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Football Rolls Past Hartwick, 42-14: Keeps Post-Season Hope Alive

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Nov. 6, 2004 – Springfield College senior fullback Tim Lutgens (Greenwich, N.Y.) 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 this afternoon on Benedum Field.

SC, which improved to 6-2 and 3-2 in the Empire 8, kept its hopes for a bid to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Northeast Championship game alive with the victory. A berth in that game would be SC’s third-consecutive post-season bid, a first in the program’s 111-year history.

Lutgens, who moved into third place at SC with 2,873 rushing yards, and senior quarterback Ryan Sylvia (Marion, Mass.) both had big days in their final regular-season appearances on Benedum Field. Sylvia 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. Sylvia totaled 104 yards on 14 carries today.

The Pride’s defense smothered the Hawks (1-7, 0-5 E-8), recording six sacks. Hartwick, which botched snaps on two punts in the first quarter, was held to minus-83 yards rushing, just 29 yards shy on the NCAA Division III record for fewest rushing yards. SC senior defensive tackle Brian McLellan (Mansfield, Mass.) had a team-high nine tackles, including two tackles-for-loss and a half-sack, and senior defensive end Curtis Schmidt (Whitesboro, N.Y.) 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 fullback Andre Clayton (Manchester, Conn.) had a five-yard TD run at 9:34 of the second quarter. On the Hawks’ next drive, SC sophomore safety Kevin Fessette (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) scooped a fumble in the end zone to make it 28-0 with 8:04 left in the half.

SC freshman Chris Sharpe (Derry, N.H.) 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 quarterback Mike Judge (Chatham, N.J.) hooked up with senior split end Mike Grendal (Foxboro, Mass.) for a 31-yard TD pass.
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