Nov. 13, 2010
WASHINGTON – The Georgetown University football team (3-7, 2-3 Patriot League) intercepted three passes in the first half and led Lehigh (8-2, 3-0 Patriot League) 7-6 at the half, but they could not keep the Mountain Hawks from scoring 18 second half points to claim the Patriot League Championship, as the Hoyas fell 24-7 on Saturday afternoon at Multi-Sport Field.
Georgetown’s defense created turnovers and put pressure on Lehigh’s backfield, making seven tackles for loss, including two from junior defensive end Andrew Schaetzke (Toledo, Ohio/St. John’s Jesuit) who also had a sack. Senior linebacker Nick Parrish (Irving, Texas/Jesuit College Prep) led the defense with 10 tackles and one tackle for loss and a pass break up in the loss.
Lehigh’s offense was able to maneuver in the first half, but the Hoyas were able to hold the Mountain Hawks to just two field goals, as Tom Randazza hit a 32 yarder to cap Lehigh’s first possession. He hit a 23 yarder in the second quarter to put Lehigh in front 6-0.
Meanwhile, Georgetown’s defense kept Lehigh out of the end zone, intercepting three passes in the first half. Junior safety David Quintero (Miramar, Fla./Fort Lauderdale) intercepted a Chris Lum pass early in the second quarter to halt a Mountain Hawks’ drive.
Paul Sant’Ambrogio (Bloomfield, N.J./Seton Hall Prep) intercepted his third pass of the season with 2:17 remaining in the first half to give the Hoyas the ball at their own 42 yard line.
Max Waizenegger (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) went to work on the Hoyas only scoring drive, catching the first pass of the drive from Isaiah Kempf for 11 yards. On third down and 10, Kempf went to Waizenegger again on a screen that turned into a seven yard gain. The on fourth and three Kempf found Waizenegger along the left sideline, as the Fairfax, Va. native carried several Lehigh defenders for 31 yards down to the nine yard line. Dalen Claytor (Dunwoody, Ga./Dunwoody) would score on the next play, carrying for nine yards for his first career touchdown. Brett Weiss (Phoenix, Md./Boys’ Latin) made the extra point to give Georgetown a 7-6 lead.
The Mountain Hawks took one final chance downfield at the end of the first half, but junior safety Kyle Miller (Plano, Texas/Dallas Jesuit) intercepted the attempt for the Hoyas third pick of the half, going into halftime with a 7-6 lead.
Georgetown forced Lehigh to punt on its first possession of the second half and then used 14 plays and over 11 minutes to drive to the Lehigh 29 yard line with a chance to add to its lead. GU was unable to make the field goal, though and Lehigh responded quickly, driving 71 yards in five plays, as Michael Colvin scored from three yards out to put Lehigh in front 13-7.
Lehigh would again find the end zone in the fourth quarter, as Jay Campbell rushed in from 11 yards and Chris Lum found Craig Zurn on the two-point pass to take a 21-7 lead.
The Mountain Hawks would add another Randazza field goal, this one from 31 yards to take a 24-7 lead, the eventual final score. The victory clinched the Patriot League Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I FCS Championship playoffs.
Georgetown will conclude its season on Saturday, November 20 when they host Marist at 1 p.m. on Multi-Sport Field. The Hoyas will recognize seniors Frank DiTommaso, ShaBazz Kelton, Keerome Lawrence, Philip Oladeji, Gyasi Parrish, Paul Sant’Ambrogio, Nick Parrish, Geoff Schnorr, Patrick O’Donnell, Erik Antico, Dan Semler, Rob Bates, Danny Thompson Jr., George Cullen and Shane Isdaner.