Oct. 15, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's football team will look for their first win of the season when they travel to improved Salve Regina Saturday afternoon. Game time at the Seahawks' new home field, Gaudet Field in Middletown, RI, is 12 noon.
The Corsairs are coming off a 31-9 loss to Western New England, and are 0-6 this season and 0-3 in the Boyd division. SRU has lost their last two games, to Curry and Nichols, and is 2-4 and 1-2 in division play after a pair of wins against Bridgewater State and Endicott.
"Salve is another very good team," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Mark Robichaud. "They had a nice win over Bridgewater a couple of weeks ago, and their quarterback, Jeff St. Onge, is arguably the best quarterback in the conference. He has a very good arm and he runs very well, and he's the key to their offense. We've got to be able to contain him on Saturday."
The Corsairs are hoping to break into the win column after breaking a two-game scoreless streak last Saturday. "The offense really showed some bright spots last week," said Robichaud. "We're hoping to build on what we did last week. We got into the end zone, then we kicked a field goal, and despite being 0-6, our team is still very optimistic about getting our first win."
UMass Dartmouth has switched a few things offensively in order to be more successful. "With (freshman) Brendan (McNeish, Springfield, MA/Bridgton Academy) being a young quarterback, we're trying to simplify things," said Robichaud. "We're trying to make it easier for him to use his athletic ability to help us move the ball. We're hoping he'll continue to get better."
SRU should be a formidable opponent. "Salve has some real good receivers, and St. Onge makes real good decisions," said Robichaud. "If you give him any kind of lane, he loves to run with the ball, and does it very well. Defensively, they run a 3-4, which is something we don't see a lot of. They're very good up front and will pose some problems for us."
The Corsairs have trailed early in five of their six losses, and that is something that they hope to avoid this week. "Last week, having our quarterback get sacked, turning the ball over and having it returned for a touchdown on our first drive was devastating," said Robichaud. "We have to avoid turning the ball over, and stay away from giving up big plays. We need to get ahead in a game and develop some momentum, instead of always falling behind and trying to fight our way back. We need to score, and our defense needs to make some stops early and give us good field position."
The Corsairs will play the first of two consecutive home games next week when they meet Nichols at Cressy Field next Saturday..
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