WORCESTER, Mass. – Becker College fell to WPI 38-0 in non-conference football action Saturday evening.
WPI sophomore Sean McAllen scored three touchdowns, and accumulated game-bests of 119 yards on 25 attempts and 85 yards on three receptions
The Crimson and Gray (2-1) head to Springfield Saturday for their first conference game in the NEWMAC era at 2:30pm. Becker (0-3) heads to Dean for a noon kickoff.
It is the first time since 2009 the Engineers, who have allowed 10 points in the last five games versus the Hawks, posted a pair of shutouts in a single season.
Both teams struggled to begin the game. Becker's first scoring chance was a 39-yard field goal miss to the left with 4:08 left in the first. Junior Spencer Herrington was successful with a 24-yard FG to put the Engineers on the board with 4:09 remaining in the half.
On the next Becker play, senior Lou Garcia (Springfield, MA) forced a fumble to get the ball back for the Crimson and Gray, which turned into a 33-yard TD from senior Blake Rice to classmate Corey Coogan.
The teams later traded fumbles beginning with Becker's recovery on a team rush by WPI. The next play saw junior Luca Cerasani force the turnover that was recovered for a scoop and score by classmate Francis Lubega.
WPI began scoring early and often beginning with a six-yard scamper by McAllen 12:43 into the third. He struck again with 12:42 left in the game on a one-yard plunge. With 8:21 to go, McAllen and Rice connected on a 45-yard TD reception.
Rice finished 14-for-31 with 235 yards and two passing TDs. Sophomore Connor Field averaged six yards on 10 rushing attempts. Coogan added 56 yards and a score on two catches.
Sophomore Nick Ostrowski led WPI with eight tackles (seven solo) and had a tackle for-loss. Lubega and junior Sam Malafronte each had six stops and a sack. Cerasani posted five unassisted tackles, including five for-loss and two sacks. Six more Engineers were credited with tackles for-loss as senior Dereck Pacheco, freshman Jack Gerulskis and sophomore Mike McGoff registered a sack.
Junoir Nas Sinkfield-Shelton (New Rochelle, N.Y.) was 7-for-16 passing and the Hawks leading rusher with 22 yards. Junior Ryan Fernandez (Miami, Fla.) paced the receiving corps with an 11-yard catch. Freshman Tyler Grant (Hudson, N.H.) boomed 10 punts for 318 yards.
Sophomore Michael Bianco (Manorville, N.Y.) led all student-athletes with 10 tackles (nine solo), including one for-loss. Sophomore Shane Padeni (Leicester, Mass.) followed with nine individual stops. Sophomore Christian Perkins (Melrose, Mass.), freshman Jared Zieman (Bethel, Conn.) and sophomore Dajon Pereira (Central Falls, R.I.) all had a tackle for-loss.
WPI had the better of most of the statistical categories, including a 420-39 margin in total offense.