Date Posted:10/02/2003,  10:00AM

Football vs. Tufts Game Notes

Bowdoin vs. Tufts

October 4 - 1:00 pm

Zimman Field - Medford, Mass.


- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will travel to Medford, Massachusetts to play Tufts University on Saturday. It marks the second straight away game for the Polar Bears and the 98th confrontation between the two storied New England programs.

- Bowdoin (0-2) struggled against a tough Amherst defense last week as they dropped their second straight contest to open the campaign. Junior tailback Rob Patchett surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark for his career with a 109-yard effort. For his career, Patchett has 1,018 yards rushing. He ranks first in the NESCAC with 359 all-purpose yards and fifth in rushing with 227 yards. The Polar Bears are fifth in the conference in Rushing Offense (119.5 ypg). Bowdoin's Bryan Duggan (22 tackles) and Shaun Kezer (20 tackles) rank fourth and sixth in the NESCAC, respectively.

- Tufts (2-0) enters today's game after victories over Hamilton (23-14) and Bates (24-14) in their first two games. Running back Steve Cincotta keys the Jumbos' attack, ranking second in the NESCAC at 127.5 rushing yards per game. Defensively, Tufts has intercepted a league-high five passes this season, led by Mark Tilki (2) and Pat Magoon (2). Chris Lawrence is second in the NESCAC with two sacks this season. The game will likely be battled on the ground, as Tufts is fourth in the conference in Rushing Offense (147.5 ypg).


- Last year in Brunswick, Tufts intercepted six passes and accumulated over 400 yards of total offense in a 44-13 win. The Jumbos rushed for 284 yards on the day, and accumulated 481 yards of total offense, led by 148 yards from Chuck McGraw. Sean Starke gained 100 yards rushing for the Polar Bears.


- Bowdoin's football roster includes 45 players from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Ten of Bowdoin's eleven seniors have Massachusetts ties, including natives Bob Desaulniers (Framingham, Mass.), Dustin Brown (Whitinsville, Mass.), Mike Costello (Hingham, Mass.), Jeb Boudreau (Waltham, Mass.), Mark Drauschke (Melrose, Mass.), Drew Loucks (Acton, Mass.), Jeff Pike (Brockton, Mass.), James Weeks (Worcester, Mass.) and Chris Wagner (Norfolk, Mass.) who will be playing their last career game in their home state today. One senior, Gil Barndollar (Portsmouth, N.H.), attended Andover (Mass.) Academy.


- The Polar Bears and Jumbos have faced eachother 97 times entering Saturday, with Tufts holding a 54-41-2 edge. Tufts has won five straight in the series, dating back to 1998. Bowdoin's last victory came in 1997, as the Polar Bears took a 28-20 win. The last 12 contests, dating back to 1991 have been split evenly with each side taking six apiece. One of those games, in 1992, was played in Galway, Ireland- the first game played in Europe by two Division III schools.


- An interesting weekend for the NESCAC approaches, as three 2-0 teams will face 0-2 teams. Tufts (2-0) and Bowdoin (0-2) join Amherst (2-0) vs. Middlebury (0-2) and Trinity (2-0) vs. Hamilton (0-2) as potential-upset specials. Wesleyan (2-0) will host Colby (1-1) and Williams (1-1) will host Bates (0-2).