September 27, 2010

Crusaders Set To Face Fordham On Homecoming Weekend

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (1-3, 0-1 PL) vs. Fordham (2-2, 0-0 PL)
Date: October 2, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Television: WCTR TV-3, Worcester; Kevin Shea, play-by-play; Andy Lacombe, color; Dave Bolduc, sidelines
Live Video Streaming: Crusader Vision
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM & 94.9 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Tom Kelleher, color; Click Here to Listen
Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 25-20-2
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 41, Fordham 27; October 31, 2009; Bronx, N.Y.

The Series With Fordham
This will be the 48th meeting between the Crusaders and the Rams on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 25-20-2. The Crusaders have won two straight and three of the last four games in the series, but prior to that Fordham had won nine of the previous 11 meetings between the schools. For games played at Fitton Field, Holy Cross holds a 14-8-1 advantage, including victories in both 2006 (28-21) and 2008 (38-17). Since Fordham joined the Patriot League prior to the start of the 1990 season, the Rams hold an 11-9 lead in the series. The schools first met on Nov. 8, 1902, with Holy Cross winning 17-0 on the road.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 25-20-2
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 14-8-1
At Fitton Field: Holy Cross leads, 14-8-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
Tom Gilmore vs. Fordham: 3-3
Tom Masella vs. Holy Cross: 1-3

Football Legends Ring Of Fame Inductions Set For This Week
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross will honor six former football standouts this week, as the inaugural class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Fame. Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960) and John Provost (Class of 1975) will all be honored in a ceremony at the 2010 homecoming game against Fordham, and receive permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which will become an annual event each fall.

Holy Cross In Homecoming Games
The Crusaders have posted an all-time record of 31-29-1 in Homecoming games. Holy Cross has won four of its last five games on Homecoming weekend, including a 34-14 victory over Dartmouth last season. The Crusaders previously won 11 straight games on Homecoming Weekend from 1982-1992, but then went through a 12-year stretch from 1993-2004 during which they were just 2-10. Prior to the 2005 season, the Crusaders had dropped three straight contests on Homecoming weekend. This year's game will mark the third time the Crusaders have faced Fordham in their Homecoming game. In the only previous Homecoming meetings between the schools, Holy Cross posted a 12-7 victory on Oct. 4, 1952, and a 28-21 win on Sept. 30, 2006.

Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy On The Line This Week
The Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy has been presented annually to the most outstanding player in Holy Cross' Homecoming game since 1965. It is given in memory of Johnny Turco (Class of 1952), a former star halfback and a member of the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame. There are only two players who have won the honor two times in their careers (Joe Segreti in 1988 and 1990, and Dominic Randolph in 2007 and 2009). Last season, Randolph won the Turco Memorial Trophy after completing 26 of 36 passes for 264 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-14 victory over Dartmouth.

Ohimor Plays Big On Defensive Front
Senior defensive end Mude Ohimor (Stoughton, Mass.) is once again a major force for the Crusaders in the trenches this year. Through four games played, Ohimor has totaled 16 tackles with a sack and two fumble recoveries. Last week at Georgetown, he totaled four tackles and recovered a fumble, which he returned for 34 yards to set up Holy Cross' only touchdown. Ohimor previously made four solo tackles and recovered a fumble against Howard, then totaled four tackles at UMass and recorded four tackles with a sack at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Ohimor led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 34 tackles last season. He also ranked fourth in the Patriot League with seven sacks and seventh with nine tackles for loss, both marks which were the best on the team. Over the course of his collegiate career, Ohimor has now played in 36 games with 23 starts, totaling 75 tackles, eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

Martin & Otis Lead Linebackers
Junior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas) and junior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) have both been key parts of the Holy Cross defense so far this season. Martin currently leads the team with 41 total tackles on the year, including 24 solo stops. Last week at Georgetown, he totaled 12 tackles with two pass breakups and a forced fumble. Earlier in the season at Massachusetts, Martin tied for the team lead with 18 total tackles. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now recorded 73 tackles, two tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Otis is tied for fourth on the team with 28 total tackles this season, despite missing two games due to injury. During last week's game at Georgetown, he made a career-best 16 tackles and broke up a pass. Previously against Howard, Otis totaled 16 tackles with one tackle for loss. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he now has 55 total tackles and two pass breakups.

