Mariners Fall in Season Opener

Mariners Fall in Season Opener

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy fell to SUNY Maritime, 36-8, on Saturday afternoon in non-conference action on Ritchie Field.

The Mariners amassed 296 yards of total offense, led by sophomore quarterback, Bailey Sawyer (Westbrook, Maine) who threw for 184 yards, including a long toss of 69 yards and a touchdown. 

Maine Maritime falls to 0-1 overall, while the Privateers improve to 1-0. The Mariners will enter a bye week before traveling to Massachusetts Maritime on Saturday, September 15 to compete for the 46th Admiral's Cup.

SUNY Maritime held the Mariners on the opening possession of the game, and put together an 11-play 43-yard drive that resulted in a field goal to take a 3-0 lead at 8:11 in the first quarter. The Privateers capitalized on a Mariner fumble to take a 9-0 lead. 

The Privateers entered halftime with a 22-0 advantage and both teams struggled to find the end zone in the third quarter.

SUNY added to their lead early in the fourth quarter, but the Mariners orchestrated a two-play drive that spanned 81 yards, highlighted by 69-yard touchdown toss from Sawyer to Cole McDaniel (Eliot, Maine). Sawyer connected with McDaniel once again on the two-point conversion to make it 29-8. The Privateers answered back on their next possession and hung on for the victory.

In his collegiate debut, Maxwell Horton (Eliot, Maine) set a new Maine Maritime record for longest punt, when he booted the ball 81 yards in the third quarter and led the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo stops, and a tackle for a loss of three years. Senior Derek Breunig (Westbrook, Maine) totaled 10 tackles, three solo and one broken up pass.

Liam Bailey led the Privateers' defense with 11 tackles, while teammate Payton Campbell added eight tackles.

Thomas Wright led SUNY's offensive attack with 264 passing yards and two touchdowns. Brandon Drumgole totaled 89 yards on eight catches and a touchdown, and teammate William Patsakos scored two rushing touchdowns.