Georgetown lost its Patriot League opener to Lafayette on Saturday afternoon, 28-7. (John Griffin)
Sept. 8, 2007
Washington, D.C. - Lafayette scored twice in the first quarter and opened up a 21-0 halftime lead en route to a 28-7 win over Georgetown in front of 2,131 fans at the Multi-Sport Field on Saturday, spoiling the home opener for the Hoyas. Georgetown falls to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards improved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play.
Lafayette jumped on top early in the first quarter, scoring on its first two drives to take a 14-0 lead. After a 23-yard kickoff return from Shaun Adair, the Leopards took control on their own 33-yard line. Lafayette moved the ball 67 yards on eight plays and took a 7-0 lead on an 11-yard touchdown score from Mike DiPaola to Adair.
After forcing the Hoyas to punt on their first drive, the Leopards quickly struck again, going 61 yards on eight plays and increasing the lead to 14-0 on a four-yard run from Maurice White. DiPaola completed a 26-yard pass to Adair for the big play of the drive, while White carried the ball six times for 35 yards.
The lead increased to 21-0 midway through the second quarter. Taking over at the Georgetown 49-yard line after a 15-yard punt return from Adair, DiPaola completed two passes to Kyle Roeder, each for 14 yards, as the Leopards moved to the 21-yard line. A 21-yard run from White gave him his second touchdown of the game and the Leopards a 21-0 lead they would take into the half.
After a scoreless third quarter, Lafayette increased its lead to 28-0 when Michael Quarterman intercepted a pass from Georgetown quarterback Matt Bassuener (Port Edwards, Wis./Port Edwards) and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown.
The Hoyas played tough and after a sophomore defensive back Travis Mack (West Chester, Pa./The Hill School) forced a fumble, sophomore Ike Acholonu (Sicklerville, N.J./Paul VI) recovered it at the Lafayette 42-yard line with 6:46 to play in the game. Bassuener completed three passes for 32 yards and then handed the ball to freshman Mychal Harrison (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake), who scampered in from eight yards out for his first career score.
Bassuener finished the day completing 17-of-27 passes for 131 yards, while senior back Kyle Van Fleet (Williamsport, Pa./Loyalsock) had 19 carries for 58 yards. Craft had four catches for 51 yards to lead the receivers.
DiPaola completed 9-of-17 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown. White had 13 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns, while Anthony D'Urso had 15 carries for 70 yards.
Georgetown hosts defending Ivy League Champion Yale next Saturday, September 15. Kickoff at the Multi-Sport Field is slated for 1 p.m.
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