BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. – On the back of 334 passing yards by sophomore quarterback Jace Pena (East Providence, R.I.), the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth broke free from a four-game skid, dismantling Massachusetts Maritime 37-14 at Clean Harbors Stadium on Saturday.
Score: UMass Dartmouth 37, Mass. Maritime 14
Records: UMass Dartmouth (3-6, 3-4 MASCAC) | Mass. Maritime (1-8, 0-7 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Corsairs dug the Buccaneers in a 14-point hole early, featuring two touchdown passes by Pena. In the first, junior Abbi Bamgbose (Worcester, Mass.) hauled in a 13-yard reception on UMass Dartmouth's second drive of the game. The Corsair defense immediately forced a three-and-out for Mass. Maritime, and capped a 10-play, 82-yard drive with a touchdown reception by junior Jeremy Jackson (Middletown, R.I.)
Mass. Maritime started strong in the second quarter, cutting the deficit in half with Chris Haggerty (Cohasset, Mass.) finding Ryan Taft (East Longmeadow, Mass.) for a 17-yard pass in the end zone. Back-to-back interceptions by Corsair senior Scott Tupper (Holden, Mass.) and Buccaneer Peter Banks (Webster, Mass.) kept the margin at 14-7 at intermission.
UMass Dartmouth began a 21-point unanswered streak after a 40-yard punt by Finn Kearns (Galway, Ireland) that stuck the hosts on their own one yard line. Junior Tony Slaughter (Springfield, Mass.) stuffed the Buccaneers on their first play from scrimmage, resulting in a safety and a 16-7 Corsair lead.
The fourth quarter saw the Corsairs find the end zone on their first two drives of the stanza. Pena hit Bamgbose for a 60-yard catch-and-run to put the game out of reach, and a high punt snap by Mass. Maritime and corresponding tackle by DJ Machado (Swansea, Mass.) landed UMass Dartmouth on the Buccaneers four yard line moments later. Senior Michael Slaughter Jr. (Springfield, Mass.) punched in the one-yard touchdown.
Slaughter Jr. collected his second touchdown of the contest on a 12-yard burst later in the frame, capping five Corsair touchdowns on the afternoon.
Inside the Numbers
- Senior linebacker Marvey Mathurin (Woburn, Mass.) became UMass Dartmouth's all-time leader in career tackles for loss on Saturday, recording two such tackles to up his career total to 46.5. He surpasses former teammate Derek Tarpey's total of 44.5.
- UMass Dartmouth posted its second-highest offensive total of the season with 455 yards, consisting of a season-high 335 passing yards and 120 yards rushing.
- Pena's 334 yards in the air on 21 completions sets career-highs in both categories, as he averaged 9.5 yards per completion.
- With 122 rushing yards, Slaughter Jr. registered his fourth-straight 100-plus yard outing and has now set a new single-season career-high for yards with 810 this fall.
UMass Dartmouth concludes the season next Saturday, Nov. 11 on the road, traveling to Fitchburg State for a noon kickoff at Eliot Field.