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Player Perspective: Chad Shade (Springfield College)

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Springfield College quarterback Chad Shade is optimistic about the Pride’s offense this season. (PHOTO COURTESY: Springfield College Athletics)

By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

As we inch closer to a brand new season of New England Division III football – we are 14 days away from the first Saturday of the 2019 season – we will be speaking with student-athletes in the region about their team’s upcoming season.

Today, we chat with Chad Shade, a senior quarterback for the Springfield College football team, who will be tasked with leading a talented Pride offense that averaged 25.0 points and 324.7 yards per game last season.

Shade competed in just four contests last season but enjoyed a very successful outing against Western New England by recording career-bests in points scored (36), touchdowns (six), rushing yards (247) and all-purpose yards (247).

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts native is eager for his final season to begin – he will be spotted under center in two weeks when he and the Pride commence their 2019 campaign against Western New England in the annual Pynchon SAW Game.

What did you do this summer to prepare yourself for the upcoming season?

I rehabbed my leg to get it back to full strength by doing physical therapy along with our summer workouts that were provided for the team. 

What goals do you have, both personal and team objectives, that you hope to accomplish this fall? 

My goal is to make this team better any way I can by being a leader (both) on and off the field. I want to make plays and do anything I can to help my team win. As a team, our goal is to go 1-0 every day. If we get a little better each day the results will come and we will see where that takes us this fall.

I know you only appeared in four games last season, but tell me about how you were able to assist both Hunter and the offense from the sidelines in games and practices? Do you feel that experience – providing insight/additional coaching – will help you this season? 

Absolutely, although I was hurt I was still able to learn a lot last year about our offense. Coach (Greg) Webster, who is our offensive coordinator, came in the same year I did and has taught me a lot. I was able to translate (what I learned) to both Hunter and the offense. Hunter is a great athlete and stepped up for us last year as he always does and was always willing to take feedback being in that new position as quarterback.

How have preseason practices gone from your perspective? 

Preseason practices have been great so far. We have plenty of room to grow and get better, but we have guys flying around giving great attitude and effort.

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Chad Shade was instrumental last fall in his team’s week one win over Western New England. (PHOTO COURTESY:

What must the offense do to enjoy another successful season? 

We have to perfect our craft as much as possible. We have a good amount of returners in the offense so taking every opportunity we get to (improve) will put us in a good position to be successful.

Your team is a few days closer to facing Western New England – what is that rivalry like from your perspective? 

It’s a great rivalry. They have a very successful program and it’s a fun atmosphere to play in every year. We are always excited to compete in that game – (great way) to start the season.

Finally, being a senior, how do you hope to cap your career this fall with the Pride?

I am just looking forward to going out and being able to compete with guys that I can count on like brothers. Every team wants to win a championship, but it doesn’t just happen. I hope to cap this year off by giving it everything I got for these guys and see where it takes us by the end of the year.

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Springfield’s Shade Honored By New England Football Writers (NEFW) as D2/D3 Gold Helmet Recipient


Springfield College junior quarterback Chad Shade was honored by the New England Football Writers (NEFW) on Wednesday as this week’s D2/D3 Golden Helmet Recipient. (PHOTO CREDIT: Springfield College Athletics)

By Matt Noonan | @MattNoonan11 

It has been an exciting few days for Springfield College‘s Chad Shade, who has earned multiple awards for his six-touchdown performance last Friday evening in his team’s season-opening 42-21 win over Western New England.

The Pittsfield, Massachusetts native was tabbed this week’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Offensive of Player of the Week, while being selected to the D3Football.com National Team.

Additionally, he earned our initial Noontime Sports Offensive Player of the Week honor before collecting the first New England Football Writers (NEFW) D2/D3 Gold Helmet award of the season this afternoon at Harvard University.

Shade shattered multiple career-bests last Friday, including a career-high six rushing touchdowns and 247 yards on the ground. He accounted for 32 of his team’s 42 points – also a career-high, too – while ripping off a career-best 75 yard burst in the third quarter, which helped the Pride push ahead for good.

Springfield (1-0) will look to continue its week one momentum this Saturday, September 8th when they visit Kean for a 1 p.m. kick-off. The Cougars were idle this past weekend, but lost to the Pride last season, 28-8, in Springfield.

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Football Friday Notebook: Patriots Rally In Preseason Opener, Endicott Unveils New Lids

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeSports 

Happy Friday, Noontime Sports Football Fans!

