NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA–After three weeks on the road, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team finally gets to play at home when they meet Plymouth State Saturday afternoon in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game. Kickoff is set for 4:00 p.m. at Cressy Field, and the contest will serve as the annual Homecoming Game.
The Corsairs come into the game with an 0-3 record after losing at Framingham State last week, 30-0. PSU is 1-2 after holding off Maine Maritime, 13-7.
"It's great to get back and play at home," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We're beginning play in the division, where the games mean a little bit more, and our team is excited to play at home in front of a big crowd for homecoming."
The Corsairs have scored six points in the last two games, and Robichaud is looking for his offense to hit their stride. "Our defense has done a great job, we've left them on the field too long, and we've put them in bad positions," said Robichaud. "We need to get our offense going, hold on to the ball, put together some drives and put some points on the board."
A good crowd is expected, with numerous activities, including the dedication of the Corsair Hall of Fame in memory of former Sports Information Director Bill Gathright at 3:00 p.m. and the introduction of founding members of the football team, who began the program as a club in 1987.
UMass Dartmouth will be looking for their second win in a row against the Panthers, and their first at home since 2004. "We need to score some points," said Robichaud. "We have to get out in front, and we have to do a good job of protecting the lead. We have to avoid committing penalties in crucial situations, which have hurt us this year."
The Corsairs will visit MIT next week and return home to play Salve Regina on Saturday, October 6th.
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