Springfield, Mass. - June 8, 2018 - Coming off a historic 2017 campaign, the Springfield College football program has caught the attention of several national outlets and will enter the 2018 season appearing in a number of preseason national polls.
The Pride was ranked seventh in the Lindy's Sports Division III preseason poll, 21st in Street & Smith's preseason poll, and was receiving votes in the D3football.com preseason poll. Springfield returns seven starters on the offensive side of the ball, including five offensive lineman, and six defensive starters.
In the Lindy's poll, Springfield appears in the top 10 alongside some of the other premier programs in Division III. Mount Union, the defending NCAA Division III national champion, sits at No. 1 the poll, followed by Wisconsin-Oshkosh and Mary Hardin-Baylor. Brockport, St. John's, St. Thomas, Springfield, Trine, Muhlenberg, and Wesley round out the top 10.
Springfield wasn't the only New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) team to appear in Lindy's poll, as WPI came in at No. 21. A total of four New England schools appeared in the top 25, with Husson coming in at No. 11 and Trinity (Conn.) at No. 22. In the Street & Smith's poll, Springfield is one of three teams from New England, and is joined by Trinity (No. 22) and Amherst (No. 24). According to D3football.com, Springfield will enter the season just outside the Top 25, as it is the first team listed among those receiving votes. The Pride is one of only two New England schools mentioned in the poll, as Framingham State is also receiving votes.
Last season, the Pride produced an undefeated regular season with a 10-0 record en route to winning the inaugural NEWMAC Championship. The Pride returned to the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the first time since 2006 and finished the year with a number of single-season program records, including team rushing yards (4,787), team total offense (5,170), total points (480). Additionally, Springfield registered the most rushing yards in all of college football and ranked seventh in Division III in scoring with 43.9 points per game. As impressive as Springfield's offense was, the Pride's defense was just as dynamic as it set a program record for fewest total points allowed (132), while ranking fifth in Division III in total defense (233.8) and sixth in scoring defense (12.0).