Football Hosts Nichols Saturday

Football Hosts Nichols Saturday

Oct. 13, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will play at Cressy Field for the fifth time this season when they host New England Football Conference Boyd Division rival Nichols Saturday. It's the annual homecoming game, and kickoff at Cressy Field is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.

The Corsairs are 3-3 and 2-1 in Boyd Division play, and had their two-game winning streak snapped when they lost to Salve Regina last week, 38-7. Nichols is 0-6, 0-3 in the Boyd Division. The Bison are coming off a 51-14 loss to undefeated Endicott, and have dropped their last seven games since defeating MIT, 17-14, at home last October 30th.

Many football alumni are expected to be in attendance, since former UMass Dartmouth Head Football Coach Bill Kavanaugh will be inducted into the Corsair Hall of Fame Friday evening. "There should be a lot of football alumni, and hopefully, a lot of them will stay over Friday night and come watch the game Saturday," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We have to focus on the game."

After losing their opener by a single point, the Bison have seen three of their next five opponents score 49 or more points, but Robichaud said that they can be dangerous. "After watching their defense on film, I wondered how they were 0-6," said Robichaud. "They are a young team with 65 freshmen and a brand new head coach, they have played some very good teams, and they are very young. They are very aggressive, they hustle on every play and there are always 11 helmets within five yards of the ball. Because of their aggressiveness, they have given up some big plays."

After going down to the wire with MIT two weeks ago, the Corsairs will work hard to succeed. "This is a game that they may feel that they have a better chance to win than any other game, and we have to work hard this week, and stay focused," said Robichaud. "Last week, we turned the ball over two of the first three times we had it, and we can't afford to make those types of mistakes."

UMass Dartmouth's defense has played well this season, and that could be a key to success this weekend. "Despite the score last week, our defense played well," said Robichaud. "They need to continue to play the way they have. On third and fourth downs, our defense has done a good job, and they a great attitude."

If it is not a high-scoring game, mistakes will be magnified. "It's going to be a low-scoring game," said Robichaud. "In order to win the game, we have to avoid making mistakes."

The Corsairs will play at Endicott and Curry on the next two Saturdays, returning home to play Western New England in the final home game of the regular season November 5th.