GAME NOTES: Maine Maritime at MIT
Series History: This is just the second meeting between the two teams. MIT won the previous meeting, 42-39, in 2008.
MIT's Last Game: Endicott College broke open a tie game with 21 unanswered second quarter points and went on to take a 52-21 win over MIT in a New England Football Conference matchup. The Gulls used a balanced attack against the Engineers, rushing for 260 yards and throwing for 268 in the victory. In a battle of the top two passing offenses in the league, Endicott's Drew Frenette completed 21 of 26 attempts for 268 yards and three scores, while junior Peter Williams (Portland, Ore.) completed 13 of 22 for MIT for 200 yards and a pair of scores.
MIT (4-3, 2-3 NEFC) scored first in the game, putting points on the board on its second possession. JuniorJustin Wallace (Palatine, Ill.) did most of the work for the Engineers, rushing for 55 yards on the drive, including a 39-yard scamper that gave MIT a first and goal. Two plays later Williams hit junior Brad Goldsberry (Elizabeth, Colo.) with a seven-yard TD pass to put MIT on top.
Frenette sparked Endicott (6-2, 5-0 NEFC) on its next drive as the Gulls answered the MIT score with one of their own. Frenette completed 4-of-5 on the drive for 54 yards, with his eight yard toss to Nate Lewis giving Endicott a first and goal on the MIT five. Spencer Walsh, who ran for 173 yards, finished off the drive from there in two plays, with his three-yard run tying things up with 1:52 left in the first.
Endicott then took advantage of MIT miscues to pull away in the second quarter. A 20-yard punt by the Engineers gave the Gulls the ball on the MIT 46 and Frenette immediately hit Alec Matys for 41-yards to set up five-yard scoring strike to Lewis on the next play. The Gulls then recovered a fumble on the MIT 49 on the Engineers next drive, turning that into points when Walsh took it in from two yards out with 3:09 left in the half. After holding MIT to a three and out, Endicott got the ball back with 2:30 left and drove 75 yards in eight plays, with Frenette hitting Matys for 24-yards and a score with 44 seconds left.
Maine Maritime's Last Game: Salve Regina knocked off Maine Maritime 42-8 in a New England Football Conference game Saturday. The Seahawks remained perfect in the NEFC at 5-0, 6-2 overall, while the Mariners dropped to 1-4, 1-6.
Dan Buonocore rushed for a game-high 136 yards for Salve Regina, Steven Wilken was 21 of 31 for 347 yards and Alex Hule (9 catches-109 yards) and Matthew Traynor (7-146) caught most of Wilken's passes to pace the Seahawks offense.
Salve Regina benefitted from a Maine Maritime fumble on the opening kickoff of the game, and went ahead 7-0 five plays later on a one-yard run by Buonocore.
Maine Maritime took its only lead of the game after its defense forced a four-and-out with 7:34 left in the first quarter. The Mariners put together an 8-play, 80-yard drive that was capped off by a 20-yard touchdown pass from Fahey to Doolan. The drive was kept alive by a roughing the punter penalty on Salve and Wetherbee's four-yard run on fourth-and-three. Wetherbee's two-point run gave the Mariners an 8-7 lead.
The Seahawks took the lead for good early in the second quarter. Wilken capped a 9-play 80-yard drive with a 16-yard sprint and gave Salve Regina a 14-8 lead. Wilken hooked up with Traynor on 17-yard pass on Salve's next possession to put the Seahawks ahead 20-8.
Salve Regina added 22 unanswered points in the second half to secure the win. Wilken fired scoring passes to Hulme and Traynor and Pascale added a one-yard run.
NEFC Honors: Frank True was named to the Defensive Honor Roll after recording 12 tackles and two sacks against Salve Regina.
Wetherbee still on the move: Wetherbee has moved up 10 spots on the career rushing list this season. He now has 2,211 yards rushing in his career and ninth all-time. He is 203 yards shy of tying Claude LeClair '85 for eighth.