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Football Looks To Bounce Back At WPI In NEWMAC Opener

Football Looks To Bounce Back At WPI In NEWMAC Opener

Springfield, Mass. – September 13, 2018 – The Springfield College football team will open up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play on Saturday when they travel to battle WPI in Alumni Stadium on Saturday, September 22 at 12:00 p.m. 

Last Week...

Springfield was defeated by Union College, 45-10, on Stagg Field, as after jumping out to a 10-0 lead, the Pride surrendered the final 45 points of the game to lose for the first time in 2018.  Springfield, which was ranked No. 25 in the latest Poll, had won its last 10 regular-season home games dating back to 2016, as its last loss came on September 10th, 2016 in a 35-21 setback to St. John Fisher. The Pride managed just 126 yards of total offense in the game as the Dutchmen knocked out two of the Pride's quarterbacks in Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) and David Wells (Shelton, Conn.).  Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) took the majority of the snaps in the second half, finishing the game with 28 yards and a touchdown.  Defensively, Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) had four stops, including 1.5 tackles-for-loss and Jack Pavelchak (Patchogue, N.Y.)delivered three stops and an interception for Springfield.

About the Matchup...

In a series that dates back to 1902, Springfield has won 30 of the 34 meetings, having tied in both 1904 and 1906.  After WPI earned wins in 2014 and 2015, in 2016, Springfield strung together 28-unanswered points and held on for a thrilling 28-23 win over WPI at Stagg Field. Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) came in under center in late in the second quarter and was the spark Springfield's offense needed as he totaled 164 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while completing two passes for 76 yards and another score.

Last season, playing in its first-ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, Springfield stormed past WPI, 42-10, on Stagg Field as the Pride's rushing attack produced 574 yards on the ground, averaging 9.0 yards per carry.  Individually, Jake Eglintine (Ballston Spa, N.Y.) rushed for a team-best 139 yards and was one of five student-athletes to find the end zone on the day.  Defensively, Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made a team-best nine stops, including 2.5 for loss as Springfield held WPI to just 2-of-14 on third down conversions.

Inaugural Champions

In last year's inaugural season of football in the NEWMAC, Springfield went a perfect 7-0 in league play.  In seven conference games last season, Springfield averaged 47 points and nearly 510 yards of offense, while allowing just 8.6 points per game to conference foes. 

Among the National Leaders...

Category Rank Statistic
Rushing Offense 10th 329.7 YPG
Punt Return Defense 46th 1.83 YPR
Red Zone Offense 53rd 87.5%
Turnovers Lost 53rd 3
Kickoff Returns 56th 22.91 YPR
Rushing Touchdowns Chad Shade 6th (7)
Total Touchdowns Chad Shade 10th (7)
Total Points Scored  Chad Shade 10th (42)
Rush Yards Per Carry Chad Shade 16th (7.84)
Rushing Yards Per Game Chad Shade 21st (133.3)

In the Polls...

In the first AFCA Division Coaches Poll of the season, Springfield is listed among those teams who are receiving votes.  After their setback to Union last weekend, Springfield College slipped out of the National Poll, marking the first time since the preseason poll in 2017 that the Pride has not received votes.  

Bouncing Back... 

In the 24 games in which Springfield has had Mike Cerasuolo, the Pride has only lost back-to-back games once, which happened to be the first two games of his head coaching career with setbacks to Western New England (26-10) and St. John Fisher (35-21).  In the four other instances where Springfield has lost, they have bounced back with a win and have averaged nearly 30 points on offense while surrendering 13. 

Last Saturday's game proved to be the most points that Springfield has allowed in a loss since to dropped a 49-21 decision to Hobart on October 12, 2013.  Additionally, the Pride's 10 points was its fewest since it scored seven in a 12-7 setback at Hobart in 2016.

About the Engineers...

WPI heads into conference play with a 2-1 record, with wins over Anna Maria (54-0) and Becker (45-0), and its lone loss coming to No. 24 RPI (25-14).  Most recently, Sean McAllen was recognized with conference and regional honors after he rushed for 160 yards on just 16 carries with three touchdowns and caught three passes for 25 yards and a score in the win over Becker. Playing in its home opener, WPI is averaging 415 offensive yards per game, including 251 through the air, while allowing just 78 rushing yards per game.