MANCHESTER, N.H. – Senior QB Shane Dinagen (Harrisville, R.I.) threw a single-game record five touchdown passes Saturday afternoon, including three in a 23-point fourth quarter, as Saint Anselm College defeated Plymouth State University, 40-14, in a non-conference opener for both schools at Grappone Stadium.
Plymouth State played well in the first half and held a 14-10 halftime lead after a pair of first half TDs thrown by junior QB Tye Seastedt (Danville, N.H.) He connected with sophomore Drew Richardson (Newburgh, Maine) late in the first quarter on an 11-yard toss, and hit sophomore Adam Long (Plymouth, Mass.) on a 13-yarder early in the second quarter to give PSU a 14-7 lead. Seastedt finished his day with 14 completions on 26 attempts for 196 yards. Sophomore Brad Largy (Litchfield, N.H.) led the receiving corps with six catches for 83 yards.
With Saint Anselm (1-0) holding onto a 17-14 lead early in the fourth, Dinagen threw three TD scores to three different receivers in a span of 2:16 to blow the game wide open.
Following PSU’s missed potential game-tying 37-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter, Dinagen drove the Hawks 80 yards in 11 plays, capping things with a two-yard strike to Pat Turner (N. Andover, Mass.) with 11:23 to go. On the very next PSU play, Mark Wysocki (New Britain, Conn.) intercepted a pass and returned the ball 19 yards, with an additional 15-yards coming on a personal foul, to give the Hawks possession at the PSU 18-yardline. It took just one snap for Dinagen to find Mike Wojtas (Dracut, Mass.) in the endzone for Wojtas’ second score of the day.
The Panthers would turn the ball over again the very next time they touched the ball with David Whitney (S. Berwick, Maine) forcing PSU’s fifth fumble of the day (all turnovers). Dinagen struck 1:25 later finding Michael Garcarz (New Britain, Conn.) on a two-yard pass.
Dinagen finished his day with impressive numbers: 27-for-46 with five TD’s (1 INT) and 247 yards through the air. His favorite target was Kevin Lukas (Rocky Hill, Conn.) who had seven catches for 52 yards.
On defense, Saint Anselm was led by Casey Larson (Pascoag, R.I.) who had three sacks and three pass breakups. The Hawks had eight sacks and 14 TFLs on the day. Safety Brian Sundell (N. Easton, Mass.) had a game-high 12 tackles with nine solo efforts.
PSU was led by Dan Fallon (Manchester, N.H./ Central) who had eight tackles (seven solo), an interception and two pass breakups.
Saint Anselm returns to action next Saturday when the Hawks host Assumption in the Northeast-10 Conference Game of the Week. PSU returns for its home opener against UMass Dartmouth. Both kickoffs are slated for 1:00 PM.
(Courtesy of Saint Anselm Sports Information)
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