Nov. 6, 2008
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory as well as trying to end their 2008 regular season on a winning note when they host Curry in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon at Cressy Field.
The Corsairs have won their last three games and are 6-3 overall and 4-2 in Boyd Division play. The Colonels are 8-1 and 5-1 and are coming off a 45-20 win against Nichols November 1st. Curry has won the NEFC championship and represented the league in the NCAA Division III Championships in each of the last five years, but their streak could end this year after they lost at Plymouth State, 28-17, on October 25th.
"Curry is a great team, they do a lot of things very well," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They lead the conference in both offense and defense. Ryan Van de Giesen is an outstanding quarterback, they have the best receiving corps in the conference, and they have a very good offensive line. Defensively, their front eight are not only big and talented, but they blitz an awful lot, show you a lot and make you prepare for an awful lot of looks. They are tough to prepare for, especially defensively. Offensively, they don't run a lot of formations, but they do execute very well."
The Corsairs will honor 21 graduating seniors prior to Saturday's game, and Robichaud said that his team will be ready. "Senior Day is an emotional day for these kids," said Robichaud. "Every single one of our seniors has been an important party of the program. They're our leaders, and they would love to go and finish the year at 7-3. Beating an opponent like Curry would be a great way to go out and end their careers."
Curry has won the last three games between the teams since the last UMass Dartmouth win, an 18-13 decision at Cressy Field September 25, 2004. "Curry is a very disciplined team, they are not going to turn the ball over a lot, their quarterback makes great decisions," said Robichaud. "Defensively, we have a tendency to give up the big play and we cannot allow that to happen. We have to play our best game of the year on defense. Offensively, we need to keep doing what we've been doing, getting the ball into the hands of our best kids. Our special teams play has been pretty good, but they will have to be perfect. Essentially, we have to play our best football game of the year against Curry."
Robichaud said that motivating his team should not be a problem. "We can't wait to play," said Robichaud. "We played well against them last year. Curry does many things well, and they are a fun opponent to play. It's the last game of the year, and it's the last game for 21 great kids. I think we can play our best football. Our kids believe in themselves, and they believe that they can win, and that's the most important thing."