Washington and Lee Football - Catholic Game Notes

Washington and Lee Football - Catholic Game Notes

W&L (4-3, 2-2) vs. CATHOLIC (4-3, 1-3)

Saturday, November 2, 2013
Lexington, Va. • 1:00 pm

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DATE: November 2, 2013
TIME: 1:00 pm
STADIUM: Wilson Field (4,000)
TV/INTERNET: First Team Broadcasting (http://www.firstteambroadcasting.com/organizations/washington-lee-university/)
RADIO: WLUR 91.5 (http://www.wlu.edu/x37490.xml)
SERIES RECORD: W&L leads 14-3
LAST MEETING: 10/27/12 at CUA (41-14 W&L)
FIRST MEETING: 11/7/1981 at CUA (24-10 W&L)
LAST CUA WIN: 10/11/2008 at CUA (48-29)


9/7/13 Franklin & Marshall W, 14-13
4-3 Results
9/21/13 at Centre L, 28-37
5-2 Results
9/28/13 Sewanee W, 35-24
2-6 Results
10/5/13 Guilford
L, 7-16 5-2, 4-0 Results
10/12/13 at Emory & Henry W, 21-17
4-3, 1-3 Results
10/19/13 at Randolph-Macon L, 21-27
5-2, 3-1 Results
10/26/13 Bridgewater W, 42-13
3-4, 0-4 Results
11/2/13 Catholic 1:00 pm 4-3, 1-3 Results
11/9/13 at Hampden-Sydney 1:00 pm 5-2, 3-1 Results
11/16/13 at Shenandoah 1:00 pm 3-4, 2-2 Results

W&L and Catholic will be meeting for the 18th time, with the Generals holding a 14-3 advantage in the all-time series that began during the 1981 season.  W&L has won four-straight in the series, including a 41-14 win last season in Washington, D.C.  The Generals have never lost to the Cardinals in Lexington, boasting a 9-0 all-time record against CUA at Wilson Field.  W&L has averaged 490.7 yards per game over the last three outings against the Cardinals, outscoring CUA by a combined score of 139-41 over that span.

Scott Abell (Longwood ‘92) is in his second season as the W&L head coach and he claims a 12-6 overall record.  His first season resulted in an 8-3 overall record, an ODAC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament.  Abell was honored as the ODAC Coach of the Year, and he also received the VaSID College Division Coach of the Year and the Williard Bailey Award as the top College Division Coach in the State of Virginia.

Catholic is led by eighth-year Head Coach Dave Dunn (San Diego ‘89), who is 34-52 (.395) overall with the Cardinals.  Dunn helped lead CUA to a share of the ODAC title in 2008. He is 1-6 all-time against W&L.

Catholic is 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the ODAC following a 17-15 loss to Emory & Henry on Saturday in the Nation’s Capital.  The Cardinals racked up 26 first downs and 398 yards of total offense but could not overcome two turnovers and two blocked field goal attempts.  CUA trailed 10-3 entering the final quarter but climbed to within 10-9 on a 1-yard touchdown run by senior running back Mike Pitsenberger with 10:14 remaining but the extra point was missed.  E&H scored with 1:48 left to go up 17-9, but the Cardinals got a 40-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback T.J. Tutone to senior wide receiver Tucker Hubbell with 0:11 left to make it 17-15.  The two-point conversion pass failed, but Catholic recovered an onside kick and completed a pass to set up a 50-yard field goal attempt on the final play.  The kick was blocked and E&H survived.  Pitsenberger rushed for 96 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries, while senior running back Nick Cortese amassed 86 yards on 16 carries.  Tutone and sophomore E.J. Montgomery split time under center, with Tutone completing 15-of-20 passes for 137 yards and one touchdown.  Montgomery completed 14-of-23 passes for 108 yards but was intercepted once.  Senior wide receiver Andrew Oullette snared a team-best seven passes for 50 yards, while former General, senior tight end Alex Evans, caught six balls for 56 yards.  Hubbell finished with four catches for 72 yards and one score.  Defensively, CUA was led by junior defensive back R.J. Allison’s six tackles and one pass breakup.  For the season, Catholic averages 420.4 yards per game led by Pitsenberger’s 763 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 151 carries.  Cortese has rushed for 436 yards and one touchdown on 79 carries, while Tutone claims 129 yards and four scores on 28 carries.  He has also completed 61.1 percent of his passes for 642 yards and eight touchdowns with four interceptions.  Montgomery has completed 60.0 percent of his tosses for eight scores and four picks as well.  Oullette is the team’s top receiver with 35 catches for 269 yards and three touchdowns.  Evans claims 22 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns.  Senior linebacker Conor Stueckler leads the defense with 52 tackles, while senior defensive end Anthony Albanese has 45 tackles and a league-leading seven sacks.

