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Rowan's defense limits Mustangs, Profs claim NJAC win

HAMILTON, N.Y. – Visiting Rowan University’s defense limited Morrisville State College to just 105 yards total offense on 64 plays while keeping the Mustangs out of the end zone en route to the 67-0 New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) victory Saturday afternoon in Hamilton.

Linebacker Evan Picariello (East Hanover, NY) made eight stops for the Profs and Andrew Yezzi (Franklinville, NJ) and Patrick Ruley (Margate, NJ) followed with five each as the Rowan defense held Morrisville to 55 yards in the air and 50 on the ground for the contest.

Rowan raced out to an early 27-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, as back Ryan Leafy (Westville, NJ) and quarterback Frank Wilczynski (Pine Hill, NJ) combined for 144 of the team’s 148 rushing yards and four scores in the first quarter. Leafy carried the ball 22-yards for the score with 11:34 to go before Wilczynski added a second Rowan score, completing a four play, 63-yard drive with a 52-yard rushing touchdown.

With 2:14 to go, Wilczynski added his second touchdown of the contest, carrying the ball in from three-yards out before Leafy added his second of three on the afternoon with a 55-yard rushing score with 16 seconds remaining.

Rowan added three more touchdowns and a field goal in the second quarter, including a 28-yard rushing score from Leafy, his third of the day, to take a commanding 51-0 lead into the halftime period.

The Profs put 14 additional points up on the scoreboard within two minutes of each other in the third before capping off all scoring in the fourth with a safety.

Leafy led all ball carriers with 125 yards and three scores on the day, while Wilczynski added 63 and two scores for Rowan. Wilczynski also completed 11-of-16 passes for 85 yards, including a passing score to receiver TJ Pratt (Swedesboro, NJ) who led the Rowan receiving unit with three catches for 27-yards.
Peter Enriquez (Staten Island, NY) led Morrisville State on the ground with 56 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Mike DiGirolamo (Staten Island, NY) was 6-of-29 in the air for 55-yards and an interception.

Kyle Gordon (Riverhead, NY) caught two passes for 37-yards.

EJ Maeweather (Syracuse, NY) led the Mustangs defensive efforts with 13 total tackles, four solo, including 2.5 for a loss of five yards. Darry Albright (Long Beach, NY) added a collegiate high 11 tackles, one for a loss of two yards, as Anthony Brown (Rochester, NY) tallied nine.

Morrisville State (1-6, 1-5 NJAC) is on the road next week at NJAC leader Kean University while Rowan (5-1, 4-1) hosts Buffalo State College.

Morrisville State begins active membership within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2009-10 and is eligible for NCAA Championship Tournament play.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.