THROGGS NECK, N.Y. – The Becker College football team fell to SUNY Maritime on Saturday as the Privateers defeated Hawks by the score of 40-13 on Reinhart Field.
Becker won the opening coin toss and elected to receive to open the game. Facing fourth down on their opening drive the Hawks punted, but Brian Price (New York, N.Y.) was able to penetrate the offensive line and block the punt. Price then picked up the loose ball and dashed 27-yards into the end-zone for the early touchdown.
After kicking the ball back to Becker, the Hawks took over again at their own 27-yard line. On their first pass of the drive, Joshua Burris (Covington, La.) picked off the pass and raced back to the Hawk end-zone for another score as Maritime had built up an early 14-0 lead just 1:49 into the contest.
The game settled down after the early excitement, as both teams exchanged punts through the next few series. Maritime got the ball back with 8:01 left in the opening quarter and Nick Fischetti (Seaford, N.Y.) caught a pass for 22 yards from Joseph Butterworth. Severino Torelli needed just one touch to finish off the drive for an 8-yard touchdown score as the Privateers moved ahead 21-0.
As play moved into the second stanza, Maritime had possession and were driving as they rushed the ball ahead to the Becker 28-yard line before the offense stalled out. Matthew Murphy was asked to kick from 45 yards, and converted to put 24 on the scoreboard for Maritime.
On the next Privateer series, Butterworth picked up back-to-back completions to Andrew Short, including a game-high 36-yard hookup to put Maritime in prime scoring position at the Becker five. After rushing the ball was unsuccessful on the first two attempts, the Privateers turned to Butterworth, who completed a five-yard pass to Matt Ward to make it 31-0 after Murphy's extra point.
Murphy added another 45-yard field goal before halftime and the Privateers held a convincing 34-0 lead at the break.
Becker finally got on the board when Mitchell Driscoll (Rutland, Mass.) hit Yetbarek Fekadu (Burke, Va.) on a 57 yard touchdown strike.
Maritime came back down the field and Murphy added his third field goal of the afternoon with a 33-yard attempt to make the score 37-7.
Both teams threw several interceptions and were unable to turn the turnovers into points as play progressed into the fourth quarter.
Maritime did turn a fumble recovery into points as Burris forced a fumble, which was recovered by Stryzs with 12:18 left in the game. The ensuring drive saw Murphy knock his record-setting fourth field goal of the game through the uprights to make the score 40-7.
After Snuffer short-circuited Becker's next drive with an interception, the Privateers took over and were able to get the ball to the Hawk 37-yard line. Murphy set up looking to set the program record for longest field goal in program history, but his 54-yard attempt was just wide left of the upright as the junior had the distance to convert.
Becker capped off the scoring with a touchdown on the next series on an 11 yard run by Brandon Mulling (Naples, Fla.).
Becker (2-4, 1-2 ECFC) will finish off its road slate next week when the team visits Mount Ida for a 12 p.m. start in Newton, Mass.