Sep 24, 2014 6:34 PM

UNH's Vailas is now No. 1

Allen Lessels
UNH Insider

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Andy Vailas is in at quarterback, Sean Goldrich is out and running back Nico Steriti is iffy for the first night football game in the history of Cowell Stadium on State of New Hampshire Day on Saturday.

That's the backdrop as the UNH football team readies for the revival of its rivalry series against Dartmouth College. The No. 4 Wildcats, who have won their last two games and are 2-1, and Dartmouth, which won its opener against Central Connecticut last week, play on Saturday night at 6.

Goldrich sprained his knee last week in a win over Richmond and will be out for at least two weeks.

UNH drew 9,358 fans for its opener against Lehigh and administrators are looking for a bigger crowd Saturday.

"I'll stand out there during the national anthem, under the lights, for sure," said director of athletics Marty Scarano. "Hopefully it's the crowd we expect. We're expecting a five-figure crowd that, who knows, maybe rivals a Homecoming crowd. It will be kind of like, 'Oh My God,' this is really happening."

Lights and renovated grandstands have dressed Cowell up for this season and a brand new $25 million stadium is due for 2016.


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