November 12, 2011

WPI's Rally Falls Short Against St. Lawrence

More news about: WPI

Worcester, MA --- Marcus Washington (Pahokee, FL) ran for 187 on 38 carries with two touchdowns as the visiting Saints of St. Lawrence defeated the host Engineers of WPI, 21-14on Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in Worcester.

St. Lawrence wraps up its season at 3-6 with an 2-4 record in the Liberty League conference. WPI ends its 2011 campaign at 2-7 with a 1-5 mark in the conference standings. 

Washington's performance gave him over a thousand rushing yards on the season. Zach Migliore (Pittsford, NY) threw for 36 yards and ran for another 24 for SLU. 

For the Engineers, Johny Antonopoulos (Cambridge, MA) threw 16 for 31 for 182 yards with a touchdown pass. Ernie Mello (Wilmington, MA) ran for 88 yards on 20 carries, giving him 969 yards on the season. Mello finishes averaging 107.6 yards per game on the season. Trevor Dunne (Cedar Knolls, NJ) finished with seven catches for 68 yards. Nick Bean (Middleboro, MA) had five catches for fifty yards.

St. Lawrence got off to a quick start on the first play of the game when John Wittig (Manlius, NY) returned the opening kickoff 92 yards to the WPI one yard line. On the very next play, Washington ran the ball in to put the Saints up 7-0. 

 

WPI was forced to punt on their opening drive, but punter Mike Pettiglio (Westford, MA) made an excellent kick to strand the Saints at their own four yard line. Saint Lawrence ground their way down the field, converting on a fourth and six on a reception by Mike Tateosian (Keene, NH) and capping the sixteen play drive on a 14 yard touchdown pass by Migliore to Evan Shifley (Winthrop, MA), and the visitors would go up 14-0. The drive took 6:57 off the clock.

 

On the following drive, the Engineers were intercepted by St. Lawrence's Trevor Saunders (Mount Vernon, NY), once again giving the Saints strong starting field position at the WPI 48. WPI's Joe Everett (Columbia, CT) sacked Migliore on a third and eight and a fake punt by the Saints would be stopped by the Engineers on a fake punt, giving the ball back to the Crimson and Gray at their own 46. Antonopoulos and the offense put together an eight play, 49 yard drive that ended in a missed field goal attempt for WPI. That drive brought the game into the second quarter. 

 

SLU ran off eight plays before being forced to punt and WPI was forced to punt back after a six play drive. With the Saints beginning at their own 26, the WPI defense came up with a series of key defensive plays as Peter Gill (Franklin, MA) stopped the rush on first down, Tom Thackeray(Braintree, MA) sacked Migliore on second down, and William Alves (West Warwick, RI) tackled a receiver off a screen pass for a loss of four yards on third down. 

 

WPI then put together a 16 play drive that nearly took the game to halftime, a stretch that featured a successful fourth and one conversion on a rush by Mello but ultimately fell short when Antonopoulos was sacked on a fourth and five with ten seconds left by SLU's  Jesse Clark (Ticonderoga, NY). St. Lawrence took a knee and they would go into halftime still up 14-0. 

 

WPI's Manny Cambra (Bethel, CT) returned the opening kickoff of the second half 23 yards to the Engineer 47 yard line. The Engineer offense failed to take advantage, however, and a key fumble at the St. Lawrence 29 yard line returned the ball to the Saints. 

 

The WPI defense had an excellent stand on the following drive, forcing a punt after five plays. Mello would block the punt, which was recovered by Cambra who ran the ball down to the SLU 11 before fumbling, giving the ball back to the Saints with a first down at their own nine yard line. 

 

Washington was a battering ram for St. Lawrence on the following drive, at one point rushing on five consecutive plays and converting two first downs. The Engineer defense again came up with a big play, tipping a pass by Migliore on third and seven to force a punt. For the second straight time, WPI blocked the SLU punt attempt, this time by Alves. There was no mistake this time for the Crimson and Gray as Mello recovered the punt and ran it 20 yards to the end zone to give the hosts their first score of the day, 14-7. It was the second blocked punt returned for a touchdown by Mello on the season. 

 

After kicking the ball back to the Saints, the Engineer defense had the scent of blood, forcing a three and out by Saint Lawrence with a deflected pass by Gill on third down. WPI took over at their own 46 after the punt. On the second play of the drive, Mello rushed 19 yards for a WPI first down.  On the very next play, Antonopoulos completed a 32 yard pass to Cambra, and the Crimson and Gray was back in business tied at 14-14.

 

A short kickoff started SLU at their 48 yard line. On first down, Washington would power his way 15 yards to the WPI 37 yard line. A three yard rush by Washington would take the clock to the end of the third quarter.

