Football Travels To Norwich With Post-season Bid At Stake
Springfield College Pride (6-2, 3-2 Empire 8)
at Norwich University Cadets (7-2, 3-2 Empire 8)
Sat., Nov. 13,
Game Day Quick Facts
What's At Stake:
The Pride and the Cadets are in the hunt for a berth in the ECAC Division III Northeast Championship. If the Pride were to gain the bid, this would be SC’s third-straight post-season appearance, a first in the program’s 111-year history.
About The ECAC Championships:
Six teams from New England and upstate New York will receive bids to the three ECAC bowls (Northeast, Northwest and North Atlantic). The match-ups ill be announced on Monday, Nov. 15. The games will be played on Sat., Nov. 20.
SC leads the series, 20-2, and is 10-0 in Northfield. The Cadets’ last win was a 14-13 victory in Springfield in 2001.
The Last Meeting:
The Pride bolted to a 42-3 first-half lead and won, 63-32, in Springfield on Nov. 8, 2003. FB Tim Lutgens rushed for 185 yards and tied a school record with five rushing TDs as the Pride picked up 533 yards on the ground.
The Last Time Out:
SC cruised past Hartwick, 42-14, on Nov. 6; the Cadets won their third game in a row, a 33-13 victory at Utica last Saturday.
About Saturday's Game:
A win on Saturday would give SC seven wins for the sixth time since moving to D-III in the ‘95 season ... senior FB Tim Lutgens, who has 2,873 career rushing yards, moved into third place on SC’s career rushing list behind Kevin Cahill (3,209) and Ryan Sylvia (2,945) Lutgens is fourth all-time rushing TDs with 33 … the Pride leads the E-8 in four offensive statistical categories: rushing (368.4), pass efficiency (169.7), fourth-down conversions (12-15, 80%) and sacks allowed (seven) ... when freshman KR Chris Sharpe went 93 yards for a score with the opening kick of the second half last Saturday, it marked the first time SC returned a kickoff for a TD since Luke Quigley brought back the opening kick of the 2001 season ... the Pride scored on 6-of-7 trips to the red zone vs. Hartwick, continuing its efficiency inside the 20-yard line. This season, SC has scored touchdowns on 30 of its last 34 trips inside the 20-yard line. SC has 33 TDs in 40 trips to the red zone overall.
News & Notes
On The Road Again:
Although SC lost at No. 12 St. John Fisher (Oct. 23) and No. 24 Ithaca (Oct. 30), the Pride has been very good on the road recently. SC is 18-7 away from Benedum Field since the 2000 season, and has not lost to an unranked road opponent since Oct. 13, 2001 (L, 13-7 at Plymouth State) ... in ‘03, the Pride was 6-0 in 2003, picking up wins at Montclair State, Western Connecticut and Union.
SC set a school record by holding Hartwick to minus-83 yards rushing, which is 29 yards shy of the NCAA D-III record for fewest rushing yards allowed ... the Pride is ranked in top-3 of the Empire 8 in six categories, including opponent first downs (1st/106), rushing defense (2nd/91.9), red-zone defense (2nd, 17-25, 68%) and opponent fourth-down conversion (6-15, 40%) ... preseason All-American senior LB Justin Fletcher (team-high 54 tackles, 5.0 tfl, 1 int.), sophomore LB Andrew Madigan (50 tackles, 3.5 tfl), senior DE Curtis Schmidt (team-high 7.5 tfl and 3.5 sacks) and senior DT Brian McLellan (46 tackles, 5.5 tfl, 1.5 sacks) lead the Pride's defense.
Senior FB Tim Lutgens and QB Ryan Sylvia are among best backfield combinations in D-III. Lutgens and Sylvia have combined for 24 rushing TDs and 1,636 rushing yards in '04 ... Lutgens ranks second in rushing (113.1) and fourth in scoring (9.8, 20th in D-III) the E-8, while Sylvia is fifth in rushing (91.4) and scoring (8.2) … in '03, Lutgens (team-high 1,307 yards) and Sylvia (1,122 yards) became the first D-III duo to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in the same season since 1997 … Sylvia enters Saturday's game with 13-career 100-yard rushing efforts, while Lutgens has 12. Lutgens has four 100-yard games in '04, and Sylvia has three.
SC, the second-ranked rushing team (368.4) in D-III, has rolled up 400+ yards on the ground four times in '04, including a season-best 484 yards against Alfred (Sept. 25). Since the '02 campaign, the Pride has cracked the 400-yard barrier 13 times in 29 games, and is 13-0 in those games ... the Pride has won three of the last four D-III national rushing titles (2000, '02 and '03). Last season, SC led all D-I, II and III teams at 398.5 ypg and set a D-III record with 4,384 rushing yards.
Movin' On Up:
Senior QB Ryan Sylvia set a school record for career rushing touchdowns with his 45th last Saturday. Last season, he set a D-III record for most rushing TDs by a QB with 20. Here's a look where Sylvia ranks on SC's all-time lists:
1. Kevin Cahill, 276
2. Ryan Sylvia, 270
1. Kevin Cahill, 4,842 yards
2. Ryan Sylvia 4,145 yards
1. Kevin Cahill, 3,209 yards
2. Ryan Sylvia 2,945 yards
1. Jim Collis, 28 TDs
5. Dave Bennett, 15 TDs
t6. Ryan Sylvia and Jim D’Antuono, 14 TDs
SC 42, Hartwick 14
Springfield, Mass., Nov. 6, 2004
Springfield College senior FB Tim Lutgens rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown as the Pride cruised to a 42-14 victory over Hartwick (N.Y.) in an Empire 8 Conference game on Benedum Field.
Lutgens, who moved into third place at SC with 2,873 rushing yards, and senior QB Ryan Sylvia both had big days in their final regular-season appearances on Benedum Field. Sylvia, who rushed for 104 yards, set a school record with his 45th-career rushing touchdown, a 31-yard score six seconds into the second quarter. He eclipsed Kevin Cahill's mark of 44 set from 1997 to 2000.
The Pride's defense smothered the Hawks, recording six sacks. Hartwick, which botched snaps on two punts in the first quarter, was held to minus-83 yards rushing. SC senior DT Brian McLellan had a team-high nine tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and a half-sack, and senior DE Curtis Schmidt had 2.5 tackles-for-loss and 1.5 sacks.
Lutgens got the Pride on the board with a three-yard run with 7:16 left in the first quarter. After Sylvia's 31-yard score made it 14-0, junior FB Andre Clayton had a five-yard TD run at 9:34 of the second quarter. On the Hawks' next drive, SC sophomore SS Kevin Fessette scooped a fumble in the end zone to make it 28-0 with 8:04 left in the half.
SC freshman KR Chris Sharpe opened the second half with a 93-yard kick-off return for a touchdown, marking the Pride's first kick-off return for a score since Luke Quigley did it at UMass-Dartmouth on Sept. 8, 2001. In the fourth quarter, senior QB Mike Judge hooked up with senior SE Mike Grendal for a 31-yard TD pass.