By Evan Slavit
Over the weekend, the Dutchmen faced Springfield with a slim chance at a playoff berth alive. Unfortunately that chance was not dependent on what the Dutchmen did.
Union’s bid depended upon whether or not they earned the best record in the Liberty League. By beating United States Merchant Marine Academy 33-14 the previous weekend, the Dutchmen ensured a 5-1 conference record.
The only team that had a chance to match that record was Hobart College, who faced the University of Rochester with a 4-1 conference record.
The Dutchmen needed Hobart to lose, as matching 5-1 records would give Hobart the automatic berth due to Hobart’s head-to-head win against Union a few weeks prior.
Unfortunately for the Dutchmen, Hobart prevailed 24-10. Still, there was plenty to be excited about.
For starters, while Union will not receive a bid to the playoffs, they share the conference title with Hobart.
Also, they won their game against Springfield 44-36, which gives Union a winning 6-4 record after an 0-3 start, and their 30th non-losing season in the last 31 years.
For personal accolades, Justin Gallo ‘12 had seven catches for 96 yards, giving him 3,288 receiving yards for his career, a new career receiving yards record for Union.
Tight end Eric Zavadsky ‘12 registered a new career high with 104 yards receiving and three touchdowns, and running back T.J. Franzese ‘14 had a career best 149 yards rushing with two tuchdowns.
Quarterback Drew Connolly ‘12 also had a nice day, passing for 352 yards and three touchdowns. He finished his career with 7,356 yards passing, which is fourth best in Union history.