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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: October 21, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- On a blustery day at Seaverns Field, Hamilton College used a timely interception and a scoring strike by quarterback Ben Saccomano (Ledyard, Conn.) to take a 6-0 victory over Colby College in New England Small College Athletic Conference football Saturday.
Hamilton earned its second straight shutout in improving to 2-3 overall, while Colby falls to 1-4.
A gusting wind played a key part in the game, with both punters kicking eight times and averaging less than 30 yards per punt. The punters, however, each had 56-yard boots when they were kicking with the wind.
Hamilton got the lone score of the day after junior defensive back Matt Pitarresi (New Hartford, N.Y.) intercepted a pass at the Continentals' 23-yard line and raced 52 yards to the Colby 25. On the next play, Saccomano hit Ben Tomaszewski (Seabrook, N.H.) on a 25-yard pass play. Colby's Brian Liberty (Hollis, N.H.) did block the extra point attempt.
With the stiff winds, both teams had good field positions at different points of the game. However, neither offense was able to move the ball effectively.
Hamilton's John Lawrence (Phoenix, N.Y.) had two sacks and had one fumble recovery. Taylor Soobitsky (Harwinton, Conn.) also had two sacks, while Jesse Koch (Long Valley, N.J.) had a team-high seven tackles and one interception for Hamilton.
Andrew Heaney (Reading, Mass.) had a team-best seven tackles and one sack for Colby. Scott Roulston (Shaker Heights, Ohio) added four tackles, including two for loss, and four quarterback hurries.
Saccomano completed nine passes for 108 yards, while Tomaszewski had five catches for 75 yards.
Chris Bashaw (Rutland, Mass.) ran for 35 yards and caught five passes for 53 yards for the Mules. Brennan Moore (Fairfield, Conn.) also had five catches for 40 yards.