Springfield, Mass. - September 11, 2018 - Four Springfield College fall student-athletes were recognized for their impressive performances this past week, as they each picked up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) weekly honors, announced by the conference offices on Monday afternoon.
Graduate student Jack Pinho (Prospect, Conn.) was named the NEWMAC Men's Cross Country Athlete of the Week, while the Pride also had three football student-athletes honored. Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was selected as the NEWMAC Football Offensive Athlete of the Week, Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) was tabbed the NEWMAC Football Defensive Athlete of the Week, and Jakai Whittingham (Meriden, Conn.) was honored as the NEWMAC Football Special Teams Athlete of the Week.
Pinho was instrumental in the Pride winning the Smith College Invitational this past weekend, as he took first overall on the 8k course with a time of 26:39.4. Pinho averaged a 5:21.7 mile time to take first overall, leading the Pride to its second title at the Smith College Invitational in the last four years.
Bainter was tremendous on the offensive line for Springfield in the Pride's 42-0 shutout over Kean University on Saturday. The Preseason All-American center and Criminal Justice major directed the Pride's offense to 432 yards of total offense, including 418 on the ground. Springfield produced 27 first downs, averaged 6.5 yards per carry, and had five players with at least 50 rushing yards.
Giorgio powered a defensive effort that resulted in Springfield's first shutout of the season and second in its last five games dating back to last season. The 2018 Preseason National Defensive Player of the Year totaled 10 tackles, five solo and five assisted, 2.5 tackles-for-loss, a sack, forced fumble, and pass break up. The Business Management major's effort on the line spearheaded a unit that limited Kean to 10 first downs, 157 yards of total offense and just three yards per play, as well as 3-for-12 on third down conversions.
In his season debut, Whittingham was tremendously valuable for Springfield as part of their special teams unit. The senior Business Management major was called on to punt three times and was especially consistent, averaging 41.3 yards per punt, with a long of 43 yards.