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Football to Host MIT In Regular-Season Finale For NEWMAC Championship

Football to Host MIT In Regular-Season Finale For NEWMAC Championship

Springfield, Mass. - November 9, 2017 - The Springfield College football team will host MIT for the first time ever on Saturday, November 11 at 12:00 pm in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest. 

Last Week...
The Springfield College football team put together a dominating effort on both sides of the ball to roll to a 62-0 victory at Maine Maritime in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) contest on Saturday afternoon. The 62-point victory was the Pride's largest margin of victory since it bested Merchant Marine, 64-0, in 2010. In today's win, Springfield totaled 585 yards of offense, including 549 on the ground as it averaged 9.8 yards per rush. The Pride's defense forced four turnovers, produced two defensive scores, and held the Mariners to just 111 yards of offense on 60 plays.

Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) was sensational in the backfield for the Pride as he totaled 213 yards on just 14 carries and found the end zone three times.  Classmate Tyler Hyde (Plantsville, Conn.) needed just seven carries to rack up 118 yards and two touchdowns, while Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) totaled 82 yards and a touchdown on six carries. Jedi Haynes (Windsor, Conn.) hauled in a 17-yard score and Dom Traversa (Pittsfield, Mass.) and Sam Greenfield (Providence, R.I.) each delivered defensive touchdowns. 

Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) had a team-best eight tackles and forced a fumble and Christian Zotti (Newington, Conn.) notched seven stops to go along with a fumble recovery and forced fumble. 

New Conference, Same Mission
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.

What A Start...
Springfield is looking to start the year with ten wins for the first time since 2003, when the Pride started off the year 10-0.  In 2003, the Pride reached the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament, advancing to the second round.

For a program that dates back to 1890, Springfield's impressive season continues, as it has now started the season 9-0 for just the fifth time in program history, the third such instance since 1998. Springfield's 9-0 start makes them one of just 11 teams in Division III to win their first nine games of the season, and one of 29 who have yet to suffer a loss this year in all of college football.

In 2000, Springfield started the off year 9-0 and finished 11-2, the most wins in program history.  The 2003 squad went 10-0 during the regular season before bowing out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, while the 1965 teams is the only undefeated and untied team in program history, as it went 9-0.

Season for the Record Books...
Springfield is on pace to establish a number of single-season program records... 

Name of Record Year Accomplished Record This Season
Rushing Yards 2006 4496 4133
Total Yards 2006 4972 4516
Total Points 2003 466 416
Opp. Rushing Yards 2004 907 814
Opp. Total Yards 2001 2385 1977
Opp. Points 2001 150 102

About the Matchup...
This is Springfield's first ever meeting with MIT.  The winner of today's game will win the inaugural NEWMAC Championship. 

In the Rankings...
After a 9-0 start to the season, Springfield College is the only team from New England to be receiving votes in the National Poll and one of only 39 programs out of the 249 Division III football programs in the country to be mentioned in the poll. Currently with the 20th most votes in the country, this is the highest Springfield has been ranked this season.

In the American Football Coaches Association Division III Coaches' Poll, Springfield is currently ranked 21st in the nation. From a regional standout, Springfield is the top ranked team in New England according to the latest New England Football Writers Grinold Chapter Division III Poll, garnering 14 out of a possible 15 first-place votes. 

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 459.2 yards per game.

Springfield is eighth in scoring offense (46.2), while defensively Springfield is 19th in the country in red zone defense (.588), sixth in third-down conversion defense (.237), while also ranking sixth in total defense (219.7) and tied for 12th in scoring defense (11.3). Individually, Jordan Wilcox is for fifth in the nation in total rushing yards (1,454), is tied for ninth in rushing touchdowns (16), and is fifth in rushing yards per game (161.6). Defensively, Nick Giorgio is tied for 11th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 1.9 per game. 

Both Sides of the Ball...
Springfield has been getting it done on both sides of the ball this year, ranking tied for 12th in scoring defense (11.3 points per game) and eighth in scoring offense (46.2 points per game). Among the 249 Division III football teams, Springfield is one of just five programs to appear in the top 15 in these categories, along with the likes of Mount Union, St. Johns, St. Thomas, and Mary Hardin-Baylor.

When it comes to yardage, Springfield is one of two NCAA Division III football teams to rank in the top 10 in both total offensive yards per game (9th, 501.8 yards per game) and total defensive yards allowed per game (6th, 219.7).  Mount Union is the only other team in the country to have that effectiveness both offensively and defensively this season. 

About MIT…
MIT is 7-2 on the season, including 5-1 in conference play as it defeated Norwich (20-0) on Nov. 4 after losing to WPI (24-21) the week prior. The Engineers are averaging 395.3 yards of total offense a game, including 213.6 yards per contest through the air. Defensively, they are surrendering 302.4 yards per game and 13.3 points per outing to their opponents.