Catholic University (1-3) vs. Washington
& Lee (4-0)
DuFour Field, October 7, 2000, 1 p.m.
Today's Game: Catholic University entertains Washington and Lee in its Old Dominion Athletic Conference home opener. The Cardinals (0-1 ODAC) need a victory to remain in the hunt for the ODAC championship and automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. A loss would virtually destroy any chance they have of advancing to the postseason for a fourth consecutive year. W&L, ranked 27th nationally by Football Gazette, is looking for its third league victory. The Generals are off to their best start since 1961.
Series History: The Cardinals are 0-4 all-time against W&L. The Generals won 24-10 in 1981, 41-0 in 1982, 22-21 in 1983 and 34-0 in 1993. The latter game, in Lexington, Va., was CUA's last under Coach Rick Novak and concluded a 1-9 season. Tom Clark became the Cards' coach the following season. The 1983 game was the only time the two teams have met in ODAC play.
Last Week: The Cardinals lost for the first time in eight games to Division 1-AA La Salle, 35-10. Brian Small led the Explorers by scoring three TDs and throwing for another.
Boyle-ing Over: Dan Boyle ran for a season-high 136 yards on 20 attempts vs. La Salle. He leads CUA in rushing with 386 yards on 85 carries (4.5 avg.) and has scored three TDs. Boyle's career-high of 137 yards came last year at Bridgewater and was accomplished on just nine carries. He ran for 653 yards in 1999 backing up CUA's all-time rushing leader, Andrew Notarfrancesco. Boyle now has 1,418 career rushing yards.
Fleet Service: Mike Fleet is fifth in the nation in punting with a 43.0-yard average. He had a career-high 63-yarder at JCU.
Jan and Dan: Sophomore WRs Dan Evans and Jim Jankiewicz lead the Cardinals' receiving corps. Evans has caught a team-high 23 passes for 423 yards (18.4 avg) and three TDs, and is averaging 105.8 yards receiving per game. At Randolph-Macon two weeks ago he snagged five aerials for a career-high 179 yards. In CUA's 39-0 win at Franklin & Marshall, he grabbed a career-best eight passes for 159 yards and one TD. Jankiewicz caught a personal-high five passes vs. La Salle for 69 yards, including a short pass he turned into a 41-yard TD. He has 12 receptions on the year for 150 yards (12.5 avg.) and two TDs.
|CUA Head Coach Tom Clark|
Alma Mater-Maryland '86
Years at CUA-Seven
First- or Second-Team All-Americans-8
NCAA Playoffs-1999, 1998, 1997
Best Seasons-10-1 (1998, 1997)
Record vs. Washington & Lee-0-0
The X-FiLes: Former Cardinal All-American WR and current CUA assistant coach Mike Hunter had a recent tryout in Atlanta for the XFL pro football league. If Hunter, who caught 160 passes for 2,293 yards and 20 TDs in 1998-99, is not drafted in October, he hopes to sign as a free agent. The eight-team league debuts on Feb. 3, 2001 and will be televised on NBC.
Steiner was Finer: Junior DT Matt Steiner corralled a career-high 13 tackles (four solo) vs. La Salle and was named to USA Football's Defensive Honor Roll. He is second on the team in tackles with 27 and leads the squad in sacks with 2.5.
Green Meadows: Junior CB Lonnie Meadows is CUA's third-leading tackler (23) and is tied for the interception lead with two.