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Schwieger, Pierce capture Helmets

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  October 28, 2009 03:57 PM

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Dartmouth students rushed Memorial Field in Hanover on Saturday afternoon after the Big Green halted a 17-game losing streak with a commanding 28-6 Ivy League victory over Columbia.

They were just following the lead of Dartmouth sophomore back Nick Schwieger, who ran through, around and over the visiting Lions for a school-record 242 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries. The former Bishop Feehan standout from Norton helped sealed the victory with his 66-yard scoring run down the left sideline in the fourth quarter.

On Wednesday, Schwieger received the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston's weekly Gold Helmet for Division 1 from the New England Football Writers. Saint Anselm freshman QB Michael Pierce was the D2-3 winner.

“All the credit [for the record] goes to the offensive line,” said the 5-foot-10, 205-pound Schwieger after the game. “They make it really easy for a back when they open up holes like they did today. It felt great to break some runs, something we need to do for the rest of the year.”

Harvard coach Tim Murphy, whose 4-2 Crimson host 1-5 Dartmouth at the Stadium, called Schwieger "arguably, the best back in the Ivy." He is averaging an Ivy-best 101.3 yards rushing per game.

Pierce delivered also delivered a record-setting performance in a 31-28 Northeast-10 loss against Stonehill. The 6-foot, 200-pound QB threw for 390 yards and three touchdowns on 36 of 74 passing while adding another 106 yards rushing on 15 carries.

A transfer from New Hampshire, he set single-game school records for total offense (496 yards), passing attempts (74), passing yards (390), and total plays of offense (89).

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A moment of silence was held at the weekly New England Football Writers luncheon Wednesday at Harvard's Dillon Fieldhouse for Marine Captain Kyle Van De Giesen, the former Saint Anselm quarterback who was killed in Afghanistan on Monday. The North Attleborough High graduate was the starting QB on the college's first varsity team in 1999, when the college restored the program after a 58-year hiatus and threw for 308 yards in his first game.

A moment of silence will be observed in his memory Saturday, when the Hawks host New Haven. In addition, a red, white and blue ribbon with his number 12 below it will be painted onto the Grappone Stadium field, and the Hawks will wear his initials, KV, on their helmets for the remainder of the season.

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