Columbia Begins the 2012 Football Season at Home Saturday vs. Marist
NEW YORK - Columbia will begin its 2012 season, the first under head coach Pete Mangurian, on Saturday, September 15 at home on Robert K. Kraft Field against Marist. Game time is 12:30 p.m.
Saturday's game is Northern Manhattan Neighbors Appreciation Day. Through the offices of New York State Senator Hon. Adriano Espaillat, New York State Assemblyman Hon. Guillermo Linares and New York City Council members Hon. Robert Jackson and Hon. Ydanis Rodriguez, Columbia has provided 1,000 complimentary tickets for Saturday's game to members of the many communities of Northern Manhattan.
Take the 1 Train to the Game!
Getting to the game:
Fans can purchase tickets online or by calling 888-LIONS-11. Fans can also watch the game online via SideLION Pass with Jerry Recco and Sal Licata calling the action. WKCR 89.9 FM also will call all the action. Live stats and game notes are available.
The 2012 Columbia Football Season
This year marks the 142nd anniversary of Columbia’s first intercollegiate football game against Princeton in 1870. It is the 122nd competitive season of Columbia Football, and the 89th season at Baker Athletics Complex.
Can You Hear Me?
Every Columbia game can be heard on gocolumbialions.com, with Jerry Recco (play-by-play) and Sal Licata (commentary) calling the action. Student radio can be found on WKCR 89.9 FM.
The Series vs. Marist
This is only the second time Columbia and Marist will meet in program history. Columbia defeated Marist 31-7 on September 22, 2007 in the first meeting ever between the two schools.
First of All
Columbia is 63-52-6 all-time in season openers. The game vs. Marist will be the first of three straight home games for the Lions and six home games during the 2012 season.
The 2012 Captains
The captains representing the four classes are seniors Ryan Murphy and Sean Brackett, juniors Hamilton Garner and Zach Olinger, sophomores Augie Braddock and Steven Silvio and first-years Trevor McDonagh, Brandon Blackshear and Kevin McCarthy.
Captains by Committee
Columbia has nine captains for the 2012 season. There are two representatives from each of the sophomore, junior and senior classes, and three from the first-year class. Each game, there will be three game captains. Two will be selected from the existing group of captains and one will be the special teams player of the week from the previous game, as selected by the coaches.
Home Sweet Home
Saturday’s game marks the second annual Northern Manhattan Neighbors Appreciation Day. We welcome more than 1,000 friends from various neighborhoods in northern Manhattan to today’s game vs. Marist!
First Look at the Rookies
Columbia welcomes 30 rookies to the 2012 Columbia Football team. Against Marist, there are eight first-years listed in the two deep.
Mark Your Calendars
Columbia’s annual Homecoming game will take place on Saturday, October 20 at 1:30 p.m. vs. Dartmouth. Prior to the game, Columbia Athletics will officially dedicate the Campbell Sports Center. The flagship of Columbia’s athletic renewal at Baker Athletics Complex, the Campbell Sports Center is the first new athletics building since the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center was built in the mid-1970s.
Football Hall of Famers
On Thursday, October 18, two days before Columbia’s Homecoming game, five former football players and the 1933 Rose Bowl championship team will be inducted into Columbia’s Athletics Hall of Fame. William Morley, class of 1902, Harold Weekes, class of 1903, Ted Gregory, class of 1974, Des Werthman, class of 1993 and Robert K. Kraft, class of 1963, and the 1933 team will join the list of 15 formers players, two former coaches and the 1961 Ivy League championship team as Athletics Hall of Famers.
Football Leads the Social Lions
You can follow the 2012 Columbia Football season on social media!
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Columbia has two sets of brothers on its roster this year. Senior running back Nick Gerst is joined by younger brother Mike Gerst this year in the backfield. Sophomore wide receiver John Keefe is also joined by his younger brother this year, rookie linebacker Max Keefe.
Break it Down
Here is a breakdown of the Columbia squad, year by year and position by position:
Defensive Backs: 17
Defensive Linemen: 13
Offensive Linemen: 15
Running Backs: 9
Tight Ends: 5
Wide Receivers: 15
Take the Train to the Game
Columbia fans have several public transportation options when traveling to home football games at Baker Athletics Complex. The 1 train will make regular stops at 215th Street and the A train stops nearby at 207th Street. Fans can also take the Metro North train on the Hudson line, which stops at Marble Hill, just across the bridge from Baker Athletics Complex.
Follow the Lions Online
Columbia fans who can’t make it to the game can follow the action LIVE online via the SideLION Pass and live stats. Lions fans can also follow Columbia Athletics all season long on Facebook and Twitter!
2012 Announcers on GoColumbiaLions.com
Catch live Columbia Football audio and video broadcasts online exclusively on gocolumbialions.com. Local New York sportscaster Jerry Recco returns for his fifth year of play-by-play on gocolumbialions.com, and will be joined by SNY personality Sal Licata for the 2010 football season.
About Jerry Recco:
A well-known media personality within the City of New York, Jerry Recco begins his fifth year as the play-by-play announcer for Columbia Football. Recco has worked with The Flagship Station for New York Sports, WFAN 660, for the past 13 years and has covered the last six Super Bowls for the station. He has worked closely with the New York Jets and New York Giants during his tenure, and currently serves as the morning sports anchor for the Boomer and Carton Show and on 1010 WINS.
About Sal Licata:
Sal is a passionate, opinionated, knowledgeable and entertaining sports fan with an edge. He was a part of WFAN New York’s #1 rated sports talk show, “Mike’d Up” with Mike Francesa, working as an assistant producer and part-time on-air contributor. Sal has worked in sports media since 2003 at WFAN, YES Network and Sirius NFL Radio and is currently an on air fill in for SNY’s “Wheelhouse” and “Geico SportsNite.” He lives in Ronkonkoma, N.Y.