Date Posted:10/14/2004,  4:00PM

Football vs. Hamilton Game Notes


October 9, 2004 - 12:00

Steuben Field

Clinton, N.Y.



- The Bowdoin College Polar Bears take on the Hamilton College Continentals for the 21st time in the series history on Saturday.

- Bowdoin (1-2) snapped a 14-game losing streak with a 14-12 win against Tufts last weekend in Brunswick. The Polar Bears got a defensive touchdown from NESCAC Player of the Week Steve Curwen and timely offense, including a 14-yard touchdown scamper by quarterback Ricky Leclerc to take the win. Although the Polar Bears allowed over 600 yards in total offense, the Bowdoin defense forced five turnovers and held the Jumbos to 0-for-4 on fourth-down.

- Hamilton (0-3) has lost their first three games of the season to the elite of the NESCAC, falling to Amherst, Trinity and Wesleyan, who have a combined 8-1 record this year. The Continentals have been outscored 140-48 this year and were stormed by Trinity 55-6 last week.


- Bowdoin ranks sixth in the conference in scoring offense with 19.7 points per game. Their defense ranks eighth, allowing 25.7 points per contest. Offensively, the Polar Bears are fifth in the NESCAC in total offense, averaging 336.7 yards per contest and are second in the conference in passing offense at 228.3 yards per game. Senior Rob Patchett is second in the league with 176.3 yards per game in total offense, including a 72.3 rushing average. Quarterback Ricky Leclerc is second in passing (228.3 yards per game) and total offense (232.7 ypg). Defensively, the Polar Bears are led by Shaun Kezer's 14.0 tackles per game and Zach Hammond's league-leading four sacks. Steve Curwen has picked off two passes this season, both of which he returned for touchdowns.

- Hamilton, thanks in part to their tough slate of games, ranks eighth in scoring offense (16.0) and tenth in scoring defense (46.7) this year. Their passing offense (151.3 yards per game) is seventh in the league. The Continentals are last in the NESCAC in both total offense (274.0 ypg) and total defense (510.0 ypg). Quarterback Brandon Holtstag is sixth in the NESCAC in passing yards (153.7 ypg) and tenth in rushing (68.7 ypg). Defensively, Matt Pitarresi leads Hamilton and the NESCAC in tackles with 15.0 per game this year. Chris Slama is second in the league in sacks with 2.5 this year.


- Last year in Brunswick, Holtstag passed for 177 yards and rushed for 93 as the Continentals broke an 11-game losing streak to defeat Bowdoin 21-20. Rob Patchett rushed for 156 yards for Bowdoin, who had three passes intercepted in Hamilton territory in the fourth quarter.


- The Polar Bears and Jumbos have met 19 times in the series history- the least amount of any of Bowdoin's NESCAC rivals. The competition has been tight over the past few seasons, with the squads splitting the last four meetings. Hamilton leads the series 11-9 thanks to six straight wins between 1983 and 1992. Bowdoin has taken five of the last seven clashes.

Bowdoin will attempt to win reach .500 for the first time since the 1998 season and will look to win consecutive games for the first time since the end of that campaign, when they beat Bates and Colby to close out the year.