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Football Gears Up For NEWMAC Clash With Norwich

Football Gears Up For NEWMAC Clash With Norwich

Springfield, Mass. - September 28, 2017 - The Springfield College football team looks to continue its winning ways on Saturday, September 30 when it hosts Norwich at 12 pm on Stagg Field in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. 

Last Week...
Playing in its first-ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, the Springfield College football team stormed past WPI, 42-10, on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon. The Pride's rushing attack was sensational on the day as it produced 574 yards on the ground, averaging 9.0 yards per carry.  Individually, Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) rushed for a team-best 139 yards and was one of five student-athletes to find the end zone on the day.  Tyler Hyde (Plantsville, Conn.) added 113 yards and a score on just five carries, Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) produced 96 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) found the end zone twice to go along with 84 yards, and Cory DeSimone (West Yarmouth, Mass.) had 66 yards and score on two just carries.  

Defensively, Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made a team-best nine stops, including 2.5 for loss, while Rich Williams (Wethersfield, Conn.)added seven tackles.  Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.) had two of the Pride's three interceptions as Springfield held WPI to just 2-of-14 on third down conversions. 

A Week of Awards
Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.) was selected as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Defensive Performer of the Week after the junior defensive back recorded a pair of interceptions, both of which resulted in scoring drives for the Pride, to go along with a pass break up, and four unassisted tackles.

New Conference, Same Mission
Saturday's game will mark the first-ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest as the inaugural season of NEWMAC Football gets underway. The newly formed football league consists of eight elite institutions that come from six different states and have combined for 17 NCAA championship appearances. The eight founding members are; Catholic University of America, MIT, Maine Maritime Academy, Norwich University, Springfield College, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and WPI.

Fast Start
Springfield is looking to start the year with five wins for the first time since 2006, when the Pride started off the year 7-0.  In 2006, the Pride reached the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, advancing to the second round.

Springfield's 4-0 start makes them one of just seven teams in Division III to win their first four games of the season, and one of 47 who have yet to suffer a loss this year.

About the Matchup...
In a series that dates back to 1914, Springfield has won 26 of the 28 meetings, with the losses coming in 1942 and 2001.  

In their last meeting on November 23, 2013, Springfield won the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Atlantic Championship Bowl , 28-27, over Norwich on Stagg Field. It was Springfield's sixth ECAC bowl win in as many opportunities and second straight. Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.) was named the game's most outstanding player, finishing the day with 19 carries for 60 yards and two second-half touchdowns. The play of the game came from Mike Varvara (Hopewell Junction, N.J.) late in the fourth quarter. Norwich scored a touchdown to come within one point with 3:38 left in the game, but Varvara blocked the extra point attempt, allowing the Pride to run out the clock for the win. Norwich kicker Wesley Medeiros had been a perfect 34 for 34 on extra points this season until Varvara's block.

Back in the Rankings...
After a 4-0 start to the season, Springfield College is the one of only two teams from New England to be receiving votes in the National Poll and one of only 42 programs out of the 249 Division III football programs in the country to be mentioned in the poll.  Currently with the 29th most votes in the country, this is the highest Springfield has been ranked since Week 4 of the 2007 season when it was also receiving votes.   

In the American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches' Poll, Springfield is among those teams receiving votes, currently with the 31st most votes.  The Pride is the top vote getting school among teams in New England, four of which are represented in the poll. 

National Leaders...
The Springfield College football team has the best rushing offense in all of college football, which consists of 661 teams, as the Pride is averaging 452.3 yards per game.

Springfield is also 9th in red zone defense (.444), 12th in third down conversions (.525), 14th in net punting (39.89), 19th in scoring offense (42.3), 21st in punt return defense (1.00), and 20th in first-down offense (90).  Individually, Jordan Wilcox ranks 9th in the nation in total rushing yards (562) and is 14th in rushing yards per game (140.5), while Jake Eglintine and Wilcox are tied for 11th national in rushing touchdowns (7).

About the Cadets…
Norwich is 0-4 on the season as it was edged by Morrisville (34-20) and St. Lawrence (17-10) to start the season before bowing out to Castleton (28-14) and Coast Guard (13-9).  The Engineers are averaging 300 yards of total offense a game, including 188 yards per contest on the ground.  Defensively, they are surrendering 333 yards per game and 23 points per outing to their opponents.