WOMEN'S BLUE LEAGUE: Chaos jails Crime with 28-0 victory.
Joe Hettler and Phillip Koesterer
Too many big plays and too much defense proved to be just too much for the Off-Campus interhall football team Tuesday night, as it fell to Cavanaugh 28-0.
The Chaos used their passing game to roll past the Crime (0-3) on their way to a 2-1 record.
Chaos quarterback Mandy Reimer threw three touchdowns passes, including a 60-yard bomb to receiver Megan Land in the second quarter and another 35-yard completion on the last play of the first half to Jenny Nokes. Reimer also hit Katie Burdick for a 20-yard touchdown in the first quarter to open up the scoring.
"The receivers ran their routes really well and gave me big, easy targets to hit all night," said co-captain Reimer.
The Chaos defense also got involved in the scoring. Sarah Dreznes returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Cavanaugh's defense recorded a safety in the first quarter as well.
"Give a lot of credit to the defense because they played very solid," said head coach Bart Bruckert.
While the biggest worry for the Chaos was which team member would score next, Off-Campus had trouble just getting a team to the field.
"A couple of our key players weren't there so we had to scramble to get enough people to play," said Crime co-captain Abbey Ross.
The Crime's crambled efforts to field a team showed in their struggle to move the ball or stop Cavanaugh's offense.
"It is going to take some time to get on a roll," said Ross. "We haven't found our place working as a team. It's kind of tough when you're practicing [for the first time] out on the field."
Despite the lack of practice, Off-Campus made use of the blitz, forcing Cavanaugh to pass more than usual.
"It was hard to get major yards with our running game because they blitzed so much," Reimer said. "But that did open up our passing game more."
After Tuesday's win, the Chaos feel ready to face some of the more difficult teams in the league, including Walsh, their next opponent.
"We're excited to have a big win going into a game against Walsh because they are a good team," said Bruckert. "We've got a week to prepare for them and so we're looking forward to that game."
McGlinn 0, Walsh 0
There was nothing wild about the stalemate between Wild Women of Walsh Family hall and the Shamrocks of McGlinn. The Wild Women knew it.
"We were not all together at the same time," said Walsh running back Carrie Campbell. "The penalties hurt us, and we could not convert on third downs."
The Shamrocks, however, were pleased with their play, even with the tied score.
"This was the best game I've ever seen McGlinn play," said McGlinn safety Christa Gray.
"Our effort was superb today," said McGlinn head coach Geoff Heiple. "We executed well, the scoring will come in time."
Execution was the key objective for the Shamrocks in the game. First-time quarterback Julie Kremer had 12 completions on 23 attempts and was the driving force of the McGlinn offense.
"We felt good as a team," Kremer said. "Our receivers are more confident, and everyone is settling into their positions pretty well."
Walsh couldn't say the same thing about their play in the game.
Where McGlinn executed, Walsh felt they fell short.
"It was really frustrating for the offense," said Walsh head coach Steve Dillenburger. "The game play was faulty, and that is my fault. We weren't clicking at the same time."
The first half was concentrated around McGlinn's 30-yard line. Walsh had two interceptions in the first half, but were unable to convert. And McGlinn was never able to advance it past the 50-yard line.
"Our defense played very well," said Dillenburger. "Freshmen Amanda Borys, Becky Tapp, and Katie Hesmond all played well."
Walsh found themselves at McGlinn's 20-yard line towards the end of the half, but Walsh quarterback Lauren Walsh was not able to connect with her receivers.
In the second half, McGlinn came out strong. Julie Kremer connected with Sarah Vatterott three times for a first down, but just couldn't find the end zone.
Late in the third quarter, Christa Gray intercepted a Walsh pass and ran it back to the Walsh 30-yard line, generating some energy from the McGlinn sideline.
But once again the Walsh defense held its ground and McGlinn weren't able to convert.
The game ended on a 30-yard drive from McGlinn. The clock stopped what seemed like a great opportunity to score.
"If we had a little more time, we could have scored," said Kremer. "We should have used the first 18 minutes of the half better."
Lewis 24, Farley 0
Thanks to quarterback Erin "Naz" Nasrallah, the Lewis Hall offense became a scoring machine Tuesday night. Nasrallah threw for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth as the Chicks defeated the Farley Finest, 24-0
Nasrallah showed off her versatility by leaving the pocket at will and scrambling for significant gains during the first half, including Lewis' first touchdown.
"This was a very satisfying game, but all the credit goes to the offensive line and the receivers," Nasrallah said.
Nasrallah did get plenty of help from her receiving corps. She hit three different receivers for touchdowns, including Katie Schlosser, Lynne McChrystal and Jennie Chang.
Schlosser also returned punts for Lewis, and her speed and agility on those returns helped improve her team's field position throughout the game. Schlosser attributes some of the team success to the unifying desire to return to Notre Dame Stadium for the championship game.
"We're really coming together now, because we wanna ... get back in the stadium," Schlosser said.
On Farley's side of the ball, the story was the offense's lack of production. The Finest were held scoreless once again, mirroring their performance in a tie against Walsh Hall two Sundays ago.
Farley Quarterback Megan Sheehan was sacked several times and received pressure on nearly every play.
"The [receivers] were definitely open, we just didn't get the ball to them," said Farley coach Irish Thompson. Lewis defenders intercepted Sheehan twice at key points in the game, including Ellen McCarthy's with less than a minute remaining in the first half to stop a potential Farley scoring drive.
Farley made a last-ditch attempt to change the momentum late in the game with a rarely seen attempted punt block. While legal in theory, the play caused confusion on the field when a Farley player made contact with the Lewis punter. The resulting penalty and punt gave Lewis great field position after Alicia Hehr intercepted a pass deep in Farley territory.
That field position set up Nasfrallah's final touchdown pass to Jennie Chang in the closing seconds of the game.
All Sports Stories for Thursday, September 27, 2001