Manchester, N.H. - November 28, 2018 - Springfield College's Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) earned a spot on the 2018 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team following a standout year for the Pride.
Thirty-one players representing 22 different institutions were named to the regional team and Giorgio was one of five student-athletes from the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) to be recognized. Additionally, Giorgio was one of four student-athletes from New England to earn the honor from the NEFW in consecutive seasons. The team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Captains and Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 6, at Rosaria Restaurant and Function Facility in Saugus, Mass. Tickets are $60/person and are available only by credit card here. People interested in attending should contact Dick Lipe at Bentley University at 781‐891‐2334 so tables can be assigned.
Following a sensational senior season, Giorgio cemented himself as one of the best to ever play at Springfield College and powered the Pride back to the postseason for the second-consecutive year. The Business Management major was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season as he totaled 82 tackles, including 29 tackles-for-loss and 14 sacks, to go along with four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two blocked kicks. The defensive end currently ranks second among all active college football players for career tackles-for-loss per game (1.91), is the Division III active leader for career forced fumbles (9), while his 82 tackles was the third most for a defensive end in Division III football this year.
He will graduate as Springfield's all-time leader in career sacks (29.5) and tackles-for-loss (70.5) and led the Pride to 18 wins in the last two seasons, its most over a two-year span since 2003-04. Academically, Giorgio has shined as well and is a two-time CoSIDA Google Cloud Academic All-District Team selection and was a national semifinalist for the 2018 NFF William V. Campbell Trophy, an award that is focused on celebrating the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation. Additionally, Giorgio was recently named one of 13 semifinalists for the Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, which recognizes excellence in athletics, academics and community service.