May 10, 2010
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Five familiar opponents will visit Cressy Field to play the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team this fall.
The Corsairs will play five of their 10 football games at home, beginning with the season opener against Fitchburg State on Saturday, September 4th. The Corsairs and Falcons had met for the last four seasons in the New England Football Conference's crossover game, but they renewed their rivalry on their own when the NEFC reassigned crossover opponents for the fall.
UMass Dartmouth will then hit the road to play Bridgewater State and Maine Maritime, two of the top teams in the NEFC's Bogan Division last fall. BSC, a perennial UMD opponent, tied for second in the Bogan last year, while Maine Maritime finished first, won the NEFC championship game, and represented the league in the NCAA Division III Championships. Both of those games will be played on the road, and MMA is the Corsairs' league-assigned crossover opponent.
The next week, UMass Dartmouth will host Plymouth State on homecoming weekend. The Panthers finished second in the NEFC Boyd Division last year behind Curry. After visiting MIT, UMass Dartmouth will return home to host Salve Regina on Saturday evening, October 9th.
After traveling to Nichols, the Corsairs will return home to play their final two home games of the year against Endicott and perennial Boyd Division power Curry before finishing the season at Western New England.
"The biggest change in our schedule is the game against Maine Maritime," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Maine Maritime beat Curry in the championship game and was the conference rep in the playoffs last year, and they are a very good program. With the addition of Maine Maritime, we will play three of the top teams in the league in three weeks."
With a tough early schedule, the Corsairs will be looking for a good start. "The most important game of the year is the first one against Fitchburg," said Robichaud. "Our focus will be on winning that first game."
The top two teams in the Boyd Division will visit Cressy Field. "Plymouth State is always very good, so we will have a good idea by the end of September about how good we are," said Robichaud. "Plymouth is similar to Maine Maritime, so we will face two teams who primarily run the ball in back-to-back weeks. Plymouth is also significant because it's also our opening game in the Boyd Division, and it is important in the division race. Our last home game is against Curry, which is still the most successful team in our division."
The winners of each division meet in the NEFC championship game, which determines the league's representative in the NCAA Championships.
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