Football Hosts Endicott Saturday on Senior Day

Oct. 29, 2009

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will try to make Senior Day an artistic success when they host Endicott in the final home game of the season Saturday afternoon. Game time at Cressy Field is 12 noon.

The Corsairs are coming off a 13-10 loss to Nichols, and are 0-8 this season and 0-5 in the Boyd Division. The Gulls are coming off a 26-21 loss to Western New England, have lost their last three games since defeating Nichols, 41-7, and are 3-5 overall and 1-4 in Boyd Division play.

"Endicott is a good football team that has had a disappointing season, but they have some very good players," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "(Running backs Mike) Lane and (Colby) Hawkins are quick and can fit through just about any holes, and their quarterback, (Phil) Konopka, does a nice job and makes good decisions. They spread the ball around to their receiving corps, so it's hard to match up and take someone away, and (linebacker Kevin) Eagan is a tremendous defensive player, you have to account for him on every play."

While last week's loss was disappointing, there were some good signs. "Our team is really focused and motivated, their enthusiasm is still very high, and they can't wait to play again this week," said Robichaud. "Even though we lost, we played our best game of the season."

Eleven graduating seniors will be honored prior to Saturday's game. Linebacker John Kelly (Shrewsbury, MA/Shrewsbury HS), wide receivers Marc Fiore (Wakefield, MA/Wakefield HS) and Drew Coveney (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS), defensive linemen Jarrod Wallace (Lynn, MA/Lynn English HS), James Smith (Somerset, MA/Somerset HS) and Jimmy Smith (Roxbury, MA/Boston Latin Academy), tight end George Vasiliadis (Worcester, MA/St. Peter-Marian HS), offensive linemen Ryan Griffin (Burlington, MA/Burlington HS/UMass Lowell) and Tyler Kramer (Hopkinton, MA/Hopkinton HS) and defensive backs David Menapace (Holliston, MA/Holliston HS) and Matt Doyle (Rockland, MA/South Shore Vo Tech HS) will be recognized.

"They're a great group, and they've been great leaders in a tough year," said Robichaud. "They really want to win their last game at Cressy Field. Although many of them haven't played a prominent role, they have worked hard and been a great example to our younger players."

The Corsairs hope last week's effort carries over. "We need to build on what we did last week," said Robichaud. "We're starting to have some confidence and starting to believe in each other. We just have to play up to our capabilities. Last week, we scored the first two times we had the ball, and then sputtered towards the end. We need to take advantage of our opportunities."

UMass Dartmouth will conclude their season at Curry next Saturday.

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