WASHINGTON – The Catholic University football team returns to Cardinal Stadium to welcome the Wasps of Emory & Henry on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m.
Setting The Scene: CUA advanced to 4-2 on the season and 1-2 in Old Dominion Athletic Conference action, after a 37-7 victory over Shenandoah in Winchester,Va. The road win consisted of a season-high 199 yards rushed by Mike Pitsenberger and a team-high 326 yards rushed. Pitsenberger led the offense with three touchdowns, Peter Rosa added to the Cards' offense with a 24-yard field goal and Alex Evans scored two touchdowns both from TJ Tutone.
Emory & Henry enters Cardinal Stadium with a record of 3-3 overall and 0-3 in the ODAC. The Wasps are on a three-game losing streak with a Friday, Oct. 18, 33-12 loss to Hampden-Sydney. Justin Turpin scored the only touchdown of the contest on a 1-yard run.
The Series: CUA and Emory & Henry meet for the 17th time this afternoon with the series tied 8-8. The Wasps defeated the Cardinals in a final second 15-14 victory last season.
The Last Time They Met (10/20/12): After leading Emory & Henry 14-0, CUA allowed the Wasps to slowly claw their way back in, and eventually pull out a 15-14 win on a 22-yard E&M field goal with 10 seconds remaining. Conor Stueckler led the CUA defense in tackles with 12 stops, while Andrew Pitsenberger had eight tackles.
Home Sweet Home: The Cards return home following a successful 37-7 win over Shenandoah on Saturday, Oct. 19. CUA is 2-1 with home field advantage.
Conference Categories: Catholic is ranked in the top three of three Old Dominion Athletic Conference categories, CUA leads in field goals (2-2) and 3rd-down conversions. The Cards are No. 2 in sacks with seven for 51 yards.
Individual ODAC Leaders: Among the individual Old Dominion Athletic Conference awards, five Cardinals are in top five on both sides of the ball. Conor Stueckler is No. 1 in tackles with 31 total, 11 of which he has completed on his own. Anthony Albanese is fourth in tackles with 28 total and 17 solo. Albanese is No. 2 in sacks with 3 for 20 yards. Mike Pitsenberger is tied at No. 5 in scoring (TDs) with three touchdowns in three rushes for 18 points. Pitsenberger is No. 6 in 275 yards rushed on 65 attempts.
Good On The Go: The Cardinals ground game has been excellent thanks to Mike Pitsenberger (686) and Nick Cortese (354). With 1360 so far this season, CUA's ground effort outweighs its opponents who have only rushed for 892 yards.
Cardinal Red Zone Takeover: CUA is ranked No. 2 in red zone offense in the ODAC (83.3% on 10-12 chances). Overall the Cardinals are 83% in red-zone scoring (24-29) and 69% in red-zone touchdowns (22-29).
Up Next: The Cards return to road action to face Washington & Lee on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 1 p.m.