Endicott College quarterback Phil Konopka made sure his team wound up on the winning end of things Saturday afternoon.
Konopka hooked up with Ryan Carino for a 24-yard, game-winning touchdown pass to give the Gulls a 34-23 triumph over Mass. Maritime in Beverly. Konopka finished 16-of-24 for 233 yards and three touchdown passes.
Endicott (2-1) running back Mike Lane finished with 205 all-purpose yards, including 106 rushing yards on 15 carries and one touchdown. Neil Powers finished with three catches for 74 yards and two TDs.
Defensively, the Gulls were anchored by Kevin Eagan who had fourteen tackles and a fumble recovery.
Cuko, Zardas lead UMass to win over URI
Beverly's Armando Cuko tied his career high for field goals in a game for the second week in a row by successfully converting kicks of 22, 37 and 42 yards as UMass Amherst blasted the University of Rhode Island, 30-10. Former St. John's Prep star Chris Zardas, a fullback for the Minuteman, added a touchdown on a 4-yard pass from quarterback Kyle Havens.
Salem State 1, Mass. Maritime 0
Senior captain Andrew Agnus broke a scoreless tie with less than five minutes to go in overtime as the Vikings improved to 2-2 on the season.
Endicott 1, Western New England 0
Five minutes into the second overtime, Colin Doody put home the game-winner on a penalty kick to give the Gulls (3-3) their third consecutive win.
Gordon 3, U. of New England 2
Caitlin Nedde scored twice for Gordon (3-3), which upset previously undefeated University of New England (4-0). Kaelyn McBride added a goal of her own for the Scots.
Endicott 2, Western New England 0
The Gulls scored twice in the second half, once from sophomore Colleen Pepin and once from senior Caitlin Flynn, to improve to 4-3 on the season and 2-0 in Commonwealth Coast Conference competition.
Salem State 10, Mass. Maritime 0
Junior Erin O'Brien and sophomore Karly Henderson (a Salem native) each netted a hat trick as Salem State improved to 4-2. O'Brien also had three assists in the match to finish with an amazing nine points on the day. Junior Taylor Orlando of Danvers added two goals while freshmen Caitlyn Pinkham of Peabody and Lauren Kilduff each had a goal and an assist.