NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-After nearly three weeks of practice, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will begin their 2013 season when they host Mount Ida Friday evening. Kickoff at Cressy Field is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
The Corsairs have added more than 60 new players since last season, which they opened by losing at Mount Ida, 24-21, and are ready to go this year.
"We're very excited to play, we've had a great camp," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We have a lot of new players in the program who have adjusted very well to UMass Dartmouth, our philosophy and the football program. We're very excited to begin the season."
It's the first weekend of school, and a large crowd is expected. "A lot of people are talking about the game, and coming to the game," said Robichaud. "It's the first full weekend of the school year, and we think it's going to be great."
It should be a good matchup. "Mount Ida is a very good team; they won the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference last year and are picked in the pre-season poll. They have some very good players and are very well-coached. Our last two games finished at 24-21, and it seems like it's a very good matchup for us."
The Mustangs are talented. "They have a pre-season All-American wide receiver, a couple of very good offensive linemen, and a very good running back," said Robichaud. "They will have some offensive punch, and they alsoreturn some very good defensive players. They are going to test our team. You want to try to open with a good team, someone who will test you and help you find out how good you are. They are a very good program."
The Corsairs are also talented, but are young. "We're going to have some young, inexperienced people, and it will
be interesting to see how they react," said Robichaud. "For a lot of them, it will be their first collegiate game,
and it's going to be interesting and exciting."
Mistakes, or lack of them, could be a key. "Early in the year, we have to watch out for mental mistakes," said
Robichaud. "The team that has the least penalties and the least number of mental breakdowns will win."
The Corsairs will be off next week, returning to action at Westfield State September 21st in their first Massachusetts Collegiate Athletic Conference game.
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