Week 4 Preview: Privateers Head to New Jersey to take on William Paterson
Maritime (0-2, 0-0 ECFC) vs. William Paterson (1-2, 0-1 NJAC)
Saturday, September 28, 2013 – 1:00 p.m.
Wightman Stadium – Wayne, N.J.
Live Audio Stream
The Maritime football squad heads back on the road for its final non-conference game of the regular season in Wayne, N.J. against the Pioneers of William Paterson University. Kickoff of the game is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Live coverage of Saturday's contest will be provided by William Paterson as the Pioneer staff will be providing LIVE STATS. While student radio station WP 88.7 will also be broadcasting the game by accessing the LINK HERE.
If you are planning on attending the game at Wightman Stadium, please be advised that parking will be at a premium due to William Paterson celebrating its homecomeing this weekend in addition to construction throughout the campus.
Spectators are asked to park at the Camp Veritans lot, a shuttle service will be available from 12:15 – 4:45 p.m. for spectators to get to and from the field. There is also no tailgating allowed on the William Paterson campus.
Tickets for those attending the game will be $8 for general admission. Senior citizens, children under 12 and Maritime students with an I.D. as well as military with an I.D., will be charged $5.00. For more information on Parking, Tickets, as well as a campus map, CLICK HERE.
The Privateers and the Pioneers will meet for just the second time in the history of the programs with the lone matchup coming just a season ago in Throggs Neck. Last year, William Paterson defeated Maritime by a score of 21-14 as Tyler Trodden and Gary Bigham ran for touchdowns in the losing effort for the Privateers.
Conference Special Teams Player of the Week Honors
Freshman John Arny was named the ECFC Special Teams Player of the Week by the league on Monday afternoon with a pair of strong punts in the second half of last week's game against Kings Point.
For the full release of Arny's selection, CLICK HERE.
Scouting the Privateers
Maritime, still in search of its first win, comes off of its best defensive effort since last season on October 6 when it also held Becker to seven points. Offensively Maritime put up six points after freshman quarterback Ryan Heizman (Commack, N.Y./Commack) connected on a 47-yard pass to connect with junior running back Greg Caneparo (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet) for the lone score of the game for Maritime.
Leading the team in the rushing department after playing in both games has been junior Kyle Gardner (Amityville N.Y./St. Anthony's ) with 22 rushes and 79-yards gained, Caneparo leads the team with a pair of rushing touchdowns from the team's first game of the season against Mass. Maritime.
Playing in just one game, Heizman leads the team with four completions for 85 yards and one passing touchdown. In the receiving department, Caneparo leads the squad with a pair of catches for 70 yards, while senior wide receiver Sean Belsky (West Islip, N.Y./St. John the Baptist ) has three catches for 49 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior Nick Coffiey (Wilmington, Del./Delaware Military Academy) leads the unit with 16 tackles and a team-best 12 unassisted tackles. Sophomore Kameron Knight (Clayton, N.C./West Johnson) also has 16 total tackles with eight of those of the unassisted variety. Coffiey, Knight, and juniors Hugh O'Brien (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury) and Chris Shehata (Lynbrook, N.Y./Lynbrook) are all tied for the team lead in tackles for loss with a pair each.
The special teams unit has been highlighted by the punting game as both junior Duke Alvora (Harrison, N.Y./Harrison) and freshman John Arny (Metuchen, N.J./Metuchen) have split punting duties and have averaged just under 40-yards per punt over their seven combined punts. Maritime also had its first punt return last week, and senior Chris Klass (Nanuet, N.Y./Nanuet ) took it back for 18 yards against Kings Point.
Scouting the Pioneers
William Paterson returns home for its first home contest of the year after going 1-2 on the road to start the season. The turnover bug has bitten the Pioneers with seven turnovers against (3 interceptions, 4 fumbles lost) through the first three contests.
William Paterson is a pass-first team as it has picked up 41 of their 70 first downs this season by way of the air. The Pioneers also have six passing touchdowns as Ryan Gresik has completed 86 passes for 900 yards. He has spread the wealth in terms of his receivers as four players have 10 or more receptions, led by Mick Paye with 18 and Brian Winfield with 17. Five different players have caught touchdown passes, with two finding the arms of Darius Kersey.
Matt Delana leads the team in rushing the rock with 19 rushes for 70 yards, including a season-best 42 yards last weekend against Cortland. Kersey is also second on the team in rushing with 52 yards on 18 carries and has the team's lone rushing touchdown with one against Cortland.
The Pioneers are led by a pair of players with over 20 tackles through three games this year as Ben Allen has 26 and David Zurla has 25 tackles, including a team-best eight a week ago. Elijah DeGuzman is third on the team with 17 total tackles. In addition to tackles, Allen leads the team in tackles for loss with seven. Second on the team is Zurla and Pat Thomas, who have four each.
On special teams, Julian Frazier handles the punting duties with 16 kicks and 694 yards including a season-long 71-yard punt against the Red Dragons last week. Four of his seven punts have been pinned inside opponent's 20-yard line. Robert Sinegra, who has converted on 3-of-5 this year with a season-long 46-yard field goal, has handled the kicking duties.
After today, Maritime returns home to take on Anna Maria in the ECFC opener at 2 p.m. on Reinhart Field in Throggs Neck, N.Y. The game will also be Military Appreciation Day with events taking place on the field prior to the start of the game.
After competing in their final non-conference game of the regular season against the Privateers, William Paterson returns to NJAC play against Morrisville at home for a 12 p.m. start against the Mustangs on October 5.