The 2019 edition of the Ithaca College football team has stormed out of the blocks to a 6-0 record, with South Kingstown product Austin Hedglen emerging as the Bombers’ starting tight end.
Ithaca stayed perfect last Saturday with a 34-0 blanking of Hobart, overcoming a scoreless opening quarter to pour on at least ten points in each of the three remaining periods for the team’s first shutout in 19 years.
Hedglen played his part by hauling in his sixth reception of the fall, a six-yard pass from the arm of Bomber signal-caller Joe Germinerio early in the third quarter that was good for a first down.
Despite being part of a high-powered passing attack, as evidenced by Germinerio’s 317 yards per game average, the former Rebel has not been targeted as much as the team’s wide receivers, partially explaining the paucity of catches to his name.
One of Hedglen’s other catches did manage to cross the goal line, however, coming late in the second term of Ithaca’s 59-20 decision over St. Lawrence on Oct. 5, making the score 37-6 at the time.
The 13-yard haul was the first touchdown at the collegiate level for the junior, who also added an eight-yard gain earlier in the contest for his third multiple-catch contest in Bomber colors.
Ithaca, currently ranked inside the top ten in multiple Division III national polls, will be putting its unbeaten mark on the line this Saturday against Rochester, who plunged to 0-7 on the year this past Saturday after a 13-7 setback on the road versus Buffalo State.
North Kingstown native Katie George’s sparkling freshman season on the Middlebury field hockey team reached new heights on Monday, as the New England Small College Athletic Conference named her its player of the week.
The St. George’s product earned the accolade after a week that saw her score key goals in victories over Trinity and St. John Fisher, one of which stood up as the game-winning marker.
George knocked home the opener against Trinity on Saturday, defeating Bantam goaltender Emma Cropper 1:20 into the third quarter for her eighth of the season, before Trinity answered 40 seconds later.
The Bantams gave George and her teammates their best effort, leading the contest for much of the fourth quarter before Middlebury tied it and won in overtime.
Middlebury wrapped up the weekend the next day with a visit from St. John Fisher.George’s team-leading ninth goal of the fall provided the difference in a 2-1 victory.
Middlebury closes out the regular season with a pair of contests against NESCAC opponents, traveling to Tufts on Saturday before welcoming Williams next Tuesday.