November 8, 2010

Football Heads To Lafayette For Final Road Game Of The Season

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-5, 1-2 PL) vs. Lafayette (2-7, 1-2 PL)
Date: November 13, 2010
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Fisher Stadium (13,132), Easton, Pa.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network
Live Video Streaming: Lafayette All-Access
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM & 94.9 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Charles Bare, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record: Lafayette leads, 14-10
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 28, Lafayette 26; November 14, 2009; Worcester, Mass.

The Series With Lafayette
This will be the 25th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the gridiron, with Lafayette leading the all-time series 14-10. The road team had won four consecutive contests in the series, before Holy Cross earned a 28-26 victory in Worcester last season. For games played in Easton, Lafayette has posted an 8-4 record against Holy Cross, although the Crusaders have been victorious in their last two trips to Fisher Stadium. The schools first met on Sept. 20, 1986, with Holy Cross coming out victorious 38-14 in Easton.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Lafayette leads, 14-10
In Easton: Lafayette leads, 8-4
At Fisher Stadium: Lafayette leads, 8-4
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, two games
Tom Gilmore vs. Lafayette: 3-3
Frank Tavani vs. Holy Cross: 6-4

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 42 tackles and two interceptions in nine games played this season. Last week against Lehigh, he made four solo tackles and recovered a fumble which he returned for 18 yards. Previously in the victory at Colgate, Johnson totaled seven tackles in addition to forcing a fumble. Earlier in the season, he made six solo tackles and intercepted a pass against Howard, 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 147 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups. DiMichele ranks third on the with 66 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 220 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions.

Taggart Takes Over At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) had played very well for the Crusaders over the last few weeks. Last week against Lehigh, he hit on 17 of 31 passes for 178 yards and a score. During the previous contest at Colgate, Taggart 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. Earlier in the season, he hit on 19 of 29 attempts for 196 yards and two scores at Brown, while completing 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 nine games, he has now connected on 157 of 259 passes for 1,541 yards and 12 touchdowns, in addition to ranking second on the team in rushing with 215 yards and a score on 65 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.

Holy Cross In The Patriot League
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 Crusaders won the conference championship in 2009, clinching the title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. Holy Cross' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. The Crusaders are 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.

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. Otis currently leads the team with 79 total tackles this season, despite missing two games due to injury. He recorded a team-best 14 tackles and a forced fumble against Lehigh last week, marking the fifth time this year he has reached double-figures in tackles. During the previous contest at Colgate, Otis made 10 total tackles. Earlier in the season, he had 10 tackles and a fumble recovery at Dartmouth, a career-best 16 tackles and a pass breakup at Georgetown, and 12 tackles with one tackle for loss against Howard. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Otis now has 106 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups. Martin ranks second on the team with 78 total tackles this year, including 52 solo stops and two tackles for loss. Last week against Lehigh, he made eight tackles with one tackle for loss and his first career interception. During the previous contest at Colgate, Martin reached double-figures in tackles for the third time this season by recording 10 total stops. Earlier in the season, he 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, Martin has now recorded 111 tackles, four tackles for loss and three pass breakups.

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 nine games played, Ohimor has totaled 24 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 41 games with 28 starts, totaling 83 tackles, nine sacks and 14 tackles for loss.

The Last Meeting With Lafayette
Dominic Randolph accounted for 358 yards of total offense and three touchdowns, to lead 13th-ranked Holy Cross to a 28-26 victory over No. 20 Lafayette at Fitton Field. Randolph hit on 23 of 37 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 10 yards and a score. Luke Chmielinski added seven catches for 87 yards and a touchdown, while rushing three times for 21 yards and a score. Anthony DiMichele led the defense with nine solo tackles and an interception. Lafayette took a 12-0 lead in the first quarter on a one-yard touchdown run by Maurice White and a two-yard scoring pass from Rob Curley to Kevin Doty, but Davis Rodriguez missed both extra points. The Crusaders scored their first points in the second quarter on a four-yard touchdown run by Chmielinski. Lafayette responded with another one-yard touchdown rush by White, but two plays later, Randolph tossed a 22-yard scoring strike to Chmielinski. Randolph then scored on a one-yard quarterback sneak with 11 seconds remaining in the half, to put the Crusaders up 21-19. In the third quarter, DiMichele intercepted a pass at the Holy Cross five-yard line, before Randolph threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Santana to make the score 28-19. Curley threw a 14-yard scoring pass to Mark Layton to cut the lead to 28-26 early in the fourth quarter. The Leopards marched across midfield on their next drive, before Jimmy Thomas sacked Curley for a 20-yard loss on fourth-and-10. Lafayette would get the ball one more time with 38 seconds left, but on the first play Marcus Rodriguez forced Layton to fumble, and C.J. Martin recovered.

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 nine games played this season, Dornfried has made 19 of 23 extra point attempts and seven out of nine field goals for 40 points. 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 39.0 yards on 45 punts this year, with eight kicks of over 50 yards and 17 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.

