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Macchi, Giancola Break Single-Game School Records In Loss To Jacksonville

Saturday, September 27, 2003

Jacksonville, Fla. ? David Macchi passed for a school-record 452 yards and four touchdowns, and Rob Giancola had a school-record 233 receiving yards and three touchdowns, but Valpo (3-2) fell to Jacksonville 34-27.

Despite trailing 17-0 in the first half, the Crusaders rallied to take a 27-26 lead on Macchi's 11-yard touchdown pass to Giancola with just under eight minutes remaining in the game. After each team had one more possession, Jacksonville (3-1) mounted a seven-play, 59-yard drive that culminated with Mike Sturgill connecting with Eldin Ferguson on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 2:24 left. Sturgill then completed a pass to Jimmy Willman for a two-point conversion to give the Dolphins a 34-27 advantage.

Valpo, which finished with 496 total yards, attempted another comeback by orchestrating a 14-play drive that ended at JU's 34-yard line on a fourth-down incompletion. Previously on the drive, the Crusaders had a first down at the Dolphins' 18-yard line before a third-down penalty pushed them back to the 34-yard line.

Macchi and Giancola hooked up for two big plays in the second quarter to bring the Crusaders within 20-13 at halftime. A 56-yard touchdown pass from Macchi to Giancola trimmed the JU lead to 17-7 with 13:20 left. Following a 20-yard field goal by Jacksonviile's Ryan Long, Giancola hauled in a 63-yard scoring pass from Macchi to cut the deficit to 20-13 with 3:36 remaining before intermission.

Valpo was forced to play catch-up after committing five turnovers, including four fumbles, in the first half. The Crusaders took the opening kickoff 56 yards to the JU 24-yard line before Brandon Torre sacked Macchi, forcing a fumble that was recovered by Charlton Williams and returned 64 yards for a touchdown.

Jacksonville increased its lead to 14-0 with 7:32 left in the first quarter on Emmett Hunter's 5-yard run. Hunter enjoyed a huge afternoon, establishing career-highs of 210 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries. Following Valpo's third lost fumble, Long added a 25-yard field goal early in the second quarter to build the Dolphins' lead to 17-0.

The Crusader defense and special teams helped balance the turnover ratio in the first half as Elliott Powell and Kris Hardaway each made interceptions and Michael Mroz blocked a Jacksonville punt.

Valpo carried its momentum into the second half, forcing the Dolphins to punt after three plays. Macchi, who surpassed his own school record of 446 yards (vs. Drake, 2002), then utilized Ryan Barno and Giancola on three pass plays, the last of which tied the game at 20-20. Barno, who had career-highs of 11 receptions for 145 yards, caught a 19-yard aerial from Macchi and Giancola snagged a 25-yarder. Macchi and Barno completed the six-play, 58-yard drive with an 8-yard touchdown connection.

Giancola, who added to his Pioneer Football League scoring lead, has eight touchdowns and 50 points. The junior from Whiting, Ind. made three touchdown receptions for the second time this season, also accomplishing the feat against Austin Peay.

Brad Smeja led the Crusaders with 13 tackles and Lawrence Canada added 12, including two for losses. Senior John Tsahas made seven tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble.

Valpo hosts Morehead State next Saturday (Oct. 4) at 1:30 p.m. in the Homecoming Game.

W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 6 4th/12 (311)
W Tennis Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 6 Milwaukee 7
Softball Detroit 0 VU Softball Field
Apr 6 Valpo 8
Baseball Wright State 4 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 6 Valpo 2
W Golf IPFW Spring Invitational Fort Wayne, Ind. (Chestnut Hills G.C.)
Apr 7 9th/12 (642)
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
M Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 18, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State