2012 Press Releases

Thank you to all fans!

The Pittsburgh Passion finished a memorable 8–2 season in the 2nd Round of Playoffs,
45–30, versus the DC Divas. We would like to thank all of our fans for your incredible support. We have made remarkable strides for the advancement of Women’s Professional Football on the national level, and we look forward to seeing everyone as we host the 2012 SilverSport WFA National Championship at Heinz Field on August 4th.
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Watch Passion Football on Television! You can watch the full replay of our June 2nd game on ROOT Sports on June 11th, 7pm EST, June 13th, 12pm EST, and July 11th, 7pm EST. You can also watch the full replay of our June 2nd game on Xfinity TV OnDemand! Please tune in! Thank you to our media partners!

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In the First Round of Playoffs of the Women’s Football Alliance, the Pittsburgh Passion defeated the Detroit Dark Angels, 34–0. Pittsburgh now advances to the Second Round of Playoffs and will travel to Maryland to play the DC Divas on Saturday June 30th. This brings the Passion one step closer on the quest to the Championship at Heinz Field.

Beginning in the 1st Quarter, Passion Running Back Ciara Chic drew a 1st Down on a 16-yard run. Rachel Wojdowski clinched a 38-yard touchdown reception from Quarterback Amanda Haeg. The Extra Point was good. The offense continued with a 19-yard reception by Angela Baker. 1st Down by Sonja Osselborn with a 27-yard run. Haeg threw a 31-yard touchdown to Wojdowski, and the extra point was good. End of 1st Quarter, Passion led 14–0.

Into the 2nd Quarter, Krystal Cozzo and Sharon Vasquez both had roaring interceptions. Vasquez ran hers back for 36 yards. Haeg completed the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run. At the half, Passion led 21–0. Into the 3rd Quarter, Haeg delivered with another 18-yard touchdown run. Extra point was good. With 2 minutes left in the 3rd, Janice Masters clocked an explosive Pick 6, intercepting and running it back 43 yards for a touchdown – marking the first defensive score in Passion playoff history. Extra point was blocked. End of 3rd Quarter, Passion led 34–0.

With 5 minutes left in the 4th Quarter, Jordan Zeunges grabbed the 4th interception of the game. Wide Receiver Tammy Spencer brought all fans to their feet with a 50-yard reception from Quarterback Kara Prentice. End of 4th Quarter, Passion won, 34–0. Cumulatively, Octavia Griswold led the defense with 8 tackles. Janice Masters and Alex McAtee had 7 and 5 tackles respectively. Statistics graciously provided by Nathan Geisler.

On Saturday August 4th, the Passion will host the 2012 SilverSport WFA National Championship at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Tickets are now available on ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit pittsburghpassion.com. For daily updates, follow the team on facebook.com/pittsburghpassion and twitter.com/pghpassion.

The Pittsburgh Passion is a licensed team in the Women’s Football Alliance. Comprised of 62 teams across the United States, from Florida to Oregon and from New England to California, the WFA is the largest and fastest growing league in
America.

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Saturday June 23rd, the Pittsburgh Passion will host the First Round of Playoffs for the 2012 Mid Atlantic Division of the Northern Conference in the Women’s Football Alliance. The 7–1 Passion will host the 8–0 Detroit Dark Angels at Franklin Regional High School, 3210 School Road, Murrysville, PA, 15668. Kickoff at 5pm on June 23rd.

The winner of the First Round will advance to play the DC Divas on Saturday June 30th. This is the Passion’s 5th Playoff Berth in the last six seasons. The franchise finished 7–1 on the Regular Season after defeating the Philadelphia Liberty Belles, 50–0. The Passion has won 42 of its last 48 regular season games with an 87.5 winning percentage.

