WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored three touchdowns to lead the Holy Cross football team to a 24-0 victory over Georgetown at the Multi-Sport Field. Mistretta caught five passes for 78 yards and two scores on the day, while rushing the ball twice for four yards and a touchdown. Holy Cross improves to 2-9 overall and 2-3 in the Patriot League with the win, while Georgetown falls to 5-6 on the season and 2-3 in the conference.
The Holy Cross defense turned in its top performance of the 2012 campaign, holding the Hoyas to just 196 yards of total offense and 12 first downs on the afternoon. The Crusaders also posted their first shutout since defeating Georgetown 55-0 on Sept. 22, 2007. Senior linebacker Erik Wachter (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) led the way with 15 tackles and one sack, while senior linebacker Nick Mercurio (Wading River, N.Y.) added nine tackles with a sack and two tackles for loss.
The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 7:55-mark of the first quarter on a 29-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Ryan Laughlin (Glen Mills, Pa.) to Mistretta. The defenses would then dominate play for the rest of the first half, and Holy Cross eventually took a 7-0 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, Mistretta ran two yards for a touchdown , before junior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) kicked a 19-yard field goal to give Holy Cross a 17-0 advantage. Sophomore quarterback Steven Elder (San Antonio, Texas) then hit Mistretta with a 20-yard scoring strike midway through the fourth quarter, making the final score 24-0.
Junior wide out Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) finished the game with 10 receptions for 60 yards, while senior tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) rushed 20 times for 65 yards. Elder and Laughlin combined to complete 19 of 25 attempts for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
The 2012 season is now complete for the Crusaders.