Cardinals fall to Generals on Homecoming
WASHINGTON – CUA fell to Washington & Lee on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Generals 41-14 on Homecoming. The Cardinals pulled to within 14-7 early in the second quarter, but the Generals responded with the next 21 points to pull away for their sixth win of 2012. Senior Alonzo Cooke caught a team-high eight passes for CUA, totaling 108 yards and a touchdown.
Washington & Lee got on the board first when Nick Lombardo connected with Brett Murray for an 84-yard touchdown pass to give the visitors a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.
Early in the second, the Generals went up 14-0 when Luke Heinsohn scored on a 31-yard rushing TD.
CUA answered with a seven-play, 65-yard drive that ended with Greg Cordivari hitting Cooke from 29 yards out for a score. That made it 14-7 with 11:26 to play before halftime.
Washington & Lee extended to a two-score lead on its very next drive when Sasha Vandalov scored from 10 yards out to make it 21-7.
The lead reached 28-7 early in the third when the Generals capped an impressive 17-play drive that ate 8:48 off the clock with another Vandalov TD, this one coming from five yards out.
Trailing 34-7 midway through the final quarter, CUA scored its second touchdown of the afternoon when Mike Pitsenberger bulled his way into the end zone from two yards out to make it a 34-14 game.
The Generals added one more score however, to set the final tally at 41-14.
Pitsenberger finished with 21 yards on the ground, while Nick Cortese totaled 26 on 10 carries.
Wes Stringfield caught four passes for the Cards, and Cordivari completed 22 of 37 passes for 168 yards and the one score.
Conor Stueckler finished with a career-high 19 tackles for CUA, while Mark D'Annibale had 12. Timbo McGarry picked off a pair of passes, and Andrew Pitsenberger broke up three.
For Washington & Lee, Lombardo rushed for 168 yards on 17 carries, and Vandalov added 101 on 16 carries. As a team, the Generals racked up 537 yards of total offense, including 442 on the ground.
CUA closes out its road schedule next Saturday, when the Cardinals travel to face Guilford. Start time from North Carolina is set for 1 p.m.