WESTFIELD, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth football team wrapped up half of the final Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) weekly awards on Sunday, with sophomore Jace Pena (East Providence, R.I.) earning Offensive Player of the Week and freshman James Tooker (Harwich, Mass.) Special Teams Player of the Week.
Pena followed up a 350-yard passing performance against Mass. Maritime on Nov. 4 with another stellar outing on Saturday. The quarterback threw for 234 yards on 14-of-28 passing, including a career-high four touchdown tosses as UMass Dartmouth slammed the door shut on Fitchburg State, 38-0. His first touchdown throw of the contest put the Corsairs up 14-0, as Pena found freshman Leroy Brown (Milton, Mass.) for a 56-yard completion on UMass Dartmouth’s first play from scrimmage. He completed the first half with two more throws for scores, connecting with junior Abbi Bamgbose (Worcester, Mass.) for six-yard and 26-yard touchdowns. In the third, Pena put the stamp on the 38-0 score with a 29-yard dagger to freshman Adam McLaughlin (Taunton, Mass.. Pena finishes his sophomore season with 1,264 passing yards, 85 completions and 14 touchdown passes.
Tooker collects his second Special Teams Player of the Week honor following a perfect performance on Saturday. He completed all five of his extra point attempts on the game, and converted a 31-yard field goal before halftime to bump UMass Dartmouth further ahead, 31-0. To close the season, Tooker ranks tied for second amongst MASCAC kickers with 51 points, consisting of seven field goals and 30 extra points.
The victory over the Falcons marked UMass Dartmouth’s second shutout in as many seasons, as the Corsairs previously prevailed 33-0 over Mass. Maritime last year. The Corsair offense closed 2017 with a season-high 523 yards total offense, defensively clamping down to permit just 85 yards from Fitchburg State.
UMass Dartmouth closes the season 4-6 overall, with a 4-4 slate in MASCAC competition.