No. 4 Football Begins New Era Saturday
Alfred University Saxons (2-0) at No. 4 Springfield College Pride (1-0)
Sat., Sept. 25, 2 p.m., Benedum Field
Game Day Quick Facts
What’s At Stake:
This is the fourth-ranked Pride’s first Empire 8 Football Conference game ever. SC competed in the Freedom Football Conference from 1995 to 2003 ... SC puts its school-record 15 regular-season game-winning streak on the line.
This is the first meeting between the teams.
The Last Time Out:
The Pride opened the ‘04 slate by defeating Union, 31-13, at Benedum Field on Sept. 11; the Saxons improved to 2-0 with a 16-9 victory at St. Lawrence on Sept. 18.
No Place Like Home:
The Pride was dominant at Benedum Field in ‘03, averaging 50.6 ppg and 466.5 yards rushing in five home games ... SC is 10-1 at home since the 2002 season.
About Satuday’s Game:
Two Empire 8 schools rank in the top-11 nationally with SC at No. 4 and Ithaca at No. 11. St. John Fisher, which is 3-0, is listed under “also receiving votes” ... Alfred is one of four teams SC will meet for the first time ever in ‘04. The others are Utica (Oct. 2), St. John Fisher (Oct. 23) and Hartwick (Nov. 6) ... the Pride is opening with three-consecutive home games for the first time since 1992 ... in SC’s 31-13 win over Union, senior FB Tim Lutgens eclipsed the 2,000-yard rushing mark. Lutgens, a preseason All-American who now has 2,073 yards, needs 65 yards to move into 10th place all-time at SC. With two TDs vs. Union, he is now seventh at SC with 22 rushing scores ... three of the top-5 rushers in the E-8 are in the SC backfield: Lutgens (3rd/105.0), senior QB Ryan Sylvia (4th/81.0) and senior HB Kevin Domurat (5th/71.0) ... at 2-0, the Saxons are off to their best start since the 1999 season ... sophomore HB Chaz Bruce ranks second in the E-8 in rushing (120.5).
News & Notes
Movin’ On Up:
Senior QB Ryan Sylvia has several school records in his sights. Sylvia set a D-III record for most rushing TDs by a QB with 20 in ‘03. Here’s a look where Sylvia ranks on SC’s all-time list.
1. Kevin Cahill, 44 TDs
2. Jay Miller, 42 TDs
3. Ryan Sylvia, 35 TDs
1. Kevin Cahill, 276
2. Jay Miller, 258
3. Ryan Sylvia, 210
1. Kevin Cahill, 4,842 yards
6. Jack Levy, 3,409 yards
7. Ryan Sylvia, 3,789 yards
1. Kevin Cahill, 3,209 yards
5. Bob Sedlor, 2,542 yards
6. Ryan Sylvia, 2,295 yards
You Da Man!:
For the first time ever, three SC seniors, including consensus first-team All-American Brian Dewey, earned preseason All-America recognition.
Brian Dewey (Sr., RT)
D3.Football com (1st team), Street & Smith’s (1st), Lindy’s Annual (1st), Football Gazette (1st)
Tim Lutgens (Sr., FB)
D3Football.com (2nd), Football Gazette (3rd)
Justin Fletcher (Sr., ILB)
Football Gazette (3rd)
In ‘03, senior QB Ryan Sylvia and senior FB Tim Lutgens became the first D-III duo to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in the same season since 1997. Lutgens led the Pride with 1,307 yards, teamed with Sylvia, who had 1,122 yards. It marked just the second time in SC history that two SC backs broke the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the same regular season, and the 12th time in D-III history.
With hundreds of SC grads in the coaching ranks, it’s no surprise that three Empire 8 head football coaches are SC alums. Mike DeLong, class of 1974, had Utica head man Mike Kemp on his staff as a graduate assistant when Kemp was pursuing a master’s degree in physical education, which he earned in ‘86. Alfred’s Dave Murray graduated in ‘81 with a bachelor of science degree ... other SC alums in prominent professional or college coaching positions include Tim Murphy ‘78 (head coach, Harvard), Mark Banker ‘78 G ‘81 (defensive coordinator, Oregon State), John Ramsdell ‘76 (quarterbacks, St. Louis Rams) and Kevin Spencer ‘75 (special teams coach, Pittsburgh Steelers).