(W&L 42, Bridgewater 13 • 10/26/13 • Lexington, Va.)
W&L intercepted five Bridgewater passes, including one returned for a touchdown, en route to posting a 42-13 victory over the Eagles on Saturday afternoon at Wilson Field.  The Generals jumped out to an early lead in the game, taking the opening kickoff 69 yards on 12 plays as first-year running back Marshall Hollerith scored on a 9-yard run just five minutes into the game. Bridgewater responded with a 12-play, 46-yard drive that stalled out at the W&L 19-yardline and resulted in a 36-yard field goal by Chandler DeHaven to make it 7-3 with 4:09 left in the quarter.  W&L increased its lead to 14-3 on the next possession, reeling off an 18-play drive that covered 78 yards and ate 6:27 off the clock.  Hollerith scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard run at 12:42 of the second quarter to cap the drive. After a reverse on the kickoff return gave BC the ball at the W&L 35-yardline to start the next drive, Willie Logan scored on a 27-yard run on 4th-and-2 to make it a 14-10 game with 10:32 left in the half.  The Generals made it 21-10 seven plays later when first-year running back Evan Hinkle scored on a 7-yard touchdown run. Bridgewater’s next possession was the first of five-straight drives that ended with a turnover between the two teams.  Logan was intercepted at the W&L 35-yardline by senior linebacker Peter Partee and W&L senior quarterback Nick Lombardo fumbled at the BC 26-yardline three plays later.  Logan was again picked off, this time by senior safety Walter Ramsey at the W&L 45-yardline, but Lombardo was intercepted at the Bridgewater 6-yardline with just over a minute to play in the half.  Logan then tossed his third interception on the final play of the first half, as sophomore linebacker Christian Cranford picked a pass off at the W&L 31-yardline.  The Eagles began the second half with a 15-play drive that used 6:58 from the game clock and covered 69 yards.  DeHaven ended the possession with a 23-yard field goal to make it a 21-13 contest.  Neither team could mount a drive for the remainder of the third quarter, but Partee intercepted Logan for the second time on the Bridgewater 19-yardline on the first play of the fourth quarter.  The Generals missed a 33-yard field goal after stalling out three plays later, but the Eagles were called for running into the kicker and the Generals went for it on a 4th-and-2 from the BC 11-yardline.  Hollerith scored on an 11-yard run to give W&L a 28-13 lead with 12:52 left.  The Generals’ defense held on a 4th-and-1 from the W&L 30 on the next possession and junior running back Austin Eisenhofer found paydirt seven plays later to give W&L a 35-13 lead with 6:51 to play.  Senior linebacker Jeff Schulte provided the final margin when he intercepted a pass and rumbled 40 yards for a touchdown with 3:59 left in the game.  Hollerith paced the W&L offense, which amassed 372 yards, all on the ground.  He carried 16 times for 93 yards and three touchdowns.  Lombardo rushed 14 times for 92 yards in the first half, before leaving the game with an injury at halftime.  Eisenhofer finished with 90 yards and one touchdown on nine carries, while Hinkle gained 30 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.  Senior cornerback Mitchell Thompson recorded a team-high 11 tackles, while Partee totaled six tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup.  

(W&L 41, Catholic 14 • 10/27/12 • Washington, D.C.)
Washington and Lee rolled to a 41-14 win over Catholic at Cardinal Stadium.  The Generals jumped out to a 7-0 lead on their first possession of the ball game when quarterback Nick Lombardo connected with senior slotback Brett Murray for an 84-yard touchdown pass at the 6:44 mark of the first quarter.  W&L made it a 14-0 game on its next possession when senior running back Luke Heinsohn capped an 11-play, 85-yard drive with a 23-yard touchdown run.  Catholic cut the W&L lead to 14-7 just 2:52 later when quarterback Greg Cordivari hooked up with wide receiver Alonzo Cooke for a 29-yard touchdown, but the Generals responded seven plays later when senior running back Sasha Vandalov plunged in from 10-yards out for a 21-7 lead with 7:27 left in the half.  Following the halftime break, Vandalov scored his second touchdown of the day, ending a 17-play, 69-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run for a 28-7 lead with 6:08 left in the half.  Murray added a 1-yard touchdown run with 10:29 left in the game to push the lead out to 34-7.  Catholic running back Mike Pitsenberger scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and W&L first-year running back Joseph Beninati scored from 6-yards out with 55 seconds remaining for the final margin.  The Generals rushed for 442 yards in the game, gaining 537 total yards in the process.  Lombardo led the way with 168 yards on just 17 carries and completed two passes for 95 yards and a touchdown.  Vandalov rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries, while Murray tallied 214 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns.  He rushed for 75 yards on 12 carries, caught two passes for 95 yards and collected 44 yards on kick returns.  Heinsohn tallied 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries.  Senior linebacker Jesse Jenkins and senior safety Jake Pelton both posted eight tackles to lead the defense.  Jenkins added a sack, while Pelton notched his fourth interception of the season.  The Cardinals gained 268 total yards, but just 41 yards on the ground.  Cordivari completed 22-of-37 passes for 168 yards and one touchdown (1 INT), while Cooke caught eight passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.  Linebacker Conor Stueckler notched a game-high 19 tackles.

