Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-0) vs. SUNY Maritime (0-0), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: The Privateers hold the 3-0 all-time advantage over the Mariners.
Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to SUNY Maritime on in the season opener for both teams last season, 59-13 on Reinhart Field, in non-conference action.
The Mariners combined for 230 yards of total offense, including a 62-yard touchdown reception by Mason Kaserman late in the fourth quarter.
The Privateers got on the board early in the first quarter, on a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Thomas Wright and a good extra point from Matthew Murphy to take the 7-0 lead. On the Mariners' drive, SUNY picked up a safety to build a 9-0 lead. The Privateers totaled 23 points in the first quarter and 17 points in the second to take a 40-0 lead into halftime.
The Privateers scored 12 unanswered points to start the third, before the Mariners put together a seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive late in the quarter, capped off with a 25-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Susi, to make to 52-6.
SUNY Maritime added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, this time on one-yard run from Christian Shiavone. Zackery Brannon tossed a 62-yard pass to Kaserman, a career-first for both Mariners to cap off the scoring.
Senior fullback James Ferrar led the Mariners with 46 rushing yards on 12 carries. Senior defensive back Andrew Cavanaugh led the Mariner defense with nine tackles, including six solo. Andrew Plata chipped in with seven tackles (five solo), including two tackles for a loss of seven yards and added a broken up pass.
Wright ended the afternoon with 214 yards and three touchdowns by air and 30 yards and a touchdown on the ground to lead the Privateers offensively. Brandon Drumgole led SUNY with 101 yards on five catches and two touchdowns. Kendal Parker led SUNY's defense with nine tackles (five solo), three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, 2.5 sacks and a broken up pass.
Season Openers: Since the Mariners started playing football in 1946, Maine Maritime is 39-32-1 in the season's first game. Since 2000, the Mariners have gone 9-9 in the season opener. Under Head Coach Chris McKenney, the Mariners are 8-8 in season openers.
The Story of the 2017 Mariners: The Mariners are looking for bounce back from a 1-8 record last season. The Mariners picked up the program's first-ever NEWMAC victory over Coast Guard Academy last season at home.
Maine Maritime placed five players on the 2017 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Football Academic All-Conference Team, Derek Breunig was named to the 2017 NEWMAC First Team All-Conference and Jacob Doyon earned NEWMAC Second Team All-Conference honors.
The Story of the 2017 Privateers: The Privateers went 9-2 overall and 6-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) play. The squad placed six players on the 2017 ECFC All-Academic Team and a program-high, 19 players earned All-Conference honors.
Maine Maritime was picked to finish eighth among the NEWMAC's eight teams by the league's head coaches. The Mariners will open up NEWMAC play on September 22 at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.
The 2018 Privateers: Captains Payton Campbell, Dean Lynch, and Liam Bailey look to help lead SUNY Maritime this season. Vincent DiGaetano enters his first season as Head Football Coach at SUNY Maritime after serving as an assistant coach from 2005-2015. DiGaetano took the helm in early August.
SUNY Maritime was picked to finish second among the ECFC's seven teams by the league's head coaches. The Privateers open up ECFC play on Saturday, September 29 when they host Husson.
Top of the Crop: Last season the Mariners led the NCAA Division III in Passing Yards Per Completion (21.46), ranked second in fewest penalties per game (3.11) and fewest penalty yards per game (27.33).
New Faces: The Mariners welcomed four new Assistant Coaches over the summer for the 2018 season. Kyle Purkey joins the Mariners as the team's Special Teams Coordinator and Inside Linebackers coach after serving as the Defensive/Special Teams Quality Control Assistant at James Madison University. Purkey helped lead the Dukes to a 14-1 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division I FCS National Championship game in 2017.
The Mariners also welcome Maine native and University of Maine graduate, Spencer Carey as the Outside Linebackers Coach, Clarion University graduate, Shane McKillop as the Offensive Line Coach and Knox College graduate, Cody Hipp as the team's Defensive Line Coach.
We Are Mariners: The Mariners welcome members of the Maine Maritime Class of 2022. This season's freshman class spans six states, while the entire 2018 Maine Maritime Academy Football Roster includes players from 10 states.
Turf Talk: Over the summer, Ritchie Field received a facelift. A new Sprintturf Ultrablade turf was laid down and the anchor logo now fills the center of the field.