 

Two plays into the fourth, WPI's John Perron (Worcester, MA) would make one of the biggest plays of his collegiate career, picking off Migliore and giving the ball back to WPI. The Engineers were forced to punt, however, after a fierce pass rush forced Antonopoulos to throw the ball away on third down.

 

As they had for much of the day, the WPI defense refused to bend, forcing a three and out. Alves came up with another key play, successfully defending a pass on third and nine and sending the SLU punt team back on the field. WPI went three and out and punted the ball back, still tied at 14-14 with 8:29 left in regulation. 

 

SLU would again rely on Washington on their follow drive, driving deep into Engineer territory. With a third and four at the WPI 14, Washington rushed for ten yards for the first down. On the very next play, Washington punched through the Crimson and Gray and giving SLU a 21-14 lead with just 3:25 left in the game.

 

Facing perhaps the final drive of their season, the WPI offense went to work. After a St. Lawrence penalty, Mello ran 15 yards and into St. Lawrence territory. On the next play Antonopoulos completed an 11 yard pass to Bean for a first down at the SLU 37. Two plays later, Clark andOraene Morgan (Bridgeport, CT) sacked Antonopoulos again for the Saints. Two plays later and facing a fourth and fifteen, Antonopoulos' pass was tipped at the line and St. Lawrence would take over on downs, effectively ending the game.

 

The St. Lawrence defense was led by Phil Hamilton (Winthrop, MA), who amassed eleven tackles, including three for a loss and one sack. Saunders had eight tackles and an interception. John Lesofsky (Tyngsboro, MA) had six tackles. St. Lawrence amassed a total of four sacks against the Engineers, led by Clark's 1.5 sacks. The Saints had ten total tackles for a loss.

 

The WPI defense was led by Christopher O'Connor (Bellerose, NY) who racked up ten total tackles including 1.5 for a loss. Shaine Grogan(Peru, MA) and Hussein Yatim (Shrewsbury, MA) each had eight tackles.

 

Prior to the game, WPI honored its graduating senior class for their years of dedication and commitment to the program. Cody Beckel (Jupiter, FL),Mohamed Yatim (Shrewsbury, MA), Mitch McClune (Pembroke, ME),  Pat McAuley (Hingham, MA), Kevin White (Worcester, MA), Matt Cyr(Dracut, MA), Tom Reid (Braintree, MA), Mark Caulfield (Braintree, MA), Thaddeus Adams (Newtown, CT), Tyler Lapierre (Burrillville, RI),Andrew Baker (Rutland, VT), Dan Nyren (Medway, MA), Dunne, Thackeray, Cambra, Mello, Gill, Bean, Less, Perron and Pettiglio were recognized alongside their parents by coaches, school officials and spectators. Their contributions to both the team and to the WPI community as a whole will be missed.

 

WPI Football will kickoff its 2012 season on Saturday, September 1st as they visit the Colonels of Curry. They will open their home schedule the following weekend against the Lancers of Worcester State.

