Seven named ODAC first team
Dan Boyle (Warminster, Pa./Archbishop Wood), Tim McCarthy (Silver Spring, Md./Gonzaga), Dan Riely (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y./Archbishop Stepinac), Damian Richard (Winona, Minn./Cotter), Matt Steiner (Hainesport, N.J./Holy Cross), James Parker (Landover, Md./Parkdale) and Mike Fleet (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel) were named first-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference for football. It was the most first-team selections of any team in the league.
Boyle, a junior tailback, rushed for a school-record 1,533 yards (5.4 avg.) in 2000 and produced seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games, including a career-high 231 yards in the season finale against Bridgewater. He finished 10th in the nation in rushing and led CUA in scoring (92 points) and all-purpose yards (1,681).
McCarthy, a senior left guard, is a repeat first-team honoree. Riely, a senior right tackle, was an honorable mention pick in 1999. Riely has overcome surgery to the same two tendons in his right hand three times and has been selected to play in the Aztec Bowl All-Star game next month in Mexico. The duo anchored the Cardinals' charge toward a school-record 2,228 yards rushing to rank 24th nationally. The line gave up just 10 sacks -- including four consecutive games without allowing one -- and helped quarterback Derek McGee (Shamonga, N.J./Cherokee) lead the ODAC in passing for the second straight year. The team also ranked 29th in total offense with 4,096 yards.
Richard, a junior tight end, caught 20 passes for 375 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs. He averaged a team-best 18.8 yards per reception.
Steiner, a junior defensive tackle, ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 47 (15 solo). He tied for second in sacks (3.5 for 32 yards) and tied for third in tackles for loss (10 for 47).
Parker, a junior cornerback, led the Cardinals in interceptions for a second straight year with five and paced the club in fumble recoveries with three. A second-team All-ODAC selection in 1999, he added a team- and career-high-tying 11 pass break-ups and had 24 tackles (14 solo). He was 21st in the nation in punt returns (12.5 avg.) and scored on a school-record 91-yarder at Emory & Henry.
Fleet, a junior, ranked 16th nationally in punting with a career-best 39.6-yard average. He nailed a personal-high 63-yarder at John Carroll and was an honorable mention All-ODAC pick last season.
Larry Waters (Wyndmoor, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) and Tim Varian (Long Beach, N.Y./Chaminade) earned second-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Puri Garzone (Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle) was named honorable mention.
Waters, a senior outside linebacker, led Catholic University in tackles with 68, including a team-high 33 unassisted. He had seven tackles for loss, two sacks, broke up one pass, recovered a fumble and forced a fumble.
Varian, a senior defensive end, led the Cardinals in sacks (5½ for 49 yards) and tackles for loss (15 for 83), and was fifth in tackles with 45 (24 solo). He had two pass break-ups, one fumble recovery and a safety.
Garzone, a junior left tackle and three-year starter, was part of a line that helped the Cardinals rush for a school-record 2,228 yards to rank 24th nationally. The line gave up just 10 sacks -- including four consecutive games without allowing one -- and ranked 29th in total offense with 4,096 yards.
After beginning the season 1-3, CUA finished 6-4 (4-2 ODAC) for its seventh consecutive winning season under Coach Tom Clark (Olney, Md.).