For the first time in program history, the Anna Maria College football team is Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) champions.
The AMCATs, who finished 7-2 overall and 5-1 in conference play, cruised past SUNY-Maritime on Saturday by a score of 31-7 in front of an animated crowd in Paxton, Massachusetts.
Anna Maria will represent the conference in the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins next weekend. Pairings for the national tournament will be announced tomorrow on NCAA.com at 5:30 p.m. eastern.
Vincent Marrone highlighted his team’s seventh win by rushing for a game-high 164 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns while the AMCATs defense limited the Privateers’ offense to 186 yards on 61 plays.
Marrone provided the AMCATs with an early lead they would not relinquish by capping a 13-play, 63-yard drive with a two-yard score before rushing for two more touchdowns in the final session of six and 74 yards.
Ryan Kent converted a 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter while Darrin Cooper returned a missed field goal attempt by SUNY-Maritime late in the third quarter, which provided the hosts with a 17-7 advantage heading into the final session.
Christian Schiavone registered SUNY-Maritime’s lone touchdown late in the second quarter when he capped a 15-play, 55-yard drive with a one-yard rushing score to bring the visitors within three points (10-7) with 4:17 remaining.
Saturday’s win marks the end of an exciting regular season for coach Dan Mulrooney’s squad that established a new program record for wins in a single season with seven. Additionally, today’s win snapped an 11-game winning streak by the Privateers, dating back to their initial meeting with Anna Maria in 2009.