Aug. 29, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (0-0, 0-0 Patriot League) begins the Rob Sgarlata era when they host Wagner (0-0, 0-0 NEC) on Saturday, August 30 at Multi-Sport Field. Kick-off is scheduled for noon.
SERIES HISTORY: This will be the sixth meeting and second consecutive season-opener between the Hoyas and Seahawks. The Blue & Gray hold a 3-2 series advantage. Georgetown fell 28-21 last season at Wagner, after taking a 21-7 lead into the half. Junior running back Jo'el Kimpela (Kinshasa, D.R. Congo/Euless Trinity) had a rushing touchdown, while senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit[The Hotchkiss School]) led the Hoyas with 14 tackles in the 2013 season-opener.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Fans can watch live streaming coverage of the Hoyas and Seahawks on the Georgetown Athletics official website - www.guhoyas.com. The live broadcast of the Hoyas game will feature Jeremy Huber on play-by-play with Chuck Timanus providing commentary. Monika Moore and Hayley Milon will also provide reports from the sideline. In-game updates will be available through the Hoyas official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
Rob Sgarlata MAKES HEAD COACHING DEBUT: Sgarlata became the 31st head coach in program history in February, after spending over 20 years on the Hilltop as a player and coach. Sgarlata, the team's assistant head coach and defensive coordinator since 2007, is the fourth Hoya football head coach to have also played at Georgetown.
HOYAS FEATURE THREE ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE RETURNING STARTERS ON D: Alfieri, along with fellow seniors defensive end Alec May (Wrenthem, Mass./King Phillip) and defensive tackle Jordan Richardson (Watkinsville, Ga./Athens Academy) return on defense after being named Second Team All-Patriot League in 2013. Alfieri, the team's 11th recipient of the Joe Eacobacci No. 35 Memorial Jersey, ranked second in the PL in tackles per game (10.2) last season and is 10th in program history with 216 career tackles. May was among the Patriot League leaders in tackles for loss (12.0) and sacks (7.0), compiling all seven sacks in the last three games of the season. Richardson tied May for fifth in the PL in tackles for loss (12.0) and had three sacks, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery two blocked kicks and a safety.
SEVEN RETURNING STARTERS ON OFFENSE: Junior quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) played his best football of the season in the Hoyas last four games, leading the team to a victory in the season-finale at Holy Cross, sparked by an 82-yard touchdown run. He completed 118-of-195 passes for 1,081 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 242 yards on 61 carries and four touchdowns. Nolan will have experienced protection as senior captains Nick Quintans (Media, Pa./Penncrest) at right guard and Mike Roland (Miami, Fla./Coral Gables) at left tackle, along with senior left guard Mike Kasten (Freehold, N.J./Freehold) started all 11 games last season. Kimpela returns in the backfield after rushing for 222 yards on 60 carries as a sophomore. Junior wide receiver Jake DeCicco (Kingston, N.Y./Kingston) led the team's returning receivers with 445 yards on 38 catches and two touchdowns last season.
ABOUT WAGNER: Head Coach Walt Hameline enters his 34th season at the helm of the Wagner program, where he has recorded 216 career victories. The Seahawks return seven starters on offense (including four offensive lineman) and seven starters on defense. Among the returners are preseason All-NEC selections OL David Frederickson, TE/HB Bryan Watts and punter AJ Firestone. Of Wagner's 14 returning starters, seven are fifth-year seniors. Wagner does lose star running back Dominique Williams, who is currently in training camp with the Minnesota Vikings. While the Hoyas 32 newcomers are tops in the Patriot League it does not compare to the 47 newcomers being welcomed to Wagner's program for the 2014 season. Hameline welcomes Asst. Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator Jason Houghtaling back to campus after one season as the offensive coordinator at Cornell, where he worked with Georgetown offensive coordinator Michael Neuberger. Houghtaling was the program's OC during their league championship in 2012.
TICKETS: Tickets for Saturday's game are still available by visiting www.WeAreGeorgetown.com. Fans can also receive tickets prior to the game at the ticket tent outside the entrance to Multi-Sport Field. Adult tickets are $10, while children's tickets are $5. Fans will be welcomed onto the field post-game for a meet and great with the Georgetown football team.