Although a 6-3 overall record held the Springfield College football team from entering the Division III NCAA Tournament, the Pride have earned a chance to play one more game at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field when they will take on the Norwich Cadets in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 12 p.m.
This is the sixth time in the history of Springfield College football that the Pride will host an ECAC championship game. The Cadets come into the game with a 7-3 overall record as well as a 6-1 record in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference.
Early in the 2013 season, Norwich fell to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute on September 7, 20-7, and followed it up with a week two loss to St. Lawrence, 14-3. Although these are both teams that Springfield defeated handily, the Cadets turned it around and defeated Worcester Polytechnic Institute by a score of 31-14 in the following week before entering league play.
After last Saturday’s game against WPI in which Springfield defeated the Engineers 35-21, the Pride jumped up one spot in the national rankings. Although Springfield has struggled a little this season with scoring, the Pride have picked up the running game as of late, posting an incredible average of 306.9 rushing yards per game, which is fifth in the country.
Earlier this week, two members of the Pride were tabbed to the Liberty League’s first team, including offensive lineman and senior Mike MacDonald, as well as senior free safety Sam Weiss.
Being recognized on the second team was junior linebacker Danny Macalena, while senior center Scott Leech and sophomore defensive tackle Kashden Naraine were recognized as honorable mentions.
According to the Springfield College Athletics press release, for those who are attending the game and wish to tailgate, parking will be available in Lot 10 behind Blake Arena, and will cost $15 while spots are available.
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