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Football To Clash With WPI In Regular-Season Finale

Springfield College Football Springfield, Mass. – November 14, 2013 - Winners of its last two games, the Springfield College football team hosts WPI in the regular-season finale on Saturday, with the Liberty League match kicking off at noon.

Last Week…
In a 35-28 win over Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) last week, the Pride was led by sophomore quarterback Tim O’Brien (East Bridgewater, Mass.), who rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns. It was the second-straight win for Springfield, which improves to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in conference play.

RPI got on the board first, as the Engineers converted on a 26-yard pass from Jessie Maynard. After a series of exchanges, RPI looked to score again, but Danny Macalena (Congers, N.Y.) forced a fumble, which catapulted Springfield into action. Springfield scored 21 points in the second quarter off rushes from O’Brien and Christian Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J.).

In the fourth quarter, RPI came storming down the field trailing by seven, only to have the ball turned over on downs as the Pride came up with critical stop on fourth and goal. Springfield’s offense was able to seal the victory, after draining the final 7:44 off of the clock. Springfield’s offense came from the ground game, which tallied 328 yards on 61 attempts.

A Season Ago…
In their 29th meeting, Springfield cruised to a 62-23 victory, rushing for 503 yards on 71 attempts. After the Engineers took an early lead, the Pride went on to score 34 unanswered points to seize control.

The offense was led by Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.), who carried the ball for 168 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Jonathan Marrero (Boston, Mass.) threw for 87 yards and a touchdown, while running 48 yards on 11 attempts.

National Ranks…
After a stellar ground game last week, the Pride climbed two spots in the national rankings, averaging 301 rushing yards per game, good for sixth in the country. Springfield ranks 29th in the nation in tackles for loss, averaging 8.3 per game.

Individually, Macalena is tied for 12th in the national rankings, averaging two tackles for loss per game. He’s tallied 16 this season. The junior linebacker has also forced three fumbles, good for 22nd in the country.

About WPI…
The Engineers currently hold a record of 3-6 overall, with a 2-4 record in the Liberty League. Last week, the Engineers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 31-21 win over Rochester.

WPI has beat Curry College and tallied conference wins over RPI and Rochester.

Catch the action…
If you’re unable to attend, you can still follow the action as the game will be streaming live and can be accessed here. In addition, Sports Radio 1450 The Hall will be doing its live audio broadcast..

You can also follow Springfield College Athletics on Twitter, @SC_Pride for updates and don’t forget to sign up for text message and email alerts, which can be done here.

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