BOSTON — Micah Wright had a visitor Saturday afternoon before the University of Maine played Massachusetts at Fenway Park – Victor Cruz.

Cruz, the former Bridgton Academy, UMass and New York Giants wide receiver, was invited to the game by his former college teammate and roommate, Maine’s offensive coordinator Liam Coen.

Cruz took some time to speak to Wright, who suffered a season-ending knee injury in last week’s 31-17 loss to Delaware. Wright said he will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ACL and “other things.”

“It’s tough,” said Wright, a junior wide receiver and punt returner. “But it happens.”

Coen asked Cruz to speak to Wright because Cruz twice had to come back from season-ending injuries in his NFL career.

“I wanted (Cruz) to motivate Micah and to talk about moving forward,” said Coen, who considers Cruz one of his best friends. “I wanted him to talk about what Micah was going to have to do.”

Cruz, who was celebrating his 31st birthday, told Wright to take the rehab time to learn about himself and his body.

“He’s going to spend a lot of time alone,” said Cruz. “I told him to read books, learn things. Patience is what he’s going to need more than anything else.

“Embrace your rehab, learn about your body, things that you normally wouldn’t even think about.”

Wright, one of Maine’s most dynamic offensive players, certainly appreciated the advice. “I got some wise words from someone who’s been down my path,” he said.

It was a bittersweet day for Wright, who was making his first visit to Fenway Park but was unable to play. He said he watched many games at the iconic ballpark on television over the years. “Pedro, Ortiz, I dreamed about coming to see them play,” he said. “Still, this is an incredible atmosphere.”

Wright missed the first two games of the season while on suspension from the university. He was one of three players suspended on Aug. 2 while being investigated by the student conduct office for a student complaint. He was cleared to return before the Sept. 23 game at James Madison but did not make that trip.

In five games, he had 13 catches for 150 yards and two touchdowns. He also returned nine punts for 122 yards and a touchdown.

BOTH TEAMS shared the same sideline, with their backs to the Green Monster. Maine was at the west end, closest to the left-field grandstand, where Maine’s fans were seated.

Mark Lev, managing director of Fenway Sports Management, said Fenway Park’s quirky design necessitated that decision. Otherwise, if a team was on the other sideline, “fans in seats low on the first-base side would be obstructed by the players. Obviously, this is something the teams aren’t familiar with and the referees make special considerations when a team has a longer run to get in a substitute. We’ve had no problems in other games.”

THIS WAS the second of three college football games at Fenway this year. Dartmouth defeated Brown 33-10 on Friday night, and Connecticut will play Boston College on Nov. 18.

MAINE TACKLE Cody Levy, who has been out because of a back injury, dressed but did not play. Isaiah Brooks again moved from right guard to right tackle, and Dan Burrows started at right guard.