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Football Races Past Fitchburg State, 53-7, For ECAC North Atlantic Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 20, 2004 – Springfield College senior quarterback Ryan Sylvia (Marion, Mass.) earned most outstanding player honors as the Pride defeated Fitchburg State, 53-7, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III North Atlantic Championship this afternoon on Benedum Field.

Sylvia, who rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns, and senior fullback Tim Lutgens (Greenwich, N. Y.), who had 51 yards and a score in limited action, became the second and third players, respectively, in SC history to break the 3,000-yard rushing plateau. Sylvia is second all-time at SC with 3,064 yards, and Lutgens ranks third with 3,032. Kevin Cahill ‘01 is the Pride’s rushing leader with 3,209 yards.

The Pride, which was ranked as high as fourth nationally in Division III, capped the ’04 season with an 8-2 record, marking the fourth time in five seasons it has won at least eight games. SC had 432 rushing yards today to break the 400-yard mark for the sixth time this season.

SC defense, led by All-Empire 8 Conference senior defensive tackle Brian McLellan’s (Mansfield, Mass.) seven tackles and a sack, allowed just 169 yards and one touchdown. The Pride also registered two safeties, one on McLellan’s sack and the other on a sack by senior linebacker Curtis Schmidt (Whitesboro, N.Y.).

After Fitchburg jumped out to a 7-0 first-quarter lead on a four-yard TD pass from junior quarterback Corey Hetherman to sophomore tight end Chaz Barberi, it was all Pride. Junior fullback Andre Clayton (Manchester, Conn.), who ran for a game-high 119 yards, scored the first of his two TDs on a five-yard rush with :10 left in the first quarter. After a safety made it 9-7, Sylvia raced 10 yards for a score to extend the lead to 16-7 with 6:54 remaining in the half. Clayton’s two-yard TD run with 3:16 left made it 23-7, and senior halfback Will Davis (Cumberland, R.I.) scored from four yards out with :14 to play for a 30-7 SC lead at the half. Davis had two touchdowns and 47 rushing yards in his last college game.

Sylvia added to his school record total with his 50th rushing TD to open the third quarter with on a four-yard rush, and Lutgens scored his 35th-career rushing TD, which is fourth all-time at SC, on a 12-yard jaunt with 4:31 left in the third.
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