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N.E. college football: New Haven survives Merrimack comeback

Merrimack gave reigning Northeast-10 champion New Haven a scare on Saturday in North Andover.

The Warriors trailed, 48-27, entering the fourth quarter, but put together two quick scoring drives to pull within a touchdown with eight minutes remaining.

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Quarterback Joe Clancy was the catalyst for the comeback, accounting for both fourth-quarter scores.

But, with the game on the line, Clancy could not overcome the Chargers defense and the Warriors fell, 48-41.

With just over four minutes remaining, Merrimack faced third and goal from the 1-yard line. The New Haven defense stiffened, stopping a pass for no gain, then forcing an incompletion on fourth down.

With just over a minute left, the Warriors (3-3, 2-3) again had the ball inside the Chargers’ 10-yard line, but three straight incompletions ended Merrimack’s comeback bid.

Clancy had 538 yards passing and four total touchdowns (one rushing). His 51 completions — in 71 attempts — broke his school record.

Ronnie Nelson had 281 yards passing and three scores for New Haven (5-1, 5-0).

South Florida 13, UConn 10 — Despite not allowing an offensive touchdown, the Huskies fell to the visiting Bulls (2-4, 2-0 AAC). Lyle McCombs had a career-high 164 yards rushing and a touchdown for Connecticut, which is 0-5 (0-1 AAC) for the first time since 1977.

Dartmouth 20, Yale 13 — Dominick Pierre accounted for 230 yards of offense and the go-ahead touchdown with 10 minutes left to help the Big Green outlast the Bulldogs (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) in Hanover, N.H.

Pierre was a workhorse for Dartmouth (2-2, 1-1), amassing 167 yards rushing and 63 yards receiving.

Brown 41, Bryant 14 — Patrick Donnelly passed for 339 yards and four touchdowns to lead the visiting Bears (3-1) past the Bulldogs (3-3).

Ryan Black ran for 137 and a TD to pace Bryant.

New Hampshire 59, Rhode Island 19 — Sean Goldrich had two scoring passes and a rushing touchdown in his first start of the season to lead the Wildcats past the visiting Rams (2-5, 1-3 Colonial Athletic).

Goldrich had 241 yards passing and rushed 14 times for 94 yards for New Hampshire (2-3, 1-1).

Holy Cross 51, Bucknell 27 — Peter Pujals had 378 yards of offense, throwing for three touchdowns and rushing for three more as the Crusaders (3-4, 1-0 Patriot) pounded the Bison (1-4, 0-2) in Lewisburg, Pa.

Sacred Heart 59, Central Conn. 36 — RJ Noel passed for 297 yards and accounted for four touchdowns (three passing) to lead the host Pioneers past the Blue Devils (2-5, 1-1 Northeast). Keshaudas Spence added 211 yards rushing and two TDs for Sacred Heart (6-1, 1-1).

AIC 21, LIU-Post 0 — Kevin Arduino had 215 yards of offense (163 passing, 52 rushing) and rushed for two scores as the Yellow Jackets smothered the visiting Pioneers (2-4, 1-4 NE-10).

AIC (5-2, 4-1) forced four turnovers in a sloppy affair that saw the teams combine for 25 penalties for 315 yards.

Bentley 56, Pace 13 — The Falcons tied a school record with 626 yards of offense in their rout of the host Setters (0-6, 0-5 NE-10). It was the first time this season that Bentley (4-2, 3-2) scored a first-quarter TD.

Jet Kollie set a Falcons record with 15.1 yards per rush (181 yards on 12 carries). Danny Guadagnoli passed for 303 yards and four scores and Jeff Hill had 108 yards receiving and two TDs.

Stonehill 23, Southern Conn. 21 — Logan Meyer threw for 252 yards and three TDs as the Skyhawks (4-2, 4-1 NE-10) overcame a mediocre day offensively to edge the Owls.

John Moscatel led Southern Connecticut (3-3, 3-2) with a career-high 226 all-purpose yards.

Middlebury 21, Williams 14 — Joey Zelkowitz’s 8-yard TD run with 4:03 left lifted the hosts to victory. Zelkowitz also caught a TD pass from McCallum Foote for the Panthers (3-1 NESCAC).

