NEWTON, Mass. – The Corsairs put up 548 yards offense with a balanced attack, opening the 2016 season on a high note Friday night as UMass Dartmouth dismantled Mount Ida , 40-9, at Alumni Field.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 40, Mount Ida 9
Records: UMass Dartmouth 1-0 | Mount Ida 0-1
How it Happened
UMass Dartmouth's offense was explosive right from the get-go, with the Corsair backs marching the ball down the field on the opening drive. Senior quarterback Cory Burnham (Essex, Mass.) capped the three and a half minute drive with a five-yard touchdown pass to classmate Kevin Wadsworth (Bridgewater, Mass.) to put the visitors on the board first.
A penalty-ridden remainder of the first half ensued, with Mount Ida only able to muster a 37-yard field goal before UMass Dartmouth registered the next 19 points of the contest and put the game out of reach.
Burnham completed his second touchdown pass of the season at the 13:18 mark in the second quarter, this time to senior John Beardsley (Essex, Mass.), who scampered for 17 yards to put the score at 13-3.
In the second half, the Corsairs relied on strong defensive stands and a three-headed running attack of seniors Stephen Roy (Northborough, Mass.) and Michael Slaughter, Jr. (Springfield, Mass.) and junior Eddie Sheridan (Chelmsford, Mass.) to cap the evening.
Midway through the third, Roy registered a six-yard touchdown run after a three-and-out by Mount Ida. UMass Dartmouth then effectively shut the door with two minutes remaining in the period, when junior Diego Hebra (Concord, N.H.) intercepted a Jack Sheehan pass. On the ensuing possession, Sheridan took off for an 83-yard touchdown run, upping the score to 26-3.
Sheehan gave the hosts their only touchdown of the night to open the fourth, sneaking the ball in on a one-yard keeper, but Burnham would find two more receivers for touchdowns. Sophomore Abbi Bamgbose (Worcester, Mass.) registered a 12-yard scoring reception with 7:16 remaining, and freshman Kevin Gonzalez (Pawtucket, R.I.) made his first career catch for a touchdown to cap the visitors' score at 40.
Inside the Numbers
- The trio of Sheridan, Slaughter and Roy combined for 335 of UMass Dartmouth's 398 rushing yards on the game.
- Sheridan's 83-yard run marked the longest of his Corsair career as he finished with 140 yards on 13 carries.
- Wadsworth recorded a career-high seven catches for 85 yards, just two yards shy of his career-high 87 yards which he posted at Alumni Field in 2014.
- The defense was led by junior linebacker Brandon Miller's (Holden, Mass.) career-high 12 tackles and senior DaVon Fuller's (Washington, D.C.) three pass breakups.
- Burnham completed 50 percent of his passes on the night (13-for-26) for 150 yards.
- UMass Dartmouth is now 5-2 all-time against the Mustangs, with today marking the Corsairs' third-straight victory over Mount Ida.
UMass Dartmouth opens its 2016 home slate next Saturday, hosting Hartwick at Cressy Field at 5 p.m. for the first-ever meeting between the two programs.