Oct. 8, 2011
MIDDLETOWN, RI-Host Salve Regina built an early 21-0 lead and went on to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team, 38-7, in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Gaudet Field Saturday afternoon.
The Seahawks took advantage of turnovers to seize a 14-0 first quarter advantage. On UMass Dartmouth's initial possession, they recovered a fumble at the Corsair 12-yard line, driving to the two. The Corsairs held, and - Brendan Deasy attempted a 21-yard field goal on fourth down. Senior linebacker John Cordasco(Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) blocked the kick, but the ball popped into the air, and Alexander Lord of SRU recovered it on SRU's side of the line of scrimmage and ran into the end zone for a touchdown.
On the ensuing possession, Corsair junior quarterback Patrick Orlando(Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS/Saint Anselm) fumbled, and Shane Lange recovered at the UMD 34. Seahawk quarterback Bradley Skeffington capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Trey Scales to make it 14-0.
The Corsairs punted on their next possession, and the Seahawks took over at their own 44. Skeffington capped a 56-yard drive with a 24-yard scoring run to make it 21-0.
After receiving the kickoff, UMass Dartmouth drove to the SRU six-yard line, where a field goal attempt by junior kicker Edgar Osols(Summit, NJ/Summit HS) was blocked by Maxwell Shubert, with the Seahawks recovering at their own 26. On third down, Skeffington was sacked by sophomore linebacker Joe Martin (Spencer, MA/David Prouty HS). He fumbled, and Cordasco picked it up and ran 15 yards for his second touchdown in as many weeks.
Skeffington threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Keenan in the fourth quarter to make it 28-7. Richie Edwards ran 16 yards for a score with 4:50 left to make it 35-7, and Mark Moore hits a 46 yard FG with 1:15 remaining to complete the scoring.
"It was not our best effort," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We couldn't get anything going offensively, we fumbled on our first two possessions in our end, and our only points came off a fumble that we picked up and ran in for a touchdown. We got off to a bad start. They have a very good defense. They adjusted well to what we were doing."
The first scoring drive for the Seahawks was a bad omen. "We turned it over and we held them to a field goal attempt, and we blocked it," said Robichaud. "Since the ball never went across the line, they were able to pick it up and advance it, and they caught it and ran it in."
The Corsairs needed to limit their mistakes. "We know that when we go against a quality opponent, we can't make mistakes," said Robichaud. "We can't turn the ball over. We needed a low scoring game to have a chance, and we let them cash in on turnovers."
Freshman running back Mike Janey (Dorchester, MA/Wellesley HS) rushed 16 times for 55 yards to lead UMass Dartmouth, while Orlando completed six of 16 passes for 90 yards. Junior wide receiver Brendan McNeish(Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy) caught five passes for 74 yards. For SRU, Skeffington completed 16 of 23 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Edwards rushed 21 times for 96 yards and a score.
Senior defensive back Ross O'Toole(Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) led the Corsairs with eight tackles, including five solos, while Cordasco made seven stops, broke up a pass, and recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown. Anthony DePaolo made nine tackles, including seven solo stops, for Salve Regina, while breaking up a pass and recovering a fumble. A.J. Albert made eight stops, including seven solos, made three tackles for 15 yards of lost yardage, forced a fumble, and recorded a sack.
UMass Dartmouth fell to 3-3 and 2-1 in the Boyd Division with the defeat, while Salve Regina improved to 3-3 and 1-2 in divisional play. The Corsairs will return to action when they host Nichols next Saturday in the annual homecoming game.
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