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Football Lands Program-Best Four On CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Football Lands Program-Best Four On CoSIDA Academic All-District Team

Springfield, Mass. - November 17, 2017 - Based on their performances in the classroom and on the field, the Springfield College football team had four student-athletes named to the College Sports Information Directors Association of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® team.

The Pride's Christopher Hayden (Madison, Maine), Dom Traversa (Pittsfield, Mass.), Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), and Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) were all recognized and are now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be voted upon later this fall.  Of the 243 football teams in Division III, Springfield College was one of only 13 programs in the country to have at least four selections. 

Hayden has anchored an offensive line that helped produce the most rushing yards in all of college football, eclipsing the 4,500 yard mark.  The Applied Exercise Science major currently carries 3.94 GPA and has guided the Pride to the nation's seventh-ranked scoring offense, scoring 45.9 points per game, while also ranking 12th in the country in total offense, producing just over 490 yards of offense a game.  Of the 22 student-athletes chosend from District I, Hayden had the highest grade point average.

Traversa had a dominant season leading the Springfield linebacker corps in which he was second on the team with 54 stops, including 10 tackles-for-loss and a pair of interceptions. A Finance major and team captain who has a 3.82 GPA, Travesa helped lead a defense that ranks sixth in the country in 3rd down conversion percentage defense (.243) whle allowing just 10.9 points per game.

Wilcox was one of only 15 running backs from across Division III selected for the honor and the senior leads the nation in yards per rush (8.13), is for fourth in the nation in total rushing yards (1,675), and is seventh in rushing touchdowns (19).   The Finance major currently owns a 3.56 GPA was also named the NEWMAC Offensive Athlete of the Year following five games with at least three touchdowns, and four performances with at least 200 rushing yards.
 
In addition to earning NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year honors, Giorgio is a Business Management major who has produced a 3.44 GPA.  The junior ranks first on the team with 58 tackles, including 41 unassisted stops, and set the program record for tackles-for-loss in a season, notching 24, including 9.5 sacks.  Entering postesason, Giorgio is second in the nation in tackles-for-loss per game (2.4).