Sept. 19, 2014
WASHINGTON - The Georgetown University football team (1-2, 0-0 Patriot League) returns home to Multi-Sport Field to host Brown University (0-0, 0-0 Ivy League) on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off between the Hoyas and Bears is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.
Georgetown will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the return of football to the Hilltop, as the Georgetown University Athletic Department will honor members of the Hoya teams from the 1960's who helped revive the program at halftime.
BROADCAST INFORMATION: Saturday's game will be broadcast live on HoyaVision via Georgetown's Official Athletics website - www.GUHoyas.com. Jeremy Huber will call play-by-play, Chuck Timanus will provide commentary and Monika Moore will report from the sideline. Fans can also find game updates from the team's official twitter account: @HoyasFB.
SERIES VS. THE BEARS: Georgetown will meet Brown for the fifth time in program history, with the Hoyas trailing the all-time series 4-0. GU will be Brown's season-opener for the second consecutive season, as an injury-plagued Hoya squad fell at Brown, 45-7, on September 21, 2013. This will be the third-consecutive season that the two schools will meet with the series starting in 2005.
LAST WEEK: Head Coach Rob Sgarlata earned his first-career victory in GU's 27-7 victory over Marist last Saturday. Sophomore quarterback Kyle Nolan (Branford, Conn./Choate Rosemary Hall) threw a touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Michael Cimilluca (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) and ran for another, while sophomore defensive end Phil Novacki (Atlanta, Ga./South Gwinnett) returned an interception 48 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory. Novacki earned College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS Defensive Lineman of the Week honorable mention for his performance.
NO. 35 Nick Alfieri EARNS PATRIOT LEAGUE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior linebacker Nick Alfieri (Portland, Ore./Jesuit/The Hotchkiss School) was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week following a 14 tackle, one interception performance in a win over Marist. Alfieri's 42-yard interception return set up GU's first score in a 27-7 win. It is the first weekly honor for Alfieri who was a 2013 Second Team All-Patriot League and 2014 Preseason All-Patriot League honoree. He is the Hoyas first PL Defensive Player of the Week since Dustin Wharton earned the honor following GU's season-opener at Wagner on August 31, 2013. Alfieri also moved into sixth place on the program's all-time tackles list passing fellow No. 35 recipient Matt Fronczke.
HOYAS CAREER TACKLES LEADERS
Player (Years) Tackles
1. Robert McCabe (09-12)407
2. Nick Parrish (07-10) 349*
3. Dustin Wharton (2010-13) 280*
4. Tom Wonica (93-95) 269
5. Jim Bolger (89-92) 261
6. Nick Alfieri (`11-pres.) 251
7. Matt Fronczke (00-03) 243
8. Andrew Clarke (00-03) 236
9. Raja Mohi-ud-din (88-91) 231
10. Jason Carter (02-05) 229
*teammates of Alfieri
HOYAS WINNING THE TURNOVER BATTLE
Through three games the Hoyas lead the Patriot League with a +4 turnover differential averaging two takeaways per game, while only losing two turnovers on the season. The Hoyas intercepted three passes in their victory over Marist last Saturday, with two of the turnovers leading to Georgetown scores.
Lehigh and Colgate are second in the league at +2.
Alec May AMONG THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
Senior Alec May was a dominant player down the stretch in 2013 and has continued that brilliance early this season for the Hoyas. Already the Patriot League leader with 4.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss in 2014, May has compiled 11.5 sacks over his last six games. He has two sacks apiece in GU's games with Wagner and Marist this season. His 11.5 sacks over a six game stretch is the most during a six-game period in at least the last eight seasons. May moved into eighth place in GU history with 17 sacks and is just five behind Nabil Al-Sabih for seventh place. .
Player (Years) Sacks
1. Janne Kouri (93-96) 31.5
2. Andrew Schaetzke (08-11) 30.5
3. Michael Ononibaku (02-05) 28
4. Alex Buzbee (03-06) 27.5
5. Tony Zaslav (88-91) 23.5
6. Raja Mohi-ud-din (88-91) 22.5
7. Nabil Al-Sabih (87-90) 22
8. Alec May (11-pres.) 17
9. Paul Miller (96-99) 16
10. Brett Davis (82-85) 15
ABOUT BROWN: The Bears have posted six consecutive winning seasons under Head Coach Phil Estes, the team's best streak since 1973-1980. The Bears finished 6-4 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League last season and will meet the Hoyas in their season-opener for the second straight season. Sophomore WR Alex Jette is the only returning All-Ivy League player on offense; he earned the honor as a kick returner last season. Brown will have 11 new starters from when they played the Hoyas in 2013. Honorable mention All-Ivy League ILB Daniel Giovacchini is a two-year starter and has played all 30 games in his career for the Bears. He will highlight Brown's linebacker corps and serve as a co-captain. Georgetown and Brown will meet for the fifth time in program history, as the Bears hold a 4-0 advantage. The last time Brown came to town was in 2012, when they defeated GU 37-10. Brown has won its last nine non-conference games and are 41-18 out of the Ivy League since 1994.