Football Falls to Albany

Football Falls to Albany

Football Falls to Albany

ORONO, Maine – The University of Maine football team fell in to the University at Albany by the score of 30-20 on Saturday evening at Alfond Stadium. Maine is now 1-2 on the year while Albany goes to 3-1.

The Black Bears looked like they would get on the board first, but a field goal attempt was blocked by the Great Danes five minutes into the contest.

Despite the Black Bears limiting the Great Danes to no touchdowns in the first half, Albany took a 9-0 lead into halftime courtesy of Sean Kenny field goals of 44, 39 and 25 yards, the last being as time expired in the first half.

Troy Russell (South Plainfield, N.J.) and Donte Dennis led the Black Bear defense in the first stanza with seven tackles each.

The Black Bears cut the lead to 9-7 when Marcus Wasilewski  (Kulpmont, Pa.) found Damarr Aultman (Wheatley Heights, N.Y.) for a 19-yard touchdown with 10:40 left in the third quarter.

Just 18 seconds following the Aultman touchdown, Albany answered as Kevin Chillis rushed 74 yards for a touchdown to make it 16-7.

Maine kicker Brian Harvey (Wayland, Mass.) made it a one-score game when he nailed a 31-yard field goal six minutes later, but the Great Danes answered again with a Drew Smith nine yard rush to take a 23-10 lead early in the fourth.  

The Black Bears followed with a nice drive as Wasilewski found Derrick Johnson (Hempstead, N.Y.) for a 45-yard pass play that combined with a roughing-the-passer penalty to put the Black Bears at the Albany eight-yardline.  Harvey finished off the drive with a 30-yard field goal to cut the lead to 23-13 with 11:59 left in the contest.

However, the Great Danes would put the game away with a Drew Smith 27-yard touchdown run with 5:48 left to make it 30-13.

Maine's Johnson completed the scoring with a four-yard touchdown reception from Wasilewski with 2:15 left in the game.

Khari Al-Mateen (Baltimore, Md.) finished with a game-high 13 tackles for Maine while Russell finished with 10.

Wasilewski went 23-36 for 264 yards and two scores while Maurice McDonald (Paterson, N.J.) caught 11 passes for 93 yards. Rickey Stevens (Rochester, N.Y.) rushed 20 times for 83 yards.

Smith led Albany with 114 yards rushing and two scores.

Maine continues action next Saturday when Villanova comes to Alfond Stadium for a 3:30 p.m. contest.

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