In 2012, Lisa Horton had a career season with 1329 passing yards and 19 touchdown passes. Amanda Haeg led the team with 393 rushing yards and 594 receiving yards. Rachel Wojdowski reached a Passion record of 10 touchdown receptions. Lyndsi Hughes had 17 receptions for 331 yards. Sisters Olivia and Octavia Griswold led the Defense, with 47 and 38 tackles respectively. Beth Amato recorded 33 tackles. Sharon Vasquez led the team in interceptions with 4 picks, returning 2 for touchdowns. Kicker Amy Fallon reached a Passion record with 41 of 46 extra points.

On Saturday August 4th, the Passion will host the 2012 SilverSport WFA National Championship at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. Tickets are now available on ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit pittsburghpassion.com. For daily
updates, follow the team on facebook.com/pittsburghpassion and twitter.com/pghpassion.

The Pittsburgh Passion is a licensed team in the Women’s Football Alliance. Comprised of 62 teams across the United States, from Florida to Oregon and from New England to California, the WFA is the largest and fastest growing league in
America. For more information visit wfafootball.com.

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June 9th, The Passion defeated the Columbus Comets, 22–0, and secured a 2012 playoff berth for Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh Passion Women’s Football, presented by US Foods, hosted the last regular season home game of the year. The organization was honored to have Rocco Alianiello, the Western PA Division President of US Foods, on hand for the commemorative coin toss.

Defense commanded the 1st Quarter on both sides of the ball. Sherry Kring had a fake punt and threw a 22-yard completion to Jen Hoffman for a sweeping first down. Kate Sullivan led the Passion’s Offensive Line. At the top of the 2nd, Kicker Amy Fallon completed a 25-yard field goal to put Pittsburgh on the board, and Quarterback Amanda Haeg found Receiver Rachel Wojdowski for a 33-yard touchdown. The Passion Defense kept Columbus scoreless through the 2nd Quarter, and Kim Zubovic delivered a roaring sack just before Halftime.

At the top of the 3rd, Octavia Griswold commanded a forced fumble and her sister Olivia Griswold recovered. Sonya Osselborn took in a 17-yard touchdown run. Deep in Passion territory, Pittsburgh’s Krystal Cozzo clocked an enormous
interception and raced it back to the 30 for 65 yards. To close the game, Amanda Haeg delivered a 15-yard touchdown run. Final score: 22–0.

Collectively, Octavia Griswold had 10 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Olivia Griswold had 7 tackles, 1 forced fumble, and 1 recovery. Beth Amato had 8 tackles. Janice Masters had 7 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Kim Zubovic had 6 tackles and 1 sack. Amanda Haeg had 12 carries for 57 yards and 1 touchdown. Rachel Wojdowski had 3 receptions for 84 yards and 1 touchdown. Statistics graciously provided by Nathan Geisler.

Next up, the Passion travel to Philadelphia on June 16th for the last regular season game on the road. The full playoff schedule will be released in one week. For more information, visit pittsburghpassion.com. For daily updates, follow the
Passion on facebook.com/pittsburghpassion.

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May 19, the Pittsburgh Passion advanced to 5–0 with a victory over the Pittsburgh Force, 66–0. At the top of the game, Sam Simeone recovered a fumble on the opening drive. Tammy Spencer capped a key reception to lead the Passion toward the endzone. Lyndsi Hughes scored on a 6-yard run. Within the next 10 minutes of play, Amanda Haeg caught 2 touchdown receptions from Lisa Horton at 33 yards and 21 yards respectively. At the end of the 1st Quarter, Rookie Angela Baker sealed a 2-point conversion. Into the 2nd Quarter, Baker caught her first career touchdown with a 23-yard pass from Horton. Melinda Henderson scored on a 5-yard run, and Lyndsi Hughes capped a 2-point conversion. Sharon Vasquez grabbed an interception, and Horton threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Haeg. Olivia Griswold brought an enormous sack to bring all fans to their feet. With 6 seconds left in the half, Horton lobbed a short pass to Haeg, and Haeg broke multiple tackles for a record-tying 84-yard sprint and touchdown. On the opening drive of the 3rd Quarter, Sonya Osselborn had a 40-yard kickoff return. On the very next play, Haeg under center took a 55-yard QB sneak to the endzone. After the half, Ciara Chic scored on a 6-yard touchdown run. Amy Fallon kicked a 27-yard field goal. Into the 4th Quarter, Ebony Ivy and Jordan Zeunges combined for a sack. Kicker Amy Fallon went 5 of 7 in extra points and 1 field goal. Olivia Griswold had 6 tackles and 1 sack. Michelle Brevard had 6 tackles and a fumble recovery. Ebony Ivy had 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Jordan Zeunges had 4 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Lisa Horton threw for 10 of 14 for 265 yards. Lyndsi Hughes had 102 yards on 8 carries. Amanda Haeg had 4 receptions for 4 touchdowns for 166 yards. Final Score, Passion 66 Force 0. Statistics graciously provided by Nathan Geisler.

