MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – On Wednesday, Nov. 8, Wesleyan University will host the third annual Wesleyan vs. Trinity 'Battle of the Birds' Luncheon at The Hartford Club from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Special guests will include NBC Connecticut sports anchor Joe D'Ambrosio as this year's MC, as well as the 2017 team captains from both programs, and Cardinals' Head Coach Dan DiCenzo and Bantams' Head Coach Jeff Devanney.
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Representing Wesleyan will be senior captains Shayne Kaminski (linebacker), Eric Meyreles (wide receiver), Nate Taylor (defensive back), and third-year head coach DiCenzo, while Trinity will also be represented by a trio of senior captains in Liam Kenneally (linebacker), Sonny Puzzo (quarterback), and Chris Simmons (offensive lineman), as well as 12th-year head coach Devanney.
The Cardinals enter Saturday's game with a 6-2 overall record and are coming off a 35-0 rout of Little Three archrival Williams College on Homecoming/Family Weekend. Junior quarterback Mark Piccirillo was named the NESCAC Player of the Week for his stellar performance in the game, in which he amassed 341 yards of total offense with zero turnovers. He finished 26-of-32 for 272 passing yards and two scores while also rushing 15 times for 69 yards and two touchdowns.
Trinity, the 2016 NESCAC Champions, saw its 16-game winning streak come to an end last Saturday as the Bantams lost to Amherst College, 28-20. Puzzo went 15-of-30 for 172 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also rushing eight times for 28 yards. Trinity is now tied for first place in the conference alongside the Mammoths with a 7-1 record.
Saturday's game between the two in-state rivals will mark the 117th-meeting of the 'Battle of the Birds'. Trinity holds a slight advantage in the series with a 62-53-1 lead while claiming the last two matchups including a 45-21 win a year ago to decide the conference championship. The Bantams have a chance to reclaim the conference title Saturday if they beat Wesleyan and Amherst loses to Williams.