Football Returns For Homecoming Clash With Rochester

Football Returns For Homecoming Clash With Rochester

Springfield, Mass. - October 13, 2016 - The Springfield College football team returns home on Saturday and looks to pick up its third Liberty League win of the season when it hosts Rochester as part of Homecoming weekend at 1:30 pm. 

Last week…

The Springfield College football team produced 360 yards on the ground and delivered a 17-3 Liberty League victory over host Union College at Frank Bailey Field Saturday afternoon.  Hunter Belzo had 11 carries for 103 yards including a late fourth quarter touchdown run of 44 yards. Jake Eglintine returned to direct the Springfield offense under center and had 84 yards on 15 carries and Jordan Wilcox also rushed 15 times, for 81 yards. Dominic Traversa had nine tackles with a big fourth quarter interception, and Christian Zotti made eight stops for the Pride. Springfield had 22 first downs for the day.

A season ago…

The Springfield College football program saw its two-game winning streak come to a halt as the Pride fell to the University of Rochester Yellow Jackets in its first Liberty League contest of the 2015 season, 29-3, at Edwin Fauver Stadium.  Springfield, which entered the game ranked 10th in Division III in rushing yards per game, rushed 61 times for 219 yards.  Leading the Pride's rushing attack was senior Keith Rodman (Northvale, N.J.), who finished the contest with 16 attempts for 63 yards, while sophomore quarterback Jake Eglintine (Gansevoort, N.Y.) finished his second-career start with three passing attempts, for 62 yards, and 22 rushing yards on 12 attempts. Defensively, junior Kenny Calaj (Everett, Mass.) finished the day with a pair of interceptions and nine tackles, and senior Max Nacewicz (Sandy Hook, Conn.) posted 12 tackles of his own on the afternoon.

All-time series vs. Rochester…

Saturday's match up will be just the sixth time that Springfield has taken on Rochester. The teams have split the first five meetings, as the Pride rolled to a 63-27 win in 2014, while  the Yellowjackets earned a 36-35 win in 2013.  Springfield posted a 44-14 win in 2012, and the squads battled to a 7-7 tie back in 1929.

About Rochester…

The Yellowjackets are 1-4 on the season, having defeated Alfred State, 55-27, in the second-week of the season for their lone of the year.  Rochester has had setbacks to Catholic (27-14), and to three Liberty League opponents in Merchant Marine (55-7), RPI (51-13), and St. Lawrence (48-13).