Washington and Lee spoils first home night game for CUA

WASHINGTON – Washington and Lee spoiled the first home night game in school history for CUA on Friday evening as the Generals downed the Cardinals 49-14 inside Cardinal Stadium.  Washington and Lee racked up 604 yards of offense, including 496 yards on the ground to drop CUA to 3-5 on the season.

CUA totaled 309 yards of offense, including a strong performance by freshman Nick Cortese, who ran for 95 yards on 19 carries (5.0 yards per carry).  Greg Cordivari completed 21 of 36 passes for 209 yards, but was also intercepted twice, while Lawrence DeSimone pulled down six receptions for 63 yards.

The Cardinals were playing without two of their top offensive stars in Alonzo Cooke and Mike Pitsenberger, who were both out with injuries.  That duo has scored over 60-percent of CUA's touchdowns this season.

The CUA defense was led by senior linebacker Christian Pavik who recorded 13 tackles and a fumble recovery, while Anthony Albanese added nine tackles.  Alex King registered a team-leading two tackles for-loss.

The Generals seemingly had their way with CUA all night long as three different players rushed for at least 100 yards, led by Luke Heinsohn with 114.  As a team Washington and Lee averaged 6.0 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns on the ground. 

Jake Pelton led the Washington and Lee defense with 11 tackles and two interceptions, while Rob Look added nine stops.

CUA received the opening kick-off and put together a solid opening drive.  The Cardinals seemed poised to take an early lead, but Mike Smith got hit hard near the goal line, the ball squirted free and Washington and Lee recovered on its own five-yard line.

A personal foul penalty on the fumble moved the Generals up to their 20 and they then proceeded to drive 80 yards in 14 plays, capped off by a Jason Zelesnik touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead.

Washington and Lee then scored on its next possession to take a 14-0 lead with 2:10 to play in the opening quarter.

On CUA's ensuing drive the Cardinals marched 64 yards in eight plays and cut the Generals lead in half on Cortese's four-yard score early in the second.

The CUA defense then made a huge fourth down stop to give the Cardinals the ball back, but the offense was unable to do much and following a three-and-out, was forced to punt.  Washington and Lee took advantage as the Generals took over five minutes off the clock and covered 80 yards in 11 plays and went up 21-7 on Harrison Hudson's 15-yard score.

One more touchdown by the Generals late in the quarter pushed the visitors lead to 28-7 as the teams approached halftime.

After the ball exchanged hands early in the third, Washington and Lee added to its lead with a two-yard score by Heinsohn. 

CUA's second touchdown of the night came on a one-yard plunge by Dan Zentz towards the end of the third quarter, but that was all the offense the Cardinals were able to generate.

CUA will close out its 2010 road schedule next Saturday, November 7 when the Cardinals travel to take on Guilford.  Kick-off is set for 1:00.

Photography by Peter Lockley