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Pace Football Drops Home Opener to New Haven

The Setters fell to 0-3 this season at home on Saturday.

The following announcement is from the Pace University Department of Athletics. Share your sports results and photos by emailing pleasantville@patch.com or uploading them directly to this article.

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y.-  The Setters fell in the home opener to the Chargers of New Haven 44-10 in Northeast-10 Conference action. Pace fall to 0-3 and 0-2 in the NE-10, while New Haven improves to 3-0 and 2-0 in conference play.

The Setters got off to a strong start as they used a 17-play, 74 yard drive that was capped off by a 29-yard field by Reza Zoroufie (Antioch, TN/Antioch/Stony Brook Univ.) to give Pace a 3-0 lead. Quarterback Jordan Raynor connected on 8-of-10 passes on the opening drive as he completed three passes to both Matt Tarpley (Caruthersville, MO/Wayzata/Univ. of Mississippi) and Patrick Lupfer (Mineola, NY/Kellenberg).

New Haven answered on their first possession of the game with a touchdown to take the lead at 7-3 at the end of one quarter. The Chargers' Ronnie Nelson tossed three touchdowns in the second quarter and Zoroufie had a punt blocked out of the end zone for a safety as New Haven extended their lead to 30-3 at the break.

The Chargers added a pair of rushing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarter but the Setters drove down the field late. Raynor hit Tarpley three times on the final drive and the Chargers were called for pass interference in the end zone on a fourth and goal play to give Pace the ball at the two-yard-line. Jashon Dawson (Passaic, NJ/Passaic) scored from two-yards out to give the Setters a rushing touchdown on the day.

For Pace, Raynor completed 64% of his passes in the game on 27-of-42 passing for 224 yards. Lupfer and Tarpley both reached double-digit receptions with 10 each as Lupfer totaled 93 yards to Tarpley's 68 yards. On defense, David Lopez (Ozone Park, NY/Christ the King) and Vincent Romano (Davenport, NY/Oneonta) each recorded 13 tackles in the game, Addison Casey(Eliot, ME/Marshwood) finished with a sack on the day.

The Setters return to action as they will travel to Springfield, MA for a Northeast-10 Conference game against American International College on Friday, September 21 at 7 pm.

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