New England Bowl Series for the second time in the last three years. The Seahawks dropped a 37-34 decision to Framingham State University in the inaugural New England Bowl in 2016. Salve (7-3) finished in a three-way tie for first place in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in 2018 with a 5-1 conference record.
Tickets for all three games in the New England Bowl Series may be purchased the day of the game. Prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students and children. Children under the age of six will be admitted free.