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Pioneers slip past Statesmen in defensive ECAC Chapman Bowl

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  • Kyle Evans 

With a fourth-quarter touchdown, Utica University took a 10-6 lead that the Pioneer defense made stand up for a win over Hobart College in the ECAC Clayton Chapman Bowl this afternoon. UC senior linebacker Anthony Fasano was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.


  • On the game’s opening drive, Hobart moved from its own 17 to the Utica 6, but had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Tobias Wefering.
  • The Pioneers countered with a scoring drive of their own, getting a 43-yard field goal from Corey Lichtman on the second play of the second quarter.
  • Late in the second quarter after Hobart’s defense forced a three-and-out by Utica, the Statesmen used seven plays to move from near midfield to field goal position. This time Wefering converted from 40 yards out just 8 seconds before halftime.
  • Utica put together the only touchdown drive of the game, going 62 yards in seven plays, taking the lead on a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Sam Florio.


  • Utica ends the season with a 9-2 record.
  • Hobart falls to 8-3.


  • Field position heavily favored the visitors in the second half. The Pioneers’ five second half possessions had an average starting field position of its own 36, while the Statesmen’s four drives after halftime had an average starting field position of the Hobart 6.
  • Turnovers also were a factor in the outcome. Hobart saw three promising drives halted in Utica territory, losing a fumble at the Utica 26 in the second quarter, throwing an interception at the Utica 36 also in the second quarter and suffering a second interception at the Utica 33 in the fourth quarter.


  • Wefering’s two field goals raised his season total to 11, tied for second on Hobart’s single season list and one off the single season record. He also moved into a tie for second on the career field goals made list (19). Wefering will enter his senior season 12 away from the record.
  • Senior Rayshawn Boswell contributed 105 all purpose yards. He caught a game-high seven passes for a game-high 74 yards. He also rushed for 31 yards. Boswell passed Dan Suozzi ’05, moving into fourth place on Hobart’s career all purpose yards list (4,714).
  • Senior safety Joe McCoy and junior linebacker Anthony Romano each logged a game-high nine tackles.


  • Fasano finished with seven tackles and forced and recovered a fumble.
  • Senior Anthony Novello logged a team-high eight tackles.
  • Senior Terrance Toussain and sophomore Eli Douglas each had an interception.
  • Senior running back Matt Brantley turned 23 carries into a game-high 92 yards rushing.


  • Today’s game was the final game for the Statesmen’s 17 seniors.
  • Hobart finished its 15th consecutive winning season with its fourth consecutive bowl bid. Over the past four seasons, the Statesmen have gone 33-11 overall, 2-2 in bowl games. Hobart has been especially tough to beat on Boswell Field, logging a 21-2 record at home since the start of the 2019 season.