Saturday, November 16, 2013
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Freshman Justin Dahl (Cochranton, PA / Maplewood) kicked a career-long 42-yard field goal as time expired to give the Westminster College football team a 30-27 win over Geneva on Saturday. The game took place at Harold Burry Stadium on Senior Day.
Dahl's kick was the second longest in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) this season, only behind a 43-yarder from Waynesburg.
Westminster led 17-0 at the end of the first quarter. Dahl's 19-yard field goal put the first points on the score board, capping off a 10-play, 48-yard drive with 8:46 on the clock. The Titans took a 10-0 lead after senior Dak Britt (Battle Creek, MI / Battle Creek) found classmate Collin Wallace (Mechanicsburg, PA / Cumberland Valley) for a 54-yard touchdown pass and Dahl successfully kicked the extra point. Titan senior defensive lineman Anthony Tilenni (Tallmadge, OH / Tallmadge) put Westminster in excellent field position after he recovered a Geneva (5-5, 4-4 PAC) fumble at the Golden Tornadoes' 15-yard line. Westminster scored three plays later after Britt ran it into the end zone from eight yards out. Another successful extra point from Dahl made the score 17-0.
Geneva scored on its ensuing possession with a 38-yard pass from Josh Guiser to Rocco Colavecchia, which was followed by an extra point from Mike Gardner to make the score 17-7. Dahl connected on his second field goal, this time from 21 yards out, and put Westminster in front 20-7 with 4:27 remaining in the first half. Geneva cut into Westminster's lead (20-14) after a 2-yard touchdown run from Colavecchia and an extra point from Gardner with 2:16 on the clock.
It took Westminster 14 seconds to add to its lead in the third quarter as sophomore Taran Siftones-Lavine (Pittsburgh, PA / Chartiers Valley) returned the second half kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. After Dahl successfully kicked the extra point, the Titans led 27-14.
Geneva tied the game, 27-27, after two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Colavecchia scored his second rushing touchdown of the game with 14:57 on the clock and Guiser found Zack Hayward from 32 yards out with 5:59 remaining in regulation. Geneva missed its first extra point and made the second.
In the game-winning drive, the Titans drove the ball 41 yards in 51 seconds. Britt orchestrated the drive with three first downs, including two through the air to classmate Tyler Banks (Meadville, PA / Meadville).
Britt ran a game-high 93 yards off a game-high 26 carries and threw for a game-high 271 yards (18-for-37) with one interception and one touchdown. Wallace had a team-high 92 yards off five catches and broke a school record with most receptions in a season with 67. Sophomore Cody Alward (Pittsburgh, PA / Keystone Oaks) set career-highs with five receptions and 67 receiving yards.
Titan senior Nate Moot (Johnstown, PA / Bishop McCort) led Westminster's defense with 12 tackles, followed by classmate Josh Beistel (Somerset, PA / Somerset) and sophomore Joseph Glennon (Johnstown, PA / Westmont Hilltop) who each had eight.
Westminster finished the 2013 season with a 4-6 overall record and a 3-5 record in the PAC.
Westminster-Waynesburg highlights courtesy of Corey Benedict ‘14, Scott Hanicak ‘14, and Amanda Sloan ‘16:
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.