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Giorgio Repeats As NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year; 10 Earn All-Conference Honors

Giorgio Repeats As NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year; 10 Earn All-Conference Honors

Springfield, Mass. - November 14, 2018 - Springfield College's Nick Giorgio (Cumberland, R.I.) was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football Defensive Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season to highlight the Pride's conference postseason awards.  

Giorgio was one of 10 student-athletes who were named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Teams, and was joined on the first team by Nick Bainter (East Bridgewater, Mass.), David Mikos (North Haven, Conn.), Tim Christensen (Attleboro, Mass.), Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.), Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.), AJ Smith (Rahway, N.J.), and Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.).  Brennan Fleming (Mechanicville, N.Y.) and Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park, N.J.) took home second-team honors.  

A year after winning the inaugural NEWMAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, Giorgio's senior campaign has been even more impressive.  The Business Management major leads the team with 70 tackles and has been relentless in opponents backfields, racking up 12.5 sacks and 24.5 tackles-for-loss.  He is the Division III active career leader in forced fumbles (9) and currently ranks second in all of college football for career tackles-for-loss per game, averaging 1.83.  He is the first-ever player in program history to earn multiple defensive player of the year honors. 
Bainter, Mikos, Christensen, and Fleming all had a stellar years up front for the Pride, leading an offensive line that helped produce the sixth-best rushing attack in Division III football this season, averaging nearly 300 yards on the ground per game.  Additionally, the group has held opponents to only 47 tackles behind the line out of the 682 offensive plays this season. 
A tremendous defensive back for Springfield, Scott organized a defensive unit throughout the season while making 42 tackles in just eight games.  The Sport Management major added three pass break ups, an interception, a forced fumble, and fumble recovery in leading the Pride back to the postseason. 

Smith had a dominant second season leading the Springfield linebacker corps in which he was second on the team with 60 stops, including eight tackles-for-loss and a pair of interceptions. The Sport Management major was also valuable on special teams, blocking what would have been the game-tying field goal at WPI in the Pride's conference opener.

After earning all-conference honors a season ago as a halfback, Belzo was honored under the athlete category in 2018 as he switched positions midway through the year.  Playing quarterback for the Pride, the Criminal Justice major led the conference with 906 rushing yards and ran for 11 touchdowns, while also throwing for 311 yards and three scores. 

Callahan earned his the first all-conference honor of his career following a strong season in the Pride's backfield.  The Business Management major has 573 yards through 10 games and averaged over four yards per carry as he found the end zone three times during his sophomore season. 

Starting all 10 games this season, Corporan was an intstrumental part of the Pride's defensive unit.  The Health Science major has produced 54 tackles and leads the team with seven pass breakups.