Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. WPI

Game Notes: Maine Maritime Academy vs. WPI

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Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy (0-3, NEWMAC 0-1) vs. WPI (2-2, NEWMAC 0-1), 12:00 pm, Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine

Series History: WPI holds a 3-0 record over the Mariners including a 45-0 victory in last year's meeting.

Last Meeting: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to WPI 45-0 last season in NEWMAC play.

The Mariners totaled 214 yards of offense, including 115 passing yards.

The Engineers scored twice in the first quarter and once in the second quarter to take 21-0 lead into halftime. WPI added three scores in the third quarter and a touchdown in the fourth to claim the 45-0 victory.

Corey Creeger led the Mariner offense with 115 passing yards on six completions and 27 rushing yards. James Ferrar led the Mariners with 46 rushing yards on 12 carriers, to surpass 2,500 career-rushing yards. Dominic Casale led Maine Maritime's receivers with 39 yards on two catches. 

Derek Breunig led all players with 11 tackles, including nine solo stops, two quarterback hurries and a broken up. John Bennett chipped in with 10 tackles (8 solo) and an interception return of 15 yards. 

Sean McAllen led WPI's offense with 182 yards on 23 carries and a pair of touchdowns, while quarterback Blake Rice accumulated 98 passing yards on 12 completions and two touchdowns and Alex Domon pulled down three catches for 25 yards and a touchdown to lead the receivers.

Sam Malafronte led the Engineers with nine tackles including five solo stops and Sam Casey contributed eight tackles, including seven solo.

Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to the United States Merchant Marine Academy, 35-14 last Saturday afternoon, in the NEWMAC opener for both teams at Brooks Stadium.

Both teams struggled to find the end zone in the first quarter, but USMMA put together an 11-play 81 yard scoring drive, capped off by a Tyler Reihs eight-yard touchdown carry and an extra point from Gavin Gartner to take a 7-0 lead. Merchant Marine took a 14-0 advantage into halftime, and made it 21-0 when quarterback Krystian Abbott connected with Luke Jamison for a 17-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter.

After the MMA defense held USMMA to a turnover on downs, deep in their own zone, Bailey Sawyer connected with Dominic Casale for an 11-yard touchdown catch and Maxwell Horton added the extra point.

Both teams exchanged three-and-outs and then the MMA defense came up big again this time Spencer Baron forced a fumble and John Bennett recovered on the MMA 40-yard line, setting up an 8-play, 60-yard scoring drive capped off by another touchdown toss from Sawyer to Casale, this time for 27 yards.

Despite Maine Maritime fighting from behind and scoring 14-unanswered points to close the gap to 21-14 with 12:18 to play, USMMA closed the door on the MMA comeback and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to claim the 35-14 victory.

Sawyer finished the afternoon with 176 yards on 15 completions and two touchdowns, while Casale concluded the game with 111 yards on seven catches and two touchdowns.

Defensively, Terrell Thomas led Maine Maritime with 16 tackles, including 10 solo stops, and John Bennett added 11 tackles, including a half sack, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery.

Abbott led USMMA with 90 passing yards on six completions and two touchdowns, while Jamison accounted for both of those touchdown grabs and added 52 yards on two catches. Wiley Martin led the USMMA rushing attack with 84 yards on 24 carries.

Defensively, Trever Husson, Eric Davidson and Jake Wallace led USMMA's squad with five tackles. 

WPI's Last Game: WPI fell to Springfield College, last Saturday afternoon NEWMAC Football showdown in Alumni Stadium.

Springfield took the lead with 6:52 to play thanks to a one-yard plunge on fourth-and-goal by Belzo. WPI had a chance to tie the game with 34 seconds to play; however, the 45-yard field goal attempt was tipped by sophomore AJ Smith and fell short and to the left of the uprights.

The Engineers went up 7-0 as senior Lain Zembek recovered an offensive fumble in the end zone with 6:19 left in the first. The drive started on the SC 26 thanks to a blocked punt by senior Blayne Merchant. 

Junior Sam Casey picked off the Pride with less than five minutes left in the opening frame but the Engineers were forced to punt. Belzo then evened the game with a 75-yard scamper at the end of the quarter.

Smith returned an interception 23 yards on the first drive of the second quarter. With 12:30 to go before intermission, Springfield grinded out a 20-play, 67-yard drive that lasted 9:07 only to come up empty.

Senior Christian Humulock kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the Pride a 10-7 advantage nearly five minutes into the third. Just over 30 seconds later, junior Nic Rossi eluded a tackle and broke the plane to regain the lead for WPI.

Springfield junior Jack Pavelchak hauled in a pick to get the ball back early in the fourth.

Junior Julian Nyland was 13-33 for 210 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions while junior Sean McAllen was held to 88 yards on 24 carries. Both junior Billy Mitchell and senior Erik Fyrer totaled 59 yards in the air. Merchant and senior Collin Saunders each tallied 10 solo stops as they totaled 12 and 11, respectively. Classmate Luca Cerasani joined Saunders with a tackle for-loss.

In addition to Belzo, freshman Jared Baron and sophomore Tim Callahan ran for 48 and 41 yards, respectively. Senior Jedi Haynes logged the lone reception for 36 yards. Senior Nick Giorgio led the Pride with seven solo stops as senior Marlowe Scott and senior Josh Corporan each registered five tackles. Pavelchak accounted for two of the guests five tackles for-loss. 

WPI had the 210-36 advantage in the air while Springfield enjoyed a 233-88 margin in rushing yards. The Pride also won time of possession 32:54-27:06.

The Mariners: Maine Maritime averages 226.7 yards of offense per game, including 207 passing yards. Bailey Sawyer has amassed 548 passing yards on 36 completions and four touchdowns. Dominic Casale leads the receivers with 245 yards on 16 catches and three touchdowns, while Cole McDaniel has 153 yards on five catches and a touchdown. Cooper Chiasson leads the running backs with 94 yards on 29 carries.  

Defensively, Derek Breunig leads Maine Maritime with 31 tackles, including 13 solo stops and three tackles for a loss. Maxwell Horton has 24 tackles, 17 solo, and three tackles for a loss of 10 yards.

The Engineers: WPI averages 385.8 yards of offense per game, including 240.8 passing yards and 145 rushing yards. Quarterback Julian Nyland leads the squad with 943 yards on 64 completions and six touchdowns. Erik Fryer leads the receivers with 306 yards on 19 catches and a touchdown, while Nic Rossi has 241 yards on 13 catches and four touchdowns. Sean McAllen leads WPI with 332 rushing yards on 72 carries and seven touchdowns.

Defensively, Blayne Merchant and Collin Saunders lead WPI with 27 tackles. Saunders has 22 solo stops and Merchant has 19. Luca Cerasani and Sam Malafronte both have three sacks, while Aaron Whitehouse has hauled down three interceptions.

William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018: On Friday, Maine Maritime Athletics welcomed John Fairbanks (Baseball & Football, Class of 1952), Joe Crowe (Football, Class of 2006), Rebecca Allen (Volleyball, Class of 2008) and Jed Johnson (Basketball, Class of 2010) into the William J. Mottola Athletics Hall Fame.