Football Looks for Good Start

Sept. 2, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team hopes to get off to a good start when they host Fitchburg State in their 2010 opener Saturday afternoon. Kickoff is set for 12 noon at Cressy Field.

"This is huge for us, we haven't won a game since last October, and we need to win," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We've had a great camp, we've really worked hard, our attitude is outstanding, and we cannot wait."

Robichaud says his team is improved. "(Defensive Coordinator) Steve Faniel is running the defense, and he really has them ready to go," said Robichaud. "They're confident, flying all over the field, and making life difficult for us on the offensive side of the ball. The same is true for the offense; we are helping our defense get better."

The Falcons were 4-6 last year, defeating the Corsairs, 23-7, in the third game of the season. "Fitchburg has a great offense, they've always been able to score," said Robichaud. "They have some outstanding players coming back. The first opponent of the season is always tough to prepare for, you don;' know what changes they're making. They have a new defensive staff, and we have to be prepared for just about anything."

The Corsairs averaged less than seven points per game last season, and that must change if UMD is to be successful. "We need to score more points," said Robichaud. "We can't win games doing what we did last year. On defense, we have to be ready for whatever they bring, and our kicking game should be better."

A win could go a long way towards making the 2010 season a successful one. "It's imperative that we gain confidence," said Robichaud. "All of our new players have bought into what we're trying to do, our captains are doing an outstanding job of motivating our players, and everyone is where they need to be."

The Corsairs will spend the next two weeks on the road, returning home to play Plymouth State on Saturday, September 25th for homecoming.

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