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The 1969 Mariners football team is the first and only Kings Point team to win the Lambert Bowl. The Lambert Bowl was awarded to the best Division III team in the East by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) via voting by members of the ECAC, media and broadcasters.
The 1969 team entered the season as one of the premier teams in the region as they returned many starters from a very strong 1968 team. Utilizing a dominant, nationally-ranked defense, and led by two All-Americans, the Mariners defeated local rivals Hofstra, Adelphi and Wagner as well as Drexel, Hobart, Union and Norwich. The defense held opponents to just under 10 points per game and 60 yards rushing per game, while also making 79 tackles for a loss of 611 yards.
The offense replaced one USMMA Hall of Fame quarterback with another and averaged just under 20 points per game on their way to a near flawless season. The ’68 and ’69 football teams started a run of nine-consecutive seasons, which produced an overall winning percentage of .701, the most successful run in Academy Football history.
Kings Point accepted the Division III Lambert Bowl trophy alongside Penn State (DI), Wesleyan (DII), and Delaware (DII) at a ceremony at the Essex House in New York City.