FRAMINGHAM, MA-Host Framingham State scored 17 points in the second quarter, took a 23-0 halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team, 30-0, in a New England Football Conference crossover game at Bowditch Field Saturday.
The Rams, who struck first on a 21-yard pass from Matthew Mangano to Tyrone Figueroa with 7:12 left in the first quarter, scored three times in the second quarter to build their halftime lead.
Figueroa scored on a 15 yard reverse with 10:33 left in the first half to put the Rams ahead, 13-0. Melikke Van Alstyne made it 20-0 when he scored on a one yard run with 4:33 remaining in the first half, and Philip Clain kicked a 23 yard field goal on the final play of the first half to put FSU ahead, 23-0.
Mangano's two yard run with 13:18 left in the fourth quarter was the only score of the second half.
Framingham State outgained UMass Dartmouth, 383 yards to 118. The Rams amassed 26 first downs to UMD's 11. Senior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) completed 15 of 34 passes for 46 yards, while junior running back Jordan Guyton (Canton, MA/Canton HS/Saint Anselm) rushed nine times for 34 yards. Mangano completed five of 15 passes for 82 yards for the Rams and rushed 21 times for 81 yards, while Van Alstyne carried 25 times for 142 yards.
Defensively, senior defensive back Joune Fraser (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable HS/Erie CC) led the Corsairs defensively with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops. Michael Altavesta had nine stops for the Rams.
"We did not have a good game, and I was disappointed," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We did not play well, especially offensively, where we were anemic. It wasn't our best effort."
Robichaud said the second quarter was a key. "Last week it was the third quarter, and this week it was the second quarter," said Robichaud. "They gave the ball to Van Alstyne, and he and their quarterback hurt us on the ground. We missed too many opportunities, and that hurt us this week."
The Corsairs will begin divisional play at home this week. "Every game is a learning experience, and we have an opportunity to get better," said Robichaud. "We get into divisional play this week. The first three games are important, but it really counts when you play within the division. We're still hurting ourselves in third down situations, and we're committing too many penalties. We have to learn from our experience, and use this opportunity to improve."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 0-3 with the defeat, while Framingham State improved to 2-1 with the victory. The Corsairs will open their home season against Plymouth State next Saturday.
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