Football Tripped Up By Bridgewater State

Sept. 10, 2011

Final Stats

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team lost to visiting Bridgewater State, 27-0, in a non-conference game at Cressy Field Saturday evening.

With less than four minutes of play left in the first quarter, Bridgewater State orchestrated a 75-yard drive in nine plays, capped off by a 10-yard touchdown by sophomore quarterback Mike McCarthy (Edgartown, MA/Martha's Vineyard HS), giving the Bears a 6-0 lead. The ensuing extra point failed on a bad snap.

At the 6:56 mark of the second quarter, UMD junior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) attempted to connect with a receiver downfield, but he was intercepted by senior safety Kevin Laudano (Wallington, CT/Mark T. Sheehan HS), who returned the ball 40 yards for a touchdown, increasing the Bears lead to 13-0 with 6:45 remaining in the first half.

As the first half came to a close, Bears junior cornerback Brian Smith (Lowell, MA/Lowell HS) attempted a 29-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked by Corsairs freshman linebacker Alex Kershaw (Foxboro, MA/Tilton Prep), keeping the score at 13-0, Bears, as the first half ended.

Bridgewater State continued to add to their lead. With 8:55 on the clock, it took the Bears one play, a 42-yard pass from McCarthy to junior wide receiver Jake Scott (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS), to score, putting them on top 20-0 midway through the third quarter.

After his team forced a three and out, sophomore defensive back Wayne Bolz (Billerica, MA/Billerica HS) fumbled a punt return, and the ball was recovered by BSU sophomore defensive back Matt Brouillard (Plymouth, MA/Plymouth North HS) at the Corsairs' 8-yard line. On third down, BSU senior running back Justin Fuller (Berkley, MA/Somerset HS) rumbled into the endzone for Bridgewater's final score of the day, securing the 27-0 victory.

This was the first time the Bears posted a shutout since September 24, 2005. It was the first road shutout for the Bears since September 25, 2004.

"This was a different defense than we saw last week, especially up front, and it caused problems offensively," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "It was a tough matchup for our young offensive line to go against a line of returning starters. Turnovers hurt us, and a couple of key penalties early didn't help. I told the team we are still 1-1 and it was a non-conference game. I can't wait to get back on the field and see how these kids respond."

Corsairs' freshman running back Mike Janey (Dorchester, MA/Wellesley HS) gained 68 yards on 18 carriers, while Orlando rushed for 30 yards on 10 attempts. McCarthy led the Bears offensively, completing 13-of-25 passes for 192 yards and a touchdown. Bears sophomore running back Chris Constantine led all receivers with 76 yards and seven catches. McCarthy also rushed for 54 yards on 10 carries. Corsairs' junior kicker Edgar Osols punted eight times for an average of 36.8 yards with a touchback.

Defensively, UMD's Kershaw made a game-high 10 tackles, five unassisted, with an interception. Sophomore linebacker Joe Teixera (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) notched 10 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for a loss. Senior linebacker John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) and senior defensive back Ross O'Toole added five tackles in the loss. Bears junior defensive tackle Paul Melicharek had a team-high eight tackles with a sack, while Laudano tallied five tackles, and an interception return for a touchdown.

UMass Dartmouth dropped to 1-1 with the loss, while Bridgewater State improved to 1-0 with the win. The Corsairs will be home again next week, hosting Maine Maritime next Saturday afternoon. The Bears will visit Plymouth State next Saturday.

UMASS DARTMOUTH FOOTBALL