Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-4, 1-1 PL) vs. Lehigh (6-2, 2-0 PL)
Date: November 6, 2010
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Fox College Sports Atlantic (National) & WFMZ-TV 69 (Pennsylvania)
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
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Tied, 12-12-1
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 24, Lehigh 20; November 7, 2009; Bethlehem, Pa.
The Series With Lehigh
This will be the 26th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the gridiron, with the all-time series tied at 12-12-1. After a 3-3 tie in the first game between the schools on Nov. 8, 1924, Holy Cross won the next seven meetings. The Mountain Hawks then won 11 out of 12 games, before the Crusaders came back to claim victory in four of the last five contests. For games played in Worcester, Lehigh holds a 7-5-1 lead in the series, including seven straight wins prior to Holy Cross' 35-21 victory in 2008.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Tied, 12-12-1
In Worcester: Lehigh leads, 7-5-1
At Fitton Field: Lehigh leads, 7-5-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, 3 games
Tom Gilmore vs. Lehigh: 4-2
Andy Coen vs. Holy Cross: 1-3
Holy Cross In Hunt For League Title
The Crusaders enter this week's contest in a tie for second place in the Patriot League with a 1-1 mark in conference games this year. The Crusaders are currently just one game behind Lehigh at 2-0. If Holy Cross can win its final three games this season, it will clinch at least a share of the conference title and earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Playoffs.
Crusaders Look To Extend Fitton Field Winning Streak
With the 17-13 win over Brown on Oct. 9, Holy Cross posted its 13th straight victory at Fitton Field. This is now tied for the fourth-longest home field winning streak in school history. The record was set from 1987-1989, when the Crusaders won 16 straight contests at Fitton Field, before playing Massachusetts to a 10-10 tie in the opening game of the 1990 season. Holy Cross' current home winning streak began with a 41-34 victory over Brown on Oct. 11, 2008. Here is a look at the longest Fitton Field winning streaks ever by the Crusaders:
|1.||16 games||September 19, 1987-November 4, 1989|
|2.||14 games||October 27, 1917-October 8, 1921|
|14 games||October 29, 1922-October 25, 1924|
|4.||13 games||November 8, 1930-October 29, 1932|
|13 games||October 11, 2008-present|
|6.||12 games||September 21, 1935-November 7, 1936|
|7.||11 games||November 22, 1924-October 30, 1926|
|8.||10 games||November 25, 1950-November 8, 1952|
Anderson Award On The Line
The Dr. Edward N. Anderson Award is presented annually to the outstanding player in the Family Weekend game, as determined by the working press. Since there was not a football game played on Family Weekend this season, the trophy will be awarded at the Holy Cross-Lehigh game. The award is sponsored by the Holy Cross Club of Greater Worcester, and was originally awarded to the most outstanding player of the Holy Cross-Massachusetts game. It is presented in honor of former Holy Cross head coach Edward Anderson, who had a 129-67-8 record in 21 seasons as the Crusaders' coach (1933-1938; 1950-1964), and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971. Last season, Holy Cross' Dominic Randolph claimed the award, after leading the Crusaders to a 42-28 victory over Colgate, becoming only the sixth player to win the award more than once. Players to have won the Anderson Award multiple times are UMass' Mike Fallon (1976 and 1977), UMass' Dean Pecevich (1980 and 1981), Holy Cross' Peter Muldoon (1982, 1983 and 1984), Holy Cross' Jeff Wiley (1986 and 1987), Holy Cross' Joe Segreti (1988 and 1989) and Randolph (2008 and 2009).
Auffant Heads Ground Game
Sophomore tailback Sam Auffant (Hampton, N.H.) has taken over as the top rusher for the Holy Cross offense this season. In the Colgate game, he led the team with 66 yards on 20 carries. During the previous contest at Dartmouth, Auffant carried the ball 22 times for a career-high 71 yards, in addition to catching six passes for 45 yards. Earlier in the season, he rushed 11 times for 51 yards and a score against Fordham, after totaling 31 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the season opener against Howard. He has now rushed for a team-best 308 yards and two touchdowns on 85 carries in eight games played this year, and has also caught 15 passes for 81 yards. Auffant did not see any varsity action during the 2009 season.
Crusaders Have An Abundance Of Experience At Wide Receiver
Holy Cross once again has a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game this season. Senior wide out Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) has caught a team-high 36 passes for 340 yards and two scores this year, 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 123 catches for 1,405 yards and seven scores. Senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) has added 32 catches for a team-high 391 yards and six 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 105 catches for 1,554 yards and 15 scores during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) is also playing a key role, with 23 catches for 248 yards and four touchdowns so far in 2010. Santana had 46 catches for 601 yards and a team-high eight scores in 2009, and has recorded 96 receptions for 1,159 yards and 15 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Both Chmielinski and Santana were named second team All-Patriot League in 2009, while Edger and Santana are both tied for 10th all-time at Holy Cross with 15 career touchdown receptions.
