2008
Football falls at North Park

Football falls at North Park
September 27, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

The combination of a rash of injuries, several turnovers and a motivated North Park University team resulted in a 35-10 road loss for Benedictine University's football team. The Eagles fell to 0-3 overall and now look forward to the first-ever Northern Athletics Conference football game next weekend at Aurora University. Benedictine wanted some momentum heading into the game versus the arch-rival Spartans next weekend. But with starting tailback Ryan Schwartz and kick return specialist John Borsellino on the shelf (along with several other players) due to injury, things did not go as planned for the Eagles. Likewise, BU committed six turnovers and had to face the wrath of an NPU team on its homecoming game. Two turnovers were converted into scores by the Vikings. Things looked like they were going right for the Eagles early on. On its second possession of the game, Benedictine marched from its own 48 to the North Park six before the series stalled. Brian Goff drilled a 22-yard field goal to give BU a 3-0 lead with 4:21 left in the opening quarter. The Vikings answered on their ensuing drive with a touchdown and extra point, making it 7-3 after one period. North Park tallied 14 points in the second quarter and took a 21-3 lead into the locker room. The second half wasn't much different as the Vikings added 14 more unanswered points before the Eagles scored their only TD with a little over a minute left in the game. Mark Lathers capped the three-play, 50-yard drive with a six-yard run. Lathers, who received seven carries in Schwartz's abscence, rushed for 50 yards in the game. Freshman quarterback Derek Hitt completed 12-of-33 passes for 120 yards, He was intercepted twice and sacked twice. Defensively, junior linebacker Devin Montgomery had a game-high 13 tackles. Fellow linebacker Ryan Koziczynski and defensive back Tim Shanahan each booked 12 tackles. Shanahan had an interception, as well. For more Athletics News, visit the Athletics Web site.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.