Springfield, Mass. - November 12, 2017 - The Springfield College football team is headed back to the NCAA Division III Championship as it was chosen as an at-large into the 32-team field on Sunday night. Springfield was awarded a first-round home game and will host Husson University on Stagg Field this Saturday afternoon.
The game will be played at 12 pm and all ticket sales will take place at Stagg Field on Saturday only. The ticket costs are $8 for adults, $4 seniors, $4 for students/youth (ages 3 through college), while children 2 and under are free.
The Pride, which rattled off a 10-0 undefeated regular season, was crowned the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Champion on Saturday, but due to the conference having a two-year waiting period for the automatic qualifier to the national tournament. Thanks to its 10-0 record, the NCAA committee felt that Springfield was worthy of one of two "Pool B" bids to the NCAA Championship, which go to programs which are in conferences who do not have automatic qualifiers.
Springfield last went to the NCAA Division III Championship in 2006 where it advanced to the second round. The Pride's opponent, Husson, earned an automatic bid after winning the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) and own an overall record of 9-1. The Eagles have won their last seven outings, are averaging 41 points per game, and have the nation's leading rusher in John Smith, who has totaled 1,917 rushing yards.
The Pride will enter the postseason with the top rushing offense in all of college football, which consists of 661 teams, as the Pride is averaging 452.3 yards per game. Springfield is seventh in scoring offense (45.9), while defensively Springfield is sixth in third-down conversion defense (.243), while also ranking seventh in total defense (220.3) and tied for 12th in scoring defense (10.9). Individually, Jordan Wilcox leads the nation in yards per rush (8.13), is for fourth in the nation in total rushing yards (1,675), and seventh in rushing touchdowns (19). Defensively, Nick Giorgio is second in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 2.4 per game.
Dating back to 2006, Husson and Springfield have met eight times, with the Pride holding a 7-1 edge in meetings, with the lone setback coming in 2008. The last time the two teams played was in 2013.
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