Eagles grounded by Lakeland, 26-0

Eagles grounded by Lakeland, 26-0
October 25, 2008

Dave Beyer, Sports Information Director
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One week after "doing unto others" in a shutout win over Maranatha Baptist, Benedictine's football team had it "done unto them" in a 26-0 loss at Lakeland College. The setback dropped the Eagles to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in the Northern Athletics Conference. Benedictine's inability to mount an offensive response to the Muskies cost the team, as the Eagles' defense presented the unit with the ball six times on turnovers. The BU defense produced two interceptions and four fumble recoveries, but none were cashed in. The Eagles' defense battled Lakeland tough for the first half, yielding just one long touchdown pass that made it 7-0 at the intermission. The bend-but-don't-break BU unit turned the Muskies back several times, once with a forced fumble at the BU one yard line and two other times via the interception. However, by the second half, the defense began to show some wear-and-tear from being on the field so much and surrendered 19 points in that stanza, alone. Lakeland ran up 450 yards of total offense, compared to 132 yards for the Eagles' offense. Benedictine threw for 73 yards and rushed for 59. The Eagles never crossed into Lakeland territory the entire game. Benedictine's furthest advancement was its own 47 yard line and the team was one-for-12 on third down conversions. Defensive back Travis Newsome had both interceptions, a forced fumble and one of the fumble recoveries for Benedictine. On the day, Newsome had six total tackles. Fellow defensive back Tim Shanahan led the team with 10 tackles, five solo. Linebacker Devin Montgomery had nine tackles, while defensive linemen Kyle Schulz and Eddie Hill each chipped in eight tackles. Offensively, freshman quarterback Derek Hitt was 10-of-27 passing, but tossed three interceptions and was sacked four times.


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.