Lake Ronkonkoma's Dalton Crossan came into Saturday's game at Stony Brook averaging an astonishing 12.1 yards per carry, and he improved on that in New Hampshire's 31-13 win.
Unfortunately for Crossan, his homecoming game included only one carry for 22 yards and one catch for 4 yards. But that 22-yard run to Stony Brook's 9-yard line in the second quarter set up the Wildcats' second touchdown to help them to a 16-6 halftime lead.
"I got the ball and was running outside," Crossan said. "I saw a guy and tried to beat him with my speed. I had a couple great blocks on the perimeter."
Last week in a victory over Villanova, Crossan carried five times for 41 yards and a touchdown and added a 16-yard reception to win CAA rookie of the week honors. So why didn't he get more touches?
"I'm wondering the same thing, but it was a great team win," he said with a smile. "I'm happy to get the win and I'm looking to do everything I can when I get my opportunity."
Although Crossan is behind two veteran running backs at New Hampshire, his early success is no surprise to those who watched him at Sachem North. Last year he was a co-winner of Newsday's Hansen Award, given to the best high school football player in Suffolk County.
Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore recruited him. "We offered him," Priore said. "He wanted to go away from home, which is good. He's doing a nice job, and I'm happy for him."
Crossan confirmed those sentiments. "I love everything about Stony Brook," he said. "But I wanted to get away a little bit and be independent. I love it where I am. It was definitely the right move for me."