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Football Hosts Hartwick On Senior Day

Hartwick College Hawks (1-6, 0-4 Empire 8) at Springfield College Pride (5-2, 2-2 Empire 8)
Game #8, Sat., Nov. 6, 2004
12 p.m., Springfield, Mass.

Game Day Quick Facts
What's At Stake: The Pride is in the hunt for a berth in the ECAC Division III Northeast Championship, which features the top-two teams in New England that do not reach the NCAA Tournament. This would be SC’s third-straight post-season appearance, a first in the program’s 111-year history.

The Series: This the first meeting between the teams.

The Last Time Out: The 19th-ranked Pride lost at Ithaca, 31-7, last Saturday; the Hawks scored the game’s final 14 points to force overtime but fell to Norwich, 31-30.

Senior Day: Saturday’s game is the final regular-season game for the 22 seniors on this season’s team. The class of ‘05, led by senior captains Justin Fletcher and Ryan Sylvia, has accounted for 27 wins, two conference championships and two berths in the NCAA Tournament.

Home Cookin’: SC is 14-1 on Benedum Field since the ‘02 season. In ‘03, the Pride averaged 50.6 ppg and 466.5 yards rushing in five home games. In four wins in ‘04, SC averages 42.5 ppg and 403.0 yards on the ground.

About Saturday's Game: SC needs two wins to reach the seven-win mark for the sixth time since moving to D-III in the ‘95 season. Next up for the Pride is a trip to Norwich, where SC has not lost in 10 tries ... senior FB Tim Lutgens, who has 2,709 career rushing yards, joins a short list of SC backs to go over the 2,700-yard mark. Kevin Cahill, Ryan Sylvia and Jay Miller are the others. Lutgens is now fourth all-time at SC in rushing and in rushing TDs with 32 … the Pride leads the E-8 in four offensive statistical categories: rushing (358.3), pass efficiency (168.2), fourth-down conversions (8-10, 80%) and sacks allowed (seven) ... SC has been extraordinarily efficient in the red zone this season, scoring touchdowns on 24 of its last 27 trips inside the 20-yard line. SC has 27 TDs in 33 trips to the red zone overall ... the Hawks lead the E-8 in passing (253.9 ypg). Freshman WR Richard Sands averages a league-high 5.6 catches, and has 39 receptions for 506 yards (13.0 avg.) overall.

News & Notes
Home Cookin’ Part Two: The offense is not the only SC unit to shine on Benedum Field. The Pride’s defense has pitched shutouts in the last two home games (46-0 vs. Utica, Oct. 2; 55-0 vs. Plymouth State, Oct. 16). SC has allowed an average of just 8.2 points and 167.8 yards in four games in ‘04 ... preseason All-American senior LB Justin Fletcher (47 tackles, 4.0 tfl, 1 int.), sophomore LB Andrew Madigan (46 tackles, 2.5 tfl) and senior DT Brian McLellan (37 tackles, 3.5 tfl, 1 sack) lead the Pride's defense.

Dynamic Duo: Senior FB Tim Lutgens and QB Ryan Sylvia are among best backfield combinations in D-III. Lutgens and Sylvia have combined for 22 rushing TDs and 1,369 rushing yards in '04 ... Lutgens ranks second in scoring (10.3, 20th in D-III) and third in the E-8 in rushing (105.9) and, while Sylvia is fifth in rushing (89.6) and fifth in scoring (8.6) … 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 12-career 100-yard rushing efforts, while Lutgens has 11. Lutgens has three 100-yard games in '04, and Sylvia has two.

Chasing 400: SC has rolled up 400+ yards on the ground three 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 12 times in 27 games, and is 12-0 in those games ... SC's best rushing performance in this stretch was a 586-yard effort against Union (Nov. 16, 2002) ... 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.

Keeping Watch: Senior QB Ryan Sylvia tied the school record for career rushing touchdowns at St. John Fisher (Oct. 23), and has several other marks 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 lists:

Rushing Touchdowns
t-1. Kevin Cahill, 44 TDs
t-1. Ryan Sylvia, 44 TDs

1. Kevin Cahill, 276
2. Ryan Sylvia, 264

Total offense
1. Kevin Cahill, 4,842 yards
2. Ryan Sylvia 4,041 yards

1. Kevin Cahill, 3,209 yards
2. Ryan Sylvia 2,841 yards

Passing Touchdowns
1. Jim Collis, 28 TDs
5. Dave Bennett, 15 TDs
t6. Ryan Sylvia and Jim D’Antuono, 14 TDs

Game #7:
Ithaca 31, No. 19 SC 7
Ithaca, N.Y., Oct. 30, 2004

Ithaca HB Jamie Donovan rushed for 140 yards and three touchdowns as the Bombers defeated 19th-ranked Springfield College, 31-7, in an Empire 8 Conference game at Butterfield Stadium.

The loss dropped SC to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Empire 8. It also dashed any chance of the Pride reaching its third-consecutive NCAA Tournament. The Bombers improved to 6-2 and 3-1 in the E-8.

Sophomore LB Andrew Madigan was a bright spot for the Pride, recording a career-best 13 tackles, including one-tackle-for-loss.

SC's offense was held to a season-low 171 yards on the ground. Senior FB Tim Lutgens had a team-high 55 yards. The Pride scored its only touchdown in the first quarter when senior QB Ryan Sylvia hit senior HB Will Davis with a 19-yard TD pass to cap a nine-play, 63-yard drive to tie the score at 7-7. The Bombers, however, responded with two second-quarter scores highlighted by Donovan's 38-yard touchdown run with 6:44 to play in the half.

In the third quarter, Ithaca PK Brett Kitenplon drilled a 34-yard field goal to extend the lead to 17. On the Pride's next drive Sylvia fumbled, and Donovan finished a seven-play, 39 yard drive with a four-yard scoring jaunt with 5:59 left in the third quarter.
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