Sept. 24, 2011
PLYMOUTH, NH-For the first time in six years, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team has defeated New England Football Conference Boyd Division rival Plymouth State.
The Corsairs defeated the Panthers for the first time since the 2004 season, winning, 16-0, at Currier Field Saturday afternoon. It was UMD's first win by shutout since they blanked Salve Regina at Toppa Field in Newport, RI, 17-0 on October 13, 2007. The Corsair defense held the Panthers to just eight first downs and 83 yards' worth of offense, just 33 yards on the ground in 31 attempts.
The Panthers' best scoring threat came on their first possession, as they took the opening kickoff and drove to the Corsair 19 yard line, but were stopped on fourth down and one. PSU quarterback Josh Horgan kept the ball, but was stopped by junior defensive lineman Nick Manganello (Attleboro, MA/Attleboro HS) and sophomore Dante Davis (Brookline, MA/Brookline HS).
UMD broke on top in the second quarter. They drove to the PSU and punted on fourth down, but retained possession when the Panthers were penalized for roughing junior punter Edgar Osols (Summit, NJ/Summit HS). On third down and goal from the four-yard line, UMass Dartmouth junior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) connected with junior wide receiver Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy) on a slant pattern to make it 7-0.
The Corsairs increased their lead in the third quarter. Orlando capped a four-play, 47-yard drive with a three-yard keeper to make it 13-0 after the extra point failed. Osols kicked a 32-yard field goal midway through the fourth quarter to account for the final score.
"This was an awesome game, our defense was absolutely incredible," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We stopped them on our nine on the first series of the game, and from that time on, our defense was unbelievable. (Senior defensive back) Ross O'Toole (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) had a big interception, (sophomore linebacker) Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) had a big interception, and (junior defensive lineman) Jake Walsh (Foxboro, MA/Foxboro HS) made some big plays in the backfield. We did a very nice job against a tough, hard-nosed, physical football team."
Orlando completed 10 of 22 passes for 130 yards and rushed 24 times for 59 yards. McNeish caught five passes for 62 yards. Andrew Foglia rushed seven times for 28 yards for PSU, while Horgan completed five of 17 passes for 50 yards.
Sophomore linebacker Joe Martin (Spencer, MA/David Prouty HS) led UMass Dartmouth five tackles, including four solo stops, and a tackle for a loss of one yard. Teixera had three solo stops, an interception and a pass break-up, while O'Toole also had an interception. UMD had 11 tackles for lost yardage, including two by Walsh, who had four solo stops and forced a fumble. Nicolas Keene led the Panthers with 10 tackles.
UMass Dartmouth improved to 2-2 and 1-0 in the Boyd Division with the victory, while Plymouth State dropped to 2-2 and 0-1 in Boyd Division play with the victory. The Corsairs will visit return to action when they host MIT next Saturday.
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