October 14, 2011

Western New England visits pesky MIT in NEFC Boyd Division contest

More news about: Western New England

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Western New England hits the road to meet pesky MIT starting at 2:00 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 15) in a New England Football Conference (NEFC) Boyd Division game at Steinbrenner Stadium in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Golden Bears have a 5-1 record and are unbeaten in the division with a 3-0 mark following a 37-20 victory over Curry on October 8. The Engineers fell to 1-4 and 0-3 in Boyd action after dropping a tough 30-27 decision at Plymouth State. That followed a close 31-29 defeat at UMass Dartmouth on October 1.

Western New England received strong efforts on both sides of the ball against Curry in moving its winning streak to four games.

"It was our most complete game of the season," said WNE coach Keith Emery. "We didn't have to hold our breath at the end of the game."

The Golden Bears defense has contributed to the win streak by making big plays at critical times in several games. "The difference is the versatility of a lot of our guys. We've put people in different positions and they have adapted well," Emery noted.

Emery also knows his team will be facing a MIT squad that is a lot better than its record indicates.

"We actually run similar offensive and defensive schemes," he stated. "They are a tough group who has lost some very tight games in the last couple of weeks. We have not seen a spread offense since early in the season and they are very good up front on defense. This game will be a challenge for us."

WNE senior quarterback Bryce Brown (Guilford, CT) ranks high in several conference statistics. He is second in total offense (198.0 avg.), fifth in pass efficiency (125.4 rating), eighth in passing (117.6), and 10th in rushing (80.4). He also is tied for fifth in scoring (42 points) with his seven touchdown tied for third best in the league.

Freshman running back Kevin Cook (Hamburg, NJ) is second on the team with 245 yards after gaining a season high 91 yards with his first two college touchdowns (seven and four yards) against Curry.

Sophomore linebacker Brandon Ormsby (Windsor, CT) leads the Golden Bears with 43 tackles with senior linebacker Todd Krolikowski (Bristol, CT) next at 39 stops. Krolikowski and junior defensive end James Georges (Stamford, CT) lead the league with six sacks.

Junior free safety Nicholas Silvester (Weatogue, CT) has had an interception in four straight games and is tied for second in the NEFC in that category.

Freshman Nick Fox-Edele (Springfield, MA) is third in kick scoring (35 points).

Western New England is fifth in the conference in both total defense (260.0) and pass defense (240.7). The Golden Bears also are third in rushing defense (119.3), sixth in scoring defense (17.5), and seventh in scoring offense (24.8).

MIT is seventh in the NEFC in total offense (336.6 avg.) and fifth in rushing (183.2) thanks to the strong one-two combination of sophomore quarterback John Wenzel (Mandeville, LA) and freshman back Justin Wallace (Palatine, IL).

Wenzel is fourth in both total offense (183.4 avg.) and passing (142.2), and eighth in pass efficiency (98.6 rating). Wallace is seventh in rushing with 548 yards (109.6).

The Engineers have a versatile player in freshman wide receiver Brad Goldsberry (Elizabeth, CO) who is fourth with 25 receptions (5.0 per game) and al-purpose yards (117.6). He also is fourth in punt returns (9.0) and nine in kickoff returns (18.8).

Two defensive players to watch are sophomore linebacker Jake Laux (Dousman, WI) and senior linebacker Kristopher Weaver (Sheldon, IA) who are fourth and fifth with 46 and 43 tackles, respectively.

MIT is the less penalized team in the NEFC (17 for 138 yards) and the top squad in red zone offense converting 17-of-19 opportunities (89.5%).

This will be the 23rd meeting between the team with MIT leading the series (which started in 1989) by a 13-9 margin. Western New England has won the last two meetings (27-10 last year and 59-21 in 2009) after the Engineers took the previous two contests 948-15 in 2008 and 26-21 in 2007).

Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Massachusetts Maritime 32, Worcester State 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Endicott 37, Nichols 0
Box Score Recap
Final
MIT 30, at Maine Maritime 13
Box Score
Final
at Buffalo State 40, Morrisville State 24
Box Score Recap
Final
at Salve Regina 48, Coast Guard 10
Box Score
Final
St. Lawrence 20, at RPI 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Framingham State 23, Western Connecticut 17
Box Score
Final
at Montclair State 21, Rowan 14
Box Score Recap
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Trinity (Conn.) 38, Bates 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Western New England 59, Curry 28
Box Score
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
Colby 9, at Williams 7
Box Score Photos
Final
at Middlebury 40, Bowdoin 3
Box Score
Final
at Amherst 34, Hamilton 0
Box Score
Final
Kean 24, at William Paterson 13
Box Score Recap
Final
at DePauw 66, Hiram 17
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Franklin and Marshall 45, at Juniata 22
Box Score
Final
at Kenyon 31, Allegheny 7
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Lycoming 28, at Misericordia 24
Box Score
Final
at Plymouth State 30, Mass-Dartmouth 14
Box Score
Final
at Husson 35, Alfred State 0
Box Score
Final
at Springfield 28, WPI 23
Box Score Recap
Final
at Moravian 24, Dickinson 10
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Denison 45, Wooster 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
at St. Vincent 57, Grove City 32
Box Score Recap
Final
at Susquehanna 55, Gettysburg 40
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at King's 21, Lebanon Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Alfred 20, Ithaca 6
Box Score Recap
Final
at Widener 25, Wilkes 23
Final
at McDaniel 30, Ursinus 27
Box Score Recap
Final
at Muskingum 28, Marietta 10
Box Score Photos
Final
at Minnesota-Morris 28, Iowa Wesleyan 27
Final
at John Carroll 42, Heidelberg 14
Box Score
Final
Ohio Northern 16, at Otterbein 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Case Western Reserve 35, at Waynesburg 7
Box Score
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Rose-Hulman 23, at Defiance 15
Box Score
Final
at Centre 49, Chicago 27
Box Score
Final
at Mount St. Joseph 38, Manchester 19
Box Score Recap
Final
Hanover 49, at Anderson 25
Box Score
Final
at Merchant Marine 55, Rochester 7
Box Score
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
Concordia-Chicago 42, at Maranatha Baptist 10
Box Score Photos
Final
Washington U. 36, at Birmingham-Southern 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
at Northwestern (Minn.) 38, Martin Luther 20
Box Score
Final
at Eureka 28, MacMurray 13
Box Score
Final
at Westminster (Mo.) 35, Greenville 14
Box Score
Final
Dubuque 30, at Luther 17
Box Score Recap
Final
Monmouth 52, at Lake Forest 6
Box Score Photos
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Augsburg 49, Carleton 17
Box Score Photos
Final
Bethel 44, at St. Olaf 7
Box Score
Final
at Hamline 42, Gustavus Adolphus 40
Box Score Recap
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at UW-River Falls 42, Southwestern 22
Box Score
Final
Simpson 17, at Buena Vista 9
Box Score
Final
at St. Scholastica 49, Crown 13
Box Score Recap
Final
Cornell 46, at Beloit 41
Box Score
Final
at Carthage 27, Augustana 24
Final
Coe 48, at Nebraska Wesleyan 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Wartburg 56, Finlandia 0
Box Score
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Box Score Recap
Final
Hendrix 42, at Millsaps 14
Box Score
Final
Illinois Wesleyan 45, at North Park 10
Final
at Macalester 34, Grinnell 0
Box Score
Final
at Ripon 33, Knox 19
Final
Illinois College 40, at Lawrence 15
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
at Geneva 35, Thiel 27
Box Score
Final
UW-Eau Claire 40, at Wisconsin Lutheran 14
Box Score
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Stevens Point 44, at Adrian 19
Box Score
Final
UW-La Crosse 41, at Carroll 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Berry 41, Sewanee 3
Box Score Recap Recap Photos
Final
Westminster (Pa.) 38, at Bethany 9
Box Score
Final
Ohio Wesleyan 29, at Oberlin 16
Box Score
Final
at Tufts 17, Wesleyan 14
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at Capital 35, Wilmington 21
Box Score
Final
at Southwestern Assemblies 23, Austin 17
Box Score Photos
Cancelled
Langston at McMurry
Video Live Stats
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap
Final
at Chapman 19, Trinity (Texas) 17
Box Score Recap
Sep. 29: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Randolph-Macon at Shenandoah
Live Stats
Sep. 30: All times Eastern
6:30 PM
Emory and Henry at Washington and Lee
Video Live Stats Audio Audio
Sep. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Thomas More 20, Carnegie Mellon 16
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hobart 27, Union 23
Box Score Recap
Final
Christopher Newport 17, at TCNJ 0
Final
at Wittenberg 24, Wabash 14
Box Score
Final
Salisbury 35, at Southern Virginia 0
Box Score
Final
Albright 20, at Delaware Valley 17
Box Score Recap
Final
at Utica 24, Cortland 13
Box Score Recap Recap
Final
at Stevenson 54, FDU-Florham 15
Box Score Recap
Final
at Franklin 44, Bluffton 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Johns Hopkins 30, at Muhlenberg 24
Box Score Recap
Final
St. Thomas 33, at St. John's 21
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at UW-Whitewater 35, Morningside 21
Box Score Recap
Final
at Hardin-Simmons 48, Texas Lutheran 38
Box Score Photos
Final
at Wheaton (Ill.) 10, Elmhurst 6
Box Score Recap
Final
UW-Platteville 56, at Lakeland 0
Box Score
Final
UW-Oshkosh 77, at Morthland College (Ill.) 0
Box Score
Final
Central 42, at Loras 34
Box Score Recap
Final
St. John Fisher 42, at Brockport 38
Box Score Recap
Final
Mount Union 49, at Baldwin Wallace 7
Box Score Recap Photos
Final
at North Central (Ill.) 42, Millikin 7
Box Score Recap