Nov. 17, 2012
WASHINGTON - The early emotion of Senior Day was not enough to lift the Georgetown University football team (5-6, 2-3 Patriot League) over Holy Cross (2-9, 2-3 Patriot League), as the Hoyas fell, 24-0 in its season-finale at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday afternoon. The loss snapped to two-game winning streak in the Patriot League, as well as a two-game winning streak over the Crusaders.
Senior linebacker Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa./Malvern Prep) finished with 15 tackles, one-half a tackle for loss and a pass breakup, giving him 19 consecutive games with double-digit tackles to finish his career. The program's all-time leading tackler and leading tackler in Division I FCS, finished his career 407 tackles, the first Hoya to break 400 career tackles.
The Hoyas, who have used five different quarterbacks this season due to injuries, used three different quarterbacks against the Crusaders, as junior Aaron Aiken (Morristown, N.J./The Lawrenceville School) started and completed 5-of-11 passes for 33 yards and rushed for 66 yards. Freshman Cameron MacPherson (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and sophomore Stephen Skon (Lindenhurst, N.Y./Lindenhurst) also saw action for the Hoyas.
The Crusaders broke through on its second possession, driving 80 yards on nine plays, capped by Ryan Laughlin's 29-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Mistretta to give Holy Cross a 7-0 lead with 7:55 left in the first quarter. Both teams gave extensive work to its punters, with GU's Matt MacZura and HC's John Macomber each punting five times to close out the first half.
Early in the third quarter, Mistretta would score his second of three touchdowns on a two-yard run to take a 14-0 lead. John Macomber made the score 17-0 with a 19-yard field goal with 4:54 remaining in the third, before Mistretta caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Steven Elder with 8:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, giving the Crusaders a 24-0 lead, the eventual final score.
NOTES: Senior CB/KR Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) became the Hoyas all-time kick-off return leader, averaging 23.2 yards per kick-off return. Moore breaks Luke McCardle's previous record of 22.9 yards per kick-off return.