CUA can't complete comeback, falls to Albright 41-31
READING, Pa. – Down 41-17 in the fourth quarter, the CUA football team rallied to pull within ten points in the final minute, but that was as close as the Cardinals got as they fell to Albright 41-31 on Saturday afternoon in the 60th annual Shriners Bowl. With the loss CUA falls back to .500 at 2-2, while the Lions improve to 2-1.
Cardinals sophomore quarterback Greg Cordivari threw for 230 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions on the day, as he was named CUA's Shriner's Bowl MVP. Classmate Alonzo Cooke hauled in six passes for 99 yards and a pair of scores, while freshman Mike Pitsenberger rushed for 79 yards on 13 carries to go along with a touchdown.
Senior Rich Barry saw his first action of the 2010 season as he carried the ball three times for 19 yards.
Unlike last week when CUA was unable to force any turnovers, the Cardinals "D" came up with two takeaways on the day, including an interception by Ryan Klein. Christian Pavik and Marc McEvoy led the defense with nine tackles apiece, while Kevin Ross recovered a fumble and James Fucillo had the lone CUA sack.
Adam Galczynski threw for 198 yards and two scores for Albright, while Josan Holmes led the rushing attack with 51 yards on 22 carries. The Lions defense was led by Malik Compton who totaled eight tackles and a pass breakup, while Matt Bergery and Ryan Ott came up with seven tackles apiece.
The ball exchanged hands several times before Albright struck first on a Galczynski pass to Josh Bakala from four yards out for a 7-0 Lions lead at the 7:11 mark of the opening quarter.
CUA got the ball back and evened things at seven with a four-play, 64-yard drive that took only 1:38 and ended on a three-yard Cordivari to Cooke TD pass. The big play on the drive also came from that pair on a 60-yard strike to the Albright seven-yard line.
Albright had the ball to begin the second quarter and soon after completed a nine-play drive with a one-yard rush by Holmes to make it a 14-7 game. The Lions lead then grew to 21-7 on Galczynski's ten-yard pass to Bakala with 1:29 remaining in the half.
With only 40 seconds left before halftime Klein picked Galczynski off and returned the ball 17 yards up near midfield. The Cardinals then went to work as Pitsenberger ran for 11 yards down to the Lions' 38, and he ripped off another run for 22 yards down to the six. Following a pair of incomplete passes, CUA head coach Dave Dunn sent Connor Maloney out for a 23-yard field goal attempt, which split the uprights and sent the teams into halftime with Albright leading 21-10.
CUA received the second half opening kickoff and proceeded to march 65 yards in eight plays, capped by an 11-yard pass from Cordivari to Cooke to pull the Cardinals within 21-17. Cordivari was five-of-six for 36 yards on the drive as CUA pulled within four.
Albright scored the next touchdown when Holmes ran it in from five yards out, but Klein blocked the ensuing PAT, and the Cardinals were down just ten, 27-17. The score remained that way as the teams headed into the final quarter of play.
Soon after the fourth quarter began Albright upped its lead to 34-17 on a Clif LeGrand rushing touchdown. With 7:57 to play the Lions then made it a 41-17 game on Holmes' one-yard score.
Unfazed, CUA continued to fight and made things quite interesting down the stretch. Ross recovered a fumble at the Albright 21 with 6:21 on the clock and three plays later Cordivari hit Pitsenberger for a three-yard score to pull the Cardinals within 41-24.
The CUA defense then forced a three-and-out, giving the ball back to Cordivari and the offense. A nine-play, 60-yard drive ensued, capped by Pitsenberger's two-yard score with 39 seconds to go, making it a ten-point game.
Maloney and the Cardinals then lined up for an on-sides kick, but Albright recovered it, and from there the Lions ran out the clock, sending a resilient CUA team to its second straight defeat.
CUA returns home next weekend to open its 2010 ODAC schedule as the Cardinals welcome Hampden-Sydney to town on Saturday, October 2. The game, which is CUA's Homecoming, will begin at 1:00, and all of the action will be shown live on cuacardinals.com.