CUA football team set to kick off 2010 season on Saturday night

WASHINGTON – The Catholic University football team is set to kick off its 2010 season on Saturday evening as the Cardinals head to Virginia to take on the Shenandoah Hornets inside Sprint Field underneath the lights.  CUA is 3-1 under head coach Dave Dunn in season openers, including a perfect 2-0 mark on the road.

Saturday will mark the eighth meeting all-time between CUA and Shenandoah with the Cardinals holding a slim 4-3 lead.  Catholic University had won three straight meetings prior to last year’s 21-3 Hornets victory in the nation’s capital.

Sophomore Greg Cordivari will get the start under center for CUA on Saturday evening as he makes just his second career start at quarterback.  Cordivari appeared in one game last season and completed 18 passes for 222 yards.

One of Cordivari’s favorite targets on Saturday evening will most likely be senior wideout Mike Smith.  Smith was CUA’s leading receiver in 2009 with 40 receptions for 373 yards and one touchdown.  The Maryland native was also the Cardinals’ fourth leading rusher with 73 yards gained on 19 carries, and he even returned punts and kicks throughout the season.  

The 2010 CUA football roster contains three sets of brothers including, Nick and Vinnie Cortese, Mike and Timbo McGarry, and Colin and Dylan O’Shea.  Cardinals head coach Dave Dunn recruited all six of the brothers to Washington, D.C.

For more information on CUA’s 2010 season opener, check out this week’s game notes.

CUA and Shenandoah will get things started at 7:00 on Saturday evening.  Live video and audio of the game will be available through Shenandoah’s website.