Football Begins Liberty League Slate With WPI on Saturday

Football Begins Liberty League Slate With WPI on Saturday

Springfield, Mass. - September 22, 2016 - The Springfield College football team will play its final game of a four-game homestand and begins Liberty League competition when it hosts WPI on Saturday afternoon on Stagg Field at 1 pm.

Last time out…

The Springfield College football team posted its first shutout since 2013 and used a 195-yard rushing performance from Joshua Thomas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) to defeat Mount Ida, 32-0, in its non-conference finale on Saturday at Stagg Field. The win proved to be the first in the head coaching career of Mike Cerasuolo, who became just 14th football coach in the history of the program, which dates back to 1890, after 15 years as the offensive coordinator.  Thomas made the most of his first career start in the backfield as he carried the ball 26 times for 195 yards, scoring two touchdowns and averaging 7.5 yards per rush, in just three quarters of action.  As a team, the Pride totaled 348 yards on the ground. Defensively, Springfield put together a dominating performance as it limited Mount Ida to just 44 offensive yards for the entire game and posted its first shutout since September 21, 2013 when it blanked Mount Ida, 41-0.  As a team, the Pride posted 14 tackles-for-loss, with Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) totaling nine stops, including three for a loss.  

A season ago…

In Springfield's final contest of the 2015 season, the Pride fell to the WPI Engineers, 19-17, in Liberty League action on November 14.  For the Pride, senior halfback  led the rushing attack, as he posted career-best 158 yards and a score on 10 attempts, while sophomore quarterback Jake Eglintine (Gansvoort, N.Y.) recorded 108 yards on Drew Brown (Barrington, R.I.)21 attempts, including a 14-yard touchdown score to kick off the second quarter. On the day, Springfield recorded 333 yards on the ground.  Defensively, senior linebacker Max Nacewicz (Sandy Hook, Conn.) registered a career-best 19 tackles and one sack, while Taumeras Howard (Jamesville, N.Y.) and Kenny Calaj (Everett, Mass.) posted eight tackles apiece in the loss.

All-time series vs. WPI…

In a series that dates back to 1902, Springfield has won 28 of the 32 meetings, having tied in both 1904 and 1906.  Since joining the Liberty League, the Pride picked up wins in both 2012 and 2013, while the Engineers have won the last two meetings in 2014 and 2015.

About WPI…

The Engineers are 3-0 on the season and are averaging just under 40 points per game with victories over MIT, Worcester State, and Norwich.  Seniors Brian Murtagh and Dan Eckler earned Liberty League weekly honors on Monday as Murtagh was tabbed defensive performer of the week while Eckler was named the co-offensive performer of the week.  Against Norwich, Murtagh led the way with 14 tackles, including nine solo and 3.5 for-loss, an interception, two pass breakups and a hurry on the day, and is currently 18th in Division III with 13.3 tackles per game.  Eckler threw for 342 yards on 13-of-18 passing, including touchdowns strikes to four different receivers, and ran for an additional score.  The senior averaged 26.3 yards per completion and currently leads Division III with a 240.38 passing efficiency on the season and yards per attempt (13.56).