Canton, N.Y. - October 1, 2016 - The Springfield College football team surrendered 21 points in the fourth quarter as it was defeated by nationally-ranked St. Lawrence, 42-14, on Saturday afternoon in Liberty League play.
The win boosts the Saints record to 5-0, as the 25th-ranked team in the nation in the latest D3Football.com poll improved to 2-0 in Liberty League play. The Pride's record dipped to 2-3, 1-1 with the setback.
Joshua Thomas (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) totaled 26 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown, while Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) threw from 94 yards on four completions and also scored the Pride's other touchdown in his first collegiate start under center. Defensively, Rich Williams (Wethersfield, Conn.) led Springfield with 11 tackles, while Kenny Calaj (Everett, Mass.) was credited with nine stops and returned an interception 66 yards.
The St. Lawrence defense scored twice on fumble recoveries including one by Tyler Mirabile to open the scoring early in the first quarter. Scott Arens added a 44-yard recovery and return for touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. After the Mirabile recovery and touchdown, Cormac Garvey and Travis Marnell caught touchdown passes to put the Saints up 21-0.
Springfield cut the lead to 21-7 just before the half when Shade plunged in from four yards out after Calaj brought the Pride inside the Saints 10 with a 66-yard interception return.
In the third quarter, the Pride trimmed the lead to just one score with another short scoring run as Thomas muscled his way in from a yard out, capping off a 10-play drive. However, the Saints scored three times in the final quarter with touchdown passes to Patrick Bryant and Matt Gardiner before Arens capped the scoring with his long return.
Rodrick Payne had another near miss for a 100-yard rushing day finishing with 97 yards on 20 carries while quarterback Sean Richardson finished with 73 yards on 12 rushes.
Richardson was 18-for-31 passing for 241 yards and four touchdowns and completed passes to seven different receivers. Gardiner led the receivers with five catches and 60 yards while Bryant and Payne had three catches each.
St. Lawrence produced 22 first downs and limited Springfield to seven, as the Saints racked up 411 yards of total offense and scored 28 points off Springfield turnovers.
The Pride will play on the road next Saturday when it continues Liberty League play at Union for a 12 pm game.