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No. 19 Football Stops No. 25 Kings Point, 49-28

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 20, 2003 – Springfield College junior quarterback Ryan Sylvia (Marion, Mass.) rushed for 117 yards and a touchdown, and threw for 128 yards and three scores as the 19th-ranked Pride defeated 25th-ranked Kings Point, 49-28, in a Freedom Football Conference game at Benedum Field this afternoon.

Today’s game was the conference-opener and home opener for the Pride, which improved to 3-0 overall. The Mariners fall to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the FFC.

SC junior fullback Tim Lutgens (Greenwich, N.Y.) ran for a career-best 172 yards on 23 carries. Defensively, senior strong safety Ryan Santo (Warwick, R.I.) made 11 tackles and forced a fumble. The Pride’s defense held All-American tailback David McNeal to just 56 yards on 20 carries. McNeal entered this afternoon’s game as the conference’s leading rusher at 143.0 yards-per-game.

Sylvia hooked with senior spilt Farrand Violette (Houston, Texas) for a 60-yard score with 4:40 left in the first quarter. After McNeal scored on a one-yard run early in the second quarter, SC senior halfback Dustin Grosso (Glen Cove, N.Y.) scored on a 10-yard jaunt with 11:17 remaining in the half. The Pride extended the lead to 21-7 on junior quarterback Michael Judge’s (Chatham, N.J.) one-yard rush at 6:47.

In the third quarter, Sylvia punched one in from two yards out to make the score, 28-7. The Mariners cut the lead to 28-14 two minutes later, but Sylvia responded by throwing a 23-yard TD pass to junior tight end Louis Conte (Agawam, Mass.) to give SC a 21-point lead with 4:34 to play in the third. With :02 left in the quarter, Sylvia fired a 29-yard scoring strike to senior spilt end Jackson Browne (Arundel, Maine) to give SC a 42-21 advantage.
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