Engineers Triumphant At Maritime AcademyBy Phil Deutsch
MIT’s football team defeated Massachusetts Maritime Academy 23-14 this weekend.
Hundreds of cadets lined Commander Edward Ellis Field in Buzzards Bay prior to the football match-up between MIT and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. For Mass Maritime, homecoming is not just a great day to play football, it is also a time to celebrate the heritage and honor of the United States military. But in doing so, the Buccaneers only managed to keep the game close, through the first half.
Unfortunately for the Bucs, thirty minutes of hard-nosed football was not enough to win the game, and MIT made this point very clear. After ending the first half in a 6-6 tie, the Beavers scored 17 unanswered points to start the second half. They went on to win the game 23-14 in front of the large homecoming crowd.
Tough defense stifles Buccaneers
For the second week in a row, the MIT defense made big plays when they needed to, and frustrated the Bucs, denying their offense for the duration of the game. At the nucleus of the defensive effort were senior linebackers S. Dan Lovell and Brent E. Schreiber. They led the way with a combined 18 tackles, while Corey D. Carter ’03 and Mark D. Boudreau ’05 harassed receivers in the secondary. Captain Brian D. Hoying ’03 pulled down an interception from the free safety position early in the fourth quarter to set up MIT’s final touchdown drive, which iced the game. Junior linebacker Michael A. Terry led the Beavers with two sacks for the second week in a row, along with 3.5 tackles for a loss.
Offensive lineup looks strong
After a sluggish start by both teams, MIT’s offense was first to put points on the scoreboard, when in the second quarter captain Alexander T. Karnal ’03 threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to receiver Warren Chia ’05. From there, the Beaver offense never looked back. Karnal finished the game throwing 15-31 with 156 yards and a touchdown, while Tom Kilpatrick ’05 and captain Keith V. Battocchi ’03 led with four receptions each. Tailback Philip M. Deutsch ’04 had a big day, rushing 21 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns. The Beavers did not commit a turnover the entire game, which helped MIT sustain the lead.
However, the story of the day was the offensive line. Led by juniors Keith G. Reed and Justin M. Nelson, the line kept Mass Maritime’s defense on their heels. Matthew J. Krueger ’05, Spencer M. Cross ’05, and Benjamin F. Povlich ’05 opened holes in the Bucs’ defensive line, while fullbacks Dan Relihan ’04 and David J. Ostlund ’04 chipped in a solid performance. A now-healthy Ryan J. Lanphere ’06 also showed some signs of explosiveness in his first game in Beaver uniform.
If the offense continues to move the ball consistently with a good mix of passes and runs, the Beavers will have a lot to look forward to in the weeks ahead. The return of Kale D. McNanney ’05 from a foot injury is also sure to help the Beaver offense score more points. The Beavers stand at 2-1 and will head to Worcester State College (3-0) on Saturday, where last year, they were defeated 32-29 by conference rivals, the Lancers.