College Notebook: Springfield QB Chad Shade earns NEWMAC First-Team honors


Springfield College's Chad Shade earned a spot on the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference's football All-Star first team.

Shade, a senior who played at Pittsfield High school, played quarterback for the Pride, but was listed on the All-Star team as an athlete.

Shade, who guided Springfield to a 6-4 record (5-2 in conference), ran for 771 yards and eight touchdowns on 182 carries. He averaged 77.1 yards per game and 5.9 per carry. His 771 yards was good for second in NEWMAC, behind only WPI tailback Sean McAllen, who ran for 1,233 yards on 176 carries. McAllen was the 2019 Offensive Athlete of the Year, helping the Engineers earn a share of the conference title. Shade also completed 19 of 51 passes for 456 yards and seven touchdowns.

Shade's best game was in a 21-17 win over Norwich, where he had 31 carries for 169 yards in the game played on Oct. 5. One week later, he had 117 yards in 28 carries in a 20-14 victory over the Coast Guard Academy.

Shade finished his career with nine passing and 22 rushing touchdowns.

The Pride dominated the ground in NEWMAC play, leading the conference with 3,574 yards on the ground. The Merchant Marine Academy was a distant second with 2,852 yards.

Three of the top five runners in the conference came from coach Mike Cerasuolo's team. Shade's teammate Tim Callahan was fourth and Patrick Ladas was fifth.


For the first time since late in the 2018-19 regular season, the Williams College men's hockey team is nationally ranked.

Coach Bill Kangas' 4-0-0 Ephs moved up from being unranked to the No. 14 spot in this week's Division III national Top 15.

The Ephs are off to a 4-0 start this season, having won four consecutive NESCAC conference games.

Norwich remained the No. 1 team in the national poll, followed by Hobart, Wisconsin-Eau Claire, SUNY Geneseo and Trinity.

Kangas and his squad have one more home game before the end of the first semester. The Ephs return from Thanksgiving to play Babson (3-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m.

It's going to be a bit of a rough week for the Beavers, who play at Tufts Tuesday.

Williams and Trinity are the only NESCAC teams in the Top 15 poll, but Middlebury also received votes.

The Ephs have a pretty difficult pre-finals schedule. After playing Babson, they will go to fourth-ranked SUNY Geneseo on Sunday, and then have conference road games at Hamilton and Amherst.

When Williams returns from the Christmas Break, it has a pretty tough tournament to play in. The Ephs will be in the Pathfinder Bank Oswego Classic at SUNY Oswego. In the first round, Williams will play No. 11 University of New England, and could play ninth-ranked Oswego in the second game.


Williams goalies Cosimo Lazzarino and Evan Ruschil are among the nation's leaders in goals-against average.

Lazzarino and Ruschil each have a 1.00 goals-against average, which is tied with Trinity's Tedy Loughborough for the NESCAC lead and they are all fourth nationally. Tom Aubrun of Norwich has the nation's best average at 0.57.


On the subject of national rankings, the St. Anselm College women's basketball team has cracked the Division II Top 10.

St. Anselm, the home of Pittsfield guards Peyton Steinman and Grace Guachione, are 3-0 this year. The Hawks are the eighth-ranked team in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's Top 25. St. Anselm started the year as the preseason No. 10 pick.

The Hawks went from being unranked to 14th in the final poll of the 2018-19 season.

Last year, previously unranked St. Anselm won the East Regional championship, before losing in the Elite Eight. The Hawks lost to Southwestern Oklahoma, a team that went on to play in the championship game, losing to Lubbock Christian.

This year, Steinman is averaging 16.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game. Guachione, one of four players scoring in double figures, averages 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4 assists per contest.


In Division III men's basketball, Swarthmore (4-0) remains the No. 1 team in the national Top 25.

Emory, Amherst, Wittenberg and Middlebury round out the top five.

Amherst and Middlebury are the only NESCAC teams in the Top 25. Williams, Tufts, Colby and Hamilton also received votes.

Nichols (No. 6) and WPI (No. 25) are the other New England teams in the Top 25. Among New England schools, Springfield and Babson also received votes.

Howard Herman can be reached at, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.