NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will play their final game of the season when they visit Western New England for a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game this Saturday. Kickoff at Golden Bear Stadium is set for 1:00 p.m.
The Corsairs enter the game at 1-8 and 1-5 in the NEFC Boyd Division after losing to Curry last Saturday, 33-14. Western New England is 5-4 and 3-3 after losing to Endicott last week, 50-45.
"It's been a rough season for us, but we're looking forward to giving our best effort in our last game of the season and finishing the year on a positive note," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Our kids' spirits are good, we had a little bit of a disruptive week this week, with the hurricane, but we got some work done. Things will be normal for the rest of the week, and we'll be ready to go."
The Golden Bears are one of the members of the NEFC that has seen their stock rise in recent years. "They have done well recently," said Robichaud. "They brought in 60 new players into their program this year, and they are a very good football team."
It will be the Golden Bears' turn to hold Senior Day on Saturday, and that is quite meaningful, especially at the NCAA Division III level. "Senior Day is a big deal, especially at this level," said Robichaud. "It's the end of people's football playing careers, and it's an important day. I wish their people the best, but I would like to go in there and come away with a victory."
Western New England is a talented team. "They are a very good football team," said Robichaud. "They have some good players, especially defensively, their defensive line is outstanding. They have a very good defensive scheme. Offensively, they will give us a lot of looks and a lot to prepare for, and they are also a very well-coached team. They will certainly offer some challenges."
For the Corsairs to be successful, they must play mistake-free football. "Offensively, we're going to have to take advantage of every single opportunity we have," said Robichaud. "Defensively, we need to play more consistently. We have tended to give up some big plays on defense, and we haven't been as consistent as we need to be on offense. Those are things we need to do in order to be successful on Saturday."
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