The Springfield College football team is one win away from capturing their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown in program history, thanks to a 17-7 victory last night against MIT.
With a win on Saturday against Catholic University, the Pride will secure the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which will begin Saturday, November 20.
David Wells highlighted his team’s win against the Engineers by rushing for a game-high 142 yards on 22 carries and two touchdowns while completing two passes for 19 yards.
Christian Hutra’s 33-yard field goal with 4:55 remaining in the fourth quarter sealed the come-from-behind win as the Engineers led the Pride, 7-6, at the break, thanks to a 10-yard touchdown pass from Chris Mauck to Dennis Gastel with 6:48 remaining in the second quarter.
Springfield produced 402 yards of total offense on 85 plays while MIT finished with 181 yards on 50 plays.
The Pride was picked to win the league crown prior to their initial game of the 2021 season – Springfield garnered two first-place votes and started their campaign with one win and three losses. They have not lost a game since losing to Husson University at the end of September.