Game recap: Soccer |
THROGGS NECK, NY – The Maritime College football team picked up their first win of the 2022 season on Friday night, and the Privateers did it in exciting style. After securing a pair of key defensive stops midway through the fourth quarter, Maritime rushed 70 yards down the field for the game-winning score. Steven Stassi (East Islip, NY) connected with Ian Derda (Guilford, CT) on a 21-yard touchdown pass with 3:15 remaining to cap the drive and give the Privateers (1-1) a 17-14 triumph over Mass. Marine (0-1) at Reinhart Field.
It was Maritime’s first time hosting the Chowder Bowl since 2018, which was also the Privateers’ last win in the series. Maritime now hold a 9-5 advantage against the Buccaneers all-time.
After the Privateers opened the scoring on by Michael Trupiano (Kings Park, NY) 32-yard field goal, the Buccaneers used a pair of touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 14-3 lead. Ja’iel Johnson hit one from one yard before Marc Murphy hit Declan Van Nest from 20 yards to increase Mass’s advantage. Maritime at 11 points before half-time.
A Dr Stephens (New Orleans, NY) interception on the Buccaneers’ first drive of the second half set up a Maritime touchdown. The Privateers needed just five plays to go 55 yards, with Tate Neider (Hanover, PA) finding dirt 10 yards out with 7:38 left in the third quarter.
It was still a 14-10 game when Mass. Maritime recovered a Stassi fumble at the Maritime 39 with 8:19 left in the game. After a pair of four-yard wins, lay down a 3rd-and-2, the Privateer defense got back-to-back saves, forcing a roll on the downs.
Neiderer started the ensuing practice with a two-yard run, then ran 36 yards along the touchline to place the privateers at the Mass. Maritime 32. Stassi connected with Cole Trosclair (Metaire, LA) for 18 yards to move the point to ground. Maritime 18 before a loss of a yard and a bag make 3rd-and-17 of Mass. Maritime 21. Under pressure, Stassi rolled a right and hit Derda in the back of the end zone for the touchdown.
Now trailing by a field goal, Mass. Maritime moved to the Maritime 40 on the next trip. However, the drive stalled after the Privateers forced four straight incompletes. With Maritime needing just one first down to freeze the win, Niederer rushed for five out of 2n/a-and-3 to put the game away.
He finished with 51 rushing yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown. Stassi, meanwhile, was brilliant, going 22 for 37 for 256 yards and a touchdown. Derda had six catches for 88 yards and a touchdown, and Pat Quinn (Rockville Center, NY) gained 81 yards on six receptions.
defensively, Luc Saint Amant (Hahnville, LA) paced the Privateers with eight tackles, including four solo saves. Justin Goodwin (Levittown, NY) added seven tackles for a Maritime defense that kept Mass. Maritime just 93 yards of total offense in the second half (including 35 on the last drive).
Johnson and Jonah Mitchell each carried 16 times and gained 61 yards for the Buccaneers. Andrew Brightman led Mass. Maritime with 59 receiving yards, while Murphy had 10 for 29 passes. He threw for 145 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Liam Hines had a team-high nine tackles for Mass. Maritime.
Maritime will play its second straight rivalry game next Saturday at 1 p.m. when the Privateers travel to Kings Point for their annual matchup with Merchant Marine (0-1). This will be the last non-conference meeting between the teams before the Privateers join the Mariners in the New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) next season.