Crusaders Return An Abundance Of Experienced Wide Receivers
Holy Cross once again has a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game this season, as it returns its top three wide receivers from a year ago. In 2010, senior wide out Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) has caught a team-high 16 passes for 133 yards and a score, after leading the team with 63 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Chmielinski has now totaled 103 catches for 1,198 yards and six scores. Senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) has added 10 catches for a team-high 163 yards and two touchdowns so far this year. Edger previously totaled 49 receptions for a team-best 818 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, and has now recorded 83 catches for 1,326 yards and 11 scores during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) is also playing a key role, with eight catches for 89 yards and two touchdowns so far in 2010. Santana had 46 catches for 601 yards and a team-high eight scores in 2009, and has recorded 81 receptions for 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Both Chmielinski and Santana were named second team All-Patriot League in 2009.

The Last Meeting With Fordham
Dominic Randolph accounted for 389 yards of total offense and threw four touchdown passes, to lead 17th-ranked Holy Cross to a 41-27 victory over Fordham at Jack Coffey Field on Oct. 31, 2009. Randolph hit on 23 of 35 attempts for 314 yards, while rushing 16 times for 75 yards. The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 9:29-mark of the first quarter, on a 39-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to Bill Edger. The Rams responded with a 27-yard field goal by Kevin Heinowitz to make the score 7-3. Randolph then tossed a 24-yard scoring strike to Freddie Santana, and the score was 14-3 at the end of the first quarter. Early in the second quarter, Xavier Martin scored on a two-yard run for Fordham to cut the lead to 14-10. Rob Dornfried then booted a 31-yard field goal, before Randolph threw a three-yard touchdown pass to Santana. Heinowitz would kick a 30-yard field goal on the final play of the half, and the Crusaders led 24-13 heading into the locker room. Dornfried kicked a 20-yard field goal on the opening drive of the third quarter, then Randolph once again hooked up with Santana from nine yards out, making the score 34-13. Martin scored his second touchdown of the game early in the fourth quarter on a 17-yard run, before the Crusaders responded with a six-yard scoring run by Eddie Houghton to make the score 41-20. The Rams concluded the scoring with a late one-yard touchdown run by John Skelton. The Holy Cross defense was led by Jimmy Thomas with 12 tackles and two sacks.

Lamkin Returns At Linebacker
Senior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) has returned to the Holy Cross lineup this season, after missing most of the 2009 campaign due to injury. In four games played so far this year, he has totaled 28 tackles with two sacks and four pass breakups. Lamkin's top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he recorded six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2008, Lamkin played in just three games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. During his limited time on the field in 2009, he recorded 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. Previously in 2008, Lamkin totaled 71 tackles, including 56 solo stops, six tackles for loss and one sack. He also broke up two passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in 2008. Over the course of his collegiate career, Lamkin has now totaled 135 tackles with 14 tackles for loss.

Senior Safeties Lead Secondary
Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.) and senior free safety Alex Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) are both among the top players on the Holy Cross defense in 2010. Johnson has recorded 20 tackles and one interception in four games played this season. He made six solo tackles and intercepted a pass against Howard in the season opener, while totaling six tackles with a pass breakup at Georgetown. In 2009, Johnson earned second team All-Patriot League honors, after recording 55 total tackles with five pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. His four-year career totals at Holy Cross now include 125 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass breakups. DiMichele ranks second on the with 31 total tackles this year, despite missing a game due to injury. He led the team with 18 tackles at UMass and added 10 total tackles at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League and third team All-America selection in 2009, he finished last year ranked second on the team with 82 total tackles (70 solo), to go along with two interceptions, five pass breakups, five tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. Over the course of his collegiate career, DiMichele has now totaled 185 tackles, 16 pass breakups and four interceptions.

Dornfried & Lemieux Get Their Kicks
Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) and senior punter Don Lemieux (Gardner, Mass.) are both in their second year in starting roles for the Crusaders. In four games played this season, Dornfried has made seven of eight extra point attempts and one out of two field goals. His top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he hit all five of his extra points and also connected on his only field goal attempt, from 29 yards. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Dornfried scored 61 points last year by hitting seven of nine field goals and 40 of 41 extra points. Lemieux has averaged 41.8 yards on 24 punts this year, with eight kicks of over 50 yards and nine punts downed inside the 20-yard line. His best day so far in 2010 was at UMass, when he averaged 47.0 yards on six punts. Named second team All-Patriot League in 2009, Lemieux averaged 38.4 yards on 25 punts and 61.3 yards on 71 kickoffs a year ago.

