CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy football fell to Norwich University, 15-7, on Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action at Ritchie Field.
The Mariners fall to 0-7 on the season and 0-5 in the conference, while Norwich improves to 2-5 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Maine Maritime hits a bye week before heading to Springfield on November 3.
Maine Maritime's defense forced a fumble early in the first quarter, but the Cadets held the Mariner offense to a three-and-out. TJ Morrill (Durham, Maine) picked off Norwich's quarterback on the next Cadet possession, but the Mariners were forced to punt once again.
Andrew Plata (Cumberland, R.I.) intercepted the Cadets on their next possession but Norwich held the Mariners to their half of the field and capitalized on a team safety on the Mariners next possession to take a 2-0 lead at 11:34.
The Mariners orchestrated a goal-line stand to keep the game at 2-0, but Bailey Sawyer's (Westbrook, Maine) pass was intercepted on the Mariners opening play of the next possession, setting up a field goal for the Cadets. Norwich added another field goal in the second quarter to take an 8-0 lead into halftime.
The teams were scoreless in the third quarter, but the Cadets scored on their first possession of the fourth quarter to take a 15-0 lead. The Mariners got on the board with 9:51 remaining in the game when Sawyer connected with Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine) for a 33-yard touchdown reception and Maxwell Horton's (Eliot, Maine) extra point attempt was good. Norwich's early lead held, and the Cadets claimed the 15-7 victory.
Sawyer collected 144 passing yards on 15 completions and a touchdown while Casale tallied 60 receiving yards on five catches and a touchdown.
Defensively, Terrell Thomas (Auburn, Maine) led the Mariners with 15 tackles, including 10 solo stops, a tackle for a loss and a broken up pass. Trenton Bouchard (Winslow, Maine) had nine tackles (six solo).
Norwich's quarterback Matt Dunn had 261 yards on 23 completions and a touchdown, while Connor Bourque led the Cadet running backs with 162 yards on 30 carries and Lavontae Decius led the receivers with 85 yards on six catches.
Defensively, Owen McKenna led the Cadets with 10 tackles, including five solo stops.