There is nothing more dangerous on the gridiron than a defense that has a knack for finding the endzone.
In Saturday's 56-14 dismantling of Fitchburg State, the Endicott's defense came away with a fumble recovery and interception and returned both for touchdowns as the Gulls moved to 2-1.
Linebacker Nick Scozzaro returned a fumble seven yards to paydirt in the first quarter after Kevin Eagan came up with a big hit to jar the ball lose, and then CJ Elser picked off a Falcon pass in the fourth quarter and dashed 47-yards to the endzone. Quarterback Phil Konopka tossed a pair of touchdown passes connecting with Taylor Allen (seven yards) and Neil Powers (54 yards) while Mike Drinkwater (Hamilton) hauled in a TD catch of his own on a 30-yard strike from back-up Matt DeOliveira.
MEN'S COLLEGE SOCCER
Salem St. 3, Fitchburg St. 1: The Vikings' David Miller had a hat trick, scoring all three goals his team needed to win at home. Luis Marquis turned away three shots as SSC improved to 1-2-2.
Gordon 1, Roger Williams 1: Freshman Andrew Vandervoort netted the goal for Gordon (2-3-1).
WNEC 2, Endicott 0: The Gulls (0-4-1) dropped another tough road game to the Golden Bears. Endicott goalie Daniel Higgins was the lone bright spot, making six stops in the game.
COLLEGE FIELD HOCKEY
Westfield St. 2, Salem St 1: Senior April Rossetti scored the lone goal for Salem State, which fell to 2-2 Saturday.
Wnec 1, Endicott 0: Joanne Reid had a chance to tie it late but couldn't score as Endicott (5-2) saw its five game winning streak come to an end.
Gordon 3, Anna Maria 2: The Scots (2-5) were led by a two-goal performance by Samantha Neverett, who now has five goals in the last two games. Heidi LaVigne added the third Gordon goal.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOCCER
Fitchburg St. 1, Salem St. 0 (OT): The Lady Vikings (2-3-1) carried a scoreless tie into overtime, but Fitchburg netted the winner 3:04 into the extra session to take the MASCAC opener.
Endicott 3, WENC 2 (OT): Junior Colleen Pepin tallied all three Endicott (3-2-1) goals including the game-winner in overtime.
Roger Williams 1, Gordon 0: The Scots' (5-1) suffered their first loss of the season.
MEN'S COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY
SALEM ST'S GOMES FIFTH: Peabody native Alex Gomes covered the 8K course at the UMass Darmouth Invitational in 24:52, good for fifth place overall and just 12 seconds behind the winner. Nicholas Quinn finished in 29:04 for Salem St.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE TENNIS
Salem st. 9, RIC 0: Alicia Poore won at both first singles and first doubles as the Lady Vikings took a convincing win. Lauren Turenne, Michalle McEwen, Carly Muniz, Anna Yaskell and Jessica Spinale also won for Salem State.
ENDICOTT 8, WENTWORTH 1: The Gulls (3-3) dominated this match with excellent efforts from Kate Cioffi, Laura MacLeod, Melanie Weinick, Emily Annis and Kerri Dunn as they were all able to win their matches.
WOMEN'S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL
Endicott Takes Two: Endicott (9-3) was able to sweep the University of New England (25-14, 27-25, 25-17) in their first matchup of the day. The Gulls were lead in a balanced attack by Elyse Barbour, Falyn Torelli and Sarah Allshouse. In the Gulls second matchup they trumped Regis College in four sets (25-18, 21-25, 25-15, 25-8) with strong performances from Brittany Phillips, Sarah Allshouse and Gillian Kucharski.