BOWDOIN vs. HAMILTON
The Bowdoin College football team (1-2), fresh off its first win of the 2014 campaign, will return to action Saturday as they travel to Clinton, N.Y., to battle Hamilton College (0-3) at Steuben Field.
The Polar Bears are coming off an authoritative 33-20 victory over Tufts last weekend - marking their fifth-straight win over the Jumbos - while the Continentals fell to 0-3 for the third consecutive season following a 19-7 setback to Trinity.
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POLAR BEAR PREVIEW
Bowdoin swept aside its offensive struggles from the first two weeks with one of its best offensive displays in several seasons, accumulating 33 points and 463 yards - the most in a game since 2009 vs. Wesleyan. Tyler Grant spearheaded the attack with a school-record 43 carries, a career-best 208 yards, and four touchdowns - just one shy of the school's single-game record. Mac Caputi also enjoyed one of his finest career games at quarterback, throwing an efficient 20-25 for 209 yards and finding seven different receivers in the victory. Andrew Sisti also excelled on Special Teams, kicking a pair of second-half field goals for Bowdoin. Sisti (Special Teams) and Grant (Offensive) were recognized by the NESCAC as Players of the Week following the win.
Following its performance, Bowdoin's offense jumped to fourth in the league at 330.3 yards/game this season. Grant leads the NESCAC in rushing with 352 yards while Daniel Barone is third in the league with 20 receptions. Defensively, Bowdoin is led by Branden Morin's 22 tackles. Brendan Lawler, who had a forced fumble and a recovery last week against Tufts, is second on the squad with 20 tackles this year.
SCOUTING THE CONTINENTALS
Hamilton has lost 15 consecutive games - the longest streak among NESCAC teams - dating back to its last victory, incidentally against Bowdoin, on October 13, 2012. The Continentals were within shouting distance in all three games in the second half, but Tufts, Wesleyan and Trinity all delivered late punches to put Hamilton away over the first three weeks.
Last year in Brunswick, Bowdoin scored on a pair of big plays early and held off a late rally to take a 27-21 Homecoming win over Hamilton. Daniel Barone hauled in a 48-yard pass from Mac Caputi and Zach Donnarumma scampered 51 yards for a score to give the Polar Bears a 14-0 lead in the opening ten minutes. The Polar Bears extended their lead to 24-7 in the third quarter following an Andrew Murowchick field goal, but Hamilton's Chase Rosenberg capped a pair of long drives with a TD throw to John Fisher and a nine-yard scramble to trim the lead to 24-21 with 8:17 to go. Murowchick hit another field goal and Jon Fraser picked off a Rosenberg pass to seal the victory. Click the highlights on the left to see the recap of last year's game.
The Polar Bear-Continental series history is Bowdoin's second-shortest against any of its NESCAC foes. The teams have played 30 times with Hamilton holding a 17-13 advantage all-time. Recently, home field advantage has proved crucial; the host team has claimed the last six meetings in the rivalry. Bowdoin's last win in Clinton came in 2002.