McCarthy a big part of Catholic's rebound

From Nov. 4, 2000, game program

By Chris McManes
CUA Sports Information Director

If you think CUA senior Tim McCarthy looks big on the football field, you should see him with a lacrosse stick in his hand.

Despite carrying 320 pounds across a 6-foot-1-inch frame, McCarthy possesses amazingly nimble footwork whether playing left guard or defenseman in lacrosse.

"Lacrosse is a fast game and you've got to be quick on your feet," McCarthy said. "If it wasn't for lacrosse, maybe I wouldn't have as good of feet as I do. Lacrosse has a lot to do with my footwork in football because it's all running and I have to be able to move laterally and backwards."

McCarthy's blocking last year helped the Cardinals set a school record for most rushing yards (2,044). The premier Division III football Web site, named him third-team All-American. This year Street & Smith's honored him as a preseason first-team All-American.

"What's remarkable about Tim is that he's got tremendous agility," CUA Coach Tom Clark said. "You look at him and you can't believe that he's going to be able to get downfield and block safeties, but he does. So he really is special that way."

When the Cards began the year 1-3, McCarthy and fellow captain Tim Varian kept the team focused on its goal of returning to the NCAA playoffs.

"They have been outstanding," Clark said. "They held this team together. I really give them a lot of credit for our perseverance and our comeback."

McCarthy is playing with a heavy heart this season after the December death of his former CUA teammate, right guard Anthony Bottoni. McCarthy, who has Bottoni's No. 76 tattooed on his right leg, thinks about his best friend everyday.

"It doesn't get any easier," he said. "He was an unbelievable guy and a good football player, too. It's a huge loss, but I know he's still there watching us."