Schneider Shines At Tight End
Junior tight end Alex Schneider (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.) continues to be a key part of the Holy Cross passing game this season. Through four games played in 2010, he ranks second on the team with 14 receptions for 91 yards. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Schneider finished last year ranked fourth on the team with 33 receptions for 275 yards, while his six touchdown catches were the second-most on the squad. He ranked second among Patriot League tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards, and finished the season with a streak of 10 straight games with at least one catch. Schneider's top performance in 2009 came at Villanova in the NCAA playoffs, when he caught seven passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 360-166-27 (.675). Holy Cross has won 11 straight games at home, since falling to Massachusetts 45-42 in the 2008 season opener. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and have now finished the year with a winning record at home in each of the last four seasons. Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895).

Offensive Line Paves The Way
The Holy Cross offensive line looks to once again be one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League in 2010. In four games played so far this year, the line has allowed just four sacks while the team has attempted 142 passes (just one sack for every 36.5 times the team has dropped back to pass). The starters on the Holy Cross line are junior Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) at center, senior Mike Bernazzani (Whitman, Mass.) and senior Scott Wise (Fort Thomas, Ky.) at guard, and senior Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.) and sophomore Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) at tackle. The most experienced of the linemen are McCabe, who was named second team All-Patriot League last season and has played in 28 career games with 17 starts, and Bernazzani, who has seen action in 19 career games with 10 starts. During the 2009 season, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 32.2 points and 433.6 total yards per contest. The line allowed Holy Cross to throw for 314.9 yards per game last year, and gave up only 16 sacks while the team attempted 488 passes.

Ram-Crusader Cup At Stake
The winner of the contest between Holy Cross and Fordham will take home the Ram-Crusader Cup. The trophy was first dedicated in 1951 in memory of Major Frank Cavanaugh, a former head coach at both Holy Cross and Fordham. Cavanaugh posted a 16-10-2 record with the Crusaders from 1903-1905, and was later 34-14-4 with the Rams from 1927-1932. Holy Cross has won the Ram-Crusader Cup 14 times in the 24 years it has been awarded.

Holy Cross Looks To Defend Patriot League Title
During the 2010 campaign, the Crusaders will look to win the Patriot League championship for the seventh time in school history. Holy Cross is the reigning conference champion, after clinching the 2009 title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. The Crusaders' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. Holy Cross is tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with eight titles. Last season, Holy Cross won five Patriot League games for just the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders previously went 5-1 in 2008, while posting 5-0 conference records in 1990 and 1991. Now in its 25th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 74-60 (.552) in conference action.

Holy Cross Picked Fourth In Patriot League Preseason Poll
The 2010 Crusaders were picked to finish in fourth place in a preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, Holy Cross senior defensive end Mude Ohimor was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year, and quarterback Greg Sullivan of Colgate was chosen as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

2010 Patriot League Preseason Poll
Rank Team (1st Place Votes) Points
1. Colgate (6) 46
2. Lafayette (2) 36
3. Lehigh (3) 35
4. Holy Cross (1) 34
5. Bucknell 17
6. Georgetown 1

DiMichele, Lamkin & Santana Named Team Captains
Holy Cross has three captains for the 2010 football season. Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele, senior linebacker Sean Lamkin and senior wide receiver Freddie Santana were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These three players have taken over the leadership role from Dominic Randolph, who served as the Crusaders' captain during the 2009 season.

Crusaders Have Three Outstanding Options At Tailback
Sophomore tailback Sam Auffant (Hampton, N.H.), sophomore tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) and junior tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.) all look to share the load carrying the ball for the Crusaders in 2010. Auffant totaled 31 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the season opener against Howard, and now has 95 yards on 28 carries in four games played. He did not see any varsity action during the 2009 season. Houghton has rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries so far in 2010, including 41 yards on six rushes against Howard. He ranked third on the team with 389 rushing yards and five scores on 68 carries last year, and also had 10 catches for 78 yards. Houghton's 52 rushing yards in the 2009 season opener against Georgetown were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since Gideon Akande ran for 87 yards on eight carries against Georgetown in 2002. Bellomo missed the first three games of the season due to injury, before carrying once for four yards at Georgetown. He ranked second on the team in rushing last season with 442 yards and four touchdowns on 91 carries, in addition to catching 32 passes for 251 yards. Bellomo rushed for over 50 yards five times last year, including a career-high 91 yards against Dartmouth. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has run for 596 yards on 131 attempts, while catching 37 passes for 292 yards.

Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is in his seventh season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2010. Last year, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. Also a finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, he currently owns an overall record of 40-31 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 37-23 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in five straight seasons, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore's players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva also earning first team All-America honors. Gilmore has also led the Crusaders to four victories over ranked opponents, three of which came in 2009. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2010 campaign marks the 115th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 593-472-54, good for a .554 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2010 season, Holy Cross' 592 all-time victories ranked as the 16th most among all Division I-AA schools. Holy Cross has had 31 first team All-America selections, sent 69 players on to professional football, won five Lambert Cups, claimed six Patriot League championships, and was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year in 1987. The Crusaders also played in the 1946 Orange Bowl, losing to host Miami on the game's final play.

Crusaders Among League Leaders
Several Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Sept. 25. Senior wide receiver Freddie Santana leads the league in punt returns (22.4 yards/game), while senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) ranks fourth in passing yards (139.8 yards/game) and fifth in pass efficiency (111.8 rating). In addition, senior punter Don Lemieux stands second in punting (41.8 yards/punt), senior free safety Alex Johnson is fifth in kickoff returns (21.4 yards/return) and senior placekicker Rob Dornfried ranks fifth in extra point percentage (87.5 percent). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (19.9 yards/return) and net punting (36.6 yards/punt); while ranking second in scoring defense (22.2 points/game).
 
Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2010, the Crusaders are looking to post a winning record for the sixth straight year. In 2009, Holy Cross finished the season with an overall record of 9-3, marking only the ninth time the school history the team has won at least nine games. The Crusaders previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and their 30-15 mark over the last four seasons is its best in a four-year span since going 36-7-1 from 1989-1992. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 36-20 since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. This marks the first time the Crusaders have posted five straight winning seasons since finishing with a winning mark in seven straight years from 1986-1992.

Holy Cross Has Four Preseason All-America Selections
Four different Crusaders were chosen as preseason All-Americans heading into the 2010 campaign. Senior defensive end Mude Ohimor was honored by two organizations, as he was selected as a second team All-American by College Sporting News and a third team All-American by Phil Steele's 2010 College Football Preview. In addition, senior linebacker Sean Lamkin was named a first team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl, senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele earned second team All-America honors from the Sports Network and senior wide receiver Bill Edger was selected as a third team All-American by College Sporting News.

Scouting The Rams
Fordham enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-2 and an 0-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Rams had won two games in a row, before falling to Assumption 30-24 last week. Sophomore quarterback Blake Wayne has completed 76 of 126 attempts for 758 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions this season, while rushing for 256 yards and three scores on 55 carries. Senior tailback Xavier Martin is also enjoying a strong year, rushing for 318 yards and four touchdowns on 61 carries, while senior wide out Jason Caldwell has a team-best 33 receptions for 392 yards and one score. Defensively, the Rams are led by sophomore linebacker Michael Martin, who has totaled 37 tackles and two tackles for loss so far this season. Head coach Tom Masella is in his fifth season at the helm of the Fordham program, where he has posted a 23-26 record. Prior to his time with the Rams, Masella served as the head coach at Central Connecticut State (2004-2005), Boston University (1996-1997) and Fairfield (1995).

Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2010 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 41st season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 25th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher and Gordie Lockbaum will serve as the color commentators for selected games this season. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking here. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.

Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have eight games shown on live television during the 2010 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2010 campaign:

Sept. 4 vs. Howard: WCTR-TV3
Sept. 11 vs. Massachusetts: CBS 3 Now
Sept. 25 vs. Georgetown: Verizon FiOS1
Oct. 2 vs. Fordham: WCTR-TV3
Oct. 23 vs. Colgate: Time Warner
Nov. 6 vs. Lehigh: Service Electric
Nov. 13 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Nov. 20 vs. Bucknell: WCTR-TV3

The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 1:00-1:30 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not listen in live. The show is carried free of charge, and can be heard by clicking here.

Crusader Vision
Live video streaming of all 2010 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. A package including all five home games is also available for $34.95. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

Quick Hits
Sophomore linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) earned his first career start at Harvard, and led the team with 11 total tackles. In four games played this season, he has now totaled 30 tackles to rank third on the team ... Sophomore cornerback Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) has started two of the last four games, and has totaled 23 tackles this year while ranking second on the team with three pass breakups ... Holy Cross won its season opener for the second straight season by defeating Howard, and now stands 7-4 in openers over the last 11 years ... The Crusaders were picked as the No. 14 team in the nation by the Sporting News ... Thirteen Holy Cross players were selected preseason All-Patriot League by Phil Steele's 2010 College Football Preview ... The 2009 Holy Cross football team received an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all football squads in the nation. That marked the third straight season Holy Cross was honored.