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Friday, September 14, 2012

New Haven football at Pace preview

Three storylines
Senior starting quarterback Ryan Osiecki will miss a start for the first time in his Charger career. Senior back up Ronnie Nelson will make his first career start Saturday at Pace University. Osiecki only played the first quarter of New Haven’s 24-21 victory over Saint Augustine’s University in Week 2 before bruising his throwing hand.
An MRI revealed that he strained a muscle in his back and will miss one week, according to coach Pete Rossomando.
Nelson stepped up and passed for 150 yards and two touchdowns last week for UNH (2-0, 1-0 Northeast-10. Will the Pace University (0-2, 0-1 NE-10) defense be able to cool off a sweltering Nelson?

STAT GAME: In three meetings with Pace, the Chargers have gone 3-0, outscoring the Setters 170-52. Pace has been outscored 119-7 in two games this season. New Haven should have no issues taking the Setters down. We could see a lot of the Chargers’ second team in the second half if this gets out of hand.
BIG 10: A win Saturday will mark the 10th straight UNH NE-10 conference win. New Haven finished last season 8-0 in the conference and defeated NE-10 contender Merrimack College 45-18 in Week 1. The last time UNH lost a NE-10 game was Nov. 6, 2010 in a 35-26 defeat to Saint Anselm
Three players to watch
Sr. quarterback Ronnie Nelson, New Haven:
Making his first career start and coming off a strong performance at Saint Augustine’s University, Nelson should have a field day against the porous Pace pass defense.
Sr. wide receiver Jason Thompson, New Haven: If Nelson has a good game, so will Thompson. Look for the wide receiver to toast the Pace defense for some deep receptions.
Sr. Defensive back Davis Lopez, Pace: Lopez ranks second in the NE-10 with 22 total tackles. He’s averaging 11 tackles per game.
Next three gamesSept. 22 vs. Saint Anselm (0-2, 0-1 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 6 vs. Assumption (1-1, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
Oct. 13 at Bentley (2-0, 1-0 NE-10), 1 p.m.
— @NHRHenryC


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