Sept. 8, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-For the second week in a row, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will play a night game at home. The Corsairs will host Bridgewater State this Saturday evening. Kickoff at Cressy Field is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
UMD, which opened their season with a 24-21 victory against Mount Ida last Friday night, will be trying to defeat the Bears for the first time since 2008, when they won at BSU, 32-27. Bridgewater State did not play last weekend and will be playing their opener.
"We are very excited to play another night game, and can't wait to see what kind of support we get," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "With the rivalry being local, our players know so many players on their roster than it's always a fun game to play."
Robichaud hopes that UMD's home venue is not a fun place for the opposition. "Our record hasn't been that good at Cressy Field, and we need to change it," said Robichaud."We need to make it a place where we play well, and our opponents don't want to travel to."
The Bears will be a formidable foe. "They return their entire defensive line, and they a lot of good players on defense, with their two starters returning at cornerback and two other transfers in the secondary," said Robichaud. "Offensively, Justin Fuller is a tough, hard-nosed running back. He's big and strong and he's given us trouble in the past. With us opening up a week ahead of them, we don't have as much information on them as we'd like. They return some talent on offense with their quarterback and several receivers back. We don't expect them to change a whole lot from what they've done in the past, but we need to be ready for whatever they show us and make adjustments when we need to."
In order to be successful, the Corsairs must be consistent. "Offensively, we need to continue to do what we did last week, be able to control the clock, get first downs, and score points," said Robichaud. "We were able to stay out of third and long situations, and that really helped us."
Defensively, UMD aims to be sound. "Defensively, we played well last week," said Robichaud. "We did give up a few big plays, and we need to be more disciplined as a team. We committed too many penalties, especially on third down. We really have to get a handle on that."
The game will mark the first blue-out for the Corsairs. Everyone coming to the game is encouraged to support the Corsairs by wearing blue. UMass Dartmouth will wear all-blue uniforms against BSU.
The Corsairs will be home again for a third consecutive week next week, hosting Maine Maritime next Saturday.
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