Sept. 12, 2011
Hoya Notes - Post-Game Lafayette
From The Desk of Kevin Kelly
Dear family, friends and fans,
First, I wanted to extend a personal thank you to Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia for hosting a special dinner on Friday night to honor the memory of one of our own, Joe Eacobacci, who was lost during the attacks on 9/11. Our players, coaching staff, as well as Joe's family and teammates and several former No. 35 jersey recipients were at Copley Hall for a night that was a great reminder to all of us of the importance of living every day with the values Joe embodied.
Saturday was a great day for Georgetown football! We are extremely proud of our guys for the way they played and for finishing the game the right way, something we have stressed since the first day of training camp this summer.
Something we ask of our players is, if we get behind, don't panic. If we get ahead, don't relax. Our guys did a very good job of following through on those ideas.
After Lafayette took a 13-7 lead in the fourth quarter it was a full team effort to retake the lead and keep it. Our kickoff return unit did a good job of allowing Jeremy Moore to get out to the 45 yard line to start our drive. Our offense did a nice job on a nine-play 55 yard drive to set up the go ahead touchdown and our defense stepped up even after Lafayette made a big play on offense.
Andrew Schaetzke had a great fourth quarter, first causing a fumble to get us the ball back with Lafayette driving deep into our territory. It was fitting that Andrew, who I believe is the best defensive player in the Patriot League, closed out the game with a sack.
Congratulations are in order for two of our guys, punter Matt MacZura who was named the Special Teams Player of the Week after his effort on Saturday and SLOT Max Waizenegger who made three big catches, including both of our touchdowns, who was an honorable mention for offensive player of the week.
Saturday's game was another example of the importance of the turnover battle. We were plus one in that column and did a nice job of holding onto the football. That proved to be a big difference on Saturday, now we have to keep that going against Yale.
Our preparation for Yale has already begun. We will be leaving for the Yale Bowl on Friday and are looking forward to another great game. Last year we felt like we were one play away and we'll be hungry to improve on last year's result.
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