May 16, 2011
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Once again, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will have six home games this fall as they continue their quest to move up in the New England Football Conference.
Two newcomers and four familiar foes will challenge the Corsairs. UMass Dartmouth will open at home on Friday evening, September 2nd, Labor Day weekend, against Mount Ida, a team they will play for the first time. Bridgewater State, UMD's annual opponent in the second game, visits Cressy Field the following Saturday evening, with Maine Maritime, the top team in the Bogan Division the past couple of years and an NCAA Division III Championships qualifier, coming to town on the third Saturday of the season, September 17th.
"We're fortunate to have six home games," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "We open up with Mount Ida, who we've never played before. They're coming off a very good year, having made it to the NCAA playoffs, and they'll be a very good test for us. Bridgewater is always tough, and they're probably our biggest rival. It's a fun game, and it's fun to get ready for. Maine Maritime has been the top team in the Bogan Division the past few years, and we can't wait for that game. They run a unique offense that we don't see that often."
The Boyd Division games begin the following week, with UMD traveling to Plymouth State and then hosting MIT. The Corsairs then travel to Salve Regina, host Nichols, and visit Endicott and Curry before finishing the season at home against Western New England on November 5th.
"Plymouth State has been very good in recent years," said Robichaud. "They're good on both sides of the ball. We have to figure out a way to stop their offense, and to score some points on them. MIT recruits all over the country, and it's very difficult to get a pre-season read on them, or know how they're going to be, which always makes that matchup interesting. Salve Regina had one of the best defenses in the nation last year, and it's going to be a challenge to score some points on them. Nichols comes in for homecoming, and they have a brand new coach, and that will be a challenge, we can't use previous year's tendencies when we play them this year. Endicott is a much improved team that scares me as much as anyone on our schedule. They are well-coached and have good personnel. Curry is also a big rival, and they're the team we would really like to beat, since they have been at or near the top of our conference for several years. We finish against Western New England. It's the first time in a couple of years we've had a home game to end the season. Western New England is a vastly improved team and creates all kinds of problems. Overall, it is a very difficult schedule. We need to be at our best, and we need to continue to improve."
UMASS DARTMOUTH FOOTBALL
FRI. SEPT. 2 MOUNT IDA 7:00 P.M. SAT. SEPT. 10 BRIDGEWATER STATE 6:00 P.M. SAT. SEPT. 17 MAINE MARITIME 1:00 P.M. Sat. Sept. 24 at Plymouth State* 1:00 p.m. SAT. OCT. 1 MIT* 1:00 P.M. Sat. Oct. 8 at Salve Regina* TBA SAT. OCT. 15 NICHOLS* (HC) 12 NOON Sat. Oct. 22 Endicott* TBA Sat. Oct. 29 Curry* TBA SAT. NOV. 5 WESTERN NEW ENGLAND 12 NOON
ALL TIMES EASTERN HOME GAMES IN BOLD Home games at Cressy Field *New England Football Conference Boyd Division game (HC)-Homecoming