Dolch drives Central Connecticut State offense

McDonogh grad sets records, finds wins elusive



November 05, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Scott Dolch has found nearly everything he could have hoped for in college football at Central Connecticut State University.

He's had success as a three-year starting quarterback at the Division I-AA level, gained recognition around campus and New Britain, and set school and Northeast Conference passing records.

But there is a major missing element for the McDonogh School graduate: winning.

The Blue Devils have a 10-19 record in the nearly three years Dolch has been the quarterback and are 3-6 this season.

"I don't care if we have a guy rush for five touchdowns [instead of Dolch throwing a career-high four touchdown passes as he did in a win two weeks ago] as long as we win," said the 6-foot-3, 210-pound junior. "Beating Monmouth Saturday was a great feeling and it made me realize how much I want to win a championship in this league next year."

With about 10 minutes left against then-unbeaten Monmouth (now 8-1), Dolch hit freshman wide receiver Akeen Watson in stride streaking down the left sideline for a 97-yard touchdown pass. It proved to be the deciding touchdown in a 14-10 upset victory and was the longest pass play in school history.

Dolch finished the day 12 of 23 for 191 yards and one touchdown. He is fourth all time on the school passing charts with 3,767 yards, 9 yards from third place. The son of St. Paul's coach Dave Dolch is No. 7 all-time on the Northeast Conference passing yardage list.

"We surprised a lot of students and the people in New Britain," said Dolch of the win.

This season, Dolch has completed 107 of 224 passes for 1,533 yards and 12 touchdowns, with a passing efficiency rating of 115.79. He's averaging 170.3 yards a game.

Four other Baltimore-area players are freshman members of the Central Connecticut squad: defensive lineman Devon Douglass (Calvert Hall), linebacker Chris Stimmell (Cardinal Gibbons), defensive back Demetreus McGregor (Eastern Tech) and running back Justin Wright (Archbishop Curley). Douglass has played in all nine games with 11 tackles.

Generals strike

Junior wide receiver Taylor Callaham (McDonogh) and senior linebacker Ben Krasnoff (Towson) have been instrumental for Washington and Lee.

Callaham leads the team in receptions with 25 for 348 yards and two touchdowns, and Krasnoff is among the top tacklers with 56, including eight for losses of 12 yards. Krasnoff has recovered two fumbles, has one sack, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble for the Generals (2-6).

Catholic League power

Two former Catholic High standouts, senior midfielder Annie Manno and sophomore defender Jen Loftus, have played important soccer roles in Slippery Rock's 13-2-2 march that includes a 9-1-2 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.

Manno has played in 15 games, and has scored two goals including a game-winner with one assist. Loftus has played in 10 games, contributing two assists for the Division II school.

Et cetera

Princeton freshman Kyle McHugh (McDonogh) had a grand Ivy League soccer debut last month, scoring two goals, including the game-winner in overtime in a 3-2 victory over Dartmouth in the Ivy opener. For the season, McHugh has two goals and two assists. Princeton is 2-2-1 in the Ivy and 5-7-3 overall.

Limestone (S.C.) College has selected four women's lacrosse captains for the 2004 season from the Baltimore area. They are seniors Michelle Lare (Broadneck), Meghan Dennehy (Arundel), Pam Gateau (St. Mary's) and Brandi Daigle (Francis Scott Key). The Division II Saints finished last season with a 12-3 record.

Senior diver Tim Hoeckel (Calvert Hall) captured the 3-meter diving competition with a 230.55 score, but College of Charleston lost the early-season meet to South Carolina, 117-92.

Sophomore Nicki Hunt (St. Paul's) has one assist in six games for the 13-5-1 College of Wooster women's soccer team.

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