Saturday's Game: Maine Maritime Academy vs. Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 45th Annual Admiral's Cup, 12:00 p.m., Ritchie Field, Castine, Maine.
Series History: Saturday's contest marks the 45th meeting in the modern era (post-1973) between Massachusetts Maritime and Maine Maritime, and the Buccaneers hold a 25-19 advantage over the Mariners in the all time Admiral's Cup series. The two rivals first met as NCAA foes on October 27, 1973 (a 28-0 Maine Maritime triumph), and each team has registered seven game series win streaks over the last four-plus decades. Maine Maritime, which is seeking its third-straight Cup, won seven straight in the series from 2004-10. The Buccaneers won seven straight in the series from 1982-88 and again from 1997-2003.
Last Meeting: Jacob Doolan rushed for 154 yards and scored the game-winning touchdown from nine yards out with 19 seconds remaining to lift Maine Maritime to a 42-35 victory over Massachusetts Maritime in the 44th Annual Admiral's Cup contest played Clean Harbors Stadium.
A game that saw the visiting Mariners jump out to a 21-0 lead with 6:05 to play at the half turned into a 35-34 advantage for the host Buccaneers just 1:44 into the fourth quarter, as Maine Maritime converted a trio of fourth downs during the 17-play, 87-yard game-winning drive, which Doolan capped with a successful two-point conversion rush.
Quarterback Corey Creeger got the visitors on the board just 4:27 into the contest on a 55-yard scoring strike to Jordan Susi, and the duo hooked up once again on a 32-yard touchdown pass in the early stages in the second stanza. Creeger's three-yard plunge midway through the frame gave the Mariners their three-score cushion, but Massachusetts Maritime climbed back to within seven on a pair of touchdowns in the final 2:49 of the half, as junior quarterback Chris Haggerty found Paul Sances on a 25-yard strike before connecting with his brother, Shane Haggerty, on a flea-flicker from 29 yards out on the final play before intermission.
Richie Phillips capped an eight-play, 52-yard drive to open the half that enabled the Buccaneers to close to within one after a missed extra point, but Creeger guided Maine Maritime on an ensuing eight-play, 55-yard drive that he capped with his second touchdown of the day (from a yard out) midway through the third quarter to extend the Mariner lead to eight (28-20).
Phillips responded just 2:48 later with his second score of the day from three yards out, and a two-point conversion pass from Chris Haggerty to Shane Haggerty evened matters at 28-28. After an exchange of punts, Creeger drove the visitors 58 yards in just four plays before plunging in from three yards out for his third rushing touchdown of the contest and a 34-28 Maine Maritime lead with 15 seconds to play in the third quarter, but Chris Haggerty again answered less than two minutes later with a five-yard run early in the final frame to give Massachusetts Maritime its final edge of the afternoon and set up Doolan's late game-winning heroics.
Creeger amassed 208 yards of total offense and accounted for five total touchdowns in the triumph for Maine Maritime, which has now won two straight in the Admiral's Cup series for the first time since 2009-10. Five of Creeger's six completed passes (on 10 attempts for 144 yards) were hauled in by Susi (129 receiving yards), while Doolan averaged 7.3 yards on 21 carries to go with his score. James Ferrar added 130 yards on 20 carries for the Mariners, who amassed 497 yards overall in outrushing the hosts by a 353-82 margin.
Chris Haggerty completed 28-of-41 pass attempts for 340 yards to go with his two touchdowns in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which amassed 422 yards of total offense on the day. Shane Haggerty hauled in nine catches for 114 yards and score for the Buccaneers, who also received 73 yards on 22 carries from Phillips and a combined 10 receptions for 131 yards from Sances and Derek Stegman. The teams followed up last year's highest scoring Admiral's Cup in series history (47-41) by combining for 77 points and 919 yards of total offense.
Christopher Ford paced Maine Maritime defensively with 10 total tackles, including six solo stops and four for losses of 14 yards.
Marshall McCarthy registered a game and career-high 18 total tackles (11 solo) in the setback for Massachusetts Maritime, which also receives five stops, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery from Jacob Tavares.
Maine Maritime Academy's Last Game: Maine Maritime Academy football fell to SUNY Maritime on September 3, 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 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, 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 tossed a 62-yard pass to Kaserman, a career-first for both Mariners to cap off the scoring.
Senior fullback James Ferrar led the Mariners with 46 rushing yards on 12 carries. Senior defensive back Andrew Cavanaugh led the Mariner defense with nine tackles, including six solo. In his collegiate debut, freshman defensive back Devanie Cunningham recorded eight tackles (two solo) and sophomore linebacker Andrew Plata chipped in with seven tackles (five solo), including two tackles for a loss of seven yards and added a broken up pass.
Massachusetts Maritime's Last Game: Massachusetts Maritime enters Saturday's action after opening its 2017 campaign with a tough 37-32 setback to SUNY-Maritime in Chowder Bowl X played last Friday evening at Clean Harbors Stadium, as the Buccaneers nearly overcame a trio of 14-point second half deficits but fell short in the final minute of action.
