It was a pleasure seeing many of you yesterday afternoon at the Emerging Leaders Luncheon. I wish safe travels to those of you who are still making your way back to campus for homecoming weekend.
Your Colgate Raiders fell to 9th ranked New Hampshire, 53-23, last Saturday in Durham. Sophomore quarterback, Dylan Finelli, struggled in his first collegiate start versus the national powerhouse. Finelli’s first pass of the game hit a Wildcats’ linebacker right in between the numbers for the first of two interceptions. Dylan finished the game 5-18 passing with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. To the young quarterback’s credit, he maintained his composure and he did not give up in the face of adversity.
With a heavily front-loaded schedule, and a profusion of injuries, your Raiders are still searching for their first win. We anticipate victory this week as the Yale Bulldogs travel to Hamilton for their first game of the season. Last year, the Yale game marked the turning point of our season as we posted 47 points and really came together as an offensive unit. We plan to imitate last year’s performance as we create some momentum heading into our bye week. With Gavin healthy, you can expect our offense to operate efficiently and effectively tomorrow.
The forecast calls for heavy rain and potential thunderstorms this afternoon. Wet conditions will limit both teams’ ability to pass the ball. Yale returns star running back, Tyler Varga, who will be expected to carry the Bulldogs’ offense in the imminent storm. We plan on overwhelming Yale’s defense with our ability to hand the ball to several different playmakers on offense.
Rain or shine, we expect a rowdy crowd at Andy Kerr Stadium today as we look to enter the win column. Welcome back to campus everybody! I hope to see many of you after the game. ‘Til next week… Go ‘Gate!
Jimmy DeCicco ’15
Colgate University Football
President Uplifting Athletes