Football to Visit MIT Saturday

Sept. 30, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will be looking to break a three-game losing streak when they visit MIT Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at Roberts Field is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Corsairs are 1-3, having last won when they defeated Fitchburg State in their opener, 37-15. The Engineers are 1-2 and have lost to Massachusetts Maritime and Curry after defeating Becker in their opener.

"After playing three teams that are in your face and run the option, we will be facing a team whose offense is more like ours," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Like us, MIT tries to spread things out and get the ball to a lot of different people on offense. Like us, they are young. MIT is a good team, they played Curry tough, and they have a second-year head coach who has done a nice job recruiting."

Sophomore quarterback Patrick Orlando (Manchester, MA/Essex HS/Saint Anselm) left last week's game due to an injury, and sophomore Brandon McNeish (Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy), who started the last five games at quarterback last year and began this season as a wide receiver, will take his place.

"Patrick will be back, and he will be a very good quarterback for us, but Brandon did an admirable job last week after catching passes for a month," said Robichaud. "Our other receivers have to step up. We will be depending on (sophomore) Joe Luiz (New Bedford, MA/Bishop Stang HS), (freshman) Anthony Williams (Springfield, MA/Springfield Central HS), (senior) Chris Pinheiro (Norton, MA/Norton HS) and (senior) Adam Houghton (East Taunton, MA/Bristol Plymouth Tech HS) more than ever. We will also have (freshman) Jaron Hargrove (West Roxbury, MA/Concord Carlisle HS) back at running back, along with (senior) Eric Pacy (Rowley, MA/Triton HS/Salve Regina/Dean), which gives us a nice combination."

The Engineers present a different set of problems than the teams UMD has faced the past few weeks. "The last three weeks, we knew where the ball was going to go, but MIT has a much more varied attack," said Robichaud. "We have to stay disciplined. (Defensive coordinator) Steve Faniel has done a great job getting our defense ready."

The team that does the best job executing their offense will have an advantage. "Like we did the first game, we need to put points on the board," said Robichaud. "We need our receivers to get more yards after the catch which will help us score more. Our pass protection has been outstanding, and our defense is ready to go, so we're looking forward to a good day."

The Corsairs will return home to play Salve Regina next Saturday evening, October 9th UMASS DARTMOUTH FOOTBALL