WASHINGTON, D.C. - Catholic University head football coach Mike Gutelius released his team's 2019 schedule on Thursday, highlighted by the return of cross town rival Georgetown and the Steven Dean Memorial Trophy.
"The team is really excited about the 2019 season," said Gutelius. "Ending with a good program win in our last game of 2018, left this crew wanting to do a lot more. It has been an intense winter in the weight room and the spring is going well, but the fall is on our minds for sure. We are really looking forward to a few changeups on the schedule from the previous few years."
The Cardinals kick off their season at home on Saturday, Sept. 7 against Kenyon in the first-ever meeting between the two schools. Catholic is 2-0 all-time against teams from the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC), posting wins against Ohio Wesleyan in 2006 and 2007. Kenyon finished 0-10 a year ago and is currently looking for its next head coach.
One of the highlights of the season will come on Saturday, Sept. 14 when the Cardinals renew their rivalry with Georgetown from the Patriot League and the FCS for the Steven Dean Memorial Trophy. The trophy was introduced in 1976 and is named after former Georgetown team manager and Catholic sports information director Steven Dean.
"Being able to schedule this game with Georgetown has been a really nice addition to our nonconference schedule," said Gutelius. "When I was a player here, they were always on the schedule. I think it is a great story with two alums coaching their alma maters against each other after having played against each other. It will be a really great opportunity to measure ourselves against an FCS program."
Although the Hoyas lead the all-time series, 16-10, the teams have split the previous 18 meetings since the trophy was introduced. This year will mark the first meeting between the two since 1993. Georgetown finished last season with a 5-6 record and tied for second in the Patriot League with 4-2 mark. The five wins were the most for the team since 2012.
The Cardinals stay on the road on Saturday, Sept. 21 as they travel to Fayetteville, N.C., to take on Methodist of the USA South Athletic Conference in the first meeting between the two since 2000. That year, Catholic won 13-9 at Monarch Field on Oct. 14, 2000. The Cards lead the series 4-0 and are 2-0 on the road, posting a 27-21 road win on Oct. 3, 1992.
The Monarchs finished 2-7 overall and in sixth place in the USA South last year, but return USA South Offensive Player of the Year, senior Vontre Howard, who ranked 14th in the nation with 1,335 yards rushing with 10 touchdowns.
Catholic finally returns to Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 28 when it hosts MIT in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) opener for both teams on Cardinal Weekend. The Cardinals will open conference play against the defending champion Engineers for the third-straight season while looking for their first win. MIT has won the previous two meetings against Catholic, including a 38-21 victory at Cardinal Stadium on Sept. 23, 2017 in the first meeting between the two and the Cards' first NEWMAC contest.
On Saturday, Oct. 5, Catholic travels to New London, Connecticut to take on the Coast Guard Academy. The Cardinals posted their first NEWMAC victory in school history against the Bears, winning on the road, 20-14, on Sept. 30, 2017. The Bears finished the 2018 season 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the conference. The two teams have split the previous four meetings.
Following a bye week, WPI comes to Cardinal Stadium on Saturday, Oct. 19 as Catholic looks for its first win in three meetings against the Engineers who finished 6-4 overall and 4-3 in the NEWMAC.
Three of the Cardinals' final four games come on the road, beginning with Springfield on Saturday, Oct. 26. After dropping the first meeting between the two in 2017, 68-20, Catholic battled the Pride to a 23-11 decision a year ago at home. Springfield finished last season with an 8-3 record, including a mark of 5-2 in the NEWMAC, after posting a 17-14 win over Maritime in the New England Bowl.
The Cardinals host Norwich in their final regular-season home game on Saturday, Nov. 2 for Senior Day. Catholic lost to the Cadets on the road a year ago after posting a 10-7 win at home on Oct. 28, 2017. Norwich went 3-7 last season and 2-5 in conference.
The Cardinals travel to Kings Point, N.Y., to face Merchant Marine on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Mariners finished the 2018 season with an 8-3 overall record and a mark of 5-2 in the NEWMAC. They won the 2018 New England Bowl with a 38-22 win over Endicott to tie the school record for wins in a season which was the team's most since 2002.
Catholic wraps up the regular season in Castine, Maine at Maine Maritime on Saturday, Nov. 16. The Cardinals have won both of the previous two meetings against the Mariners, including last year's 20-14 win at Cardinal Stadium on Nov. 10, 2018. Chance LeGrand scored on a 13-yard run with 1:20 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Cardinal defense forced three incomplete passes on Maine Maritime's final three plays of the game for the Senior Day victory.
Starting times for all 10 games will be available at a later date.
2019 CATHOLIC FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Saturday, Sept. 7 vs. Kenyon
Saturday, Sept. 14 at Georgetown
Saturday, Sept. 21 at Methodist
Saturday, Sept. 28 vs. MIT * (Cardinal Weekend)
Friday, Oct. 5 at Coast Guard *
Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. WPI *
Saturday, Oct. 26 at Springfield *
Saturday, Nov. 2 vs. Norwich * (Senior Day)
Saturday, Nov. 9 at USMMA *
Saturday, Nov. 16 at Maine Maritime *
Home games in bold
* NEWMAC game