NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will play their final home game of the season when they host Curry Saturday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon at Cressy Field.
The Corsairs enter the game at 1-7 and 1-4 in the NEFC Boyd Division after losing to Endicott last Saturday. The Colonels are 4-4 and 3-2 in NEFC Boyd Division play after defeating Nichols last week.
Saturday is Senior Day, and 16 seniors will make their final appearances for the Corsairs. "This is the last opportunity our seniors will have to play at Cressy Field," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "It's always kind of a bittersweet time of the year. You want to have the home season end on a successful note. These people have committed so much of their life to UMass Dartmouth and the football program and it would be good to see them go out as winners."
Seniors for the Corsairs include running backs Romario Berneche ((Everett, MA/Pope John XXIII HS/Mount Ida) and Larry Gregory (Chelsea, MA/Chelsea HS), wide receivers Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Agawam HS/Bridgton Academy), Nick Hiou (Peabody, Ma/Peabody HS), Nico Irano (East Boston, MA/Boston Latin HS) and Evan McCarrick (Bridgewater, MA/Bridgewater-Raynham HS), quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm), kicker Edgar Osols (Summit, NJ/Summit HS), offensive lineman Anthony Holloway (Boston, MA/Boston Latin Academy), defensive linemen William Cardello (Everett, MA/Pope John XXIII HS), Nick Manganello (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS), Ben Mitsmenn (Seekonk, MA/West Greenwich, RI HS/Exeter), and Jake Walsh (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS), and defensive backs Nick Brett (Loudon, NH/Merrimack Valley HS), Joune Fraser (Barnstable, MA/Barnstable HS/Erie CC), and Darrien Furr (East Taunton, MA/Taunton HS).
Curry will be a formidable opponent. "They're a very talented team, and they're better than their record indicates," said Robichaud. "They have arguable the best player in the conference in their wide receiver, Rob Bambini, who is very talented and has already scored 12 touchdowns this year. Their defense is very good, their defensive line is big and strong, and they have an outstanding cornerback. They are ranked high in the conference statistically both offensively and defensively, and they are a very good football team."
The Corsairs must play well. "Our defense has played well, with the exception of last week, when we missed tackles that we haven't missed all season," said Robichaud. "Bambini is tough to defend, they will put him in a lot of different positions and force us to always know where he is going to line up. They also have a good running game and other good receivers."
In order to be successful, UMass Dartmouth must not waste their chances. "We haven't scored enough points, and we need to be better on third down conversions," said Robichaud. "We need to be in more manageable third downs, and take advantage of opportunities, in addition to avoiding dropping the ball and not making plays we should make. we're playing a good team this week, and we have to avoid giving up big plays on defense if we are to be successful."
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