1997-98 Season

The Cardinals rebounded from a disappointing 12-13 season in 1996-97 to win their second CAC title and advance to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in six seasons. Despite graduating 4,500 career points, Catholic set school records for wins (25) and winning streak (20) while becoming the first team to sweep the CAC regular season. The Cardinals were picked sixth in the preseason conference coaches' poll.

Junior guard Sean Tuohey, who transferred last season from Division I Lehigh, was named first-team all-conference, as was classmate Jim McNiff. Freshman point guard Pat Maloney, who led Division III in three-point percentage, was named conference Rookie of the Year, while Head Coach Mike Lonergan was named Coach of the Year for the first time.

Catholic advanced in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five trips, defeating Johns Hopkins 67-62 at the DuFour Center on March 7. Senior center Jason Alexander scored eight consecutive points as the Cardinals extended their lead to as many as seven points in the second half and survived a Blue Jay three-point barrage for the win.

Senior Shawn Kane scored often from long range this season, including a key three-pointer at the end of regulation to help force overtime against Hunter in the Division III Sweet Sixteen (pictured). Final stats.

Results (25-4, 14-0 CAC)

Date Opponent Score Highlights
Nov. 24 Haverford W, 87-51 Tuohey (17 pts), McNiff (13), Hartman/Rice (11).
Nov. 26 Ursinus W, 86-81 McNiff (21), Tuohey (20), Gallagher
(12 pts, 8 reb) lead CU at CoreStates Center.
Nov. 30 Scranton W, 91-88
(OT)
McNiff (27), Tuohey (22), CU wins for
only 4th time in 18 meetings with Scranton
Dec. 3 Salisbury State # W, 97-85 McNiff (23), Tuohey (20), Kane (17),
Gallagher (10 reb).
Dec. 13 American (Div. I)
televised on HTS
L, 67-75 Cardinals cut 23-point second-half deficit to 63-60
with three minutes left; Tuohey (19), Maloney &
Kane (13), McNiff (11).
Dec. 14 Marymount # W, 85-69 CU breaks three-game losing streak to Saints;
McNiff (24, 13-13 FT), Tuohey (18), Kane (13).
Dec. 20 Stetson (Div. I) L, 70-86 Cardinals close to 55-52 midway through second
half; CU outrebounded 54-16; Tuohey (game-high
23), Gallagher & McNiff (11).
Jan. 5 Connecticut Coll. L, 85-96 CU hits 15 three-pointers in loss at
regionally ranked Camels; Maloney &
Tuohey (16), Kane (15), McNiff (13).
Jan. 7 Western Maryland W, 75-64 Cardinals make 13 three-pointers; Maloney
(15), Kane & McNiff (14), Alexander (10, 13 reb).
Jan. 10 Gettysburg @ W, 76-63 CU makes tournament record 94.1% (16-17) FT;
McNiff (game-high 25), Kane (13), Maloney (12).
Jan. 11 N.C. Wesleyan @ W, 84-78 Cardinals win 4th straight CUA Classic;
McNiff (16, MVP), Maloney (14, all-tourney),
Tuohey (14), Kane (12)
Jan. 15 Mary Washington # W, 61-54 Cardinals shoot 100% (14-14) from line;
Tuohey (17), McNiff & Maloney (12)
Jan. 17 St. Mary's (Md.) # W, 74-59 Tuohey (16), Kane (14), McNiff (13), Gallagher (14 reb)
Jan. 19 Villa Julie W, 92-67 Shoot 51% from the field; McNiff (16, 4 threes),
Tuohey (15), Harrington (11), Kane (10)
Jan. 21 York (Pa.) # W, 69-67

CU closes with a 16-5 run; McNiff (17), Kane (15),
Alexander (10, 11 reb), Gallagher (10)

Jan. 24 Goucher # W, 72-65 Cardinals off to best start in 40 years; McNiff
(20, 4 threes), Kane (19, 8-8 FT), Maloney (12)
Jan. 28 Salisbury State # W, 107-106
(OT)
Ties 1958-59 team for best start in school history;
McNiff (career-high 32, 8 threes), Tuohey (27),
Alexander (10, 13 reb).
Jan. 31 Gallaudet # W, 90-62 15 players score, Tuohey (14), Kane (12),
Lepeonka (10, 10 reb)
Feb. 3 Mary Washington # W, 83-76 McNiff 21, Alexander 6 blocks
Feb. 7 Marymount # W, 95-64 McNiff 29, Maloney career-high 21
Feb. 11 St. Mary's (Md.) # W, 85-79 Five in double figures: Harrington 18,
Alexander 16, Maloney 14, McNiff 13, Kane 12
Feb. 14 Goucher # W, 91-87
(OT)
Catholic ties school record with 14th consecutive
win, clinches CAC regular season title, Kane 20,
Tuohey 20, Maloney 13, Judge 11 off bench
Feb. 18 York (Pa.) # W, 82-70 School-record 15-win streak,
Harrington 16, Maloney 15
Feb. 20 Gallaudet # W, 100-66 Catholic first men's team to sweep CAC,
Kane 19, Maloney 15
Feb. 23 Gallaudet % W, 86-56 Program's 900th win, four in double figures
Feb. 25 St. Mary's % W, 90-59 Maloney career-high 23, Lonergan's 100th win
Feb. 28 Goucher % W, 74-73 First CAC title since 1993 and automatic
bid to NCAA's. Maloney 21, Kane 16, Tuohey 10
March 7 Johns Hopkins * W, 67-62 Alexander scores eight in key second-half run,
finishes with 15, Maloney 18
March 13 Hunter at Wilkes * L, 84-82
(2 OT)
Tuohey career-high 29, Cardinals score final
seven points of regulation to force OT, score
only four in second extra period

@ Coca-Cola Classic
# CAC games
% CAC Tournament
* NCAA Tournament
Home games in bold

1997-98 Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown/High School
10 Andy Rice G 5-11 150 Fr. Springfield, Va./West Springfield
11 Mike Robertson G 6-0 165 Fr. North Potomac, Md./DeMatha
14 Tim Judge G 6-0 155 Fr. West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
15 Dan Harrington G 6-1 165 So. Washington, D.C./St. John's
20 Mike Hartman G/F 6-3 170 Fr. Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
21 Pat Maloney G 6-2 180 Fr. Brant Beach, N.J./Southern Regional
22 Sean Tuohey G/F 6-3 185 Jr. Washington, D.C./Gonzaga
23 Shawn Kane G 5-11 165 Sr. Gaithersburg, Md./Bullis
24 John Ginnity G 5-10 150 Fr. Fitchburg, Mass./St. Bernards Central
25 Jim McNiff G 5-10 180 Jr. Stratford, Conn./Fairfield Prep
33 Greg Campbell F 6-5 215 Fr. Pelham, N.H./Bishop Guertin
34 Matt Laczkowski F/C 6-7 200 So. Westminster, Md./Westminster
42 Kurt Zeisler F 6-5 220 Fr. Plymouth, Mass./Shawnee (N.J.)
43 Ed Loughlin F 6-5 210 Fr. Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West
44 Jason Alexander C 6-7 235 Sr. Gaithersburg, Md./St. John's (D.C.)
52 Mike Gallagher F 6-6 215 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa./St. Joseph's Prep
53 Mike Lepeonka F/C 6-8 235 So. Darnestown, Md./Quince Orchard

Head Coach: Mike Lonergan (Catholic '88)

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