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Fitchburg State Football Team Finally Breaks Ice

September 30, 2018

The Fitchburg State football team snapped a nine-game winless streak with a 36-20 victory over Massachusetts Maritime Academy Saturday afternoon at Elliot Field.

FSU roundup

FSU is 1-4, 1-2 in the MASCAC.

The Bucs took an early lead with a 60-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Paul Sances from quarterback Ty Ebdon midway through the first quarter.

Fitchburg State answered with a pair of touchdowns and a 2-point conversion, off a pair of Mass. Maritime miscues, to take a 14-7 lead. After the Buccaneers muffed a punt return on their own 24-yard line, freshman quarterback Brandon Brown capped a seven-play drive with a 3-yard scamper for the score.

The hosts added another score to start the second quarter when Brown found Jacqua Solomon five yards deep in the end zone for Brown’s first collegiate TD pass.

Trailing 14-7, Mass. Maritime scored on a two-yard run from junior Benjamin Sheehan with three minutes left in the first half to cut the deficit to 14-13 at intermission.

The Green and Gold scored on its first two possessions after the break to extend the lead to 28-13.

Brown had his second touchdown pass of the day with a 10-yard toss to junior wide receiver Jessie Brown for a 22-13 advantage. Linebacker Kiambu Jone gave the hosts great field possession for the next drive, when he intercepted MMA quarterback John Teehan on the visitor 28-yard line.

Five plays later Sterlin Garvin found the end zone with a two-yard touchdown run.

Field hockey

Senior forward Molly Richard, of Leominster, tallied four goals as the Fitchburg State field hockey team defeated the Bulldogs of Dean College, 10-0, on the road.

Fitchburg State (4-4) took a 1-0 lead just 1:22 into the contest as Richard, a former St. Bernard’s star, found the back of the cage for her third tally on the season. The Falcons doubled their margin minutes later when freshman Sarah Craig, of Ashburnham, collected a feed from sophomore Sophia Laperle and connected on her fourth goal of the year.

The Falcons (4-4) took a 6-0 advantage into the break as sophomore Nicole Tocco, Craig, Laperle and junior Aislinn DeHorsey -- a former Leominster High standout -- added goals.

Cross country

The Fitchburg State men’s cross country team placed second overall with a total of 48 points at the 2018 Keene State Cross Country Invitational.

Fitchburg State was paced by sophomore, who placed first overall with a time of 26:35.9, while senior Anthony Darrigo followed in eighth placed, turning in a time of 28:16.1 on the 8K course.

Sophomore Timothy Sheehy crossed the line in ninth with a time of 28:17.7, while senior Joseph Darrigo followed in 11th, posting a time of 28:46.8.

At the same meet, the FSU women’s cross country team placed fourth overall with 112 points.

Fitchburg State was led by senior Amy Kelly, who placed second overall with a time 19:23.5 over the 5K course, while freshman Savannah Wojcik entered the chute in 24th place with a time of 23:54.7.

Soccer

The FSU women’s soccer team dropped a 4-1 decision to Bridgewater State at Elliot Field.

Fitchburg freshman Elicia Marshall delivered a blistering shot to the right corner post for her MASCAC-leading seventh goal of the season.

The men’s soccer team fell 8-2 to Bridgewater State on the road.

Junior Nolan Brassard and Yanick DePina potted goals in defeat for the Falcons (4-4), who were outshot 23-9.

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