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 76-60 (.559) in conference action.
The Last Meeting With Lehigh
Dominic Randolph threw a four-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Santana with 1:03 remaining in the fourth quarter, as the 13th-ranked Holy Cross football team posted a 24-20 victory over Lehigh at Goodman Stadium on Nov. 7, 2009. The Crusaders trailed 20-17 with 5:27 left in the game, before going on an eight-play, 81-yard scoring drive to claim the win. Lehigh opened the game by taking a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard touchdown pass from J.B. Clark to Alex Wojdowski at the 9:51-mark of the first quarter. The Crusaders responded with a 24-yard field goal from Rob Dornfried, then went in front 10-7 in the second quarter on a 12-yard scoring run by Eddie Houghton. The Mountain Hawks tied the score at 10-10 before halftime, with a 23-yard Jake Peery field goal. In the third quarter, the Crusaders reclaimed the lead on a 10-yard touchdown pass from Randolph to Santana. Lehigh would tie the game at 17-17, when Jay Campbell tossed an 18-yard scoring strike to Wojdowski. The Mountain Hawks then went in front on a 38-yard Peery field goal early in the fourth quarter, before Holy Cross came back to win the game in the closing minutes. Randolph completed 23 of 37 passes on the day for 247 yards, while Bill Edger posted five receptions for 61 yards. Andrew Cialino led the defense with 15 total tackles, while Jimmy Thomas recorded eight tackles with a sack and two 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 70 total tackles on the year, including 44 solo stops and one tackle for loss. During the Colgate game, he reached double-figures in tackles for the third time this season by recording 10 total stops. Martin previously totaled 12 tackles with two pass breakups and a forced fumble at Georgetown, while tying for the team lead with 18 total tackles at Massachusetts. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now recorded 103 tackles, three tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Otis ranks second on the team with 65 total tackles this season, despite missing two games due to injury. He made 10 stops in the Colgate game, marking the fourth time this year he has reached double-figures in tackles. Otis previously had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery at Dartmouth, made a career-best 16 tackles and broke up a pass at Georgetown, and totaled 12 tackles with one tackle for loss against Howard. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he now has 92 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups.
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 eight games played so far this year, he has totaled 50 tackles with four tackles for loss, 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. He also ranked second on the team with seven tackles in the victory over Fordham, and totaled seven tackles with one tackle for loss at Dartmouth. 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 157 tackles with 16 tackles for loss.
Taggart Takes Over At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) had played very well for the Crusaders over the last few weeks. During the victory at Colgate he totaled 98 passing yards and 35 rushing yards, including a game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Previously against Brown, Taggart hit on 19 of 29 attempts for 196 yards and two scores. Earlier in the season, he completed 27 of 37 passes for 289 yards and a touchdown against Fordham, while rushing 12 times for a team-best 75 yards and a score. Taggart also had a solid game against Howard, completing 17 of 29 passes for 186 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Through eight games, he has now connected on 140 of 228 passes for 1,362 yards and 11 touchdowns, in addition to ranking second on the team in rushing with 199 yards and a score on 57 carries. Prior to this season, Taggart had played in only five career games, completing both of his pass attempts for four yards and rushing three times for seven yards.
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 38 tackles and two interceptions in eight games played this season. During the victory at Colgate, he totaled seven tackles in addition to forcing a fumble. Johnson previously 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, he earned second team All-Patriot League honors, after recording 55 total tackles with five pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. Johnson's four-year career totals at Holy Cross now include 143 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups. DiMichele ranks third on the with 59 total tackles this year, despite missing a game due to injury. During the win over Colgate, he led the team with 12 total tackles, to go along with a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and a tackle for loss. Earlier in the year, DiMichele recorded 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 213 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions.
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 eight games played, Ohimor has totaled 23 tackles with two sacks and two fumble recoveries. During the Colgate game, he recorded three solo tackles with a sack and a forced fumble. Previously against Georgetown, Ohimor totaled four tackles and recovered a fumble, which he returned for 34 yards to set up Holy Cross' only touchdown. Earlier in the season, he 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 40 games with 27 starts, totaling 82 tackles, nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss.
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 362-166-27 (.677). Holy Cross has won 13 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).
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 eight games played this season, Dornfried has made 17 of 21 extra point attempts and six out of eight field goals. He hit all five of his extra points and also connected on his only field goal attempt (from 29 yards) against Howard, then made all four extra points and a 22-yard field goal at Colgate. 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 39.4 yards on 38 punts this year, with eight kicks of over 50 yards and 14 punts downed inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 47.0 yards on six punts at UMass, then had three of his four punts downed inside the 20-yard line at Colgate. 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.
