SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Methuen's Justin Marsan picked off two passes, Greg Abelli caught 10 passes for 160 yards and James Suozzo threw for 350 yards, but Merrimack College fell 46-29 to Bryant University, yesterday at Bulldog Stadium.
After Bryant scored on its opening drive, Suozzo and Abelli responded by connecting three times on the next drive for 81 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown pass.
Bryant responded with three quick scores to build a 27-6 advantage midway through the second quarter.
But Suozzo and the Warriors responded with two scores before the half — one on a 23-yard TD to Isaiah Voegeli, capping an eight-play, 49-yard drive.
The Warriors got the ball right back following Marsan's second interception of the game and of his career. Suozzo used the opportunity to punch in a score from 4 yards, cutting the deficit to 27-21 at the break.
Two Bryant touchdowns and a Merrimack safety gave the host team a 39-23 lead after three quarters. Merrimack cut the gap to 10 (39-29) when Michael Wheeler rushed in from five yards out to cap a 10-play, 85-yard drive with 6:06 to play.
Merrimack (0-2) opens conference action at Stonehill College on Friday at 7 p.m.