October 13, 2012

Late Touchdown Pass Lifts Hamilton Over Bowdoin

CLINTON, N.Y. - Hamilton sophomore Jeffrey Hopsicker threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to classmate Joe Jensen with 5:16 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Continentals a 14-13 comeback win over Bowdoin on Saturday.

Hamilton gives first-year head coach Andrew Cohen his first victory and improves to 1-2 this fall. The Polar Bears, who have not won in Clinton since 2002, stand at 1-2 after the loss.

Bowdoin was led by 84 yards from tailback Zach Donnarumma, who carried the ball 27 times. Quarterback Thomas Romero went 18-35 for 206 yards and a touchdown while David Black led the Polar Bear receivers with five catches for 71 yards. Defensively, Tom Wells had nine tackles, including two for a loss, and a forced fumble for Bowdoin. Jon Fraser had nine tackles and an interception.

After a mostly scoreless opening period, Bowdoin used an impressive drive late in the first half to get on the scoreboard. Taking over at their own 18 with 5:15 to go, the Polar Bears converted on four third-downs, the last of which saw Romero toss a 33-yard touchdown strike to Ken Skon to give the visitors a 7-0 lead at halftime. The catch was the first of Skon's collegiate career.

Hamilton answered with a five-play, 72-yard drive to open the third quarter, capped by a 26-yard strike from Jordan Eck to Simon Jia for a touchdown to deadlock the contest. Bowdoin was able to regain the lead early in the fourth quarter when Jimmy Garvey nailed a 31-yard field goal. The Polar Bears had a golden opportunity to extend their lead further just minutes later when Jon Fraser intercepted a pass at the Hamilton 40 with 9:25 to go. But, after a first down run by Donnarumma, a false start penalty put Bowdoin in a hole and the Polar Bears settled for another Garvey field goal - this time from 27 yards, to take a 13-7 lead with under eight minutes remaining.

Taking over at their own 33 on the ensuing kickoff, Hopsicker and tailback James Stanell combined to rush for 26 yards, moving the ball to the Bowdoin 41. Hopsicker then found Jensen for a the decisive touchdown strike that put the Continentals on top, 14-13. Bowdoin had two more possessions to move ahead, but couldn't gain another first down as Hamilton held on to win.

The Polar Bears will look to bounce back next week when they host Trinity College at Whittier Field at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 27.

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