ITACA, New York – Ithaca College’s Nationally Ranked No. 17 preseason football program is packed with talent returning heading into the 2022 season as newly appointed head coach Michael Torper welcomes a total of 47 seniors and graduates to the roster. The Bombers will officially open their season this Saturday, September 3 at Bridgewater State University; A full preview of that game will be released later in the week.
Toerper, who returned to South Hill in February after serving as safety coach at Holy Cross in 2020 and 2021, kept the assistant coaching staff intact from the 8-2 campaign in 2021, and is excited to have his first season as coach at boss. up and running with depth and talent returning to the roster.
“Being around our players every day and guiding the team through the challenges that a football season presents is what I’m most looking forward to this year. It’s special to have so many guys back because of the perseverance our fifth years have shown.” through a rare college career. They are a tight-knit group, and it shows through their excitement to go on another journey together.”
Of those 47 seniors (some fifth-years) and graduate students who returned for 2022, 30 made the two-safety roster for the 2021 final game. The Bombers also return 24 juniors and 23 from sophomores to the team, while also bringing 36 to the freshman class.
More than 45 players from a season ago saw action in at least four games and that experience should bode well for the Bombers as they navigate through a grueling slate of 2022.
“It’s important for everyone to embrace their role in the program. Veterans and freshmen alike need to put the team first,” Toerper said. “There are some serious position battles that are raising the level of competition across the board; I think that will contribute to a factor in our success.”
Those battles have been on full display throughout pre-season training camp, as IC played two warm-up games for the start of the season this Saturday.
“Training camp has been physical, competitive and enthusiastic,” Toerper said. “We’ve got some situational things to sharpen up, but I’ve been really impressed with our ability to have a sense of urgency that reflects the moment. The young guys are doing their best to get better one day at a time, but most importantly, I think they’re having fun.” being members of this team.
all americans Nicholas Bahamonde Y jake villanueva are back for their final seasons of competition, while All-Liberty League performers: A. J. Wingfield, jalen hines (Rookie of the Year), milli haynes, antwan robinson, michael anderson, michael rumes, jojo puckey Y Colin Norton – everyone returns to the lineup.
The Bombers will also look to these returners on offense to make an impact: Conner Hayes, Donte Garcia, jack williams, billy tedeschi, jake ross, julien deumaga, jon crowley, give mason, Alexander Rice, Andres Testani, jose arico, Anselm Farrell Y Brendan Martin.
A total of 18 players from the two safeties are back on the defensive end of the ball, which was extremely tight-fisted in 2021, allowing just 271.6 yards and 11.9 points per game. Along with Haynes, Robinson and Roumes are Jordan Sosa, giancarlo kelly, Salt Brito, Ashton Pack, Owen O’Neill, jalen martinez, Matt DeSimpliciis, ben stola, Stephen Soravilla, jason have, Cade McDermott, Derek Slywka, tommy moran, akap takor Y Ryan Salisbury.
Ithaca’s key special teams unit is also back with Bahamonde, kicker Enzo Martelluccithe Roumes and Arico snappers, and the returners Anderson, Tedeschi and Antonio D’Addetta. Jalen Leonard-Osbourne he also saw time as a kicking returner in 2021.
After the season opener at Bridgewater State at 12 p.m. The 17
IC is 24-12-2 against Brockport all-time and won last year’s game, 23-8. Alfred is one of the Bombers’ oldest rivalries, as 2022 will mark the 62nd meeting of all time: Ithaca is 41-18-2 against the Saxons after a 34-0 victory last fall.
Ithaca will then open Liberty League play at No. 23 Hobart on October 1 in Geneva. IC has won each of the last four games against the Statesmen and owns a series record of 29-4. The Bombers will return to Butterfield Stadium on October 8-15 against Rochester and St. Lawrence.
The game against Rochester will serve as Hall of Fame weekend, as the athletic department will recognize the 52nd class at halftime. IC is 4-0 all time against the Yellowjackets. St. Lawrence comes to town the following weekend and the Bombers will put their 26-game winning streak against the Saints on the line at 1 p.m. on the 15th.
A rare Friday night game is in store for IC on October 21, when the Bombers travel to Buffalo State for the 29th meeting of all time.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute No. 20 arrives in Ithaca on October 29 at 1 pm. The Engineers have won each of the last five meetings against the Bombers, including a 14-11 victory last year.
The Liberty League slate concludes Nov. 5 at Union in a 1 pm matchup in Schenectady.
The IC regular season concludes on November 12 with the 63rd Annual Cortaca Jug Game against No. 16 Cortland at Yankee Stadium. General admission tickets can be purchased at Cortacajug.com and information on on-campus ticket sales will be available to members of the Ithaca College community in the coming weeks.
WICB will provide coverage of all 10 games this season, while ICTV will broadcast all five of IC’s home games. Live stats are also available for all 10 contests and links to all coverage can be found on the soccer schedule page at athletics.ithaca.edu.