CENTERVILLE, Mass.—The Norwich University football team has been awarded a slot in the ECAC North Atlantic Bowl to be played Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1:00 p.m. The Cadets will travel to take on New England Football Conference (NEFC) Boyd Division runner-up Endicott College.
The Cadets advanced to the ECAC postseason by totaling a 7-2 overall record and a 4-2 record in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) action. Norwich has tallied in wins in each of its last four games and boasts a 4-1 record on the road in 2012.
Norwich's offensive threat is led by senior quarterback Kris Sabourin (Georgia, Vt.), who has posted 2,314 yards of total offense in his final season on 1,438 passing yards and 876 rushing yards. He has had his hand in 25 touchdowns on the season, including eight with junior wide receiver Zach Allen (Boston, Mass.). Allen has been Sabourin's key target this season, totaling 539 receiving yards. Senior Danny Triplett (Haverhill, Mass.) leads the Cadets on the ground, totaling 928 rushing yards and averaging 103.1 yards per game.
In addition, Norwich boasts a defense that has allowed the fewest points by opponents in the ECFC. The Cadets have allowed opponents just 18.2 points and 338.9 yards per game.
Endicott enters the matchup after winning their last six-straight appearances. The Gulls posted a 6-1 record in league play and an 8-2 record overall to advance to their second-straight ECAC Bowl appearance.
While the two teams did not meet in the regular season, they do share two common opponents in Castleton and Western New England. The Gulls downed Castleton 66-14 in the Spartan's home opener on September 8 and posted 50-45 win against Western New England on September 27.
The Cadets finished 1-1 against the common opponents as they opened the 2012 season with a 26-24 win against Western New England but fell to Castleton 35-27 in league play.
Saturday's game will mark the inaugural meeting between the two schools. Endicott started its varsity football program in 2003 and has quickly established itself as one of the power teams in the NEFC year in and year out. Norwich last appeared in a ECAC Bowl two years ago, falling to Framingham State.
The Gulls' sophomore quarterback Drew Frenette has totaled 2,319 passing yards and averages 19.3 completions per game. Senior running back Mike Wheeler leads the Gulls on the ground with 829 rushing yards. 11 of the Gulls were named to the All-Division team in 2012, including freshman center Ryan Mrozek, who was named the Boyd Division's Rookie of the Year after his role on the Gulls' offensive line which allowed just 10 quarterback sacks all season.
There will be pre-game tailgate starting at 11 a.m. sponsored by the Maroon & Gold Athletic Association (MGAA) and the Norwich Touchdown Club.
For more information: www.alumni.norwich.edu/2012nuvsendicott