Pioneers Reach Post Season; Will Face Former E-8 Foe Ithaca

Posted on Nov 13 2018 - 6:51am by Jeff Pexton

Courtesy of Utica College Sports Information Department

UTICA, NY — The Utica College football team was selected to play in the ECAC’s Scott Whitelaw Bowl on Saturday against Ithaca College at Cornell University’s Schoellkopf Field. The game time is to be determined.

The Pioneers (6-4) are making their third ECAC Bowl Game appearance in program-history. Ithaca College (8-2) narrowly missed out on an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament after finishing in second place in the Liberty League Conference standings.

Utica rides a two game winning streak into the post season, most recently cruising to the most lopsided victory in program-history after defeating Hartwick College 75-14 in the regular season finale over the weekend. Senior running back Malcolm Stowe (Coram, NY/Longwood) led the way in the Pioneer victory as he rolled up 228 yards on the ground and became the program’s all-time leading rushing. Stowe is the first back in school-history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a single season (1,011). He also became the program’s all-time leader in career rushing yards (1,899).

Antonio Scala (Coram, NY/Longwood) leads a staunch Pioneer defense as he has finished the regular season with a team-best 84 tackles. Utica’s defense finished the year ranked third in the Empire 8, allowing an average of just 20.4 points per contest.

The eight teams selected by the ECAC Division III Football Committee to participate were Ithaca College (8-2), Salisbury University (8-2), Grove City College (7-3), Westminster College (7-2), Alfred University (6-4), Morrisville State College (6-4), Utica College (6-4) and Wesley College (6-4). All four games will take place on Nov. 17 at campus sites.

James Baker and Frank Rossi announced the games, breaking down each matchup and what to watch for this coming Saturday. The list of the matchups and where teams are going can be seen below.

Saturday, Nov. 17
Scotty Whitelaw Bowl – Time: TBD (Game to be played at Cornell University)
Utica College (6-4) vs Ithaca College (8-2)

James Lynah Bowl – Time: TBD
Morrisville State College (6-4) vs Grove City College (7-3)

Clayton Chapman Bowl – Time: TBD
Wesley College (6-4) vs Westminster College (7-3)

Asa S. Bushnell Bowl – Time: TBD
Alfred University (6-4) vs Salisbury University (8-2)