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Ekblom, Nacewicz Earn All-New England Honors

Duke Ekblom and Max Nacewicz Centerville, Mass. -- November 26, 2012 -- Duke Ekblom and Max Nacewicz of the Springfield College football team have been selected to the 2012 New England Football Writers Division II/III All-Star Team.

It was the first selection for each.

Ekblom is a senior offensive lineman from Ganesvoort, N.Y. Nacewicz is a sophomore defensive end from Newtown, Conn.

The Pride finished with an 8-3 overall record in 2012, winning five straight to end the season, including a 31-8 victory over Alfred in the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl Championship game at Amos Alonzo Stagg Field.

A physical education major, Ekblom started 10 of 11 games on the season. He was named First Team All-Liberty League. He was also named to the D3Football.com Team of the Week for his efforts versus WPI on Nov. 10, a game in which the offense rushed for over 500 yards.

With just a few weeks remaining in the Division III year, Springfield College is currently ranked second nationally in rushing offense with 340.91 yards per game. Behind Ekblom and the remainder of the SC offensive line, the Pride is also ranked second nationally in passing efficiency with a rating of 186.55.

An applied exercise science major, Nacewicz has had a fine year, starting all 11 games. He was SC's sixth-leading tackler with 49 overall, including 33 solos. That also included 20.5 tackles-for-loss for 133 yards and 14.5 sacks for 114 yards. He also had one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Currently, Nacewicz is ranked tied for sixth nationally in Division III in sacks with 1.32 per game. He is ranked tied for 15th in tackles-for-loss with 1.86 per game.

Like Ekblom, Nacewicz was also named First Team All-Liberty League.

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