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Valpo Travels To Aurora For Regular-Season Finale

Thursday, November 13, 2003

VALPARAISO (6-4) at AURORA (5-4)

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 15 - 1 p.m. CST
WHERE: Aurora University Field, Aurora, Ill.

RADIO: 95.1 (WVUR-FM) - Andy Viano and Ken LaVicka announcing.

TV: (tape-delay) - Comcast Cable - Channel 43 in Valparaiso - Dick Harlan announcing.

THE COACHES: Valparaiso is guided by Tom Horne, who is 60-95-1 in his 15th season at Valpo. Aurora is led by Jim Scott, who is 96-64-3 in his 17th season at Aurora.

SERIES RECORD: Valpo leads 8-2
LAST MEETING: 2001 - Aurora won 31-7

LAST WEEK: Valpo lost to Butler, 25-21 last Saturday in Indianapolis. Aurora defeated Greenville 36-20 last Saturday in Aurora.

WHAT'S NEXT: Valpo hosts Morehead State next Saturday, Nov. 22 in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game beginning at noon.

Although Valpo (6-4) will host the Pioneer Football League Championship Game Nov. 22 at noon, the Crusaders conclude their regular season on Saturday by travelling to play Aurora (5-4). Valpo is attempting to rebound from last Saturday's 25-21 loss at Butler. Aurora, winners of five of its last six, is coming off a 36-20 victory over Greenville College.

VALPO HOSTS PFL CHAMPIONSHIP: On Nov. 22 at noon, Valpo (North Division Champ) hosts Morehead State (South Division Champ) in the 3rd Annual PFL Championship Game. The Crusaders (3-1 PFL North) clinched the right to host the title game after defeating Drake 51-45 in overtime on Oct. 25. Valpo won the tiebreaker as a result of its win over San Diego, which also finished 3-1. The Football Network will televise the game the same night on a tape-delay basis.

VALPO 7th IN NATIONAL MID-MAJOR POLLS: The Crusaders rank 7th in both the Football Gazette and The Sports Network I-AA Mid-Major polls. Morehead State is #1 in both polls.

GIANCOLA 2nd IN I-AA IN RECEIVING YARDS; RANKS 4th IN SCORING: Rob Giancola is 2nd in NCAA I-AA in receiving yards per game (122.3) and total receiving yards (1,223), and stands 4th nationally in scoring (11.0 ppg., 18 TDs). The junior from Whiting, Ind./HS has made 45 receptions and needs 56 yards to break Valpo's single-season record of 1,279 (Mike Healey, 1985). Giancola has had a penchant for the big play as 11 of his 18 touchdowns have been of 36-or-more yards. He has shattered Valpo's single-season records for scoring - 110 points - (old record, Joe Pahr, 96 points in 1951) and touchdowns - 18 - (old record, Pahr, 16 in 1951). In two-plus seasons, Giancola ranks 2nd on Valpo's all-time receiving yards list with 2,845. He needs 367 yards to become Valpo's all-time leader (Healey, 3,212, 1982-85). This season, Giancola has established school marks for single-season touchdown receptions (18) and career touchdown receptions (31), and single-game records for receiving yards (275), touchdown receptions (4) and points (tied, 24). He has 188 career points, needing 47 to break Pahr's record of 234 set from 1949-51.

MACCHI RANKS 3rd IN I-AA IN TOTAL OFFENSE -Senior Quarterback is Valpo's All-Time Leader In Total Offense: Quarterback David Macchi has enjoyed a phenomenal season and ranks 3rd among all NCAA I-AA players in total offense (331.5 ypg.) and 6th in pass efficiency (154.0). The senior from San Jose, Cal./Willow Glen has shattered many school records this season. Macchi has become Valpo's all-time leader in total offense (6,864 yards), surpassing Nick Browder (6,604, 1993-96). He has also set the single-season mark for touchdown passes (29), and single-game marks for passing yards (452) and touchdown passes (tied, 5). Macchi now stands 2nd on Valpo's all-time list in passing yards (6,385), needing 289 to surpass leader Scott Lange (6,674, 1982-85). With 3,315 total yards this season, Macchi needs 235 to break his own school record of 3,549 achieved in 2002.

McCAWLEY SELECTED NCAA I-AA
MID-MAJOR, PFL SPECIAL TEAMS
PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Valparaiso University's Andrew McCawley was selected as the Football Gazette NCAA I-AA Mid-Major and Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week after his performance against Butler last Saturday. A freshman kicker from Omaha, Neb./Creighton Prep, McCawley made all four of his field goal attempts and tacked on an extra point, accounting for a career-high 13 of Valpo's 21 points. McCawley split the uprights from 31, 28 and 20 yards before booting a career-long 52-yarder as the first half ended. The 52-yarder tied for the longest in the PFL this season. His four field goals mark the best single-game effort in the PFL and the fifth best in NCAA I-AA in 2003.

KNUTSON AMONG NATIONAL LEADERS: Kevin Knutson stands among the NCAA I-AA receiving leaders, currently standing 18th in receiving yards per game (92.1) and 20th in receptions per game (6.3 pg., 63 total). Against Drake, the junior from River Falls, Wis./HS achieved career-highs of 11 receptions for 205 yards. Knutson ranks 3rd in the PFL in receptions per game and 5th in receiving yards per game. Knutson, Giancola and Ryan Barno (35) have combined for 143 catches.

DANIELS TIED FOR 6th NATIONALLY, RANKS 2nd IN PFL IN INTERCEPTIONS: Cornerback Chris Daniels (Peoria, Ill./Notre Dame) ranks tied for 6th in NCAA I-AA and stands 2nd in the PFL with 6 interceptions (.60) He also ranks 4th in passes defended with 10 (six breakups).

CANADA 2nd AMONG PFL TACKLE LEADERS: Lawrence Canada, Valpo's middle linebacker, stands 2nd in the PFL in tackles per game (9.4 pg.). The senior from Mequon, Wis./Lane College is also 2nd in the league in total tackles (94).

SMEJA LEADS PFL IN PUNT RETURNS, RANKS 3rd IN TACKLES: Sophomore Brad Smeja leads the PFL in punt return average (12.5 ypr./137 yds, 11 ret.). As a free safety, Smeja (Oak Brook, Ill./Downers Grove North) stands 3rd in the league with 9.3 tackles per game (84 total).

McCAWLEY LEADS PFL IN FIELD GOALS: Freshman Andrew McCawley leads the PFL in field goals (10-14, 1.0 per game).

TSAHAS, MARSHALL, RIKER, JONES AMONG PFL STAT LEADERS: Other Crusaders donning the PFL statistical categories include senior strong safety John Tsahas (Lake Station, Ind./Edison), who ranks 9th in tackles (78, 7.8); sophomore defensive end Bill Marshall (Warwick, N.Y./HS), who stands 5th in tackles for loss (11.0), and James Riker (Tekonsha, Mich./HS) and Mike Jones (Lake Zurich, Ill./HS), who are 6th (4) and 7th (3) in sacks, respectively.

"Valparaiso University Football", head coach Tom Horne's TV Show, airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. on Channel 43 in Valpo.



Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
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 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M 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
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W 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