May 12, The Pittsburgh Passion advanced to 4–0 with a victory over the Toledo Reign, 71–14. Early in the 1st Quarter, Quarterback Lisa Horton connected with Wide Receiver Amanda Haeg for a 33-yard touchdown. Minutes later, Pittsburgh’s Rachel Wojdowski intercepted a Toledo pass and returned for 25 yards. Olivia Griswold clocked an 18-yard reception, and Running Back Lyndsi Hughes found the endzone on a 6-yard run. Griswold soared to block a punt and linebacker Beth Amato brought all fans to their feet with a roaring safety. To cap the 2nd Quarter, Horton found Hughes in a series of exciting razzle-dazzle trick plays to ignite the cheering Pittsburgh crowd. Into the 3rd Quarter, Rookie Alex McAtee scored her first career touchdown with a 41-yard run and gave the Passion great field position on three punt returns throughout the game. Finishing in the 4th Quarter, Rachel Wojdowski completed another interception and 25-yard return. With 7 minutes left in the game, Running Back Lori Burkholder continued the drive for an 11-yard touchdown. Leading the Passion Defense, Jen Hoffman had 5 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Krystal Cozzo, Sharon Vasquez, and Janice Masters had 5 tackles each. Olivia Griswold had 4 tackles and 1 blocked punt. Leading the charge, Quarterback Lisa Horton threw for 11 of 18 for 232 yards and 4 touchdowns. Final Score: Pittsburgh 71– Toledo 14.

May 5, The Pittsburgh Passion defeated the Cleveland Fusion, 49–0, at home in Game 3 of Pittsburgh’s 2012 Season. Quarterback Lisa Horton went 12 of 21 for 233 yards and 4 touchdowns. Wide Receiver Amanda Haeg had 2 receptions for 69 yards and 1 touchdown and 42 rushing yards and 1 touchdown. Wide Receiver Rachel Wojdowski had 3 receptions for 65 yards and 2 touchdowns. Olivia Griswold led the defense with 6 tackles and 1 forced fumble. Jen Hoffman had 5 tackles. Michelle Brevard had 1 interception.

April 28, The Pittsburgh Passion defeated the Columbus Comets, 37–14, on the road in Game 2 of Pittsburgh’s 2012 Season. The game began with an onside kick and Strong Safety Jordan Zeunges recovered. In the Opening drive, Pittsburgh tallied 56 yards and Running Back Lyndsi Hughes scored on a 10-yard run. On the first play of the second drive, Quarterback Lisa Horton connected with Wide Receiver Rachel Wojdowski for a 64-yard touchdown. In the 2nd Quarter, Horton scored on a 1-yard scramble to give Pittsburgh a 21–0 lead. The Comets found the end zone twice with 26 seconds left in the first half, setting the Halftime score at 21–14. At the top of the 2nd Half, Horton found Wojdowski again for a 7-yard touchdown. Kicker Amy Fallon clocked a 31-yard field goal, marking a new Passion record. Halfway through the 4th Quarter, Lisa Horton became the first Passion player to pass for over 300 yards in a game, on a 13-yard pass to Lyndsi Hughes. With 10 minutes left in the 4th, Wojdowski received a 2-yard touchdown from Horton for the final points of the game. With 5 minutes left in the game, Free Safety Jen Hoffman clocked her 7th Career Interception. And with 2 minutes left, Linebacker Ebony Ivy also completed an interception. Octavia Griswold led the defense with 6 tackles and a sack. Stephanie Balochko and Michelle Brevard had 6 and 5 tackles respectively. Beth Amato had 4 tackles and 2 sacks. Kicker Fallon was 4 of 5 on extra points for the night. Horton passed 23 for 34 and 354 total yards. Wojdowski had 8 receptions for 133 yards. And Amanda Haeg had 10 receptions for 156 yards.