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. During the Lehigh game, he led the team with 46 yards on 10 carries, including a season-long run of 29 yards. Auffant previously totaled 66 yards on 20 carries at Colgate, while carrying the ball 22 times for a career-high 71 yards and catching six passes for 45 yards at Dartmouth. 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. Auffant has now rushed for a team-best 354 yards and two touchdowns on 95 carries in nine games played this year, and has also caught 18 passes for 90 yards. Auffant did not see any varsity action during the 2009 season.

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 nine games played in 2010, he ranks fifth on the team with 26 receptions for 187 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 59 catches for 461 yards and seven touchdowns.

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.) is tied for the team lead with 38 receptions for 361 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 125 catches for 1,426 yards and seven scores. Senior wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) has added 38 catches for a team-high 464 yards and seven 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 111 catches for 1,627 yards and 16 scores during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) is also playing a key role, with 28 catches for 293 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 101 receptions for 1,204 yards and 15 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Both Chmielinski and Santana were named second team All-Patriot League in 2009, while Edger is tied for seventh all-time at Holy Cross with 16 career touchdown receptions.

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 nine games played so far this year, he has totaled 53 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 160 tackles with 16 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 362-167-27 (.675). Holy Cross recently had a streak of 13 straight victories at home, from Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and will finish the year with a winning record at home for the fifth straight season. 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 is once again one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League in 2010. In nine games played so far this year, the line has allowed just 13 sacks while the team has attempted 351 passes (just one sack for every 28 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 33 career games with 22 starts, and Bernazzani, who has seen action in 24 career games with 15 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.

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 43-33 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 40-25 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.

Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Six Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Nov. 6. As a team, Holy Cross ranks fifth in the nation in punt returns, while standing 29th in third down conversions. The rankings:

Category Rank Player /Team Avg.
Punt Returns 3 Freddie Santana 18.2
  5 Holy Cross 16.2
Total Tackles 11 Ricky Otis
11.3
Third Down Conversions
29 Holy Cross 41.2
Fumble Recoveries 32 Ricky Otis 0.3
  35 Anthony DiMichele 0.3
Receptions 33 Bill Edger 5.4
Completions 35 Ryan Taggart 17.4
Receiving Yards
48 Bill Edger
66.3
Punting 49 Don Lemieux
39.0

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.

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.

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2010 campaign marks the 115th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 596-474-54, 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 Nov. 6. Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart ranks fourth in the league in passing yards (171.2 yards/game), fifth in pass efficiency (120.5 rating) and fifth in total offense (195.1 yards/game), while senior wide out Bill Edger stands third in the conference in receptions (5.4 catches/game), receiving yards (66.3 yards/game) and scoring (6.0 points/game). Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried leads the league in field goal percentage (77.8 percent) and ranks third in field goals (0.8 made/game), and senior free safety Alex Johnson stands third in interceptions (0.2 picks/game). 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 (39.0 yards/punt). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (16.2 yards/return); while standing second in passing offense (222.9 yards/game) and net punting (34.5 yards/punt); and ranking third in scoring defense (24.2 points/game), passing defense (204.6 yards/game) and pass efficiency defense (125.2 rating).

Fitton Field Winning Streak Snapped
With last week's 34-17 loss to Lehigh, Holy Cross had its 13-game winning streak at Fitton Field snapped. That run 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' recent home winning streak lasted from Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010. Here is a look at the longest Fitton Field winning streaks ever by the Crusaders:

Rank Streak Dates
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-October 9, 2010
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Scouting The Leopards
Lafayette enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-7 on the season, including a 1-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards are coming off a 24-14 loss to Colgate, but both of their victories have come in the last four weeks. Senior Marc Quilling (37 of 73, 549 yards, four touchdowns, eight interceptions) and junior Ryan O'Neil (148 of 228, 1,625 yards, 10 touchdowns, five interceptions) have split time at quarterback for Lafayette this year. Senior wide out Mark Layton leads the team with 44 receptions for 508 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore tailback Alan Elder has rushed for 364 yards and a touchdown on 96 carries. Defensively, the Leopards are led by senior linebacker Mike Schmidlein with 90 tackles and three tackles for loss. Frank Tavani is now in his 11th season as Lafayette's head coach, and has posted an overall record of 62-60. The 2004 Patriot League Coach of the Year, Tavani served as an assistant coach with the Leopards for 13 years before taking over as head coach.

The 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
Holy Cross players have been tackled for a loss only 31 times in nine games played so far this season. Only three teams in the nation have been tackled for a loss fewer times this season: South Dakota State (24 times in nine games), Pennsylvania (25 times in eight games) and Dartmouth (27 times in eight 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 three passes in six straight games, and now ranks third on the team with 28 receptions for 342 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 39 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 ranks fifth on the team with 43 total tackles so far this season, to go along with two tackles for loss and three 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 nine games played this season, he has now totaled 33 tackles to rank eighth on the team ... The Holy Cross athletic department  honored six former football standouts on Oct. 2, 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).