Crusaders Set To Face Bucknell In Final Game Of 2010 Season
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (5-5, 2-2 PL) vs. Bucknell (1-9, 1-3 PL)
Date: November 20, 2010
Time: 12:30 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; Gordie Lockbaum, color; Click Here to Listen
Holy Cross Student Radio: WCHC 88.1 FM, Worcester
Unofficial Live Statistics: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 16-10
Last Meeting: Bucknell 23, Holy Cross 17; November 21, 2009; Lewisburg, Pa.
The Series With Bucknell
This will be the 27th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bison on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 16-10. The Crusaders had won four consecutive contests between the two schools, before the Bison posted a 23-17 victory in Lewisburg last season. Holy Cross holds a slim 4-3 lead during the last seven meetings at Fitton Field, including wins in both 2006 (27-10) and 2008 (34-17). For all games played in Worcester, the Crusaders own a 11-3 advantage in the series. The schools first met on October 31, 1925, with Holy Cross posting a 23-7 win at Fitton Field.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 16-10
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 11-3
At Fitton Field: Holy Cross leads, 11-3
Current Win Streak: Bucknell, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Bucknell: 4-2
Joe Susan vs. Holy Cross: 0-0
Holy Cross has 25 seniors who will be playing in their final home game at Fitton Field against Bucknell. The members of the Holy Cross senior class are defensive back Dakota Allosso (Virginia Beach, Va.), tight end Mike Argillander (Detroit, Mich.), offensive lineman Mike Bernazzani (Whitman, Mass.), wide receiver Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.), defensive back Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.), placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.), wide receiver Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.), defensive lineman Matt Ferrel (San Francisco, Calif.), offensive lineman Graham Gawryszewski (Garfield Heights, Ohio), defensive back Pat Haidon (West Seneca, N.Y.), defensive back Alex Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.), wide receiver Rob Koster (Bellerose, N.Y.), linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.), punter Don Lemieux (Gardner, Mass.), linebacker Brian Mauthe (River Vale, N.J.), offensive lineman Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.), linebacker James McLaughlin (Hammonton, N.J.), defensive lineman Marcus Morgan (Aurora, Colo.), defensive lineman Mude Ohimor (Stoughton, Mass.), defensive lineman Anthony Ruoti (Newport, R.I.), wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.), linebacker Rory Sullivan (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.), quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas), linebacker Perry Townsend (Frankford, Del.) and offensive lineman Scott Wise (Fort Thomas, Ky.). These 25 players will be recognized prior to the start of the game, along with team manager Kevin Doyle (Greenwich, Conn.). The Crusader seniors have led the team to a 28-16 record over the last four seasons, including the 2009 Patriot League championship and a trip to the 2009 NCAA playoffs.
Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
With a victory this week against Bucknell, the Crusaders would conclude the season with 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 35-20 mark over the last five seasons is their best in a five-year span since going 39-15-1 from 1989-1993. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 41-25 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.
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 victory at Lafayette, he rushed 16 times for 69 yards. In the previous contest against Lehigh, Auffant led the team with 46 yards on 10 carries, including a season-long run of 29 yards. He also played well at Colgate, running 20 times for 66 yards. Some of Auffant's other top games this year have been against Dartmouth (22 carries for 71 yards, six receptions for 45 yards), Fordham (11 carries for 51 yards and a touchdown) and Howard (eight carries for 31 yards and a score). Auffant has now rushed for a team-best 423 yards and two touchdowns on 111 carries in 10 games played this year, and has also caught 20 passes for 117 yards. Auffant did not see any varsity action during the 2009 season.
Taggart Takes Over At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart had played very well for the Crusaders over the last few weeks. During the victory at Lafayette, he completed 15 of 31 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing 10 times for 41 yards and two scores. A week earlier against Lehigh, Taggart hit on 17 of 31 attempts for 178 yards and a touchdown. He also played well at Colgate, totaling 98 passing yards and 35 rushing yards, including a game-winning 14-yard touchdown pass with 5.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Some of Taggart's other top performances this season have come against Brown (19 of 29 for 196 yards and two scores), Fordham (27 of 37 for 289 yards and a touchdown, plus 75 rushing yards and a score) and Howard (17 of 29 for 186 yards and three touchdowns). Through 10 games, he has now connected on 172 of 290 passes for 1,745 yards and 14 touchdowns, in addition to ranking second on the team in rushing with 256 yards and three scores on 75 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.
