Mariners Fall to SUNY in Season Opener

Mariners Fall to SUNY in Season Opener

THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – Maine Maritime Academy football fell to SUNY Maritime on Saturday afternoon, 59-13 on Reinhart Field, in non-conference action.

The Mariners combined for 230 yards of total offense, including a 62-yard touchdown reception by freshman Mason Kaserman (Portland, Maine) late in the fourth quarter.

The Privateers got on the board early in the first quarter, on a one-yard touchdown run from quarterback Thomas Wright and a good extra point from Matthew Murphy to take the 7-0 lead. On the Mariners' drive, SUNY picked up a safety to build a 9-0 lead. The Privateers totaled 23 points in the first quarter and 17 points in the second to take a 40-0 lead into halftime. 

The Privateers scored 12 unanswered points to start the third, before the Mariners put together a seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive late in the quarter, capped off with a 25-yard touchdown reception by Jordan Susi (South Portland, Maine), to make to 52-6. 

SUNY Maritime added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter, this time on one-yard run from Christian Shiavone. Sophomore Zackery Brannon (Buxton, Maine) tossed a 62-yard pass to Kaserman, a career-first for both Mariners to cap off the scoring.

Senior fullback James Ferrar (Cumberland, Maine) led the Mariners with 46 rushing yards on 12 carries. Senior defensive back Andrew Cavanaugh (Wenham, Mass.) led the Mariner defense with nine tackles, including six solo. In his collegiate debut, freshman defensive back Devanie Cunningham (Asheville, N.C.) recorded eight tackles (two solo) and sophomore linebacker Andrew Plata (Cumberland, R.I.) chipped in with seven tackles (five solo), including two tackles for a loss of seven yards and added a broken up pass.

Wright ended the afternoon with 214 yards and three touchdowns by air and 30 yards and a touchdown on the ground to lead the Privateers offensively. Brandon Drumgole led SUNY with 101 yards on five catches and two touchdowns. Kendal Parker led SUNY's defense with nine tackles (five solo), three tackles for a loss of 17 yards, 2.5 sacks and a broken up pass.

The Mariners fall to 0-1 on the season, while the Privateers improve to 1-0. Maine Maritime will return to action on Saturday, September 16 when they take on Massachusetts Maritime in the 45th Annual Admiral's Cup on Ritchie Field for Homecoming Weekend.