Jacob Doolan rushed for 154 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown from nine yards out with 19 seconds remaining to lift Maine Maritime to a 42-35 victory over Massachusetts Maritime in the 44th Annual Admiral's Cup contest played at sold out Clean Harbors Stadium.
A game that saw the visiting Mariners jump out to a 21-0 lead with 6:05 to play at the half turned into a 35-34 advantage for the host Buccaneers just 1:44 into the fourth quarter, as Maine Maritime converted a trio of fourth downs during the 17-play, 87-yard game-winning drive, which Doolan capped with a successful two-point conversion rush.
Maine Maritime Academy's Robert Bradley, Jr. was named the Hal Chalmers Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the first Mariner to earn the Hal Chalmers Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year award since Brandon Hamilton earned the honor in 2006. Teammates Cody Chapman and James Ferrar earned New England Football Conference (NEFC) First Team honors and John Bennett and Christopher Ford earned spots on the All-Conference Second Team.
On October 22 at Curry College, Corey Creeger rushed for four touchdowns, tying for third all-time in that category and touchdowns scored and scored 26 points tying for the third more in a single-game.
Against Massachusetts Maritime on September 17, Creeger tallied 14.4 passing yards gained per attempt, ranking third all-time in program history. Against Coast Guard on October 1, Creeger gained 29.2 yards per completion, ranking third all time. In that same game, Creeger tossed three touchdown passes, tying for third all-time.
Jordan Susi ranks second all-time in highest average gain per reception with his four catches for 136 yards against Coast Guard on October 1, while teammate Derek Breunig ranks third all-time with his three-catch, 93-yard day in the same game.
Cody O'Brien returned a fumble 75 yards for a touchdown against Curry on October 22, setting a new record for longest fumble recovery by an individual and the team and for most fumble return yards in a game,.
Jordan Susi ranks third all-time for highest average gain per kick return with 42.0 yards against Curry on October 22.
Trenton J. Bouchard set a new single-game record for most pass breakups against Coast Guard on October 1.
As a team the Mariners totaled 229 passing yards against Coast Guard to rank fourth all-time in a single game, averaged 15.3 passing yards gained by attempt in the same game to rank second all-time in program history, gained the second most yards by completion (32.7) and registered the fourth-most touchdown passes in a single-game (3).
Also against Coast Guard the Mariners combined for 11 pass breakups, the most in a single-game and against Curry on October 22 the team tallied three forced fumbles, tying for third overall in the program's history.
Corey Creeger was responsible for 23 touchdowns during the 2016 season, ranking fourth in program history.
Jordan Talbot punted 27 times for a total of 1006 yards, averaging a second-best 37.26 yard per punt.
Trenton J. Bouchard became only one of 17 players in the program's history to return an interception for a touchdown and Cody O'Brien became only one of nine players to return a fumble for a touchdown in program history.
The Mariners only allowed four sacks for a total for 18 yards last season, a program best, and converted the fifth-highest first downs (183) last season.
The Mariners ranked first in the NEFC and the NCAA Division III in passing yards per completion (21.00).
Cody Chapman led the NEFC and ranked seventh among D3 players with .44 forced fumbles per game, and led the NEFC while ranking 30th among D3 players with 1.7 tackles for a loss per game. Corey Creeger led the NEFC and ranked eighth in D3 with 12.0 points per game and Jordan Susi led the conference and ranked fourth in the NCAA D3 with 23.95 yards per reception.