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Football Lands Eight Student-Athletes on NEWMAC All-Conference Teams

Football Lands Eight Student-Athletes on NEWMAC All-Conference Teams

Springfield, Mass. - November 21, 2019 - The Springfield College football team had eight student-athletes named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football All-Conference Teams. 

On the first team, Springfield was represented by Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.), Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.)Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.), AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.), and Chaz Ruffin (Enfield, Conn.), while John Cox (Stamford, Conn.), Tony Valentino (North Haven, Conn.), and Jack Pavelchak (Patchogue, N.Y.) took home second-team honors.  

Bainter, Cox, and Valentino anchored an offensive line that helped produce the best rushing attack in Division III football this season, averaging 357 yards on the ground per game.  Additionally, the group held opponents to only 43 tackles behind the line out of the 945 offensive plays this season and helped the Pride rank 12th at the Division III level in time of possession, averaging 33:58 per game.
 
A tremendous defensive lineman for Springfield, Ruffin wrapped up his senior season producing 7.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss, resulting in a loss of 53 yards.  The Applied Exercise Science major registered 33 tackles on the year, including 23 solo stops.  

Smith earned his second-straight all-conference honor thanks to a sensational junior season as he led Springfield with 72 tackles, including 31 unassisted stops. The Sport Management major broke up three passes, recorded a pair of interceptions, and also recovered a fumble as the only junior captain for the Pride this year. 

Shade returned to Springfield's lineup and was a dynamic playmaker in helping Springfield have the best rushing offense in Division III college football.  The Physical Education major led the team with 771 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, while also throwing for 456 yards and seven touchdowns while appearing in all 10 games at quarterback.

Callahan earned his second all-conference honor of his career following a dominant season in the Pride's backfield.  The Business Management major racked up 683 yards, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, as the physical fullback found the end zone six times. 

Starting all 10 games this season, Pavelchak was an instrumental part of the Pride's defensive unit.  The Applied Exercise Science major has produced 45 tackles, including four for loss, while also forcing and recovering a fumble as a senior captain.  

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