Adam Marske threw for 276 yards and a score for the Ephs (0-4).

Amherst 14, Colby 10 — The visiting Lord Jeffs (4-0 NESCAC) scored both of their touchdowns in the fourth quarter, including Max Lippe’s 17-yard strike to Wade McNamara with 33 seconds left, to escape with a win over the Mules (1-3).

Bowdoin 27, Hamilton 21 — Zach Donnarumma rushed for 124 yards and a score to help the host Polar Bears (2-2 NESCAC) earn consecutive wins for the first time since 2011.

Trinity 43, Tufts 7 — The Bantams returned two interceptions and a kickoff for scores in their rout of the host Jumbos (0-4 NESCAC). Evan Bunker piled up 104 yards rushing for Trinity (4-0).

Wesleyan 35, Bates 7 — Kyle Gibson rushed for 132 yards and a TD, Jesse Warren threw for three TDs, and the Cardinals (4-0 NESCAC) rattled off 35 unanswered points to beat the visiting Bobcats (2-2).

Massachusetts Maritime 54, Western Conn. 53 — Stefan Gustafson rushed for 235 yards and four TDs, John Trudel scored the winning TD with four minutes left, and the Buccaneers (3-2, 2-2 MASCAC) topped the host Colonials.

Octavias McKoy rused for a school-record 372 yards for Western Connecticut (3-2, 2-2). His five rushing scores also set a school record. He also accounted for a school-record 30 points.

Framingham State 17, Westfield State 15 — Melikke Van Alstyne rushed for 112 yards and two scores as the Rams (5-1, 4-0 MASCAC) held off the Owls in Westfield.

Sam Laurin caught a 17-yard TD with 46 seconds remaining for Westfield State (3-2, 2-1), but Michael Mercadante’s 2-point rush attempt was stuffed.

Fitchburg State 37, Worcester State 7 — Garrett Dellechiaie threw for 375 yards and four touchdowns to lead the host Falcons (3-3, 2-1 MASCAC) past the Lancers (2-3, 1-2).

Curry 27, Coast Guard 24 — Junior fullback Jordan Shairs had 161 yards rushing and two TDs (one receiving) to lead the Colonels (2-3, 2-1 NEFC) over the Bears (2-4, 2-1) in Milton.

Salve Regina 47, Western New England 26 — Steven Wilken passed for 324 yards and three TDs, rushed for 66 yards and a score, and the Seahawks (4-0, 3-0 NEFC) toppled the visiting Golden Bears (1-4, 1-2).

Endicott 51, Nichols 7 — Drew Frenette was 21 of 24 for 249 yards and three scores, Andrew Cross and Spencer Walsh combined for 44 carries, 217 yards, and three TDs, and the Gulls (4-2, 3-0 NEFC) crushed the host Bison (1-4, 0-3).

Mount Ida 37, Castleton State 19 — Melquan Pinkney had 129 yards rushing and two TDs, Jawad Yatim passed for 251 yards and three scores, and the visiting Mustangs (2-3, 1-1 ECFC) defeated the Spartans (1-4, 0-2).

Husson 35, Anna Maria 14 — Byron Jackson rushed for 122 yards and two TDs, quarterback Joe Seccareccia had 209 yards of offense (133 rushing, 76 passing) and a passing TD, and the Eagles (3-2, 2-0 ECFC) eased past the host Amcats.

Gallaudet 30, Norwich 22 — Keyen Foley passed for 130 yards and a TD and rushed for 45 yards and two scores but the Cadets (2-3, 1-1 ECFC) fell to the host Bison (5-0, 2-0).

N.Y. Maritime 30, Becker 7 — Dejahn Dawkins rushed for a score but the Hawks (1-4, 0-2 ECFC) lost to the visiting Privateers (2-3, 2-0).

Hobart 49, Springfield 21 — The Pride (3-3, 0-3 Liberty) rushed for 248 yards but were unable to stop the visiting Statesmen (5-0, 3-0).

Union 35, WPI 6 — Zach Grasis had 79 yards rushing but the Engineers (2-4, 1-2 Liberty) fell to host Union (2-3, 2-1).

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