October 20, 2012

Second Half Surge Enables Massachusetts Maritime To Retain Admiral's Cup With 42-23 Victory At Rival Maine Maritime

More news about: Massachusetts Maritime

MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME FOOTBALL

40th Annual Admiral's Cup

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine

FINAL: MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME 42, MAINE MARITIME 23

1 2 3 4 Total

Massachusetts Maritime (4-3, 3-2 NEFC) 6 15 6 15 - 42

Maine Maritime (0-7, 0-5 NEFC) 14 7 0 2 - 23

SCORING SUMMARY

MEM: Billy Wetherbee 1 yd run (William Alsbrooks kick) 8:52 1st

MAM: John Trudel 6 yd run (kick failed) 6:30 1st

MEM: Wetherbee 36 yd run (Alsbrooks kick) 3:19 1st

MAM: Barry Reopell 28 yd run (Keith Caruso rush) 12:49 2nd

MEM: Bradley Reed 1 yd run (Alsbrooks kick) 8:45 2nd

MAM: Bobby Rosano 91 yd kickoff return (Brandon Rodrigues kick) 8:35 2nd

MAM: Reopell 21 yd run (kick failed) 11:35 3rd

MAM: Trudel 4 yd run (Rosano pass from Trudel) 13:04 4th

MAM: Austin Pierce 2 yd run (Rodrigues kick) 3:33 4th

MEM: Team Safety 1:51 4th

Attendance: 173

CASTINE, Maine -- Senior Barry Reopell (South Dennis, Mass.) rushed for 102 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns as Massachusetts Maritime used three unanswered second half scores to post a 42-23 New England Football Conference Bogan Division victory over Maine Maritime in the 40th Annual Admiral's Cup played Saturday afternoon at Ritchie Field.

The two squads played to a wild 21-21 draw at the break before Reopell's two-yard plunge capped a 12-play, 66-yard second half opening drive that gave the visiting Buccaneers (4-3, 3-2 NEFC Bogan) the lead for good at 27-21. The host Mariners (0-7, 0-5 NEFC Bogan) were in position to tie or take the lead after engineering a 14-play, 71-yard drive that took them to the Massachusetts Maritime 1-yard line, but an ensuing fumble recovered by junior Robert Gratzer (Pembroke, Mass.) enabled the Buccaneers to hold on to the lead, and the visitors capitalized by driving 99 yards on nine plays and using a four-yard touchdown run by sophomore quarterback John Trudel (Niantic, Conn.) to take a 35-21 advantage with 13:04 to play in the contest. Maine Maritime again drove deep into Massachusetts Maritime territory on its ensuing possession, but another Mariner fumble at the Buccaneer 4-yard line was recovered by sophomore Richard Ford (Lynn, Mass.), and after an exchange of possessions, the visitors iced their second straight Admiral's Cup triumph when sophomore Austin Pierce (Peabody, Mass.) scampered in from four yards out with 3:33 remaining.

Maine Maritime jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead when junior Billy Wetherbee (Veazie, Maine) plunged in from a yard out to cap a 12-play, 61-yard drive off the opening kickoff, but Massachusetts Maritime responded with 64-yard drive that Trudel capped with a six-yard run for a 7-6 Mariner lead. Wetherbee's 36-yard touchdown run on the hosts' ensuing possession extended Maine Maritime's lead to 14-6, but Reopell's first scoring run of the day from 28 yards out, coupled with a two-point conversion rush from junior Keith Caruso (Hingham, Mass.), enabled the Buccaneers to forge a 14-14 tie. The Mariners capitalized on a fumbled punt deep inside the visitors' territory to take their final lead of the day at 21-14 on a one-yard touchdown plunge from sophomore quarterback Bradley Reed (Belfast, Maine) with 8:45 remaining in the half, but Massachusetts Maritime answered back on the next play, as sophomore Bobby Rosano (North Reading, Mass.) returned the kickoff 91 yards (the third longest such return in school history) for the tying score just 10 seconds later. Maine Maritime had two chances to take the lead into intermission off a pair of interceptions, but the Mariners were unable to score after driving to the Buccaneer 20, setting up the visitors' second half scoring surge.

Reopell's second 100-plus yard performance in the last three weeks was part of 205 yards on the ground for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received 77 yards from Pierce on the day. Junior quarterback Mike Stanton (Quincy, Mass.) completed 16-of-23 attempts for 202 yards to go over the 2,000 yard mark (2,025) on the season, while Trudel collected 79 yards of total offense to go with his two scores for the Buccaneers, who also received eight catches for 90 yards from sophomore E.J. Bennett (East Wareham, Mass.). Wetherbee rushed for 139 yards on 28 carries to go with his two touchdowns in the setback for Maine Maritime, as Reed completed 5-of-12 attempts for 71 yards for the Mariners, as Massachusetts Maritime outgained the hosts by a 476-349 advantage in total offense for the contest.

Sophomore Reynard Ortiz (Lowell, Mass.) paced the Buccaneers defensively with 13 total tackles (eight solo), while freshman Matthew King (Scituate, Mass.) registered a career-high 12 total tackles (10 solo) to go with a forced fumble and a pass break-up. Sophomore Zachary Ryan (Danvers, Mass.) added nine total stops (seven solo) and a pair of sacks for the winners, who also received interceptions from seniors Eddy Ramos (Sunny Isles, Fla.) and Evan Sheridan (Chelmsford, Mass.). The victory was Massachusetts Maritime's first over the Mariners in Castine since a 15-13 triumph in 2002, as the Buccaneers have claimed the Admiral's Cup in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2001-2002.

Senior Brock Lawrence (Benton, Maine) paced Maine Maritime defensively with 12 total tackles (10 solo), while the hosts also received 10 total stops (eighty solo) and an interception from junior Alex Hermes (Fallsington, Pa.).