comments powered by Disqus
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Live Stats Audio
12:00 PM
Massachusetts Maritime at Mass-Dartmouth
Preview Live Stats Video
12:00 PM
Maine Maritime at Nichols
Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Frostburg State at Alfred
Video
12:00 PM
Salisbury at Ithaca
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Framingham State at Plymouth State
Preview Live Stats
12:00 PM
Morrisville State at Southern Virginia
Preview Live Stats Live Stats Video Audio
12:30 PM
Bowdoin at Wesleyan
Preview Live Stats Video
12:30 PM
Middlebury at Trinity (Conn.)
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Colby at Bates
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Tufts at Amherst
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Audio
1:00 PM
Husson at Castleton State
Preview Live Stats Video Tickets
1:00 PM
Williams at Hamilton
Live Stats Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
FDU-Florham at Stevenson
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
DePauw at Allegheny
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Moravian at Franklin and Marshall
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Kalamazoo at Olivet
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Albion at Trine
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Mount Ida at Gallaudet
Live Stats
1:00 PM
Cortland State at Kean
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wisconsin Lutheran at Adrian
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Catholic at Emory and Henry
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hope at Alma
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Carnegie Mellon at St. Vincent
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Dickinson at McDaniel
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Guilford at Randolph-Macon
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Methodist at N.C. Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Susquehanna at Ursinus
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Rowan at Montclair State
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Springfield at St. Lawrence
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Hiram at Ohio Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Wilkes at Lebanon Valley
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Juniata at Muhlenberg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
King's at Albright
Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
William Paterson at TCNJ
Live Stats Audio
1:00 PM
Sewanee at Millsaps
Live Stats Video
1:30 PM
Endicott at Coast Guard
Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Capital at John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Rose-Hulman at Franklin
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Video Audio
1:30 PM
Grove City at Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Widener at Lycoming
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Marietta at Heidelberg
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Waynesburg at Thiel
Video
1:30 PM
Rochester at Union
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Anderson at Mount St. Joseph
Live Stats
1:30 PM
Manchester at Bluffton
Live Stats Audio
1:30 PM
Otterbein at Baldwin Wallace
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Utica at Buffalo State
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Brockport State at Hartwick
Live Stats
2:00 PM
Becker at SUNY-Maritime
Live Stats Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Washington and Lee at Bridgewater (Va.)
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Bridgewater State at Westfield State
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Austin at Hendrix
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Concordia-Chicago at Benedictine
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
LaGrange at Huntingdon
Video Audio
2:00 PM
Aurora at Lakeland
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
Berry at Birmingham-Southern
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Rockford at Concordia (Wis.)
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire at UW-River Falls
Preview Video Audio Tickets
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Augsburg at St. Olaf
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Lake Forest at Illinois College
Video
2:00 PM
Loras at Simpson
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Buena Vista at Dubuque
Preview Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Beloit at St. Norbert
2:00 PM
Carroll at Ripon
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Lawrence at Macalester
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Augustana at Carthage
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Elmhurst at Illinois Wesleyan
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Millikin at North Park
Audio
2:00 PM
Central at Coe
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Cornell at Monmouth
2:00 PM
Martin Luther at Minnesota-Morris
2:00 PM
Crown at MacMurray
2:00 PM
Iowa Wesleyan at Greenville
2:00 PM
Northwestern (Minn.) at Westminster (Mo.)
Video
2:00 PM
Grinnell at Knox
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Concordia (Mich.) at Maranatha Baptist
Video
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
2:30 PM
Rhodes at Centre
Live Stats Video Video
2:30 PM
Defiance at Earlham
Live Stats
2:30 PM
Washington U. at Chicago
Preview Preview Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
Norwich at Anna Maria
Live Stats Video
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
3:00 PM
Hardin-Simmons at Howard Payne
Live Stats Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
WPI at Merchant Marine
Live Stats Video
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Willamette at Pacific Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Redlands at La Verne
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Puget Sound at Whitworth
Live Stats Video Audio
4:00 PM
Pacific at George Fox
Live Stats Video Audio
5:00 PM
Western New England at MIT
Live Stats Video
5:00 PM
Worcester State at Western Connecticut
Live Stats
5:00 PM
East Texas Baptist at Louisiana College
Audio
6:00 PM
Ferrum at Averett
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Muskingum at Ohio Northern
Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
7:00 PM
Wooster at Denison
Live Stats Video Audio
7:00 PM
Greensboro at Christopher Newport
Live Stats Video
7:00 PM
Bethany at Geneva
8:00 PM
Eureka at St. Scholastica
Live Stats Live Stats Video
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at Occidental
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Whittier at Pomona-Pitzer
Live Stats Video
Oct. 25: All times Eastern
8:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at Wheaton (Ill.)
Live Stats Video Audio
10:00 PM
Chapman at Cal Lutheran
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Case Western Reserve at Washington and Jefferson
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:30 PM
Grove City at Thomas More
Preview Live Stats Audio Audio
1:30 PM
Wilmington at Mount Union
Preview Live Stats Audio Tickets
1:30 PM
Capital at John Carroll
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Wesley at Virginia-Lynchburg
Audio
1:00 PM
Hampden-Sydney at Shenandoah
Preview Preview Live Stats Video Audio Audio
1:00 PM
Oberlin at Wabash
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
St. John Fisher at Alfred State
Live Stats Video Audio
1:00 PM
Kenyon at Wittenberg
Preview Live Stats Video
1:00 PM
Misericordia at Delaware Valley
Live Stats Audio
3:00 PM
UW-Platteville at UW-Stout
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:10 PM
St. Thomas at Bethel
Live Stats Video Audio
12:00 PM
Hobart at RPI
Live Stats Audio
2:00 PM
UW-Oshkosh at UW-Whitewater
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Luther at Wartburg
Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
Live Stats Video
2:00 PM
Hamline at Concordia-Moorhead
Preview Live Stats Video Audio
2:00 PM
UW-La Crosse at UW-Stevens Point
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
2:00 PM
Carleton at St. John's
Live Stats Video Audio Audio
4:00 PM
Linfield at Lewis and Clark
Live Stats Video Audio
Oct. 24: All times Eastern
Final
at Johns Hopkins 37, Gettysburg 14
Box Score Recap

What We're Reading