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Football Set to Host Maritime In New England Bowl Series

Football Set to Host Maritime In New England Bowl Series
Springfield, Mass. - November 15, 2018 -  For the first time in program history, the Springfield College football program will compete in the New England Bowl Series and host Maritime at 1 pm on Saturday, November 17.  It will prove to be the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Postseason Push ...
The Pride owns a record of 8-6 in postseason games dating back to 1998.  Springfield has made six trips to the NCAA Tournament and has won all five of their appearances in ECAC Championship Bowl Games. 

1998- NCAA 1st round (Buffalo State-38 Springfield-35)
2000- NCAA 1st round(Springfield-31 Montclair State-29), 2nd round (Springfield-13 Brockport-6), and NCAA East Regional (Widener-61 Springfield-27)
2002- NCAA 1st round (Brockport-16 Springfield-0)
2003- NCAA 2nd round (RPI-41 Springfield-34)
2004- ECAC North Atlantic Bowl (Springfield-53 Fitchburg State-7)
2006- NCAA 1st round (Springfield-43 Curry-14) and 2nd round (St. John Fisher-27 Springfield-21)
2009- ECAC Championship Bowl (Springfield-42 Plymouth State-13)
2010- ECAC Championship Bowl (Springfield-26 Mount Ida-17
2012- ECAC Championship Bowl (Springfield- 31 Alfred-8)
2013- ECAC Championship Bowl (Springfield-28 Norwich-27)
2017- NCAA 1st round (Husson-23 Springfield-21)

Going Bowling...

For the third consecutive year, the competing teams and the host institutions were selected by the commissioners of the four NCAA Division III conferences that have joined forces to present the New England Bowl Series: Commonwealth Coast Football (CCC), the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC), the Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference (MASCAC), and the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). One year after expanding the New England Bowl series to include a second game, the four commissioners made the decision to add a third game in order to reward numerous seven-win teams that distinguished themselves in their respective conferences this fall. In addition to the Springfield/Maritime game, Endicott will host U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and Bridgewater State will host Salve Regina. 

Quite A Season...

A year after winning the inaugural NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year in 2017, Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) has been even more impressive during his senior season. The Business Management major leads the team with 70 tackles and has been relentless in opponents' backfields, racking up 12.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles-for-loss.  He is the Division III active career leader in forced fumbles (9) and currently ranks second in all of college football for career tackles-for-loss per game, averaging 1.83.  He is the first-ever player in program history to earn multiple defensive player of the year honors. 

On The Ground... 
Springfield's rushing offense is currently ranked sixth in Division III football as the Pride has totaled 2,920 rushing yards, averaging 292 yards per game and 4.62 yards per carry.  Additionally, the Pride rank 19th across all divisions in rushing offense. 

All-Conference Honors...
Springfield College's Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football Defensive Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season to highlight the Pride's conference postseason awards.  Giorgio was one of 10 student-athletes who were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Teams, and was joined on the first team by Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.)David Mikos(North Haven, Conn.)Tim Christensen (Attleboro, Mass.)Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.)Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.)AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.), and Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.).  Brennan Fleming (Mechanicville, N.Y.) and Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park, N.J.) took home second-team honors.  

Through the Air..
While it is known for a tremendous rushing attack, Springfield College's offense threw the ball 14 times last week, completing six passes for 106 yards.  It marked the most completions since the Pride caught seven balls in a win over Western New England on Sept. 2 last season, the most attempts since it threw the ball 16 times versus St. John Fisher on Sept. 10, 2016, and the most passing yards since Sept. 5, 2015 when it totaled 119 against WNE.

Taking Care of the Ball...
In last week's setback to MIT, Springfield totaled a season-high four turnovers, including two interceptions and two fumbles.  In fact, it marked the most turnovers for the Pride since it had three interceptions and lost a pair of fumbles in a 24-7 win over RPI on Nov. 5, 2016. 

First-Half Points...
Springfield's offense has been impressive in the first half this season, as the Pride is outscoring its opponents by a 165-60 margin, including a 90-20 margin in the second quarter.  However, the Pride has been outscored 58-42 in their third quarters this season.

Two If By Sea...
Saturday's game against Maritime marks the fourth time this season that Springfield has played a game against an institution who provides maritime service.  Earlier this season, Springfield competed against Coast Guard, Merchant Marine, and Maine Maritime, in addition to battling Norwich University, a service academy in the NEWMAC.

About Maritime...
Maritime (7-3 overall, 5-1 ECFC) returns to the New England Bowl Series for the second consecutive year, missing out on an ECFC championship by just one game, a narrow 34-21 defeat at the hands of Husson. The Privateers' offense has averaged 34.5 points per game, outscoring their opponents by an average margin of victory of 12 points per contest. Maritime is led by senior quarterback Thomas Wright (Wantagh, N.Y.) who leads all ECFC passers with 267.8 yards passing per game, while tying for the league lead with 26 touchdown passes, with 12 of those going to senior wideout Brandonn Drumgole (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.). Junior linebacker Liam Bailey (Sayville, N.Y.) leads all ECFC defenders with 11.7 tackles per game.   

National Leaders...

Category Rank Statistics
Passing Yards Per Completion 2nd 19.12 YPC
Rushing Offense 6th 292.0 YPG
Sacks Allowed 14th 0.80
3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense 15th 0.270%
Kickoff returns 22nd 23.59
Total Defense 26st 263.4
 Time of Possession  27th 32:41
Scoring Defense  41st 16.5
Passes Had intercepted  48th 7
     
Tackles for Loss Nick Giorgio 4th (2.5)
Sacks Nick Giorgio 7th (1.25)
Punt Return TDs Andrew Papirio 13th (1)
Forced Fumbles Nick Giorgio 19th (0.38)
Kickoff Returns  Ryan McCarthy 30th (25.0)
Combined Kick Returns Ryan McCarthy 39th (550)
Punt Returns Andrew Papirio 41th (9.7)
Rushing Touchdowns

 

Hunter Belzo 45th (11)
Fumbles Recovered Tom Casey 47th (2)