By Matt Noonan (@MattNoonan11)
Sean McAllen and Lain Zembek each rushed for one touchdown, while Spencer Herrington booted a 22-yard field goal early in the second quarter, which helped WPI defeat SUNY Maritime, 17-3, in the New England Bowl on Saturday evening at Alumni Stadium in Worcester.
Earlier today, Framingham State defeated Curry College, 48-14, to win its second-straight New England Bowl after winning the initial title game one year ago against Salve Regina.
Herrington, who connected on all three kicks he attempted, put WPI on the board early in the second quarter before McAllen added to the Engineers’ lead late in the session with a 10-yard burst, which provided the hosts with a 10-0 advantage at the break.
Zembek made it a three score game (17-0) late in the third quarter when he capped a nine-play, 61 yard drive with a two-yard score before SUNY Maritime trimmed the deficit with a Matthew Murphy field goal mid-way through the final frame.
SUNY Maritime did have two more chances to score, but saw both series end in either a punt or interception.
WPI’s defense concluded the contest with six tackles for a loss of 23 yards, five sacks for a loss of 15 yards and three interceptions for 68 yards. The unit also combined for four pass break-ups and a pair of quarterback hurries.
Sam Malafronte led the WPI defense with nine total tackles, including seven solo stops, while Luca Cerasani registered a team-high four tackles for a loss of 18 yards and two sacks for a loss of 14 yards.
SUNY Maritime’s Wesley Joseph led the Privateers defense with four tackles for a loss of five yards, while recording a fumble recovery.
WPI, which concludes its 2017 season at 9-2 overall, matches the 1992 squad with nine wins (most in a single-season, per Saturday’s release). They also conclude their season with a seven-game winning streak, too.
SUNY Maritime also concludes its season at 9-2 after placing second in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC).