Springfield, Mass. - September 23, 2017 - Playing in its first-ever New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) game, the Springfield College football team stormed past WPI, 42-10, on Stagg Field Saturday afternoon.
Springfield is now 4-0, 1-0 on conference action and is off to its best start since the 2006 campaign. The Engineers evened their record to 2-2, 0-1. Today was the inaugural day of football in the NEWMAC, which is a newly formed football league consists of eight elite institutions that come from six different states and have combined for 17 NCAA championship appearances.
The Pride's rushing attack was sensational on the day as it 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. Tyler Hyde (Plantsville, Conn.) added 113 yards and a score on just five carries, Hunter Belzo (Middletown, Conn.) produced 96 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries, Jordan Wilcox (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) found the end zone twice to go along with 84 yards, and Cory DeSimone (West Yarmouth, Mass.) had 66 yards and score on two just carries.
Defensively, Josh Corporan (Lincoln Park, N.J.) made a team-best nine stops, including 2.5 for loss, while Rich Williams (Wethersfield, Conn.) added seven tackles. Marlowe Scott (Dorchester, Mass.) had two of the Pride's three interceptions as Springfield held WPI to just 2-of-14 on third down conversions.
For the vistors, Sean McAllen carried the ball 20 times for 83 yards, while Blake Rice was 19-for-38 for 198 yards, a touchdown, and three interceptions. WPI's Nick Ostrowski made a game-high 10 stops and Sam Casey made eight tackles, had an interception and fumble recovery.
WPI scored the game's first points when Spencer Herrington cashed in on a field goal from 20 yards at the 8:04 mark, capping off an 11-play, 61-yard drive that lasted just over five minutes. Springfield responded back with their first touchdown when Belzo broke free down the right side line for a 26-yard score with 1:01 left in the quarter.
Springfield put together a dominating drive to close out the second quarter, marching 90 yards over 17 plays in a 5:54 span. Eglintine converted a key 3rd and 18 as he busted up the middle for 26 yards, and five plays later, Wilcox plunged in from two yards out to give the hosts a 14-3 cusion.
The Pride blew open the game with a 21-point third quarter, a stanza in which it rushed for 245 yards on 16 carries. After forcing a three-and-out to start the half, Springfield needed just three plays to find paydirt as Wilcox broke free for a 46-yard score up the gut. After Scott picked off the Engineers on the WPI 38-yard line, Springfield pushed its lead to 28-3 at the 11:29 mark, just 1:34 after Wilcox's touchdown, on a one-yard score by Eglintine.
WPI scored their lone touchdown of the game with 7:28 left in the third as Rice hooked up with Brendan Chipman on a 28-yard fade route down the left sideline, only to have Springfield answer back 43 seconds later when DeSimone took the pitch past the goaline from eight yards. Springfield scored their final touchdown the game with 6:44 left in regulation after Hyde got loose for a 75-yard score.
Springfield will continue NEWMAC play next Saturday when it hosts Norwich at 12 pm.
Photo by Roy Chambers