Crusaders Back at Home

Crusaders Back at Home

WHO: Franklin & Marshall College (4-3, 3-3) at Susquehanna University (1-6, 1-5).

WHAT: Susquehanna returns home to play two of its final three games of the fall at Lopardo Stadium, beginning with F&M this week.

WHERE: Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium; Selinsgrove, Pa.

WHEN: Nov. 1 at 1:00 p.m.

WHY: Susquehanna hosts Franklin & Marshall in the Crusaders' first home game in a month. SU hosted Muhlenberg on Sept. 27 before the Centennial Conference bye week which was followed by back-to-back road games for SU. The Diplomats enter this weekend's contest coming off a 42-12 home win against Moravian.

WHEN THESE TEAMS LAST MET:
LANCASTER, Pa. – Seventy-seven points and 870 yards of offense were racked up between Susquehanna and Franklin & Marshall. Unfortunately for SU, the Crusaders fell just five points shy of the win, falling 41-36 in their second-to-last road game of the season.
   
Susquehanna put up 16 points in the fourth quarter as the team attempted to come back from a 28-20 deficit, but the Diplomats countered with 13 points of their own to secure their lead and hold on for the win.
   
SU wideout Denzell Walker highlighted the offensive performance with 11 receptions for 201 yards and two touchdowns. His 11 receptions were the fourth-most in a single game in Crusader history while his 201 yards were fifth-most.

LAST TIME OUT FOR SU:
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Susquehanna's struggles against Ursinus continued as the Crusaders fell 44-14 in Collegeville on the Bears' Homecoming Weekend.
   
Susquehanna had 254 offensive yards to the Bears' 401 with 111 of those yards coming through the air. Freshman quarterback Nick Crusco (Oak Ridge, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) finished 12-for-23 for 80 yards and one touchdown and did not throw an interception.
   
Ian Richardson again led the running game with 101 yards on 22 carries. Denzell Walker was on the receiving end of four Crusco passes and led the team with 45 receiving yards.

WEALTH PROFESSIONALS/GUS WEBER PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
For the third season in a row, Wealth Professionals has partnered with Susquehanna athletics to help sponsor the Wealth Professionals/Gus Weber Player of the Week.
   
Each week, a player of the week will be recognized at the Quarterback Club Luncheon. The honored player will select a charity of his choice to receive a donation made courtesy of Wealth Professionals. Following the Ursinus game, junior linebacker Jim Barry was named the Player of the Week.

A JAM PACKED WEEKEND:
Start preparing now for a full weekend of activities and events from Nov. 14-16. Not only does that mark Homecoming Weekend for the university, but SU's Nov. 15 home football game against Juniata will also be Senior Day for the program.

DEJA VU:
Susquehanna's 24-21 win at Moravian on Oct. 18 marked SU's first victory of the fall. One year ago almost to the exact date, Susquehanna entered its Oct. 19 home game against the Greyhounds also in search of its first win of the season and the Crusaders promptly picked up a 27-17 win on Homecoming Weekend.

A SELFLESS ACT:
From late August through early September, senior offensive lineman Ron Vilardi's mind was preoccupied by something other than preseason and the start of his final year as a Crusader.
   
Vilardi was in the midst of becoming a bone marrow donor for a woman in her forties suffering from leukemia. Vilardi missed the end of preseason and the first two games of his senior campaign, but has no regrets and has said he would do it all over again.
   
To read the complete story on Vilardi's act, visit www.gosusqu.com.

GETTING CLOSER:
While a loss is never a team's ultimate goal, on Sept. 13, the Crusaders still played arguably their best game against Johns Hopkins since joining the Centennial Conference.
   
Heading into the matchup against the Blue Jays, the average margin of defeat as members of the same conference was 29.5 points but Susquehanna lost by only seven against 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins.

GOAL POST TROPHY RIVALRY:
the 2014 season finale comes on Nov. 15 with a home game against rival Juniata in the annual Goal Post Trophy Game. The Eagles regained the trophy last year with a 17-10 home victory.
   
Despite last season's loss, SU still holds a 28-25-1 edge in the rivalry series and has won four of its last six games against Juniata.

ALL-AMERICA ACCOLADES:
Before the Crusaders even stepped on the practice field this summer, two players received preseason honors. Senior kicker Spencer Hotaling and senior wide receiver Denzell Walker were named Preseason All-Americans by USA College Football.
   
Hotaling is a three-time All-Centennial Conference First-Team player and will also serve as the team's punter this season.
   
Walker, meanwhile, led the team in receiving last fall with 38 catches for 615 yards and five touchdowns.  

FOLLOW THE LEADERS:
Seniors Ken Milano and Spencer Hotaling as well as junior Jim Barry will serve as team captains this fall.

DID YOU NOTICE?
    Susquehanna's athletics site, GoSusqU.com, got a complete makeover this past summer! Not only does the website have a fresh look, it now features a video player on the home page as well as each individual sport page. The calender and results section are also easier to read, as are the six rotating headline stories. Be sure to check it out!

KEEPING UP WITH THE CRUSADERS:
Fans can keep up-to-date on all things Crusaders in a variety of ways. Susquehanna's athletic website, GoSusqU.com, remains the place to visit for game recaps, statistics and more. In addition, fans can follow GoSusQu on twitter.com where links to releases, in-game updates and more are posted.
   
SU athletics is also on Facebook! Fans can search Susquehanna Crusaders on facebook.com and become a friend in order to access photos, links to recaps and stories, in-game updates and more.
   
Finally, Susquehanna boasts an athletics-only YouTube channel which can be found by searching "GoSusquVIDEO" at youtube.com.