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.

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

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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!


Pro Football Links 


College & High School Links


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

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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)