North Andover, MA --- James Suozzo (Everett, MA) tossed four first-half touchdown passes, including a pair each to Isaiah Voegeli (Hyannis, MA) and Shane Ferguson (Point Pleasant Beach, NJ), to lift Division II Merrimack to a 60-3 victory Saturday night over visiting WPI in the season opener for both squads.
The loss snapped an unusual streak for the Engineers, who were playing their first non-Division III opponent since defeating UMass Lowell in the 2000 season opener. WPI had won 18 straight games versus Division I and II programs dating back to a loss to Hofstra in October 1982.
Trailing 13-0 late in the first quarter, Kevin White (Worcester, MA) picked off a Merrimack pass and returned it 25 yards to the Warrior 30-yard line. After a first down Cody Beckel (Jupiter, FL) drilled a 29-yard field goal for the senior's 15th career 3-pointer.
Merrimack led 20-3 before putting up a touchdown in the final minute of the first half and then proceeded to rattle off four scores in the third quarter en route to a school-record setting scoring performance.
John Perron (Worcester, MA) had a strong game for the Engineers, blocking Merrimack's second PAT and intercepting a pass at the goal line in the second half. The senior tallied team-high tackle honors with six while William Alves (West Warrick, RI) chipped in with five stops.
WPI is back on the field Friday night when they travel to cross-town rival Worcester State for a 7pm showdown. Merrimack heads to Western Pennsylvania next Saturday to take on traditional PSAC power Edinboro at 1pm.