Washington and Lee Football Release
Week 1 - W&L at Johns Hopkins - September 13 - 1:30 pm
This is just the eighth all-time meeting between these two
schools and the first since a 22-8 victory by W&L in Lexington on
October 20, 1962. W&L holds a 5-1-1 series advantage, including a 4-1
mark in games played in Baltimore. The first meeting was a 34-3 W&L
win in 1913. Hopkins only win was a 13-12 victory in 1957.
W&L - 0-0 (5-5 in 1996)
Johns Hopkins - 0-0 (7-3 in 1996)
W&L - Frank Miriello (East Stroudsburg '67)
Overall Record: 10-8-1 (2 years)
ODAC Record: 5-5
Record vs. JHU: 0-0
Record in openers: 0-2
Record vs. Centennial opponents: 1-2
JHU - Jim Margraff (Johns Hopkins '82)
Overall Record: 37-30-3 (7 years)
Record vs. W&L: 0-0
A LOOK AT JOHNS HOPKINS
The Blue Jays are coming off of a 7-3 season in which they featured
one of the top defenses in Division III. Hopkins allowed just 10.6
points per game, ranking 13th in Division III. Senior LB Mike Albert
is the top returnee after making 58 tackles.
Offensively, senior RB Don Zajick is back after running for 842
yards last season. Sophomore QB Wayne Roccia threw for 711 yards and
five TD's last year and senior PK Todd Bencivenni had 12 field goals.
TEAM W L W L
Emory & Henry 0 0 0 0
Guilford 0 0 0 0
Randolph-Macon 0 0 0 0
W&L 0 0 0 0
Bridgewater 0 0 0 1
Hampden-Sydney 0 0 0 1
Western Maryland 21, Bridgewater 17
Sewanee 31, Hampden-Sydney 7
OFFENSE SHINES IN PRESEASON CAMP
W&L head coach Frank Miriello was particularly pleased with the play
of his offense during the preseason training camp. The biggest area
of improvement has been the offensive line, led by senior center
Stefan Neumeister and tackles Marc Granger and John Sensing. Senior
Craig Lavender, sophomore Jady Koch and freshmen Justin Holton and
Colin Fitzgibbons have also been impressive at the guard position.
The Generals piled up over 200 yards of offense in just two quarters
of action in last week's scrimmage against Fork Union.
DEFENSE RELIES ON EXPERIENCE
W&L returns only six starters on defense from a year ago, but the
group is still experienced. The Generals may start as many as eight
seniors, led by cornerback John Benazzi, a first team All-ODAC pick
in 1996, and defensive end Jack Boyd, a second team All-ODAC honoree
INJURIES COSTLY TO GENERALS
A number of anticipated starters have been sidelined at times during
the preseason camp due to injuries, with the biggest blow coming to
senior wide receiver Nick Hodge. The tri-captain suffered a broken
collarbone during the first week of practice and will likely miss at
least half the season. Hodge caught 27 passes for 419 yards and two
touchdowns a year ago and has been one of the top receivers in the
Old Dominion Athletic Conference the last two years. Sophomore J.T.
Malatesta, a big target at 6-foot-5, will fill in for Hodge.
BATCHELLER READY TO CONTINUE SUCCESS
After a remarkable freshman baseball season, W&L sophomore
quarterback Christian Batcheller appears ready to carry his success
over to the football field. Batcheller won the ODAC Triple Crown in
baseball with school records for batting average (.490), home runs
(9) and RBI (45). The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder has been impressive
throwing the ball throughout camp and was equally impressive in W&L's
testing the opening day of practice. He bench pressed 225 pounds 18
W&L will find itself on unfamiliar footing at Johns Hopkins'
Homewood Field on Saturday. The game will mark the first time that
W&L has played on artificial turf since beating Georgetown 27-12 in
the 1991 season finale. W&L also beat Georgetown on turf in 1980,
1982 and 1989 and has not lost on artificial turf since falling to
the Hoyas in 1978.
W&L's last trip to Homewood Field was in 1975 when the Generals'
lacrosse team shocked Johns Hopkins with an 11-7 victory in the
quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division I Tournament. That victory
snapped a 27-game home winning streak for Hopkins' lacrosse team.
Hopkins football team opens the 1997 season with a five-game home
winning streak after going 5-0 at Homewood last year.
Senior tailback Seth McKinley enters the year ranked eighth on W&L's
all-time rushing list with 1,388 career yards...McKinley needs 86
yards to pass Randy Broyles (1950-52) for seventh place...Saturday's
game will be W&L's first in the state of Maryland since playing at
Towson State in 1974...W&L has not won a season opener since beating
Dickinson 33-7 in 1984...of the 12 straight opening day losses, 11
came against perennial ODAC power Emory & Henry and last year's was
to Ursinus, which qualified for the NCAA playoffs...E&H qualified for
the NCAA's four times during that span...W&L coach Frank Miriello
needs one win to move into a tie for 10th place on the school's
all-time winningest coaches list...he has reached 10 wins faster than
any coach since Tex Tilson in 1934.
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