Football Hosts Western New England on Senior Day

Football Hosts Western New England on Senior Day

Nov. 4, 2011

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will take the field for the final time this season when they host Western New England on Senior Day this Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 noon at Cressy Field.

The Corsairs are 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Boyd Division after last Saturday's 33-7 victory at Curry. The Golden Bears are 8-1 and 6-0 in Boyd Division play and clinched the division title with last Saturday's 40-37 win against Endicott. WNE will host the NEFC championship game against Framingham State November 12th regardless of the outcome of Saturday's game.

"It's going to be a great football game for us," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We are coming off a very emotional win, and Western New England is a very good football team. They ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns, and Bryce Brown is one of the top quarterbacks in our conference. They run the ball well, they are very disciplined, and they are all good football players. The matchups are tough, because you can't key on one or two players on offense, they're all very good."

It will be Senior Day, and the Corsairs will honor 12 seniors. Linebackers John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) and Edwin Sustache (Westfield, MA/Holyoke/Bridgton Academy), defensive backs James Green (Lynn, MA/Lynn Classical HS), Darrien Furr (East Taunton, MA/Taunton HS), Ross O'Toole (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) and Mike Perry (East Taunton, MA/Taunton HS), offensive linemen Robert Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS), Anthony Holloway (Boston, MA/Boston Latin Academy) and Marty Armitage (Ware, MA/Quabbin Regional HS), wide receivers John McNeil (Randolph, MA/Randolph HS/Husson) and Lonnie Page (Canton, MA/Canton HS/Fisher), and defensive lineman Derek Henry (Malden, MA/Malden HS/Becker) will be honored prior to the game.

"We have an outstanding group of seniors, and one of the most rewarding things about being a college coach is the relationships that you build with outstanding young men like we have," said Robichaud. "At the Division III level, it's difficult to stay committed, because we demand so much and all we offer in return is a chance to play college football. Some of our seniors don't start, and it's a tribute to them how committed they've been all season."

Robichaud said that the Corsair defense, which has excelled all season, will be relied upon again in the season finals. "Our defense has played great this season, and we'll have to depend on them once again," said Robichaud. "Western New England has a very good team, and we're going to have to play well in all areas of the game, get a total team effort, and coach our best game. Our team is not the least bit intimidated. They are very confident right now, and I think it's going to be a great game."