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Bainter, Wilcox, Giorgio, and Hayden Earn ECAC All-Region Recognition

Bainter, Wilcox, Giorgio, and Hayden Earn ECAC All-Region Recognition

Danbury, Conn. - December 4, 2017 - The Springfield College football program landed four student-athletes on the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Football All-Region Team.  Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.), Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.), and Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) were each selected as first-team honorees, while Christopher Hayden (Madison, Maine) collected second-team accolades.  

Bainter, who is majoring in Applied Exercise Science, started all 10 games as Springfield's center and helped orchestrate one of the top offenses in all of college football.  This year, the Pride ran for nearly 4,800 yards, averaging 435 yards per game, which resulted the Pride owning the seventh-best scoring offense in the country (43.6 ppg), while its 19.15 passing yards per completion was the fourth-best in the nation.

Previously named the NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, Giorgio is a Business Management major who owns a 3.44 GPA and is a CoSIDA Academic All-District recipient.  The junior ranked second on the team with 65 tackles, including 46 unassisted stops, and set the program record for tackles-for-loss in a season, notching 26, including 10.5 sacks.  At the conclusion of the year, Giorgio ranked second in the nation in tackles-for-loss per game (2.4) and was a catalyst for Springfield ranking fifth in total defense (233.8 ypg) and seventh in the nation in scoring defense (12.0 ppg).
One of four national finalists for the 2017 Gagliardi National Player of the Year Trophy, Wilcox helped lead  Springfield back to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2006.  The NEWMAC Offensive Player of the Year finished the season ranking in the top five nationally in a number of offensive categories, including rushing yards (1,786), yards per game (162.4), yards per rush (7.83), and total touchdowns (23) and as also collected earned CoSIDA Academic All-District honor as a Finance major with a 3.56 GPA.  

Hayden is an Applied Exercise Science major with a 3.94 GPA and was instrumental on the Pride's offensive line in paving the way for the nation's top ground attack.  A NEWMAC First-Team All-Conference selection and the owner of the top GPA among the 22 student-athletes from New England previously selected for the CoSIDA All-District honor, Hayden's toughness on the line allowed the Pride to rank seventh in the country in third-down conversion (49.6%).