Noontime’s Senior Salute: Nick Bainter (Springfield College)

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Springfield College center Nick Bainter enjoyed competing for a program that celebrates tradition, commitment, and brotherhood. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com

For Nick Bainter, being able to compete for a team that “celebrated tradition, commitment, and brotherhood” is what he will miss the most when he graduates from Springfield College later this spring.

The East Bridgewater, Massachusetts native, who was spotted at the center position, played 39 games for the Pride and helped the team conclude its most recent campaign atop the NCAA National Rankings for Division III in rushing offense. Springfield’s rushing attack averaged 357.4 rushing yards in ten contests last fall, which was the third-highest average among all college football programs (FBS, FCS, D-II, and D-III) behind Harding University (373.0) and Navy (360.5). 

Named a 2019 D3football.com Preseason All-America First Team honoree, Bainter was honored months later by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) for the third time in his career, while being recognized by the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society earlier this month. 

We recently spoke with Bainter, who is studying criminal justice, to discuss his final season with the Pride’s football program.


What will you remember most about your final season with the Pride? 

All the laughs. There are so many different personalities on my team from coaches to players, who made me and my teammates laugh. But in addition to the laughter, there were so many great moments, too, and I consider myself lucky that I was able to surround myself with the best group of men this world has to offer.

As for what I will remember most from this past season is how our team grew from defeat. This team battled every week and we learned that when adversity hits you can either melt or come out like steel.

Was there a game (or two) that you will remember most from either your senior season or the past three years? If so, which game(s) are they? 

The first one would be my first season with the program when we played WPI. Both I and quarterback Chad Shade started that particular game. We ended up winning the game and had a lot of fun.

The second game would be beating our local rival Western New England two years ago. We came out of the gates playing fast, physical football, and had a lot of fun. I remember watching the film of the game the next day and being amazed by the physicality we displayed.

What have you enjoyed most about competing for your team/program these past four years? What will you miss most after graduation? 

Competing for a program that celebrates tradition, commitment, and brotherhood. Springfield College is an incredibly special place. We have a character-driven culture at our school and on our football team.

I will miss being around the guys and the coaches. I will forever miss hearing “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money after victories. I will also miss hearing my teammates chant, “Roll Groups, roll.” And of course, I will miss spending time together with this brotherhood.

Do you hope to stay involved with your sport in the future?

I absolutely plan to stay involved in football. This is a special game that has had a massive impact on my life as well as an impact on many other lives.

Noontime’s All-Decade Massachusetts D3 Football Team

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Yesterday, we kicked off our Noontime Sports (and NoontimeSports.com) All-Decade Week, and it continues today with our Massachusetts D3 Football Team from 2010-2019.

This was a fun walk down memory lane, highlighting a slew of student-athletes we covered and interviewed over the past ten years that earned a variety of end of season honors, including D3Football.com All-American honors to first or second-team nods to program record-holders to the final Gold Helmet Recipients from the New England Football Writers (NEFW).  And as usual, we did our very best to highlight as many student-athletes from across the Bay State.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Massachusetts D3 Football Team (Offense)

Pat Moffitt (QB)

Williams College

Turnersville, N.J.

Melikke Van Alstyne (RB)

Framingham State 

Salem, Mass. 

Chance Brady (RB)

Tufts University

Haverhill, Mass. 

Jordan Wilcox (FB)

Springfield College

Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Jack Lavanchy (WR)

Bridgewater State

Walpole, Mass. 

Jacob Maher (TE)

Framingham State/Worcester State

Marshfield, Mass. 

Elliot Tobin (OL)

MIT

Minnetonka, Minn.

Pat Sullivan (OL)

UMass Dartmouth

Everett, Mass. 

Nick Bainter (OL)

Springfield College

East Bridgewater, Mass. 

Nick Stanfield (OL)

Framingham State 

Everett, Mass. 

Ken Vollaro (OL)

Western New England

Springfield, Mass. 



The All-Decade Noontime Sports Massachusetts D3 Football Team (Defense)

James Muirhead (DL)

Framingham State 

Middleboro, Mass. 

Nick Giorgio (DE)

Springfield College

Cumberland, R.I.

Kevin Eagan

Endicott College

West Hartford, Conn. 

Bryan Narcisse (DE)

Worcester State

Medway, Mass. 

Max Nacewicz (LB)

Springfield College

Sandy Hook, Conn. 

Brian Murtagh (LB)

WPI

Wayland, Mass. 

Erich Keutmann (LB)

Western New England

Washingtonville, N.Y.

Obi Etuka (DB)

Western New England

Middletown, Conn. 

Clifford Oratokhai (DB)

Worcester State 

Worcester, Mass. 

Jimmy Fairfield-Sonn (S)

Amherst College 

Old Lyme, Conn. 

Sam Casey (S)

WPI

Winchester, Mass.


The All-Decade Noontime Sports Massachusetts D3 Football Team (Special Teams)

Dylan Rushe (K)

Endicott College

Palos Verdes, Calif.

Nick DiCairano (K)

Endicott College

Trumbull, Conn.