April 14, The Pittsburgh Passion won the 2012 Season Opener! On the road, Pittsburgh defeated longtime rival DC, 35–34. The entire team worked together wonderfully to earn this victory. Krystal Cozzo grabbed a game-winning interception with less than 2 minutes on the clock. Quarterback Lisa Horton threw for 281 yards and 4 touchdowns. Receiver Rachel Wojdowski tallied 110 yards and 3 touchdowns. Receiver Amanda Haeg clocked 123 yards and 1 touchdown. Running Back Lyndsi Hughes ran for one touchdown and threw for one touchdown. On defense, Olivia Griswold led the team with 9 tackles. Krystal Cozzo brought in 7 tackles. Octavia Griswold and Trumane Rogers both had 5 tackles. Kim Zubovic had 1 sack. Kicker Amy Fallon went 5 for 5 in extra points. Statistics graciously provided by Nathan Geisler. On April 28, the Passion travel to Columbus for one more road game before returning home for the highly anticipated Home Opener on Saturday May 5th in Pittsburgh.



Named Sportswoman of the Year

The Pittsburgh Passion has been named the 2012 Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year. This historical inclusion is the largest and most prestigious Pittsburgh sports banquet of the year. Past honorees have included Mario Lemieux, Arnold Palmer, Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Sidney Crosby, Agnus Berenato, and Evgeni Malkin among others. This year will also include the Lifetime Achievement Award to NFL great Mike Ditka and the Sports Leadership Award to Dr. Freddie Fu of UPMC. Proceeds from all Dapper Dan Charities events go to funding the Boys and Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania. 

The Pittsburgh Passion finished the 2011 Season, 8–1. The organization would like to give enormous gratitude to all sponsors, fans, and supporters for a phenomenal season both on and off the field. The winning season provided a cumulative stage for a pioneering year. During 2011 gameplay, the Passion joined the ESPN family of networks, contributed volunteer service to over 200 charitable community events, and grew the largest in-stadium attendance rate, highest television viewership, and widest social media membership in all of women’s football. Without the support of generous sponsors and fans, none of this would be possible. The Passion’s year will continue with ongoing work in the community during every week of the summer, corporate events, off-season training camps, and tryouts.



Franco Harris in Ownership

Pittsburgh Business Times –The Pittsburgh Passion has a new member of its ownership team, Pittsburgh Steeler hall-of-famer Franco Harris. He officially took over a “significant” share of the eight-year old organization’s ownership in January 2011.

“For us, Franco has been a help from day one,” said Co-Owner Teresa Conn. “He has believed in us, mentored the program and just been outstanding to our team in every way a person could be.”

“I love sports, I love football and as I mentioned, this is one sport they said women would never do and I am just thrilled to see they are doing it and at the level they are playing,” he said.

“One of the things that sold me on it was Teresa herself, not only the level of play she expects on the field — Pittsburgh Passion is always a top team — but the commitment to the community off the field.”
Harris spoke to the team at its first practice of 2011 and he has some words of advice he has been thinking about:“Football is a great sport and that might be because of you, you have opened up this sport to women and you guys are the guys that are pioneering this. You are the people that are laying the groundwork for the future and it’s not easy and I realize the sacrifice that you are making with your family and jobs at this time to be able to play this sport.”

Pittsburgh Business Times