We’re back to our weekly Football Friday Notebook so be on the on the lookout for this particular post every Fri-Yay (a.k.a. Friday)!

Let’s kickoff the weekend with some news and notes from the New England gridiron, which includes yes some links to last night’s New England Patriots exhibition win over the Washington Redskins.

Also, make sure to the check-out the Endicott College new football helmets – these hats are on 🔥 fire!

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D3 Lacrosse: Final Noontime Top 10 Men’s Lax Poll (Wednesday, May 30th)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

The 2018 NCAA Division 3 Men’s Lacrosse season officially concluded this past weekend with Wesleyan University winning its first-ever national title with an 8-6 win over Salisbury University at Gillette Stadium.

With the two-goal win, the Cardinals secured the top spot in our final Noontime Sports New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll. Wesleyan began the season as a top team in our poll, but was forced to share the top position with New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes Amherst College and Tufts University. The Jumbos secured the second position in our final poll, while the Mammoths slid into the third spot.

Springfield College, which captured this year’s New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown, checked-in fourth overall, while Williams College rounded out the top five, checking-in fifth overall.

Conn. College and Coast Guard Academy – two teams we watched more closely this season – secured the sixth and sevenths positions, respectively. We expect both teams to be back in the mix next spring, despite some key graduation departures.

As always, you can stay connected with @Noontime_Lax on Twitter for lacrosse news, notes, scores and more!

Men’s D3 New England Top 10 Poll | Weds. May 30th, 2018 

1. Wesleyan University 

19-3, 10-1 NESCAC

2. Tufts University 

18-2, 9-1 NESCAC

3. Amherst College 

15-4, 9-1 NESCAC

4. Springfield College 

13-6, 6-1 NEWMAC 
5. Williams College 

9-8, 6-4 NESCAC

6. Conn. College 

10-6, 5-5 NESCAC

7. Coast Guard Academy 

14-4, 6-1 NEWMAC

8. Middlebury College 

9-7, 5-5 NESCAC

9. Bowdoin College 

8-7, 4-6 NESCAC

10.   Western New England 

13-7, 8-0 CCC

ON THE RISE: Babson College (9-7, 6-1 NEWMAC), Bates College (8-8, 4-6 NESCAC), Johnson & Wales (9-12, 5-4 GNAC), Keene State (12-5, 7-0 LEC) and New England College (16-5, 7-0 NAC)

D3 Lacrosse: Noontime Sports Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 (Monday, April 30th)


By NoontimeSports.com (@NoontimeSports) 

It’s Monday, which means it is time for a brand new New England D3 Men’s Lacrosse Top 10 Poll.

Middlebury College takes over as our top team in the region following an opening round win this past weekend in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament. The Panthers will take on third-ranked Trinity College this Saturday, May 5th in one of two semifinals – second-ranked Amherst College will take on fifth-ranked Bowdoin College. Both semifinals will occur in Middlebury, Vermont with each winner advancing to Sunday’s (May 6th) championship. The winner will secure the NESCAC’s automatic qualifier for the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

Springfield College was the biggest mover, jumping up three spots to the seven position after previously checking-in 10th one week ago. The Pride enter the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament as a third-seed, but will certainly be a team to watch. They will face Smith College in the opening round on Wednesday, May 6th.

Finally, Endicott CollegeMIT and Westfield State made their initial debut on our weekly Top 10 Poll – all three teams will certainly be squads to keep an eye on this week in their respective conference tournaments.

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Women’s Lacrosse Top 10 | Monday, Apr. 30th, 2018

1. Middlebury College 14-2, 9-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 2
2. Amherst College 15-1, 9-1 NESCAC Last Week: No. 1
3. Trinity College 11-5, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 4
4. Tufts University 12-4, 8-2 NESCAC Last Week: No. 3
5. Bowdoin College 12-4, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 5
6. Wesleyan University 10-6, 6-4 NESCAC Last Week: No. 6
7. Springfield College 12-5, 7-1 NEWMAC Last Week: No. 10
8.  Endicott College 12-3, 8-0 CCC Last Week: NR
9. MIT 11-5, 7-1 NEWMAC Last Week: NR
10. Westfield State 15-2, 7-0 MASCAC Last Week: NR

ON THE RISE: Babson College (10-7, 7-1 NEWMAC), Framingham State (15-2, 6-1 MASCAC) and Johnson & Wales University (15-2, 10-0 GNAC).

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