Springfield, Mass. - September 7, 2019 - The Springfield College football team was defeated by Western New England, 33-17, on Saturday afternoon at Golden Bear Stadium in the annual Pynchon SAW game.
It marked the seventh time that these two rivals met in the Pynchon SAW Game, which is derived from city founder William Pynchon and the acronym of "SAW" is for the first initial of both schools, Springfield And Western New England. After winning the game the last two years, Springfield lost to WNE for the first time since 2016.
Springfield finished the game rushing for 312 yards, with Pat Ladas (Middlefield, Conn.) totaling a team-best 90 yards on 13 carries. David Wells (Shelton, Conn.) added 69 yards and a touchdown, Tim Callahan (Enfield, Conn.) added 67 yards, and Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) added 52 yards on the ground. Defensively, Jack Pavelchak (Patchogue, N.Y.) made 10 tackles and Michael Mancuso (Northvale, N.J.) chipped in nine tackles, including two for loss.
Western New England had 477 yards of total offense, with quarterback Alec Coleman going 28-for-36 for 305 yards and a score to go along with 46 rushing yards and a touchdown.
After the Pride's opening drive stalled on their own 40-yard line, WNE marched 62 yards in 11 plays to get on the scoreboard with a Kieran Lombard 23-yard field goal at 8:04. Ladas opened up the ensuing drive with a bruising 56-yard run down the middle, and Springfield appeared ready to answer back with the game's first touchdown. However, a fumble on the three-yard line six plays later gave the hosts the ball back. Springfield answered right back by forcing a fumble of their own to regain the ball on the WNE 25 yard line, and Chad Shade (Pittsfield, Mass.) scored from four yards out with 1:00 on the clock to give the Pride a 7-3 lead.
Just over two minutes into the second quarter, WNE went up for good as Coleman connected with Steven Fedorchak for a 34-yard touchdown strike on 4th-and-1 to cap off a 8-play, 70-yard drive. The hosts added 10 points in the final 5:19 of the half as Jamrye Soberanis punched one in from six yards and Lombard added a 25-yard field goal.
The Golden Bears needed just 2:34 to go 72 yards on seven plays as Coleman opened the second half with a 18-yard touchdown to make it 27-7. Springfield responded with one of its best drives of the game, as a 13-play, 67-yard drive resulted in Christian Hutra (Holmes, N.Y.) cashing in on a 21-yard field goal. The Golden Bears answered with Lombard's third field goal of the game, this time from 31 yards with 1:15 left in the third, as the hosts owned 30-10 lead with 15 minutes to play.
The teams would trade a pair of possessions before Wells broke free for a 69-yard score with 6:21 left in regulation. Lombard would conclude the scoring with his fourth field goal of the day, a 26-yarder with 2:41 on the clock.
Springfield will play in its home opener next Saturday when it hosts Kean at 12 pm on Stagg Field.
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