Nov. 22, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (3-8, 1-1-5 Patriot League) scored a pair of third quarter touchdowns and the defense stood strong to send the team's 21 seniors out with a 21-16 win over Holy Cross (4-8, 2-4 Patriot League), in the season finale at Multi-Sport Field.
Senior defensive end Alec May (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip), who was named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List earlier in the week, recorded nine tackles and a first half sack to pass Janne Kouri (C'97) for Georgetown's single-season sacks record, while the defense forced two turnovers and blocked a field goal attempt. Junior linebacker Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) led the Hoyas with 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and one pass break up.
Junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) carried the ball 21 times for 109 yards and a touchdown to lead the offense, while junior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 12-of-21 passes for 160 yards and two touchdowns, as the Hoyas defeated the Crusaders for the fourth time in five years.
The Crusaders had field position on their side throughout the first quarter, but Georgetown's defense stood strong, allowing just a 31-yard field goal from Connor Fitzgerald to take a 3-0 lead at the 6:11 mark in the first.
Holy cross looked to extend the lead early in the second quarter driving down to the Hoyas 10 yard line, but senior safety John Egan (Atlanta, Ga./The Westminster School) intercepted a pass at the two yard line to end the threat.
Georgetown's offense went to work behind Nolan and Kimpela, who engineered a 13-play, 95-yard drive that took over six minutes off the clock. Nolan found sophomore tight end Matthew Buckman (Hasbrouck Heights, N.J./Saint Joseph) on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 1:38 remaining in the first half to take a 7-3 lead. Holy Cross had one final chance, but junior cornerback Ettian Scott (Okinawa, Japan/Northside (N.C.)) blocked a 40-yard field goal attempt to send the Blue & Gray into halftime with the lead.
Holy Cross struck quickly to start the second half, as Ryan Laughlin, a senior backup quarterback led an eight-play, 30-yard drive, scoring on a four-yard touchdown run to give the Crusaders a 10-7 lead.
Nolan connected with sophomore wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) twice on the ensuing drive, the first time for 26 yards to cross midfield. On the next play, Nolan found Hill for a 37-yard touchdown pass in the back right corner of the end zone to take a 14-10 lead with 10:35 remaining in the third quarter. Hill would finish the game with four catches for a career-high 88 yards.
Kimpela led a scoring drive early in the fourth quarter, carrying the ball 11 times on a 14-play, 81-yard drive that took just under eight minutes off the clock. Kimpela took the ball on the last seven plays of the drive, capped by a three-yard touchdown run to put GU in front 21-10 with 7:13 remaining in the game.
Holy Cross scored once more as time ran off the clock, but it was not enough to keep Georgetown from earning a 21-16 victory on Senior Day.
NOTES: Alec May finished with 16.5 sacks to break Janne Kouri's record of 16 set in 1996. He finished 1.5 sacks behind Andrew Hollingsworth's (Towson) Patriot League record of 18, set in 2000. He also finishes third in program history in sacks with 29, behind Kouri (31.5) and Andrew Schaetzke (30.5)...Prior to the game the Georgetown Athletics Department honored 21 seniors including: Nick Alfieri, Alec May, Nick Quintans, Mike Roland, Darius Baxter, Mitchell Black, Patrick Boyle, Xander Carpousis, Michael Cimilluca, Chad Coleman, Wardell Crutchfield III, Peter Daibes, Billy Duncan, John Egan, Mike Kasten, Ryan Rattay, Jordan Richardson, Javan Robinson, Richard Shankle, Gibson Vaught and Danny Wright.