Spencer Herrington (K/P)

WPI

Clearfield, Pa.

Ernie Mello (ST)

WPI

Wilmington, Mass. 

The Early Preseason Outlook: Springfield College Pride

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Our ‘Early Preseason Outlook’ coverage continues with a closer look at the Springfield College Pride, who begin their season on Saturday, September 7th when they visit Western New England at 1 p.m. The winner of this week one clash will claim Pynchon SAW trophy.

The Pride’s 2018 Season: Springfield concluded ist 2018 campaign with an 8-3 record, along with its first-ever New England Bowl victory, too.

The Pride’s win over Maritime (N.Y.) in the New England Bowl was highlighted by a pair of rushing touchdowns by Hunter Belzo, three interceptions by Jonny Bianchi and a team-hight 12 total tackles from Nick Giorgio.

Prior to scoring an exciting end of season win, Springfield scored early-season victories against Western New England and Kean University, as well as a gritty conference victory at WPI.

Springfield bid farewell to 24 student-athletes from last year’s squad this spring, including Bianchi, Giorgio, and linebacker Tom Casey, but do return a slew of talent that will keep them in the mix for their second New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship this season.

The 2019 Outlook: While the Pride’s defense will look a bit different this season with some key graduation losses, the unit does return linebacker AJ Smith, who posted career-highs last fall in total tackles (68.0), tackles per game (6.2), sacks (four), and tackles for a loss (nine).

Smith, along Jack Pavelchak (linebacker) and Grayson Heyward (defensive line), will be the leaders of the defense, which yielded 16.3 points per game one year ago.

Quarterback Chad Shade and halfback Hunter Belzo will be the focal points of the Pride’s offense – the duo combined for 23 touchdowns last season and should receive some help fullback Tim Callahan, who finished 2018 with 642 rushing yards on 146 carries and three scores.

Nick Bainter returns to anchor an offensive line that helped the offense rush for 295.2 yards per game last fall. Bainter will receive some help upfront from Jeremy Lipsky, who appeared in 10 games last season, along with John Cox.

Springfield is certainly a team to watch this season – they will definitely contend for the NEWMAC crown – but one of the biggest questions facing this unit is their defense. The offense should have no problem continuing its success on the ground from one year ago.

Springfield’s Schedule: As usual, the Pride will challenge themselves immediately with a trio of non-conference games in the first three weeks before hosting WPI on Saturday, September 28th for a 3 p.m. kick-off. All four September contests are winnable, but they certainly aren’t easy.

A week three match-up with Union College is one to circle – the Pride lost to the Dutchmen last season before rebounding one week later with a hard-fought conference win over WPI.

Springfield will entertain Norwich University in the first week of October before hitting the road for two more important conference meetings with Coast Guard Academy and Merchant Marine.

Weeks after their visit to Merchant Marine, the Pride will cap their 2019 campaign with a visit from MIT, which defeated Springfield last fall to secure their initial NEWMAC crown.

Players to Watch: Chad Shade (Quarterback/Pittsfield, Mass.), Hunter Belzo (Halfback/Middletown, Conn.), Tim Callahan (Fullback/Enfield, Conn.), Ryan Deguire (Halfback/Schenectady, N.Y.), Nick Bainter (Offensive Line/East Bridgewater, Mass.), Jeremy Lipsky (Offensive Line/Glen Rock, N.J),  John Cox (Offensive Line/Stratford, Conn.), AJ Smith (Linebacker/Rahway, N.J.), Jack Pavelchak (Linebacker/Patchogue, N.Y.), and Grayson Heyward (Defensive End/Albany, N.Y.).


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D3 Football Notebook: Bainter, Maher Named To D3Football.com Preseason All-American Team

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By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11

D3Football.com released its 2018 Preseason All-American team last night and a pair of Massachusetts student-athletes earned spots on the second and third teams, respectively.

Worcester State tight end Jacob Maher of Marshfield, Massachusetts secured a spot on the second team, while Springfield College center Nick Bainter of East Bridgewater, Massachusetts appeared on the third team.

Maher concluded his second season with the Lancers by leading the MASCAC with 14 receiving touchdowns, along with a team-best 84 points. He also recorded 986 receiving yards last year, which is an average of 98.6 receiving yards per game. The receiving yards average was second-best in the conference.

Following his team’s final game, Maher collected a slew of postseason awards, including the AP Little All-America first team honor. Per a recent Worcester State release on Maher, who was recently named to the 2018 College Football America NCAA Division III Starting Lineup, the junior tight end was the first Lancer to earn AP Little All-America first team honors.

Bainter started 11 games last fall for Springfield and was named to D3Football.com’s National Team of the Week last October following the Pride’s dominating performance against Catholic University. The Pride tallied a team-high 68 points against the Cardinals, while tallying a team-best 625 yards on the ground.

Springfield concluded its 2017 campaign as the best rushing offense in Division III, averaging 435.2 yards per game.

In addition to being recognized by D3Football.com last fall, Bainter was also named to the ECAC Division III Football All-Region Team.