CUA Football Heads to Washington & Lee on Saturday

WASHINGTON - The Catholic University football team opens the month of November with an ODAC road matchup at Washington & Lee on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Setting The Scene:  After a quiet three quarters of play, the Cardinals found themselves at the end of 17-15 loss to the Emory & Henry, despite scoring two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.  With the loss, CUA drops to 4-3 overall and 1-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference last Saturday at Cardinal Stadium. By the numbers, CUA rushed for 153 yards and passed for 245 yards for an offensive total of 398 yards and 85 plays.  Pitsenberger topped the rushing numbers with 96 yards and a long 23, as Andrew Ouellette caught seven passes for 50 yards.  Matt Barton led the defensive effort with four solo tackles.

Washington & Lee, who is in fourth place in the conference, host the Cardinals with a record of 2-2 in the ODAC and 4-3 overall.  Washington and Lee 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 Series: CUA meets Washington & Lee for the 18th time this afternoon with the Generals holding a 14-3 series lead.  The Cardinals' last win in the series was a 48-29 victory in 2008.

The Last Time They Met (10/27/12): 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.

Back and Forth: After an early two-game homestand, the Cardinals have spent every other week on the road with a 2-1 record away from Cardinal Stadium   

Conference Categories: The Cards are No. 1 in sacks with 17 for 132 yards.  Catholic is No. 2 in first downs, No. 1 in 4th down conversions and No. 1 in red zone defense.

Individual ODAC Leaders: Anthony Albanese and Michael Pitsenberger are ranked in the top five of  two Old Dominion Athletic Conference catergories.  Albanese, who was named ODAC Player of Week (defense) on Oct. 21, is No. 1 in sacks with seven.  Pitsenberger is No. 4 in rushing with an average of 109.4 yards per game on the season.  

Tackle Takeover: Conor Stueckler, who has seen action in all seven games this season, is a defensive juggernaut with 38.5 total tackles and 25 solo tackles.  With six tackles for loss, he has sent CUA opponents back 13 yards.  Along with Anthony Albanese's attack on opponent's quarterbacks, Albanese has registered 36.5 total tackles and 28 solo tackles

Good On The Go: The Cardinals ground game has been excellent thanks to Mike Pitsenberger (763) and Nick Cortese (436).  With 1360 so far this season, CUA's ground effort outweighs its opponents who have only rushed for 1038 yards.

Cardinal Red Zone Takeover: CUA is ranked No. 2 in red zone offense in the ODAC (81.2%  on 26-32 chances).  Overall the Cardinals are 81% in red-zone scoring (26-32) and 66% in red-zone touchdowns (21-32). 

Up Next: The Cards will play the final home contest of 2013 on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Guilford at 12 p.m.  Prior to kickoff, CUA will honor its senior class.

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