Sept. 12, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (0-2, 0-0 Patriot League) travels north to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to take on Pioneer Football League (PFL) foe Marist (0-2, 0-0 PFL) on Saturday evening at Tenney Stadium. Kick-off between the Hoyas and Red Foxes is scheduled for 6 p.m.
SERIES HISTORY: Saturday's game will be the 17th meeting between Georgetown and Marist, as the Hoyas hold a 12-4 series advantage. The Red Foxes defeated GU, 43-23 at Multi-Sport Field last season, snapping a two-game win streak for Georgetown. It was the first time Marist defeated Georgetown by more than three points in the history of the series. The Hoyas last victory against the Red Foxes came in 2011 when quarterback Scott Darby posted the highest single-game completion percentage in GU history (.818). Darby completed 18-of-22 passes for 211 yards with four touchdown passes and a rushing touchdown in a 55-28 GU victory.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: A free live audio broadcast of Saturday's game, featuring Chuck Timanus on play-by-play with commentary from Ryan Sakamoto, will be available on the Georgetown University official athletics website - www.GUHoyas.com. Live updates can be found via the program's official Twitter account: @HoyasFB.
LAST GAME: The Blue & Gray could not keep track of Dayton's prolific rushing attack, as the Hoyas fell 23-14 at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio, in the program's first meeting with the Flyers. The Hoyas defense created two turnovers, as junior linebacker Matthew Satchell (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill East) forced a fumble to go with 11 tackles and junior linebacker Hunter Kiselick (Nutley, N.J./Bergen Catholic) intercepted a pass. Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) also had 11 tackles and a pass breakup. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) completed 19-of-35 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown for the Hoyas, while senior running back Daniel Wright (Washington, D.C./St. John's College) and sophomore wide receiver Justin Hill (Pittsburgh, Pa./Montour) each scored their first career touchdowns in a losing effort.
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A GAME MAKES FOR Harry McCollum: Sophomore punter Harry McCollum (Arlington Heights, Ill./Saint Viator) was named a College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punter Performer of the Week honorable mention after averaging 45.6 yards per punt at Dayton on Saturday. McCollum, playing in his second collegiate game, had five punts for 228 yards, including a long of 60 yards. Two of his punts landed inside the 20 yard line, with one bouncing out of bounds at the Dayton three yard line. McCollum improved his per punt average by exactly nine yards after punting for 36.6 yards/punt on seven punts in the Hoyas week one loss.
ALFIERI, NO. 35 AND CAREER TACKLES: Senior LB Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) became the 11th Hoya to wear the Joe Eacobacci Memorial No. 35 jersey. Eacobacci, a linebacker and captain at Georgetown, was working at Cantor-Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center when he tragically lost his life on September 11, 2001. Alfieri and his No. 35 predecessors have kept his spirit alive within the program as leaders on and off the field. On the field they have done this particularly in the career tackles category. Alfieri, who is currently seventh in career tackles with 237, recently passed two-time No. 35 recipient Michael Ononibaku. He is currently behind a pair of No. 35 recipients, Matt Fronczke (6th, 243 tackles) and Nick Parrish (2nd, 349 tackles). Eacobacci's college roommate, Tom Wonica, is fourth in program history with 269 tackles.
ABOUT MARIST: Head Coach Jim Parady is in his 23rd season at the helm of a Marist program that he has guided to four league championships, including a share of the PFL championships last season. The Red Foxes enter Saturday's game after a pair of season-opening losses, first to Sacred Heart and then to Patriot League foe Bucknell, last week. Parady and the Red Foxes will have their work cut out for them after losing its starting quarterback, several starters on the offensive line and defensive standout Terence Fede, who became the first Marist player to make an NFL roster, when he made the Miami Dolphins 53-man roster prior to this season. The Marist football team will have six captains for the 2014 season, all of whom are fifth-year seniors, including LB Mike Kagafas, LB Hugh Kirwan, RB Atiq Lucas, WR Armani Martin, OL Jack Meussner and LB Paul Sakowski. Sakowski is heading into his second season as a captain.