Senior quarterback Chris Haggerty completed 20-of-34 pass attempts for 331 yards and three touchdowns, including 10 connections for 226 yards and a pair of scores to junior Paul Sances, the last coming from 64 yards out with 2:37 remaining that pulled the hosts to within five. Massachusetts Maritime forced a defensive stop at midfield to get the ball back with just over two minutes to play, and the Buccaneers used a pair of receptions from Sances and senior Derek Stegman to advance to their own 40 yard line before the Privateers held defensively on downs to escape with their triumph.
Senior Richie Phillips accounted for three touchdowns for the second straight year in the Chowder Bowl with a pair of one-yard plunges and a 14-yard reception for the hosts, who amassed 383 yards of total offense on the night. Sophomore Kenny Kern led the way defensively with 11 total tackles (10 solo) for Massachusetts Maritime, which received nine stops each from senior Alexander Ruddy and sophomore Sean Smialek as well as a pair of sacks and 3 total tackles for losses of 22 yards from freshman Colin McCabe.
The Buccaneers saw their two-game Chowder Bowl series winning streak end with the result, but Massachusetts Maritime has still prevailed in three of the last five contests with their rivals from The Bronx.
The Mariners: Senior James Ferrar leads Maine Maritime in rushing with 46 yards, while senior Corey Creeger and sophomore Zackery Brannon have combined for 125 passing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Senior Jordan Susi has hauled in two receptions for 38 yards and a score, while senior Andrew Cavanaugh paces the Mariners defensively with nine total tackles, including six solo stops.
The Buccaneers: Phillips leads Massachusetts Maritime in rushing with 50
yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Haggerty has completed 20-of-34 pass attempts for 331 yards and three scores. Sances leads all NCAA Division III receivers with 10 receptions for 226 yards and two touchdowns to date, while Kern paces the Buccaneers defensively with 11 total tackles, including 10 solo stops.
Maine Maritime Academy Head Coach Chris McKenney: Chris McKenney is in his 17th season as Head Football Coach at the Maine Maritime Academy. McKenney is 9-7 during his career against Massachusetts Maritime.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy Head Coach Jeremy Cameron: Jeremy Cameron is in his 13th season as Head Football Coach at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Cameron is 4-8 during his career against Maine Maritime.
William J. Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2017: On Friday, Maine Maritime Athletics will welcome Dale Lincoln (Baseball, Class of 1957), Shawn Moody (Soccer, Class of 1982), Katie Clapham (Volleyball, Class of 2006) and Meghan Marshall (Basketball and Soccer, Class of 2006) into the William J. Mottola Athletics Hall Fame.
Lincoln, a co-captain for the Maine Maritime Academy baseball team in 1956-57, was instrumental in sparking interest on campus that eventually led to the creation of the Maine Maritime Academy Cross Country program. Lincoln ran in several local races during his time at Maine Maritime, which grew into a 32-year career in coaching, race directing, and promoting running. Lincoln was very much a part of the development and growth of road racing in Downeast Maine, and was the first resident of Washington County to be inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 2002.
Moody is ranked second all-time in Maine Maritime Academy Men's Soccer History in points (100) and goals (43) and is tied for 13th all-time in assists (14). Moody was named to the North Eastern Collegiate Conference (NECC) All-Star team in 1980 and 1981 and was a member of Maine Maritime's first-ever national postseason tournament team in 1978 as well as a member of the 1978 and 1980 NECC Men's Soccer Championship Teams.
Clapham, the first-ever volleyball player inducted into the Mottola Athletics Hall of Fame, was the first-ever player to reach 1,000 kills and currently ranks second all-time in career kills (1,007), attack attempts (2,532), points (1,358) and points per set (4.67). The two-year captain, also ranks third all-time in service aces (271) and block solos (75). Clapham was a two-time All-NAC First Team selection (2004 & 2005), an All-NAC Second Team Selection (2003) and a 2005 NAC All-Academic Team honoree. Clapham holds numerous single-match records, including most kills (34), solo blocks (7), and points (37). Clapham's No. 6 jersey was honored in 2009.
On the soccer field, Marshall is the all-time leader in save percentage (.820) and wins by a goalie (33). During her career she tallied 19 shutouts, the second-best in program history, and 387 saves for second best all-time. The three-year team captain, Marshall also holds the single-season save percentage record (.892) and tallied two 10-win seasons in net. Marshall was a two-time All-NAC Women's Soccer Second Team selection (2002 & 2004) and a two-time NAC All-Academic Team honoree (2004 & 2005). On the basketball court, the 2005-06 team captain was a two-time NAC All-Academic selection and holds the single-game record for most rebounds in a game (24). She ranks ninth all-time in career offensive rebounds (184), fourth all-time in both blocked shots (79) and blocked shots per game (1.0).