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Strong First Half Propels Davidson past Valpo

Saturday, October 19, 2002

Valparaiso, Ind. - Valpo's David Macchi passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns, but Davidson defeated the Crusaders 49-32. Davidson quarterback Paul Nichols threw for 293 yards and four touchdowns, including two to tight end Mike Chase.

Rob Giancola caught two touchdown passes for Valpo. Kevin Knutson led the Crusaders with eight receptions for 91 yards and one touchdown. Macchi completed 27 of 49 passes and Nichols completed 22 of 37 aerials. Davidson's Barrett Johnson led all receivers with nine catches for 126 yards and one score.

The Wildcats took advantage of three first-half Valpo turnovers to lead 35-13 at halftime. The Wildcats grabbed a 7-0 lead when Raleigh Robinson returned a fumble six yards for a touchdown 14 seconds into the game. Davidson struck again five minutes later when Damion White rushed for a 10-yard score.

Christian Hunt, who rushed for 129 yards on 29 carries, increased the lead to 21-0 with a 1-yard plunge with four minutes left in the first quarter. Valpo (0-7) got on the scoreboard with 33 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Macchi connected with Giancola for a 15-yard touchdown.

Davidson (4-3) responded with another touchdown when Nichols threw a 7-yard pass to Johnson early in the second quarter. The Crusaders cut their deficit to 28-13 with a 9-yard pass from Macchi to Ryan Barno with 8:24 left before halftime. The Wildcats completed the first-half scoring with a 37-yard touchdown pass from Nichols to Hunt.

Valpo, which outscored Davidson 19-14 in the second half, scored first in the third quarter when Giancola hauled in a 12-yard touchdown pass from Macchi. Nearly six minutes later, Chase scored the first of his two touchdowns, a 20-yard pass from Nichols. Chase, who caught four passes for 62 yards, added a 22-yard touchdown reception from Nichols to extend the advantage to 49-20.

The Crusaders scored all of the fourth-quarter points when Joe Milazzo rushed for a 1-yard score and Knutson snagged an 8-yard touchdown pass from Milazzo.

Valpo's defense made two interceptions, one each by Lawrence Canada and John Tsahas. Jake Burkart and Tsahas topped Valpo with eight tackles each. Jim Carney led Davidson with eight stops. Adam Elmore intercepted two passes for the Wildcats.

Davidson amassed 466 total yards to 361 for Valpo. The Wildcats rushed for 173 yards to 48 for the Crusaders. The first-down battle was almost even as Davidson had 28 to Valpo's 26.

The Crusaders travel to California to play San Diego next Saturday at 9 p.m. CST (7 p.m. PDT).
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
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
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 Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
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 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M 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 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W 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
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M 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
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay