|Catholic 26, La Salle 15||Oct. 5, 2002|
WASHINGTON - Catholic scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to give first year head coach Tom Mulholland his first career victory game as Catholic defeated LaSalle, 26-15, at DuFour Field.
Senior Bill Sutton (Columbia, Md./DeMatha) threw for 284 yards on 15-of-35 passing and two scores including a big 67-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter to sophomore Nick Bublavi (Norwood, Pa./Interboro), left. Bublavi finished the day with five receptions for a game-high 150 yards. Senior running back Tokollo Moffat (Wheaton, Md./Good Counsel), below right, ran for a game-high and career-high 117 yards on 29 carries.
The Explorers got on the board first in the first quarter as running back Ken Triboletti scored the first of his two touchdowns on the day, as he rumbled in from 5-yards out, but the extra point was blocked. Quarterback Ed Marynowitz hit Mike Anderson on a big 46-yard completion on the second play of the drive. Triboletti's scoring run capped off a four-play, 69-yard drive. He would run for 98 yards on 16 carries on the day.
Catholic answered later in the first quarter as the defense would hold LaSalle on a fourth and one, at the CUA 38 yard-line. Sutton would lead the troops down on an eight-play, 62-yard drive that ended in senior James Vollono's (Kensington, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) 6-yard plunge. It was the first rushing touchdown of the season for Catholic. Vollono rolled up 31 yards on 10 carries before leaving with a shoulder injury late in the first quarter.
LaSalle caught a break late in the first quarter when punter Mike Anderson's kick hit a CUA player on punt coverage. Parris McClean would pounce on the loose ball resulting in a first and ten from the Catholic 35 yard-line. But the Explorers could not convert for points as Chris Lyons' 31-yard field goal was blocked by sophomore Bobby Stutz (Hillsborough, N.J./Immaculata).
On the ensuing drive and faced with a third and 13 after a false start penalty, Sutton would hit Bublavi on a crossing pattern over the middle, eluding Explorer defenders and racing into the endzone for a 32-yard touchdown. Freshman Chris Waechter (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic) hit his extra point attempt, making the score 14-6.
Marynowitz would help LaSalle cut the lead to 14-9 as he marched the Explorer offense down to the Catholic 6-yard line but a third-and-1 pass was incomplete. Lyons came on and hit a 23-yarder with just under five minutes in the half.
Midway in the second half, LaSalle took advantage of a great field position off a bad CUA punt to start at the Catholic 31- yard line. Eight plays later, Triboletti would dive in from a yard out for his second score of the day to give the Explorers a 15-14 lead.
The Cardinals reclaimed the lead early in the fourth quarter as Sutton connected on his longest pass of the day, with Bublavi on a 67-yard score. The two-point conversion was no good, giving Catholic a 20-15 lead.
Later in the fourth quarter, Catholic put the game away as Moffat would score his first touchdown of the season on a 6-yard romp with just under five minutes to go in the game.
Defensively for Catholic senior Ryan Welsh (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum) racked up five tackles, two for losses and a two sacks and senior Jeff Tabery (Saylorsburg, Pa./Stroudsburg) totaled 8 tackles. LaSalle's Ronald Carthon registered nine stops and one for a loss. Teammate Patrick Farrell added five tackles and two for losses