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Senior Captain Andrew Madigan New Team Leader in Tackles

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., September 25, 2006 – The Springfield College football team has exceeded expectations early this season by beginning the season with a 3-0 record. A major key to the success has been the play of the Pride defense, and specifically senior captain Andrew Madigan.

Madigan, an inside linebacker from New Britain, Conn., leads the Springfield College football team in tackles, racking up 26 in the first three contests. Of the 26 tackles Madigan has recorded, 11 have been unassisted. Adding to the impressive numbers Madigan has accumulated through the first three weeks are a forced fumble and a sack. Andrew led the team in tackles in each of the past two weeks.

Madigan has become a leader for the Pride defense, which has held opponents to 429 yards rushing in the first three games. The Springfield College defense has aided the squad in defeating then 11th-ranked Union (38-30), Montclair St. (27-15), and most recently Alfred University (41-34). During the first week of the season the Pride was ranked #1 overall in New England area Division III poll.

Accolades have not escaped Madigan during his time playing for SC. Madigan has been a vital player on the SC defense in the past, even earning First Team All-Empire 8 recognition in 2005. During the 2005 season, Madigan led the team in tackles, recording 105 in his 10 games played.

Madigan’s play during the second week of the 2006 season earned him ECAC Division III Northwest Defensive Player of the Week honors in addition to Empire 8 Defensive Player of the Week accolades. The honors were given to Madigan after his 11 tackles along with a forced fumble.

Off the football field, Madigan has made an impression on the Springfield College campus. Madigan is a sport management major and has earned dean’s list honors in two of his years at SC. During his time at New Britain High School, Madigan earned All-Conference honors in football in all three years in which he played.

Andrew is the son of Anthony and Debra Madigan of New Britain, Conn.

This week, Springfield College (3-0, 1-0) hosts Utica College (1-2, 0-0) in an Empire 8 Conference game at 1:00 p.m.

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