Union 21, WPI 17
Schenectady, NY --- Chris Coney (Fort Lauderdale, FL) rushed for 153 yards and a pair of touchdowns to help Union defeat visiting WPI 21-17 in a Liberty League football matchup on Saturday evening. With the result, Union (3-1 overall, 2-0 LL) is the only undefeated team after just two weeks of play. The Engineers slip to 3-2 on the season and 0-2 in conference play.
WPI registered the only points of the first quarter when Cody Beckel's (Jupiter, FL) 25-yard field goal capped a 8-play, 72-yard drive with 1:47 left in the stanza. Coney notched touchdown scores 1 and 3 yards on the next two Dutchmen possessions to give Union a 14-3 advantage.
The Engineers cut into the Union advantage before halftime when Mike Swanton (Foxboro, MA) found R.C. Grady (Shirley, MA) with a 2-yard touchdown pass on fourth down. The Crimson and Gray avoided trouble in the waning seconds when freshman Elante Moore (Alexandria, VA) forced a Union fumble that was recovered by Justin Deveau (Lowell, MA) at the WPI 2.
After a scoreless third period, each team scored in the final quarter as a result of long scoring drives. The hosts finished off a 93-yard drive with a 2-yard Jared Gourrier (New Orleans, LA) touchdown jaunt on the opening play of the fourth quarter before WPI responded with a 69-yard drive that culminated in a Swanton 3-yard touchdown scamper three minutes later. WPI would get the ball back two more times but could only muster one first down the rest of the way.
Swanton led the way for the Engineers, rushing 17 times for 61 yards while completing 13-of-23 pass attempts for 162 yards. Jack Mulhern (Worcester, MA) spearheaded the defensive effort with a career-best 16 tackles. Tom Thackeray (Braintree, MA) was credited with nine tackles while Michael Oliveri (Milford, MA) chipped in with eight stops.
Union quarterback Drew Connolly (Foxboro, MA) was effective. The sophomore connected on 12-of-19 passes for 237 yards. Michael Miller (Killington, VT) and Tim Romano (Westport, CT) combined for five sacks while John Peters (Clarks Summit, PA) amassed a team-best 10 tackles.
Both teams are back in action with home games next Saturday. WPI hosts US Merchant Marine at 4pm while Union entertains Hobart at 2pm.