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Antonopoulos and McClune Key in WPI's 36-17 Win Over St. Lawrence

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Worcester, MA --- Quarterback John Antonopoulos (Cambridge, MA) accounted for four touchdowns and passed for a career-best 347 yards and defensive back Mitch McClune (Pembroke, MA) set a school record with four interceptions as host WPI got its first Liberty League conference victory of the season with a 36-17 win over St. Lawrence on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers are now 2-6 overall and 1-4 in conference play while St. Lawrence slips to 0-8 in 2012 and 0-5 in Liberty League action.

WPI used its defense to set up its first score. John Kilfoil (Bourne, MA) sacked the SLU quarterback whose fumble was recovered by Joe Everett (Columbia, CT) at the Saints 42 yard line. Five plays later Antonopoulos danced in from two yards out to dent the scoring column 3:54 into the contest.

The two teams traded field goals on their next possessions with Chris Dris (Tampa, FL) connecting from 31 for the visitors and Mitch Lewis (Farmington, CT) drilling a 28-yarder for the Engineers.

WPI sprinted ahead in the second quarter with a pair of touchdowns. Antonopoulos connected with Ehab Hamden (Revere, MA) on a nine-yard scoring strike with 7:00 left and then the Engineers, set up by McClune's first pick of the day, punched another score in 54 seconds before halftime when Antonopoulos found Aaron Marshall (Acushnet, MA) from 12 yards out to make the score 22-3.

After neither team was able to generate more than a single first down on the first five drives of the second half, St. Lawrence sliced the lead to 22-10 with a bit of trickery. Quarterback Danny Metzgler (Natick, MA) threw a lateral to wide receiver Joseph Battaglia (Brewerton, NY), who then hit Colby Johnson (North Attleboro, MA) with a 27-yard touchdown pass with 3:11 left in the third quarter

The Saints got closer on the third play in the fourth as Metzgler found Evan Shifley (Winthrop, MA) with a 34-yard scoring strike to pull St. Lawrence to within five at 22-17. The two teams trades punts before WPI broke the game open with an Antonopoulos to Anthony Andre(Chelmsford, MA) 6-yard touchdown connection and a Gallagher Hogan (Portsmouth, NH) 1-yard touchdown plunge. McClune, who also notched interceptions in the third quarter and midway through the fourth closed out the game with an interception in the end zone as time expired.

Antonopoulos ended the day completing 26-of 47 passes for the 347 yards and three touchdowns. Receivers Marshall and Trev Rancourt(Nashua, NH) both enjoyed career days. Marshall hauled in seven catches for 111 yards while Rancourt caught six balls for 130 yards. Metzgler ended his day with 229 yards passing on 27-of-45. Shifley amassed seven catches for 88 yards while Johnson notched five receptions for 77 yards. Running back Jake Gnieser (Dix Hills, NY) led all players with 91 yards on the ground.

In addition in McClune, Shaine Grogan (Dalton, MA) and Michael Grasis (East Brookfield, MA) paced the WPI defensive attack with 10 tackles each. Leondre Simmon (Freeport, NY) tallied eight stops for the Saints, while Joe Napolitano (Tewksbury, MA) registered seven tackles, including a play on their goal line that forced and recovered a fumble that prevented a WPI touchdown in the second quarter. Shane Hart (Barre, VT) recorded a pair of sacks for the visitors.

For the game, WPI enjoyed a 396-334 advantage in total yards while St. Lawrence had a slight edge in time of possession (31:22-28:38).

Both teams are back in action next Saturday. WPI heads to Rochester for a noon match-up while St. Lawrence entertains nationally-ranked Hobart at 1:30pm.

Nov. 18: All times Eastern
Final
Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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Nov. 25: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
St. Thomas at Berry
@ Location TBD
12:00 PM
Wesley at Brockport
1:00 PM
North Central (Ill.) at UW-Oshkosh
1:00 PM
Linfield at Mary Hardin-Baylor
Nov. 17: All times Eastern
Final
Merchant Marine 35, at Buffalo State 20
@ Newark, Del.
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Nov. 18: All times Eastern
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Muhlenberg 32, at Carnegie Mellon 6
@ Newark, Del.
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at Franklin and Marshall 21, Widener 7
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Susquehanna 28, at Albright 9
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at Berry 34, Huntingdon 20
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at Brockport 66, Plymouth State 0
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at Mount Union 21, Washington and Lee 0
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at Trine 63, Monmouth 24
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at Wesley 45, RPI 27
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at Washington and Jefferson 31, Johns Hopkins 28
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Frostburg State 35, at Wittenberg 7
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at Delaware Valley 35, Western New England 0
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Husson 23, at Springfield 21
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at Framingham State 48, Curry 14
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Cortland 35, at Union 28
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Case Western Reserve 28, at Illinois Wesleyan 0
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Final - OT
at Wartburg 35, Franklin 34
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at Mary Hardin-Baylor 50, Chapman 6
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at UW-Oshkosh 63, Lakeland 0
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at North Central (Ill.) 17, St. John's 7
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at St. Thomas 47, Eureka 8
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at Linfield 27, Hardin-Simmons 13
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at Ithaca 27, Salisbury 17
@ Newark, Del.
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at WPI 17, SUNY-Maritime 3
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Nov. 19: All times Eastern
12:00 PM
Stevenson at Alfred
@ University of Delaware
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