Oct. 22, 2011
BEVERLY, MA-Host Endicott built a 20-0 lead, then held off a fourth quarter charge and defeated the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team, 27-14, in a New England Football Conference Boyd Division game at Endicott Stadium Saturday.
The Corsairs trailed, 20-0, when junior quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Manchester Essex HS/Saint Anselm) connected with junior wide receiver Brendan McNeish (Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy) on a 64-yard scoring pass with 14:03 remaining. Junior kicker Edgar Osols (Summit, NJ/Summit HS) added the extra point.
Mike Wheeler returned the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown, restoring the Gulls' 20-point advantage after Dylan Rushe's conversion. But the Corsairs scored again on their next possession, driving 62 yards in five plays and scoring on a 23-yard pass from Orlando to McNeish.
UMass Dartmouth attempted an on-side kick, but Endicott recovered at the UMD 43. The Corsairs held, and Rushe's punt was downed at the UMass Dartmouth one-yard line. After an exchange of punts, UMass Dartmouth took over at their own 29 yard line and drove to the Endicott 13, but Orlando was stopped by Marcell Cooper and Matt Schafer for no gain on fourth and one at the Gulls 13.
The Corsairs drove to the EC 30 yard line in the fourth quarter, but Osols missed a 47-yard field goal. Endicott drove to the UMD 13 on a subsequent drive, but Rushe missed from 30 yards.
The Gulls got on the board on a five-play, 63 yard drive at the start of the second quarter. Mike Lane ran 48 yards from scrimmage to the UMD three, then scored two plays later to make it 7-0. Rushe kicked a 20-yard field goal with 3;50 left in the first half after the Corsairs halted a Gull drive at their own three-yard line, and Endicott went 79 yards in 10 plays to score on a one-yard pass from Phil Konopka to Ryan Carino with 20 seconds remaining in the half.
"I'm very proud of our kids, they did a good job against a very good team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They have the fifth best offense in the nation, and our defense did a great job, and our offense made things happen, Patrick (Orlando) had the best game he's had in a long time, (Brendan) McNeish had a great game, (senior offensive lineman Robert) Yarbough (Fall River, MA/Durfee HS) did a great job, and our offensive line protected Patrick all day. We held the ball for 12 minutes in the first quarter, which was our plan going in. But they scored that touchdown right at the end of the first half, we gave up that kickoff return, and they made a big play on fourth down before they scored right at the end of the half, and you can't take those plays back. Our team worked their tails off against a very good football team. This is a good step for us, we're confident going into the last two games. It's about as good a result as you can have without winning."
Orlando completed 18 of 35 passes for 245 yards and two touchdowns, and added 29 yards on the ground. McNeish caught six passes for 131 yards. Lane gained 165 yards on 32 carries for Endicott, while Konopka was 18 of 29 for 160 yards.
Defensively, senior linebacker John Cordasco (Rockaway, NJ/Morris Knolls HS) led the Corsairs with 12 tackles, including six solos, 4.5 tackles for 13 yards in lost yardage, while sharing a sack. Senior defensive back Ross O'Toole (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) and sophomore linebacker Joe Texeira (Seekonk, MA/Seekonk HS) each had 10 tackles. O'Toole had five solos and half a tackle for lost yardage, while Texeira had four solos and a tackle for lost yardage. Kevin Eagan led the Gulls with eight tackles, a forced fumble, a sack and a tackle for lost yardage.
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 4-4 and 3-2 in the Boyd Division with the defeat, while Endicott improved to 8-0 and 5-0 in divisional play with the victory. The Corsairs will return to action when they visit Curry next Saturday.
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