WEST ORANGE, NJ - The Livingston Lancers lost for the second time in as many weeks on Saturday afternoon as the Seton Hall Pirates ran up thirty-nine points to win by eighteen, 39-21. That margin of victory is actually the smallest the Pirates have been able to put up all season as they remained undefeated, improving to 7-0.
The lopsided final score does not do the Lancers much justice, as they led by three at the half. However, Livingston’s lack of a run defense ultimately allowed the Pirates to pull away.
After scoring on a ninety-five yard kickoff return to open the game, the Lancers seemed to have all of the momentum as the Pirate fans sat quietly in disbelief. Yet, the Pirates quickly responded with a six-play, eighty yard drive of their own, capped off by a thirty-three yard touchdown run by star senior halfback Kevin Monangai. Monangai had a monster day as he tore up the Lancer defense for 307 yards rushing and three total touchdowns on only twenty-one carries.
Livingston refused to go down easily though, scoring on their very next drive in just three plays, courtesy of a Dan Abrams fifty-yard touchdown reception. Abrams had a huge day in his own right, hauling in an impressive twelve catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns. His second score came late in the first half, putting the Lancers up 21-18 before the break.
But the Pirates' offense proved to be too much for the Lancers to handle, as they outscored their opponents by twenty-one points in the second half. Monangai’s first play from scrimmage after the intermission went for seventy-eight yards, setting up the Pirates to score easily two plays later. Now up by four, the Pirates decided to onside kick and caught the Lancers totally off guard. The Pirates recovered the ball, maintained their momentum swing, and scored another touchdown in just two plays to take a 32-21 advantage that largely sealed the Lancers' fate.
Down now by two scores, the Lancers looked to their junior quarterback Andrew Egner to provide a spark. However, Egner had trouble with the Pirates' defense once Seton Hall knew he was primarily looking to pass. Egner threw three interceptions in the second half, staining what was a pretty good day overall; Livingston’s quarterback finished with a 56% completion rate, 286 yards, and two touchdowns to go along with the three picks.
The Lancers, who fell to 4-3 overall and 2-3 in conference games, have two games remaining in their regular season. Their next opponent will be the Bloomfield Tigers in a home game to be played on Friday, October 29th at 7:30 p.m.