Football Travels to Western New England Saturday

Football Travels to Western New England Saturday

Nov. 4, 2010

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will try to win their final game of the season when they visit Western New England Saturday afternoon. Kickoff at Golden Bear Stadium for the New England Football Conference Boyd Division game is set for 1:00 p.m.

The Corsairs are 3-6 and 2-4 in the Boyd Division after falling to Curry Saturday. WNEC is 7-2 and 5-1 and is tied for first place in the Boyd Division and could win the division title and a berth in the NEFC Championship game with a win and an Endicott loss.

"This will give us a chance to play another good opponent," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "Western New England is still in the hunt for the division tournament, they will be highly motivated. We're coming off a tough loss, and we're looking forward to another challenge."

The Golden Bears are a formidable opponent. "They run the ball well, and have a very athletic quarterback," said Robichaud. "He seems like he's not hurting you, and then he just makes plays. They have shown a lot of different looks, and the challenge this week is to make sure we can attack whatever they show us defensively."

Defense has continued to be a strength for UMD this year. "Our defense has been outstanding, and (Defensive Coordinator) Steve Faniel has really done a nice job developing people during the four years he's been here. Our defensive staff has done a great job."

The Corsairs having been coming close offensively. "We have had a lot of real close plays, last week we had several passes that were just off fingertips or sailed a little bit wide, and if we connected on a few of those balls, it could have been different," said Robichaud. "It's a little frustrating that we haven't scored more points, but, at the same time, that is keeping us optimistic."

Robichaud hopes that UMass Dartmouth can put it all together this week. "Offensively, we're getting close to breaking some big plays," said Robichaud. "The run game has come along the last few weeks, and we have to continue to run the ball, hit some plays in the passing game, and score points, while our defense has to keep doing what they're doing and make it difficult for the opposition to score."