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Springfield College Athletes of the Week: Rachel Litchfield and Max Nacewicz

Jordan Karnes
Staff Writer





Rachel Litchfield

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Litchfield, a native of Northbridge, Mass., has played a valuable part in the three-game winning streak and hot start for the Springfield College women’s tennis season this year.

Litchfield picked up her first career victory in both singles and doubles against Wheaton on Sept. 13th. Since Sept. 13th, Litchfield has gone 3-0 in both singles and doubles and now has a 4-2 record.

Q. How has your transition to college tennis been?
A. At first my transition into college was hard because it was my first time leaving home, but being with my team almost 24/7 during preseason really helped me to accustom to the team quickly.  I love everyone on the team and they’ve been great in helping me transition.  At first though, preseason was extremely tough, but by the time we started the regular season I was prepared and I knew what to expect.  

Q. It’s only the beginning of your tennis career here at Springfield College and you’ve already made a huge impact. What’s the biggest thing you hope to contribute to this team?
A. I want to contribute my best effort every time I step out on the court.  I want the team to know I’m a hard worker and I hope to show how hard I work in all of my matches.


Max Nacewicz

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Nacewicz, a senior Defensive End, has used his experience and leadership to run the defense for the Pride. He has 37 tackles, four and a half sacks, and one forced fumble so far this season.

Nacewicz has also picked up many accolades this week such as Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Northwest Defensive Player of the Week as well as the Liberty League’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Q. As a senior leader on the defensive side of the ball, what’s your job on the field?
A. We face a lot of adversity in the game and being a senior LB its my job to make sure as a defensive unit we keep our composure and focus on the next play. 

Q. What do you hope to improve on throughout this season?
A. As a personal goal, I would really like to perfect my technique with some of my pass rush moves and making my reads at LB. As a defensive unit we need to work on finishing games and getting off the field on 3rd down.

Q. What’s your favorite thing about SC football?
A. My favorite thing about SC Football is the brotherhood. The memories and relationships I have with my teammates and coaches will last a lifetime.

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