Danbury, Conn. - December 19, 2018 - The Springfield College football team had four student-athletes who were named to the 2018 Division III Football All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Teams following tremendous seasons.
Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.) was chosen to the All-ECAC First Team Offense, Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) was selected to the All-ECAC First Team Defense, while Tim Christensen (Attleboro, Mass.) was a All-ECAC Second Team Offense pick and AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.) was an All-ECAC Second Team Defense honoree. Thanks to their efforts, Springfield returned to the postseason for the second-straight season and has now combined for 18 wins in their last two seasons, the program's most in a two-year span since 2003-04.
Giorgio added to his list of postseason accolades following a season in which 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 Business Management major ranked second among all active college football players for career tackles-for-loss per game (1.91), and was 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.
Bainter helped power Springfield to the nation's seventh-best rushing attack as the Pride averaged over 295 rushing yards per game and ranked first in the country yards per completion (19.12 ypc). A NEWMAC All-Conference First Team selection for the second-straight year, the Criminal Justice major was the only junior of the five offensive lineman named to the All-ECAC First Team.
Smith had a dominant second season leading the Springfield linebacker corps in which he was second on the team with 68 stops, including nine tackles-for-loss and a pair of interceptions. The Sport Management major also had a blocked kick and and fumble recovery to go along with four sacks.
Christensen capped off his collegiate career with the all-region honor following a strong senior season on the offensive line. Thanks to the Sport Management major's efforts up front, the Springfield offense eclipsed 300 yards on the ground seven times in 2018, including a pair of 400-plus yard performances, and had the ball on offense for at least 28 minutes in all 11 contests.