AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a fun day Amherst as UMass Football took home their first win of the season against my alma mater the Stony Brook Seawolves in a 20-3 victory.
Umass Defensive back Jordan Mahoney intercepted a Daron Bryden pass in the 2nd quarter and brought it 94 yards all the way to the end zone making it 14-0 and never looking back.
UMass entered Saturday 0-2 on the season with road losses vs. Toledo and Tulane. Stony Brook was one of the easier opponents on their schedule as the Seawolves are an FCS program, regardless still a tough opponent
The Minuteman’s football program has had it’s struggles in previous years, but fans are making noise and having fun just a walk away from their dorms at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.
“Just like the atmosphere is always fun. And I think that hopefully, we can be a little bit better this year and maybe like make a run,” said UMass studetn Anthony Piscitello.
UMass plays their home games at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, making it easy and accessible for students to walk to the gridiron on Saturday afternoons. The team used to play home games at Gillette Stadium over an hour away in Foxboro but this year, every home game will truly feel like it.
Marco Splash, a Junior at UMass Amherst told 22News, “This is my first football game that’s UMass-related. My dorm is just a few steps away and I’ve come to see a D1 football game, it’s amazing.”
UMass will play next week at Temple in Philadelphia where they will try to improve to 2-2 on the season.