NEWTON, Mass. -- The Mount Ida football team was unable to hold on to a first half lead and fell to the visiting Privateers of Maritime (N.Y) 21-13 in Saturday afternoon action at Alumni Field. The Mustangs struggled to capitalize on big defensive plays and fall to 3-4 overall and 2-2 in Eastern Collegiate Football Conference play. The Privateers move to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in ECFC action.
Privateer quarterback Thomas Wright (Wantagh, N.Y.) had a hand in both offensive touchdowns for the visitoring, contributing one in the air to Matt Ward (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) and another on the ground. Wright totaled 178 of offense on the day, while throwing one interception.
The Mustangs offense was led on the ground by freshman running back Kolbie Humble (Vidor, Texas) and sophomore quarterback Mike Pina (Brockton, Mass.). Receivers Nick Hewitt (Killingly, Conn.) and Oscar Lopez (Revere, Mass.) each hauled in four passes on the day, but most were for short-yardage gains. The longest play of the afternoon for the Mustangs came when Travis O'Brien (Portsmouth, R.I) took a pitch from Pina and scrambled 30 yards for a touchdown, his first of the season.
Josh David (Sandown, N.H.) continued to impress on the defensive side of the ball for the Mustangs with 10 totals and two forced fumbles on the afternoon. The first fumble came in the first quarter when the Privateers looked to capitalize on terrific field position, but David's tackle on Brandonn Drumgole (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) jarred the ball loose and De'Andre Goldson-Fisher (Springfield, Mass.) was able to come up with the recovery for the Mustangs.
Maritime (N.Y.) was able to get on the board in the first quarter when Wright found Ward in the back of the endzone for the first score of the game. Pina and the Mount Ida offense were able to fight back in the second quarter and even the score at 7-7 after O'Brien broke loose for the touchdown. It looked like the Mustangs would be able to add some more points just before halftime, but the drive stalled after three straight Mount Ida rushes and the teams went into the break tied 7-7.
The Mustangs defense came up big again early in the second half when Kaysaan Neal (Rahway, N.J) was able to pick off Wright and give Pina and the offense terrific field position at the 37-yard line of the Privateers. After a Pina pass to Hewitt for a big 22-yard gain, Marcus McBean (Dorchester, Mass.) was able to scamper into the endzone for a touchdown. After a failed extra-point point, the Mustangs had the 13-7 advantage
After a missed field-goal by the Privateers, Mount Ida looked to add to their lead, but Pina's pass was picked-off by Matt Mavrovich (Port Jefferson Station, N.Y.) and returned for a touchdown, which gave Maritime (N.Y.) the 14-13 lead. On their first possession of the fourth quarter, the Privateers added to their lead when Wright plowed into the endzone to give the visitors a 21-13 lead. Another big play by the defense, a forced fumble by David, gave the Mustangs great field position, but were unable to find the endzone and ultimately fell 21-13.
Mount Ida returns to action next Saturday as they travel to Alfred St. for a 1:00pm kickoff, while the Privateers play host to Castleton on Saturday at 1:00pm.
Founded in 1899, Mount Ida College is a small, private college in Newton, Massachusetts, providing career-focused programs built upon a strong foundation in the social sciences, humanities and the arts, all developed and implemented to prepare our approximately 1,450 students for success. The College is comprised of the School of Applied Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Design and the School of Social Sciences and Humanities, awarding associate, bachelor and master's degrees. www.mountida.edu