WESTFIELD, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth junior linebacker Marvey Mathurin (Woburn, Mass.) was honored by the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) office on Sunday, gathering the Corsairs’ first Defensive Player of the Week accolade for 2016.
Mathurin and the Corsair defense silenced Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday, recording UMass Dartmouth’s first shutout since 2011 in a 33-0 affair at Cressy Field. Entering the game, Mass. Maritime had been averaging 413.5 yards offense, but could muster just 173 yards against the Corsairs, consisting of 107 yards passing and 66 yards rushing. For his part, Mathurin led his squad with nine tackles, six solo and three assisted. He registered two for total loss of nine yards. On the season, Mathurin paces UMass Dartmouth with 64 tackles (8.0 per game) and 11.5 tackles for a total loss of 53 yards. The junior also owns a fumble recovery and two interceptions.
The usually strong Buccaneer passing game posted just 11 completions against UMass Dartmouth on Saturday, and Mass. Maritime was forced into two turnovers and 459 punting yards. Conversely, the Corsair offense marched down the field all game, running 120 plays to tally the second-most in NCAA Division III Football history and accumulating a season-high 705 yards offense.
The Corsairs will seek their third-straight MASCAC win next Saturday, traveling to Western Connecticut for a 5 p.m. kickoff before returning home for the final regular season game on Nov. 5 against Fitchburg State.