BRIDGEWATER, MA-Host Bridgewater State scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away for a 31-6 victory over the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team in a non-conference game at the Edward C. Swenson Athletic Complex Saturday.
The Corsairs cut a 7-0 Bears lead to 7-6 on the second of two field goals by senior kicker Edgar Osols (Summit, NJ/Summit HS) with 3:06 left in the first half. Jarred Diorio kicked a 26 yard field goal with 1:03 left in the half to make it 10-6.
Caleb Gelsomino put BSU on the scoreboard when he hit Matthew Green with a 47-yard scoring pass with 7:07 left in the first quarter. After a UMD punt, Diorio's missed 38 yard field goal was returned by Corsair senior defensive back Joune Fraser (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable HS/Erie CC) to the UMD 30. -
UMass Dartmouth drove to the BSU 21, and Osols connected from 39 yards out to put the Corsairs on the scoreboard.
With 6:10 left in the first half, Fraser intercepted a Gelsomino pass and returned it 41 yards to the Bears' 25-yard line. On fourth down and goal at the BSU six, Osols hit from 23 yards away to make it 7-6.
Mike McCarthy scored on an eight-yard run on the Bears' first drive of the second half to make it 17-6. The Corsairs were held on their next possession, and BSU took over at their own 34 after an Osols punt. They promptly drove 66 yards in eight plays, scoring on a seven-yard run by Mike Gentili to make it 24-6 with 5:39 remaining in the third quarter.
BSU held UMD again, and drove for another score. Gelsomino hit Green from 15 yards out with 1:07 remaining in the third quarter to make it 31-6.
"We played pretty well in the first half, but we really struggled in the second half," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We had a hard time getting anything going offensively, and that hurt us a lot. We left our defense out on the field an awful lot. Overall, our defense played well. We went into the half down, 10-6, but we couldn't get anything going offensively in the second half. They have a good team that is well coached, they played well, and they wore us down."
BSU outgained the Corsairs, 392 yards to 120. Senior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) completed 14 of 26 passes for 85 yards. Senior wide receiver Brandon McNeish (Springfield, MA/Agawam HS/Bridgton Academy) caught three passes for 41 yards. Gelsomino was 9 of 16 for 149 yards for BSU, and Green caught five passes for 112 yards, while Blaise Branch rushed 12 times for 30 yards.
Fraser had eight tackles, including seven solos and a tackle for nine yards of lost yardage in addition to his interception and return for 41 yards. Paul Melichanek had 11 tackles for BSU, including nine solos, 4.5 tackles for lost yardage, 1.5 sacks, and a forced fumble.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 0-2 with the defeat, while Bridgewater State improved to 2-0 with the victory. The Corsairs will visit Framingham State next Saturday.
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