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Cardinals Get TDs from Mark Noonan '08 & Zach Librizzi '08 in Season-Ending Loss at Trinity

Zach Librizzi '08 and friends

Playing their final game in a Wesleyan uniform, Zach Librizzi '08 (#12, left in photo) and Mark Noonan '08 (#9, right in photo) accounted for the Cardinals' two fourth-quarter TDs in a 32-14 season-ending setback at Trinity Sat., Nov. 10. Librizzi, who finished the day 25-for-44 for 257 yards, connected with Noonan for a four-yard TD early in the fourth period, then ran in from a yard out with 5:16 to play for his team-leading fifth rushing TD of the year. Both TD drives were sparked by Librizzi passes, one of 56 yards to Taso Fotinos '10 who did most of the work after he caught the ball, and another of 46 yards to Chris Helsel '09. Wesleyan's offensive line, with Nick Seara '11 (#60, middle in photo) one of its mainstays, allowed just nine sacks this season, none at Trinity, as Wesleyan attempted 318 passes this year. The Cardinals sacked opposing QBs 13 times as teams tried 212 tosses against Wesleyan. Others along the line included Brett Valentine '09, Andrew Erlangen '10, Bobby Rosenthal '10 and Garrett Rodgers '11, all of whom will return in 2008. With his six catches in the final game, Kevin Leamy '09 finished atop the receiving corps with 42 receptions this year. Librizzi had his most productive season as he averaged 258.1 yards of total offense a game, tops in the NESCAC. He closed out his four years with 5,821 passing yards and 476 rushing yards for 6,297 yards of total offense, which ranks third all-time at Wesleyan. His 2,065 yards of total offense in 2007 (1810 passing, 255 rushing) is a single-season Cardinal record. On defense, Pete Overman '09 made 13 tackles at Trinity for a season total of 71, second behind Vinny Colangelo '09 with 74. Tyler Whitley '08 got a start in the secondary vs. Trinity and responded with a 10-tackle effort. AJ Taucher closed out his punting career with three punts for a 42.3-yard average, including a 62-yarder at Trinity. He handled every punt for Wesleyan over his four years, booting a team-record 194 for a 35.3-yard average. His 37.0 average in 2007 ranked second in the league.