Springfield, Mass. - November 12, 2018 - For the first time in program history, the Springfield College football program has been selected as a participant in the 2018 New England Bowl Series and will host Maritime at 1 pm on Saturday, November 17.
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.
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.
Springfield (7-3 overall, 5-2 NEWMAC) was one of four NEWMAC teams to register seven or more wins in the regular season. In addition to averaging 25.8 points per contest and a conference-best 292 rushing yards per game, Springfield sports one of the NEWMAC's stingier defenses, surrendering just 263.4 yards per game. The Pride is led on offense by junior quarterback Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.), who tops all NEWMAC rushers with 90.6 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Belzo's backfield mate, fullback Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.) also sits fourth in the NEWMAC with 57.3 rushing yards per game. On defense, senior defensive end Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) has registered a NEWMAC-best 12.5 sacks.
Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for children five and under.