The Pride last month completed its fourth consecutive winning season, finishing with an 8-3 overall record, and a 5-2 mark in its initial season in the Liberty League. Springfield ended its 2012 campaign with a 31-8 victory over Alfred University in the ECAC Division III Northeast Bowl Championship game at SC's Amos Alonzo Stagg Field.
Always one of the highlights of this event is the naming of the upcoming season's captains. In 2013 there will be five captains. They will include returning captain Mike MacDonald, a senior offensive lineman from North Dighton, Mass. In addition, they will include fellow senior offensive lineman Scott Leech (Lincoln, R.I.), senior fullback Brodie Quinn (Pittsfield, Mass.), senior free safety Sam Weiss (Hoptacong, N.J.), and junior defensive end Max Nacewicz (Newtown, Conn.).
Several major awards were distributed during the afternoon. Senior halfback Mike Davis (Madison, Conn.), who contributed mightily on offense and special teams, was named the Overall Team MVP. The team's Offensive MVP was senior fullback Joel Altavesta (Tewksbury, Mass.), its leading rusher. Altavesta was recently named a BSN First Team All-American. The team's Defensive MVP was Nacewicz, one of the nation's leaders in sacks and tackles-for-loss. Nacewicz was recently named d3football.com All-East Region as well as All-New England.
The Norman Keith Scholar Award was presented to senior wide receiver Mike Escalante (Glen Rock, N.Y.) The Ossie Solem/Ted Dunn/Nate Osur Brotherhood Award (for exemplifying the ideals of the humanics philosophy) was shared by senior linebackers Kevin Shields (Melville, N.Y.) and TJ DeMartino (West Babylon, N.Y.).
The Howard Resnick Coaches Award went to senior wide receiver Phil Baier (Braintree, Mass.). The Jason Bednarz Most Improved Player Award, presented for the third year as the football team's newest award, went to freshman quarterback John Marrero (Boston, Mass.). Marrero was named the Liberty League's Rookie of the Year as well as the ECAC Northeast Bowl's Most Outstanding Player.
The Most Courageous Player went to senior running back Andy Bean (Coventry, R.I.). The King Roach Award was presented to senior co-captain Duke Ekblom (Ganesvoort, N.Y.) for offensive lineman most top plays. Ekblom was recently named d3football.com All-East Region and All-New England. Special Teams Player of the Year was given to senior placekicker Ricky Peacock (Tucker, Ga.), a four-year starter.
Finally, Scout Team Awards were presented to junior strong safety Bobby Romano (Harwinton, Conn.) and freshman wide receiver Joe Cuomo (Sunrise, Fla.). Romano won the Maroon Award for defense, while Cuomo took the White Award for offense.