Sept. 9, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-0, 0-0 Patriot League) will open its 2011 Patriot League schedule against Lafayette College (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League) on Saturday, September 10, under the lights on Multi-Sport Field at 6 p.m. Georgetown defeated Lafayette 28-24 in their last meeting on September 11, 2010. Lafayette leads the all-time series 10-4.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be televised locally on Verizon Fios1 with Dave McHugh providing the play-by-play and Brandon Small adding analysis. Monika Moore and Monica McNutt will be reporting from the sidelines. Fans can also view the live Hoyavision broadcast on Georgetown's official athletic website - www.guhoyas.com - with Chuck Timanus providing the call.
HOYAS IN THE OPENER: The Hoyas opened its season last Saturday with a convincing 40-16 victory over Davidson. It was the first time since 2003 that the Hoyas scored 40 points against an opponent and sophomore RB Nick Campanella (Roselle, Ill./Montini Catholic) became the first GU running back since Charlie Houghton in 2007 to rush for three touchdowns in a single game. Overall, the Hoyas were able to rush for over 200 yards behind an offensive line that features four new starters.
Georgetown's defense held the Wildcats to negative seven rushing yards, while compiling six sacks and forcing four turnovers. Junior LB Jeremy Grasso (Washington Twp., N.J./Bergen Catholic) finished with 3.5 sacks, 4.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery to earn Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors. Junior CB Jeremy Moore (New Haven, Conn./James Hillhouse) had 10 tackles, including one sack and a pass breakup, while junior LB Robert McCabe (Newtown Square, Pa,/Malvern Prep) had 11 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and a blocked kick in the victory.
Isaiah Kempf NAMED STARTING QB: Junior QB Isaiah Kempf (Glendale, Calif./Bridgton Academy) was named the starter prior to the first game and responded by completing 16-of-24 for 172 yards and a touchdown pass, while rushing for 79 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown.
Nathan Zimmel NAMED SPECIAL TEAMS CAPTAIN: Senior LB Nathan Zimmel (Allentown, Pa./Parkland) was named Special Teams Captain during the week, following Georgetown's win over Davidson. Zimmel joins senior safety Wayne Heimuli and senior SLOT Jeremiah Kayal (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills) as captains of the Georgetown football team.
HONORING JOE EACOBACCI AND THE NO. 35: Prior to Saturday's game Georgetown University Athletic Department will recognize the family of former Hoya football co-captain Joe Eacobacci, who was lost in the tragedy on September 11, 2001. Eacobacci's No. 35 jersey has served as a living memorial, worn by a selected player since 2003. Four of those former Hoyas, including Matt Fronzke (2003), Michael Ononibaku (2004-05), Nick Umar (2008), Robert Lane (2009) and current recipient Wayne Heimuli will be recognized. Georgetown will also remember Tom Galvin (B '90) a former golfer and Patrick Sullivan (B '91) a member of the track team on the Hilltop.
ABOUT LAFAYETTE: The Leopards enter the second week of the season after falling to No. 11 North Dakota State 42-6 in the season-opener. Despite the loss, Lafayette did not turn the ball over and QB Ryan O'Neil turned in a solid performance, completing 15-of-20 passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. Lafayette also played the first week of the season without its top two tailbacks, Jerome Rudolph and Pat Mputu.
Lafayette, like Georgetown, has a young team, with 61 freshmen and sophomores on their 91 student-athlete roster. TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets for any of Georgetown's four home games can be purchased by calling the Hoyas box office at (202) 687-HOYA (4692) or visiting the team's official website - GUHoyas.com - and visiting http://www.guhoyas.com/tickets/m-footbl-tickets.html. Season tickets are still available for Georgetown football. The adult season ticket price is $30 and youth, senior and military season tickets are $15.