Springfield College did extremely well in a quadrangular meet which it hosted this past Saturday (Jan. 29), defeating then #1-ranked Wesleyan University (19-15), then #5-ranked Rhode Island College (25-12), and unranked Norwich University (46-3). The final win of the day over RIC was the career 300th for SC Head Coach Daryl Arroyo.
As a result, Springfield College, now 9-5 overall, moved back up to the #1-slot with 119 points, and 11 first-place votes. In second is Wesleyan (12-3-1) with 107 points. and in third is Plymouth State (8-1) with 98 points. The Panthers, which have given SC its only NEWA loss this season, garnered the one remaining first-place vote.
The rest of the top 10 in the latest NEWA poll includes Williams (8-6-1) with 83 points, Johnson & Wales (12-6-1) with 70 points, Bridgewater State (6-8-1) with 57 points, Rhode Island College (8-8) with 53 points, Roger Williams (6-10) with 33 points, Coast Guard (1-14) with 26 points, and Trinity (4-5) with 8 points.
Others receiving votes included Southern Maine and WPI.
Fusco, who hails from Billerica, Mass. owned a 3-0 record during the Pride's action throughout the week. In the Pride's 19-15 win over then top-ranked Wesleyan, the senior earned a key 5-2 win over Dan Conroy, before pinning Rhode Island College's Brandon Regnault in 3:33 in the following match. In Sunday's loss at TCNJ, Fusco won his bout, 7-1, over Kenny Amponsa.
Springfield will next host a tri-meet on Thursday, February 3 at 4 pm in Blake Arena. SC will meet AIC and Western New England at 4 pm. Please note this meet had been originally scheduled for Wednesday, February 2, but was delayed a day due to the winter storms.