For the second time in four years, the Endicott football team was bounced from the NCAA Division 3 tournament in the first round.
Saturday, the Gulls surrendered 346 rushing yards to Rowan as the Profs sent EC packing with a 24-0 home win.
Offensively, the Gulls (8-3) were equally as ineffective accumulating just 113 total yards. Endicott signal caller and New England Football Conference Offensive Player of the year Drew Frenette was only intercepted three times heading into the game but Rowan doubled that number picking him off three times including a 46-yard pick-six to put the Profs ahead 7-0 in the second quarter.
Frenette finished with just 13 completions on 31 attempts for 84 yards while sophomore running back Spencer Walsh managed only 42 yards on 16 carries.
Endicott senior defensive back Andrew Lawson came away with a big, red-zone interception on Rowan’s second possession of the game. Jason Silva tied his career high in tackles with 18, including eight solo takedowns. Marcell Cooper had nine tackles and Beverly native Nick Kozlowski finished with eight tackles for the Gulls.
SSU 89, UMass-Dartmouth 73: The Vikings (2-2) had five guys in double-figures on Saturday. Hamed Akanni led all scorers with 21 points while Chris Parenteau (18 points and 11 rebounds), Andrew White (12 points), Bryan Ortiz (11 points) and Nicholas Grassa (11 points) were the other main contributors.
Rivier 86, EC 83: The Gulls (4-1) lost their first game of the season on a Rivier three-pointer with under 10 seconds left in the game. John Henault scored a team-high 21 points to go with three rebounds, an assist, a block and a steal while Andre Makris added 18 points and three boards.
UMass Dartmouth 71, SSU 68: Peabody native Ginny Fleming poured in a game-high 23 points but the Vikings dropped to 2-3 with the loss. Ashley White added 22 points while Rachel Carter contributed 19 points and 16 rebounds.