A Special Game
During the victory at Colgate on Oct. 23, Holy Cross made a number of key plays on special teams to help secure the win. In the first quarter, senior free safety Alex Johnson forced the Raiders' Gary Marshall to fumble a punt return, which junior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) then recovered to set up the Crusaders' first touchdown. Later in the first quarter, after Holy Cross' lead had been cut to 10-7, freshman defensive back Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown to put the Crusaders back up by 10 points. In the second quarter, senior wide out Freddie Santana returned a punt 26 yards to the Colgate 27-yard line, to set up Holy Cross' next touchdown. Senior punter Don Lemieux also had a strong day as three of his four punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, including one at the three-yard line and another at the five-yard line. In addition, senior placekicker Rob Dornfried had a perfect afternoon, hitting all four of his extra points and his only field goal attempt.
Offensive Line Paves The Way
The Holy Cross offensive line is once again one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League in 2010. In eight games played so far this year, the line has allowed just 10 sacks while the team has attempted 308 passes (just one sack for every 31.8 times the team has dropped back to pass). Starters on the Holy Cross line include 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. Junior Kyle Seddon (Southington, Conn.) and junior Scott Wise (Fort Thomas, Ky.) have both started games at center. The most experienced of the linemen are McCabe, who was named second team All-Patriot League last season and has played in 32 career games with 21 starts, and Bernazzani, who has seen action in 23 career games with 14 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.
Schneider Shines At Tight End
Junior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) continues to be a key part of the Holy Cross passing game this season. Through eight games played in 2010, he ranks fourth on the team with 24 receptions for 172 yards and a score. During the victory over Fordham, Schneider totaled four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. 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. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Schneider has now totaled 57 catches for 447 yards and seven touchdowns.
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.
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 43-32 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 40-24 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 596-473-54, good for a .555 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.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Six Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 30. As a team, Holy Cross ranks fourth in the nation in punt returns, while standing 19th in kickoff coverage and 24th in third down conversions. The rankings:
|Punt Returns||3||Freddie Santana||18.2|
|Total Tackles||17||Ricky Otis
|Kickoff Coverage||19||Holy Cross||18.0|
|Fumble Recoveries||22||Ricky Otis||0.3|
|Third Down Converions||24||Holy Cross||41.9|
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.
Scouting The Mountain Hawks
Lehigh enters this week's game with an overall record of 6-2 on the season, including a 2-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have won their last four games, and are coming off a 44-14 victory over Colgate. Junior quarterback Chris Lum has led the Lehigh offense by completing 115 of 194 passes for 1,536 yards and 10 touchdowns with four interceptions so far this year. Senior tailback Jay Campbell has rushed for 406 yards and four touchdowns on 108 carries, while sophomore wide out Ryan Spadola has a team-best 46 catches for 678 yards and six scores. Defensively, the Mountain Hawks are led by junior linebacker Mike Groome with 76 tackles, four quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles. Andy Coen is in his fifth season as Lehigh's head coach, and owns a career record of 26-26. Prior to taking over as head coach for the Mountain Hawks, Coen spent 10 years as offensive coordinator at both Lehigh and Penn.
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 Oct. 30. Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart ranks fourth in the league in pass efficiency (121.4 rating), passing yards (170.2 yards/game) and total offense (195.1 yards/game), while senior wide out Bill Edger stands fourth in the conference in receptions (5.3 catches/game), receiving yards (65.2 yards/game) and scoring (6.0 points/game). Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried is second in the league in field goal percentage (75.0 percent) and fourth in field goals (0.8 made/game), and senior free safety Alex Johnson ranks third in interceptions (0.3 picks/game) and fifth in kickoff returns (20.6 yards/return). In addition, senior wide receiver Freddie Santana leads the league in punt returns (18.2 yards/return), and senior punter Don Lemieux stands third in the conference in punting (39.4 yards/punt). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (17.3 yards/return); while standing third in scoring defense (23.0 points/game), passing offense (221.2 yards/game), passing defense (203.6 yards/game), pass efficiency defense (124.1 rating), net punting (35.2 yards/punt) and turnover margin (+0.0 turnovers/game).
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.
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.
Holy Cross players have been tackled for a loss only 26 times in eight games played so far this season. Only two teams in the nation have been tackled for a loss fewer times this season: South Dakota State (20 times in eight games) and Dartmouth (22 times in seven games) ... Senior wide receiver Bill Edger has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... During the Oct. 2 victory over Fordham, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... Freshman defensive back Andrew Zitnik made the first time he touched the ball during his collegiate career a memorable one, as he returned a kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown at Colgate ... Sophomore wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has caught at least four passes in five straight games, and now ranks third on the team with 205 receptions for 308 yards and two touchdowns this year ... Sophomore cornerback Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) recorded his first career interception at Dartmouth, in addition to making two tackles and breaking up a pass. On the year, he has now totaled 36 tackles while leading the team with six pass breakups ... Junior cornerback Chandler Fenner totaled five solo tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup in the victory over Brown. He is now tied for fifth on the team with 38 total tackles so far this season, to go along with two tackles for loss and two pass breakups ... Sophomore linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) earned his first career start at Harvard, and led the team with 11 total tackles. In eight games played this season, he has now totaled 32 tackles to rank eighth on the team.