PSU Football falls to Western Conn. in MASCAC opener

PSU Football falls to Western Conn. in MASCAC opener

Hennessy provides Panther highlight with touchdown

            DANBURY, Conn. – Senior quarterback Will Arndt (Sandy Hook, Conn.) completed 27 of 33 passes for 268 yards and tied a school record with six touchdown passes on Saturday afternoon as Western Connecticut State University defeated Plymouth State University, 45-7, in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) opener for both schools at The WAC.

            Arndt's TD passes came from 34, 12, six, 10, 12 and five and matched Joe DiMeglio's 2005 mark, also set against Plymouth State in a 56-7 victory.

            The 6-5 signal caller's first three touchdowns were to classmate David Plaza (Waterbury, Conn.), the last from six yards away coming with 11:40 remaining before intermission.  Arndt hooked up with Alex Altermatt (Branford, Conn.) from 10 yards out and last week's MASCAC Offensive Player of the Week Tory Mack (Stratford, Conn.) from a dozen yards away, to close out the first half's scoring with 2:49 remaining.  

            Western, now 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the MASCAC, led 35-0 at the break and held the Panthers to minus five yards on 29 plays.

            Connor Falaguerra (Milford, Conn.) gathered in a game-high 11 receptions for 87 yards including a five-yards touchdown with 9:32 left in the third quarter.

            Plymouth State, 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the MASCAC, got on the scoreboard when Mark Hennessy (Westford, Mass.) scampered in from 11 yards out with 2:32 left in the third quarter.  Hennessy finished with a team-high 66 yards on 18 carries.

            Michael Killoran (West Hartford, Conn.) capped off the Colonials scoring by booting a 33-yard field goal in the early moments of the final quarter.  He was 6-of-6 on point-after attempts for a total of nine points on the day.

            Mack led Western's ground attack with nine carries for 50 yards. Michael Nichol (Wolcott, Conn.) came on with 3:20 remaining in the third stanza under center. He completed 5-of-8 passes for 31 yards and controlled the game clock down the stretch.

            For Plymouth State, freshmen Thomas Radonich (Westwood, MA) and Blair Zentek (Simsbury, CT) each had seven tackles.

            The Colonials, after enjoying a three-game homestand to start the season, travels to defending MASCAC Champion Framingham State University next Saturday, September 27.  Kick-off is scheduled for 12 noon.

            The Panthers play host to UMass Dartmouth on Homecoming next Saturday.  Prior to the 1 pm start, Plymouth State will be honoring its 1984 and 1994 football teams. 

(Courtesy of Western Connecticut Sports Information)

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