Washington and Lee has played 1,041 games in the entire history of the program, compiling a 490-512-39 (.489) overall record.  Only five other schools in the Commonwealth of Virginia have played more games than W&L, which played the first intercollegiate football game in the South, an 1873 matchup with neighboring VMI.

Since the turn of the century (2000), Washington and Lee is a combined 48-18 (.727) in games played at Wilson Field.  The Generals had a string of 16-straight home wins snapped earlier this season, falling to Guilford, 16-7.  The win streak had been the third-longest current streak in Division III trailing only Mount Union and Trinity (Conn.).

W&L has managed 400 rushing yards in a game 18 times over its last four seasons (36 games).  In those games, the Generals are 17-1, scoring an average of 44.1 points per game with an average margin of victory of 19.6 points per game.  To contrast this point, when W&L fails to rush for 400 yards during the same span, it is just 11-10 with an average of 25.7 points per game and a scoring margin of just +2.1 points per game.

The Generals are chasing their eighth winning season in the last 10 years during the 2013 season.  Since going 3-7 in 2003, W&L has produced a 61-38 (.616) overall record and a 39-20 (.661) mark in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.  Those numbers improve to 28-11 (.718) overall and 19-4 (.826) in the ODAC over the last four years.

Senior quarterback Nick Lombardo controls the Generals’ tricky rushing offense as a second-year starter in the system.  Lombardo has rushed for a team-best 785 yards and four touchdowns this season and he claims 2,015 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground for his career.  He currently ranks ninth all-time in rushing yards and second among quarterbacks, trailing only Charlie Westfal’s ‘12 total of 2,277 yards.

First-year running back Marshall Hollerith has had a tremendous impact for the Generals since being inserted into the starting lineup for the third game of the season.  Hollerith has eclipsed the 100-yard plateau three times in his five starts, compiling 577 yards and a team-best eight touchdowns on 103 carries.  Hollerith gained 93 yards and three touchdowns on just 16 carries in last week’s win over Bridgewater.

The second quarter has plagued the Generals this season.  W&L holds a positive scoring margin in the first (35-31), third (44-29) and fourth (48-25) quarters, but trails 62-41 in the second quarter.

Washington and Lee intercepted five Bridgewater passes in the 42-13 win on Saturday.  It marked the Generals’ first game forcing five or more turnovers since producing six in a 63-0 win over Guilford during the 2011 season.  One of the interceptions was returned 40 yards for a touchdown by senior linebacker Jeff Schulte.  It was W&L’s first defensive score since Matt Cassilly ‘10 returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown in a win over Sewanee during the 2009 campaign.

The 13 points that W&L surrendered in its win over Bridgewater on Saturday were the fewest allowed by the Generals since posting a 28-6 win over Sewanee in the second week of the 2012 season.

Senior linebacker Peter Partee has been named the ODAC’s Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Generals’ 42-13 win over Bridgewater on Saturday.  Partee tallied six tackles (five solo), two interceptions and a pass breakup in the victory.  His second interception occurred on the first play of the fourth quarter and set up the score that gave W&L a two-score lead (28-13).

W&L is currently ranked third nationally in rushing offense with an average of 364.7 yards per game.  W&L led the country in rushing in 2012, averaging 363.7 yards per outing.  The Generals also finished fourth in rushing in 2011 (331.8 ypg) and fifth in 2010 (359.6 ypg).

The flip side of rushing so effectively is a sparse passing game.  The Generals rank 242nd of 242 Division III teams in passing offense with an average of 18.0 yards per game.  W&L failed to complete a pass against Bridgewater, the second time this season and sixth time in school history that the Generals went through a game without completing a pass.