Engineers Fend Off Mariners' Strong Start

Engineers Fend Off Mariners' Strong Start

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Maine Maritime Academy football fell to MIT, 30-12 on Saturday afternoon in NEWMAC action at Steinbrenner Stadium.

The Mariners amassed 213 yards of total offense, including 178 passing yards and two touchdowns from quarterback Nikolas Moquin (Goffstown, N.H.).

With the loss the Mariners fall to 0-6 overall and 0-3 in the conference, while MIT improves to 3-2 on the season and 2-1 in the NEWMAC. Maine Maritime returns to action next Saturday, October 19 when they host Coast Guard for a 12:00 pm NEWMAC matchup.

Maine Maritime scored on their opening possession, putting together a nine-play 69-yard scoring drive capped off by a 13-yard touchdown pass from Moquin to freshman Reed Hopkins (Augusta, Maine) for the score. The extra-point attempt was blocked.

The Mariners held MIT on their first drive of the game, but came up empty on their next offensive possession when Moquin's pass was intercepted by Ty Allen, setting up a touchdown for the Engineers to make it 7-6.

MIT added to their lead early in the second quarter, when they Chris Mauck connected with Mason DuMez for a 25-yard touchdown pass, capping off the five-play 68-yard drive and making it 14-6.

The Engineers scored again late in the first half, to make it 20-6. Trenton Bouchard (Winslow, Maine) recorded the sixth interception of his career with eight seconds remaining in the half to keep the deficit at 14 points entering halftime.

Bouchard picked off Mauck again early in the second half, to set give the Mariners excellent field position at the MIT-18, and Moquin found Dominic Casale (Freeport, Maine) for the a 10-yard touchdown reception, but Moquin's two-point conversion failed, making it 20-12. The Engineers answered back on their next drive with a 33-yard field goal from Mark Wright to take a 23-12 lead and added another touchdown late in the fourth quarter to secure the 30-12 victory.

Moquin finished the afternoon with 16 completions, for 178 yards and two touchdowns, Casale totaled 95 receiving yards on five catches and a touchdown, while Hopkins pulled down three catches, for 18 yards and his first career touchdown.

Defensively, Spencer Baron (Mariaville, Maine) led the Mariners with 12 tackles, including six solo stops, Tanton Mattson (Lisbon Falls, Maine) added 11 tackles, four solo, and Cole Eddins (Fort Smith, Ark.) recorded 10 tackles, five solo. Bouchard ended the afternoon with four tackles and two interceptions.

Mauck completed eight passes for 115 yards and two touchdowns, John Robertson had 263 yards on 34 carries and a touchdown, and DuMez pulled down two catches for 48 yards and a touchdown.

Sean Kent led the Engineers with 10 tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of one yard.