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The Lambert Trophy is an annual award given to the best team in the East in Division I FBS (formerly I-A) college football. In affiliation with the Metropolitan New York Football Writers (founded 1935), the Lambert Trophy was established by brothers Victor and Henry Lambert in memory of their father, August. The Lamberts were the principals in a distinguished Madison Avenue jewelry house and were prominent college football boosters. The trophy, established in 1936 as the "Lambert Trophy" to recognize supremacy in Eastern college football, has since grown to recognize the best team in the East in Division I FBS. A set of parallel trophies collectively known as the Lambert Cup is awarded to teams in Division I FCS (formerly I-AA), Division II, and Division III. The Metropolitan New York Football Writers, owned and operated by American Football Networks, Inc., took the administration of the Lambert Meadowlands Awards back from the New Jersey Sports & Exhibition Authority in 2011.

Lambert Trophy
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The Lambert Trophy on display in the Army Sports Hall of Fame at the United States Military Academy in 2019.
Given forthe best team in the East in Division I FBS (formerly I-A) college football
LocationEastern United States
CountryUnited States
Presented byMetropolitan New York Football Writers
History
First award1936
Most recentArmy[1] – 8th time

Since 1936, there have been 19 different winners in Division I-A/FBS. To be eligible for the Lambert Award, a school must be located in the "East." Teams in the "East" include teams located in New York, New Jersey, New England, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia (although there are no FBS teams in Delaware nor Washington D.C., there are teams that compete at lower levels that can win the various Lambert Cup awards for their levels). Additionally, while the Big East Conference was a football conference, members of that conference outside of the "East" were also made eligible if at least half their schedule was against Lambert-eligible teams.

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Lambert Trophy winnersEdit

By yearEdit

By teamEdit

School Total Years won
Penn State 31 1947, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2005, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2016, 2017
Army 8 1944, 1945, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1953, 1958, 2018
Syracuse 6 1952, 1956, 1959, 1966, 1987, 1992
Pittsburgh 6 1936, 1937, 1955, 1976, 1979, 1980
Navy 1943, 1954, 1957, 1960 (½), 1963, 2015
Boston College 5 1940, 1942, 1983, 1984, 2004
Miami (FL) 4 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
West Virginia 4 1988, 1993, 2007, 2011
Dartmouth^ 2 1965, 1970
Princeton^ 2 1950, 1951
Virginia Tech 2 1995, 1999
Carnegie Tech 1 1938
Cincinnati 1 2012
Connecticut 1 2010
Cornell^ 1 1939
Fordham^ 1 1941
Louisville 1 2006
Rutgers 1 2014
Yale^ ½ 1960 (½)

^ Now a member of the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
† Now a member of NCAA Division III.

Lambert CupEdit

Football Championship Subdivision (Division I-AA)Edit

NOTE: The Ivy League, and until 1997, the Patriot League, do/did not participate in the NCAA Division I Football Tournament.

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Most FCS Lambert CupsEdit

School Total Years won
Delaware 8 1982, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2007, 2010
Holy Cross 5 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989
James Madison 5 1994, 2004, 2008, 2016, 2017
Villanova 3 1992, 2002, 2009
Lehigh 2 2001, 2011
Massachusetts † 2 1998, 2006
New Hampshire 2 2005, 2014
Rhode Island 2 1984, 1985
William & Mary 2 1990, 1996
Boston University ‡ 1 1993
Colgate 1 2018
Fordham 1 2015
Hofstra ‡ 1 1999
Old Dominion † 1 2012
Towson 1 2013

† Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
‡ Discontinued football

Division IIEdit

Most D-II Lambert CupsEdit

School Total Years won
Indiana (PA) 12 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2017
Delaware † 11 1959, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1969(½), 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973(½), 1974, 1976, 1979
Lehigh † 1957, 1961, 1973 (½), 1975, 1977, 1980
West Chester 5 1967, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2013
New Haven 4 1992, 1995, 1997, 2011
Bloomsburg 3 1985, 2000, 2014
Towson State † 3 1983, 1984, 1986
Bucknell † 2 1960, 1964
California (PA) 2 2007, 2009
East Stroudsburg 2 1982, 2005
Shepherd 2 2015, 2016
Buffalo ‡ 1 1958
Clarion 1 1996
Gettysburg ^ 1 1966
LIU Post 1 2018
Maine † 1 1965
Massachusetts ‡ 1 1978
Mercyhurst 1 2010
Millersville 1 1988
Shippensburg 1 1981
Slippery Rock 1 1998
Wesleyan ^ ½ 1969 (½)

‡ Now a member of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
† Now a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
^ Now a member of Division III.

Division IIIEdit

Most D-III Lambert CupsEdit

School Total Years won
Rowan 8 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005
Ithaca 1974, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1984 (½), 1985, 1988, 1991
Wesley 6 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015
Alfred 2 1971, 2016
Brockport 2 2002, 2017
C.W. Post ‡ 2 1973, 1976
St. John Fisher 2 2006, 2013
Wagner † 2 1967, 1987
Washington & Jefferson 2 1992, 1994
Widener 2 1981, 2000
Wilkes 2 1966, 1968
Union 1984 (½), 1989
Allegheny 1 1990
Carnegie Mellon 1 1979
Cortland State 1 2008
Edinboro ‡ 1 1970
Franklin & Marshall 1 1972
Hobart 1 2012
Hofstra ^ 1 1983
Johns Hopkins 1 2018
Lycoming 1 1997
Merchant Marine 1 1969
Plymouth State 1 1982
Rensselaer 1 2003
Salisbury State 1 1986
Westminster 1 1977

† Now a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
‡ Now a member of Division II.
^ Discontinued football

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e "ECAC Announces 2018 Football Teams of the Year and Lambert Awards". ECACsports.com. January 15, 2019. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Mackall, Dave (2010-01-05). "Penn State finishes atop MNYFW poll". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Archived from the original on 2010-01-10. Retrieved 2010-01-05.
  3. ^ http://www.americanfootballnetworks.com/Lambert%20-%20FCS.html