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Saint Joseph's Defeats Valpo on Communiversity Night
Valpo took to Brown Field for the first time in 2010 on Saturday night. (Scott Bort)
Valpo took to Brown Field for the first time in 2010 on Saturday night. (Scott Bort)
Eric Lemon threw for 184 yards on 22-of-39 passing. (Scott Bort)
Eric Lemon threw for 184 yards on 22-of-39 passing. (Scott Bort)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) spoiled Valparaiso’s home opener on Saturday night in front of more than 4,600 fans at Brown Field on Communiversity Night as the Pumas defeated the Crusaders 50-7.

“The atmosphere was awesome,” head coach Dale Carlson said after the game.  “The guys were chomping at the bit to play.  Playing at night is just great.  I hope people understand that we are trying to build this program.  It takes time but I hope people keep coming out to the games.  We will get better.”

Playing the first night game ever on the Valparaiso University campus against Saint Joseph’s marked the 63rd meeting between the two Northwest Indiana rivals dating back to 1921.

The Pumas scored early and often, building a 40-0 lead at halftime.  Mack Ogletree had three rushing scores while Garrick Hall added the first touchdown on the ground.  Hall finished the night with 17 carries for 178 yards while Ogletree had 16 carries for 132 yards.  Jashon Banks added 106 yards and a touchdown as Saint Joseph’s rushed for 474 yards in the contest.

Valpo found the scoreboard with 9:01 to play in the game as Ryan Lehr (Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este H.S.) scored his first collegiate touchdown from a yard out to cap an 11-play, 85-yard drive.

Eric Lemon (Stevensville, Mich./Lakeshore H.S.), who came in at quarterback in the second quarter, finished 22-of-39 for 184 yards.  He did throw one interception which was returned for a touchdown though.

“Lemon was a little jittery when he first came in,” Carlson said.  “We didn’t give him any time on that interception.  He settled down and did a pretty good job of making decisions as the game went along.  He made some good throws.”

Tim Bennett (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic H.S.) led Valpo with five receptions, while Sean McCarty (Waukesha, Wis./West H.S.) had a team-leading 53 yards in grabs, including a 47-yarder in the third quarter.

Eddie Morelli (Racine, Wis./Saint Catherines H.S.) had eight carries for 30 yards to lead the Crusader ground game.

Valpo finished the night with a season-high 254 yards of total offense, including 195 through the air.

Saint Joseph’s had 550 yards of total offense, including 474 yards on the ground.  Ogletree completed 8-of-9 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, Adrian Gober (Gary, Ind./Merrillville H.S.) had a team-leading seven tackles, including one for loss.

“We were thinking too much instead of just playing tonight,” Carlson added.  “We as coaches need to do a better job of getting them to relax.”

Valparaiso (0-3) will return to Brown Field next Saturday afternoon to host Drake on Homecoming.  Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.

Game Notes: Saint Joseph’s leads the all-time series 33-28-2 … the attendance was 4,673 on an evening in which the rain stayed away after being forecasted for all evening … Valpo is now 48-40-2 all-time in home openers … the Crusaders were penalized just once for five yards.

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Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo 2 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24 #21/21 Notre Dame 7
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
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27 Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 4
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Green Bay
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 4, 12:00 p.m. Valpo