Date Posted:10/21/2004,  2:00PM

Football vs. Trinity Game Notes


October 23, 2004 - 1:00

Whittier Field

Brunswick, Maine


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The Bowdoin College Polar Bears will face the Trinity College Bantams for the 34th time in the series history on Saturday.

- Bowdoin (1-3) dropped a heartbreaker to Hamilton on Saturday, 51-48 in double overtime. The defeated spoiled the effort of senior tailback Rob Patchett, who rushed for a career-high 233 yards in the loss. Bowdoin's last two losses have come in double-overtime (vs. Amherst on Oct. 2, at Hamilton, Oct. 16).

- Trinity (4-0) continued to roll with a 36-14 win over Tufts last weekend. The Bantams have won 18 straight games, the longest winning streak in Division III football. Trinity held Tufts to one first-down and 16 yards of total offense in the first half.


- Senior running back Rob Patchett is climbing up the career rushing lists at Bowdoin College, aided by his stellar performance at Hamilton last week. His 233 yards rushing were the third-most ever by a Polar Bear, and the most by anyone not named Jim Soule. Soule rushed for 244 and 270 yards against Colby and Bates, respectively, in back-to-back weeks in the 1976 season.

Additionally, Patchett is closing in on the 2,000-yard plateau, with 1,880 yards rushing in his career. Currently, he is fifth on the all-time list with Eric LaPlaca '93 sitting fourth all-time with 1,912 yards. Only Greg Bohannon '88 (2,105), Tom Sciolla '81 (2,337) and Jim Soule '77 (2,634) have more career yards.


- Bowdoin ranks third in the conference in points per game (26.8), but is allowing 32.0 points per game (ninth in the conference). Similarly, the Polar Bears stand third in the NESCAC with 353.2 offensive yards per game, but are allowing a league-worst 501.2 yards per contest this season. Individually, Patchett is first in the conference in all-purpose yards (221.2 per game) and is second in rushing (112.5 per game). Quarterback Ricky Leclerc is second in the NESCAC, averaging 228.3 passing yards per game. Defensively, Bowdoin is led by Steve Curwen's three interceptions this season and Zach Hammond's league-high four sacks. Shaun Kezer is second in the league, averaging 13.0 tackles per game.

- Trinity is tops in the league in numerous categories, including scoring offense (42.5 points per game), scoring defense (8.0 points per game), total offense (455.8 yards per game) and total defense (207.8 yards per game). Individually, running backs Drew Finkeldey (105.5 yards per game) and Gennaro Leo (93.5 yards per game) rank 5-6 in the league in rushing, while quarterback Josh Pitcher is first in the NESCAC in pass efficiency (140.8). On defense, the Bantams are led by Mike Dendas and Michael Blair, who each have three sacks this season.


- Last year in Hartford, Trinity racked up 532 yards of total offense and held Bowdoin to just 47 in a 51-0 victory.


- The Polar Bears and Bantams have met 31 times entering Saturday's clash, with the Bantams holding a 25-6-3 edge.Trinity has won five straight in the series, dating back to 1999. Bowdoin's last win came in 1998, when they claimed a 19-0 win. The first match-up between the schools occurred in 1912, with Trinity taking a 27-0 victory. Bowdoin's longest-ever run came against Trinity in 1992, when Eric LaPlaca '93 scampered 85 yards.