October 11, 2013

Polar Bears Host Homecoming Football Battle With Hamilton Saturday

SATURDAY'S GAME
Bowdoin College will host Hamilton in the 30th meeting between the schools Saturday at Whittier Field. The Polar Bears enter the game at 1-2 following their first win of the 2013 campaign last week at Tufts. Hamiton comes into the contest at 0-3 following its loss at Trinity last weekend.

LIVE COVERAGE
Fans can follow all of the action from Whittier Field at the links above - Bowdoin will provide live statistics and a video webcats, courtesy of Northeast Sports Network.

DYNAMIC DUO
After its first win of the season Bowdoin reaped the rewards, earning a pair of NESCAC Players of the Week.  Zach Donnarumma was named the NESCAC Offensive Player of the Week while Andrew Murowchick took Special Teams Player of the Week. 

Donnarumma rushed for 137 yards and a TD in the win (click the video window to view the run). The senior now ranks third all-time at Bowdoin with 502 carries in his career and has accumulated 1,831 yards to rank sixth in program history. He is 169 yards away from becoming just the fifth Polar Bear to surpass 2,000 career rushing yards. Murowchick nailed a pair of field goals to help Bowdoin to the win over Tufts. The sophomore ranks fourth in the league in scoring by a kicker (13 points) and is second in the league in punting (37.8 yards/kick).

POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
Donnarumma leads a Bowdoin attack that ranks seventh in the league in total offense (278.7 yards/game). Donnarumma currently ranks sixth in the NESCAC with 244 rushing yards. Mac Caputi has assumed starting quarterback duties and is averaging 128.3 yards/game through the air for the Polar Bears. After racking up season-highs in yardage (352) and time of possession (37:03) against the Jumbos, Bowdoin will look to execute better inside the red zone against the Continentals. Despite ranking second in the NESCAC in red zone efficiency (86%), the Polar Bears rank last in TD% within the red zone (29%) and have settled for four field goals in their seven trips. In a bit of an odd occurrence, Bowdoin's 178  passing yards and 174 rushing yards marked the first time in three years - dating back to the Tufts game in October of 2010 - that the Polar Bears had posted 150+ yards passing and rushing in the same game. Defensively, Joey Cleary is enjoying a fantastic senior campaign. The linebacker currently leads the NESCAC in tackles (11.0/game) and stands second in the league with two interceptions.

SCOUTING THE CONTINENTALS
The schedule has not been kind to Hamilton this year as the Contientals have opened against all three of the NESCAC's remaining unbeatens: Amherst, Wesleyan and Trinity. Like Bowdoin, Hamilton has struggled for offensive consistency this fall, ranking last in the league in scoring offense (8.7 points/game) and ninth in total offense (260.3 yards/game). Unfortunately for the Buff and Blue, they have also permitted a league-high 35.3 points per game and stand ninth in the conference in total defense (385.0 yards/game). Rico Gonzalez leads the Hamilton offense with 188 rushing yards this season. Quarterback Chase Rosenberg assumed starting duties against Trinity, going 16-25 for 158 yards. John Phelan leads the Hamilton defense with 9.3 tackles per contest this fall.

LAST MEETING
Last year in central New York, Jeffrey Hopsicker threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to Joe Jensen with 5:16 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the Continentals a 14-13 comeback win. Bowdoin had grabbed a 13-7 lead after a pair of Jimmy Garvey field goals in the fourth quarter, only to see Hamilton rally for Andrew Cohen's first win as head coach. Bowdoin was led by 84 yards from tailback Zach Donnarumma, who carried the ball 27 times. Ken Skon hauled in his first career catch - a 33-yard strike from Thomas Romero - to account for Bowdoin's lone touchdown.

BOWDOIN vs. HAMILTON
The Polar Bear-Continental series history is Bowdoin's second-shortest against any of its NESCAC foes. The teams have played 29 times with Hamilton holding a 17-12 advantage all-time. The teams have split the last four meetings overall. Recently, home field advantage has proved crucial; the host team has claimed the last five meetings in the rivalry. Hamilton's last win in Brunswick came in 2007. Bowdoin's last win in Clinton came in 2002.