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Marist Hands Valpo Setback at Home
Eric Slenk averaged 26.4 yards per kickoff return against Marist. (Stacey LaCalamita)
Eric Slenk averaged 26.4 yards per kickoff return against Marist. (Stacey LaCalamita)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Valparaiso racked up a season-high 358 yards of total offense, but could not convert them into points on Saturday afternoon, falling to Marist 51-7 at Brown Field.

The Crusaders had season highs with 219 yards through the air and 139 yards on the ground, but turned the ball over four times and the defense allowed the Red Foxes to rack up 550 yards of total offense.

“It comes down to mental toughness,” head coach Dale Carlson said after the game.  “We have to overcome adversity and we’re just not doing it.”

Marist jumped on top with its opening drive of the game.  Valpo’s defense appeared to force the Red Foxes into a three-and-out, however a roughing the punter penalty kept the drive alive.  Jason Myers capped the 12-play, six-minute drive with a 28-yard field goal and the Red Foxes had an early 3-0 lead.

A 55-yard punt return following Valpo’s first series set Marist up at the Crusader 34 yard line and two plays later Calvin McCoy scored on a 16-yard touchdown run, giving Marist a 10-0 lead.

Ryan Dinnebeil’s one-yard touchdown with 8:58 to play in the second quarter extended the Marist lead to 17 points before Valpo put together a drive of its own.  Marching 95 yards in 14 plays, Nate Goergen (Golden, Colo./Golden H.S.) found Antonio Lovelace (Akron, Ohio/Buchtel H.S.) on the left side for a 13-yard scoring strike, pulling the Crusaders within 17-7 with just 50 seconds to play before intermission.

However, Marist brought the ensuing kickoff back out to the Red Foxes’ 44 yard line and four plays later the visitors had another touchdown on the board as Tommy Reilly connected with Chris Ortner from eight yards out with just 17 seconds remaining, and Marist took a 24-7 lead into the locker room.

“We get back into the game with that touchdown and then don’t cover a kick,” Carlson said.  “Our coverage teams are just not getting it done.  Seventeen of their 24 first half points were a result of our special teams.”

The Red Foxes added two touchdowns within 15 seconds late in the third quarter, taking advantage of a Crusader interception.  Marist added two more touchdowns in the fourth to cap the scoring.

Goergen finished the game connecting on 25-of-42 passes for 205 yards and the touchdown while Bobby Wysocki (Calumet City, Ill./Thornwood H.S.) led the ground attack with 14 carries for 45 yards.  Sean McCarty (Waukesha, Wis./West H.S.) made six catches for 75 yards while Kevin Becker (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson H.S.) had six grabs for a career-high 64 yards.

Reilly led Marist (2-3, 1-2 PFL) through the air, completing 12-of-23 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns.  Atiq Lucas had eight carries for 113 yards and a score rushing as the Red Foxes finished the game with 296 yards on the ground and five touchdowns.

Valparaiso (0-6, 0-3) will remain at home next Saturday for the fourth time in five weeks as the Crusaders host Jacksonville. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at Brown Field.

Game Notes: Marist has won both meetings between the two schools … Lovelace’s touchdown reception was the first of his career … punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) had a career long 57-yard boot.

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
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
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
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
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
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
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
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
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 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 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
W 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
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
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
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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