2007
Football tops North Park, 14-0

Football tops North Park, 14-0
September 8, 2007

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
(630) 829-6143
dbeyer@ben.edu

Benedictine University's football team picked up a much needed win on Saturday, topping North Park University, 14-0, in Chicago. After a season opening loss last weekend, the Eagles (1-1) bounced back to defeat the Vikings (0-1) for the sixth straight time. Benedictine now leads the overall series with NPU, 11-10-1. Saturday's win rested squarly on the shoulders - or rather feet - of sophomore tailback Ryan Schwartz. Schwartz had the best game of his young collegiate career by carrying a workhorse-like 39 times for a career-high 204 yards on the ground. Schwartz also scored both of the Eagles touchdowns. His 16 yard run in the second quarter capped a 13-play, 80 yard drive that gave his team the 7-0 halftime cushion. In the third period, Schwartz plowed in from three yards out to make it 14-0, finalizing an eight-play, 66 yard series. Spotted a 14 point cushion, the things fell in the lap of the Benedictine defense, which was more than up to the task. Sophomore linebacker Devin Montgomery had a game-high 11 tackles to lead the unit. Benedictine limited the Vikings to 191 yards of total offense (87 rushing and 104 passing)and managed to pilfer three passes. Defensive back Kyle Bruett, as well as linebackers Alex Dewey and Eddie Hill, each had interceptions for the Eagles. Benedictine dominated the time of possession with a 33:11 to 26:49 minutes difference. The Eagles were also 2-for-2 on fourth down conversions. Benedictine will play the second of three-consecutive road games next week at North Central College. Kickoff on Saturday (Sept. 15) will be at 7:00 p.m. in Naperville.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.