Maine Maritime Academy (4-2, 2-2 Bogan) at Massachusetts Maritime Academy (4-2, 2-2 Bogan)
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Series History: Today's game marks the 39th meeting between Maine Maritime Academy and Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Buccaneers hold a 21-17 lead in the series, but the Mariners have taken the last seven meetings – tying the longest streak in the series. Mass. Maritime has twice taken the cup ion seven consecutive seasons.
The Last Meeting: Matthew Rende ran for 147 yards and two scores in a dramatic 28-27 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy. The Mariners were playing from behind all day but took a 28-27 lead with 7:30 to go in the fourth quarter on a Todd Murphy touchdown run. The Admiral's Cup came down to the last play of the contest though when Massachusetts Maritime kicker Brandon Rodrigues attempted a 38-yard field goal as time expired. The attempt fell short giving Maine Maritime its seventh-straight victory over the Buccaneers.
Maine Maritime Last Week: Tailback Melikke Van Alstyne pounded out 251 yards and five touchdowns to lead Framingham State to a 42-14 New England Football Conference (NEFC) Bogan Division win at Maine Maritime Academy's Ritchie Field. The win ended the Rams ten-game drought against the Mariners (4-2, 2-2 Bogan), and left Framingham in the division's driver's seat with an unblemished record. Nick Bourassa led the Mariners ground attack with 81 yards on 13 totes, while Matthew Rende gained 56 yards on 12 carries. Frank True scored on a 17-yard fumble recovery and posted 10 tackles. Alex Hermes had 17 tackles. Michael Burgess posted a dozen tackles and blockd a PAT.
Massachusetts Maritime Last Week: Senior Matt White rushed for 126 yards on 24 carries, while junior Barry Reopell added 59 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead Massachusetts Maritime to a 19-7 New England Football Conference Bogan Division victory over Fitchburg State Saturday afternoon at Elliot Field. Sheldon Roper paced Massachusetts Maritime defensively with a career-high 11 total tackles, including eight solo stops, while senior Mike Bois added eight tackles for the Buccaneers, who also received seven stops (five solo) and a forced fumble from fellow senior Walter Butler.
On the Line: Above all, pride is on the line as the Academies battle it out for the Admiral's Cup. Both the Bucs and the Mariners are in the five-way tie for second place in the Bogan Division at 2-2.
In Mass, en masse: Since the 2005 opening kickoff in Newton, Mass., the Mariners have played 67 games. Nearly half those games, 30 to be precise, have been played in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Maine Maritime is 20-10 in The Bay State since the start of the 2005 season and has kept their 2:1 victory ratio intact this season. The Mariners are 7-3 in their last 10 games in Massachusetts.
Wounded Warriors: Ten players that started in the season opener were not dressed for Maine Maritime in its loss to Framingham State. It was the Rams first win over MMA in 10 games.
Six Pack: Maine Maritime Academy has blocked six kicks this season. Bill Wtherbee has blocked four kicks, while Michael Burgess has stuffed a pair of extra points.