Massachusetts Maritime hosts Westfield State in a New England Football Conference Bogan Division match-up next Saturday afternoon at Clean Harbors Stadium beginning at Noon, while Maine Maritime heads to Bridgewater, Mass. to take on Bridgewater State in an NEFC Bogan Division clash that also kicks off at Noon.

Sep. 1: All times Eastern
7:00 PM
Coast Guard at Anna Maria
7:00 PM
Defiance at Baldwin Wallace
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Johns Hopkins
7:30 PM
Trine at Manchester
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Millsaps at Belhaven
Sep. 2: All times Eastern
TBA
Muhlenberg at Wilkes
6:00 PM
Mass-Dartmouth at Mount Ida
6:00 PM
Delaware Valley at Wesley
7:00 PM
N.C. Wesleyan at Stevenson
7:00 PM
Western New England at Springfield
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Fitchburg State at Becker
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Albright at Salisbury
7:00 PM
WPI at MIT
7:00 PM
Salve Regina at Worcester State
7:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Curry
7:00 PM
Morrisville State at St. Lawrence
10:00 PM
Adrian at Pacific
Sep. 3: All times Eastern
TBA
Endicott at Framingham State
TBA
UW-Platteville at George Fox
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Washington U. at Carnegie Mellon
Live Stats
12:00 PM
Chicago at Case Western Reserve
12:00 PM
Husson at Alfred
12:00 PM
SUNY-Maritime at Maine Maritime
Video
12:00 PM
Cortland at Heidelberg
12:00 PM
Otterbein at Buffalo State
12:00 PM
Ursinus at Bethany
12:00 PM
Sewanee at Kenyon
1:00 PM
King's at Moravian
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Kean at Christopher Newport
1:00 PM
McDaniel at Catholic
1:00 PM
Lebanon Valley at Franklin and Marshall
1:00 PM
Plymouth State at Castleton
Live Stats
1:00 PM
RPI at Norwich
1:00 PM
Randolph-Macon at Dickinson
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Kalamazoo
1:00 PM
Emory and Henry at Ferrum
1:00 PM
Wooster at Washington and Jefferson
1:00 PM
Alfred State at William Paterson
1:00 PM
St. Vincent at Alma
1:00 PM
Concordia (Wis.) at Finlandia
1:00 PM
Olivet at St. John Fisher
1:00 PM
Rowan at Widener
1:00 PM
Hobart at Brockport
1:00 PM
Union at Ithaca
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Lycoming
1:00 PM
Utica at Misericordia
1:00 PM
The Apprentice School at Methodist
1:00 PM
TCNJ at UW-Whitewater
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Bluffton
1:30 PM
Monmouth at Hope
1:30 PM
Bridgewater at Gettysburg
1:30 PM
Muskingum at Waynesburg
1:30 PM
Juniata at Grove City
2:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Trinity Int'l
2:00 PM
Lakeland at Carroll
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-Stevens Point at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
2:00 PM
Maranatha Baptist at Martin Luther
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Millikin at Greenville
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Eureka at Knox
Live Stats
2:00 PM
MacMurray at Rockford
2:00 PM
Gustavus Adolphus at Westminster (Mo.)
Video Live Stats
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at Luther
2:00 PM
Beloit at Lake Forest
2:00 PM
Concordia-Moorhead at Jamestown
2:00 PM
Crown at Hamline
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Carleton at Macalester
2:00 PM
Bethel at Dubuque
2:00 PM
St. Scholastica at St. John's
Live Stats
2:00 PM
St. Olaf at Grinnell
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Mayville St.
2:00 PM
Simpson at UW-Stout
2:00 PM
Aurora at Carthage
2:00 PM
UW-River Falls at Coe
2:00 PM
Ripon at Concordia-Chicago
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Loras
2:00 PM
Huntingdon at Louisiana College
2:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Robert Morris-Chicago
2:00 PM
Benedictine at Wheaton (Ill.)
2:00 PM
John Carroll at UW-Oshkosh
2:30 PM
Southern Virginia at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Lawrence at Presentation
4:00 PM
La Verne at Puget Sound
Live Stats
4:00 PM
Central at Whitworth
5:00 PM
Hartwick at Western Connecticut
6:00 PM
Wabash at Albion
6:00 PM
Maryville (Tenn.) at Berry
6:00 PM
Augustana at Mount St. Joseph
6:00 PM
Thomas More at Franklin
Live Stats
6:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Averett
6:00 PM
Redlands at Trinity (Texas)
7:00 PM
Marietta at Denison
7:00 PM
Hiram at Westminster (Pa.)
7:00 PM
Thiel at Allegheny
7:00 PM
Capital at Wittenberg
7:00 PM
Shenandoah at Gallaudet
Live Stats
7:00 PM
Illinois College at Rose-Hulman
Video Live Stats
7:00 PM
Geneva at Frostburg State
7:00 PM
Nichols at Westfield State
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Guilford
Live Stats
7:00 PM
LaGrange at Birmingham-Southern
7:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Southwestern
7:00 PM
Anderson at North Park
7:00 PM
Ohio Wesleyan at Mary Hardin-Baylor
7:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Texas Lutheran
7:10 PM
St. Thomas at UW-Eau Claire
Video Live Stats
7:30 PM
Hanover at Centre
8:00 PM
Willamette at Rhodes
8:00 PM
Cornell at Iowa Wesleyan
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Augsburg at Northwestern (Minn.)
Live Stats
8:00 PM
Southwestern Assemblies at Howard Payne
8:00 PM
Sul Ross State at UT-Permian Basin
Dec. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Mount Union 49, at St. Thomas 35
@ Salem, Va.
Box Score Recap Recap Photos