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2015 Conference Championship Games

The participants have been determined and these pairings should result in three exciting games.
                               

After fourteen weeks of regular season and playoff games only six teams remain, vying for their conference’s championship trophy.

Colonial Conference Championship Game
 
Boston Bandits at Western Connecticut Militia
Saturday, October 24 – 7:30pm
Western Connecticut State University’s Westside Campus Field
University Boulevard – Danbury, Ct.

The Western Connecticut Militia, who have been eliminated from the playoffs the last three years at the hands of the Connecticut Panthers, have finally turned the tables on their arch-nemesis. After battling back to defeat the Pioneer Valley Knights 20-12 in the Divisional Round, the Militia shutout one of the league’s top scoring teams the following week, winning 28-0. By virtue of their 9-1 regular season record (11-1 overall), they’ll host the Colonial Conference championship game. It will be the first time the Leo Lombardi Trophy will be awarded in the Nutmeg State since 2011, when the Connecticut Bearcats defeated the Boston Bandits in New Haven. And speaking of the Boston, the Bandits (8-4) upset the North’s top two seeds to advance to the title game. Boston lost to the Southern Maine Raging Bulls in their previous four meetings, including the last game at Boston English High, where the Bandits held Southern Maine’s potent offense scoreless for over 59 minutes of game time, with the Bulls getting the winning score in the closing seconds. In this season’s semifinal, however, Boston was able to keep the North’s #1 seed completely scoreless for a full 60 minutes to take the game and punch their ticket the finals. This will be their seventh championship game appearance, and the Bandits are looking to improve on their 4-2 record in the finals. The last title won by Boston was in 2006.

North Atlantic Conference Championship Game
 
Somerville Rampage at Worcester Wildcats
Saturday, October 24 – 6:30pm
Commerce Bank Field at Foley Stadium
305 Chandler Street – Worcester, Ma

Thanks to three upsets in the North Atlantic Conference playoffs, the AA title game will be played at Foley Stadium in Worcester, also the new site of the league’s all-star games. This will be the first conference championship game in its 12th season for the host team, the West’s #2 seed, Worcester Wildcats (9-3). Their opponents, the East’s #4 seeded Somerville Rampage (8-4), look to get one more upset victory in this year’s playoffs. The first-year team won their Divisional Round game with the East #1 seed, New Hampshire Wolfpack (9-1), and their Semifinal Round match-up versus the East’s #2 seeded Southern New England Rage.

Maritime Conference Championship Game
 
Northern Berkshire Kings at Port City Vipers
Saturday, October 24 – 2pm
Trinity Stadium
17 Lincoln Avenue – Haverhill, Ma

The Maritime Conference championship game will be played between the Northern Berkshire Kings (7-3) and the Port City Vipers, the league’s only remaining undefeated team (10-0). The Vipers allowed just 41 points during the regular season (second best in Single A, behind the Granite State Destroyers 19 points allowed). They held all but one opponent to single-digit scores. The only team during the season to score more than 10 points on Port City… the Berkshire Kings. In the regular season match-up, the only prior meeting for championship teams this year, the Vipers defeated the Kings by only six points, the second slimmest margin of victory for Port City all year. (Vipers defeated the Destroyers in the semifinals by five points.)

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