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 Bill Edger leads the team with 41 catches for 505 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 114 catches for 1,668 yards and 16 scores during his collegiate career. Senior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski has totaled 39 receptions for 368 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 126 catches for 1,433 yards and seven scores Senior wide out Freddie Santana is also playing a key role, with 33 catches for 364 yards and five touchdowns so far in 2010. Santana had 46 catches for 601 yards and a team-high eight scores in 2009, and has recorded 106 receptions for 1,275 yards and 16 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 seventh all-time at Holy Cross with 16 career touchdown receptions.
The Last Meeting With Bucknell
Bucknell's C.J. Hopson rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown on 29 carries, to lead the Bison to a 23-17 victory over 13th-ranked Holy Cross at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium on Nov. 21, 2009. After a scoreless first quarter, the Bison opened the scoring on a 13-yard touchdown run by Tyler Smith. Hopson then scored on a four-yard rush to put Bucknell ahead 14-0. The Crusaders came back with a 13-yard touchdown pass from Dominic Randolph to Alex Schneider, to make the score 14-7 at halftime. Rob Dornfried booted a 23-yard field goal in the third quarter, before a 30-yard field goal by Bucknell's Drew Orth made the score 17-10. Eddie Houghton then scored on a two-yard run early in the fourth quarter, to tie the score at 17-17. Holy Cross moved across midfield again on its next possession, before the drive stalled following a holding penalty. After a punt, the Bison drove 80 yards in eight plays, with Smith scoring a touchdown on a nine-yard run. Following a missed extra point, Bucknell led 23-17 with 1:40 remaining. The Crusaders were then able to drive down to the Bison 24-yard line on their final possession, before time ran out, allowing the Bison to claim the victory. Randolph completed 29 of 48 passes on the day for 271 yards, while Schneider caught seven passes for 54 yards. Anthony DiMichele led the Holy Cross defense with 12 total tackles, including one tackle for loss.
Lamkin Returns At Linebacker
Senior linebacker Sean Lamkin has returned to the Holy Cross lineup this season, after missing most of the 2009 campaign due to injury. In 10 games played so far this year, he has totaled 60 tackles with six tackles for loss, four sacks and four pass breakups. During last week's victory at Lafayette, Lamkin made seven total tackles with two quarterback sacks. Previously against Howard, he recorded six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups. Lamkin 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 167 tackles with 18 tackles for loss.
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 10 games played so far this year, the line has allowed just 15 sacks while the team has attempted 386 passes (just one sack for every 26.7 times the team has dropped back to pass). Starters on the Holy Cross line include senior Mike Bernazzani and senior Scott Wise at guard, and senior Mike McCabe and sophomore Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) at tackle. Junior Kyle Seddon (Southington, Conn.) and junior Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) 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 34 career games with 23 starts, and Bernazzani, who has seen action in 25 career games with 16 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.
Dornfried & Lemieux Get Their Kicks
Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried and senior punter Don Lemieux are both in their second year in starting roles for the Crusaders. In 10 games played this season, Dornfried has made 23 of 28 extra point attempts and eight out of 11 field goals for 47 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 39.1 yards on 47 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.
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 96 total tackles this season, despite missing two games due to injury. He led the team with a career-high 17 total tackles and one tackle for loss during the victory at Lafayette, marking the sixth time this year he has reached double-figures in tackles. During the previous contest against Lehigh, Otis recorded a team-high 14 tackles with a forced fumble. Some of his other top games this season have come against Colgate (10 tackles), Dartmouth (10 tackles and a fumble recovery), Georgetown (16 tackles and a pass breakup) and Howard (12 tackles and a tackle for loss). Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Otis now has 123 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups. Martin ranks second on the team with 92 total tackles this year, including 59 solo stops and two tackles for loss. During the Lafayette game, he reached double-figures in tackles for the fourth time this season by recording 14 total stops. A week earlier against Lehigh, Martin made eight tackles with one tackle for loss and his first career interception. A few of his other top performances this year have come against Colgate (10 tackles), Georgetown (12 tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble) and Massachusetts (18 tackles). Over the course of his collegiate career, Martin has now recorded 125 tackles, four tackles for loss and three pass breakups.
Ohimor Plays Big On Defensive Front
Senior defensive end Mude Ohimor is once again a major force for the Crusaders in the trenches this year. Through 10 games played, Ohimor has totaled 29 tackles with three sacks and two fumble recoveries. During the victory at Colgate, he recorded five tackles with a sack for 10 yards. Previously at Colgate, Ohimor totaled three solo tackles with a sack and a forced fumble. Some of his other top performances this year have been against Georgetown (four tackles and a fumble recovery), Howard (four tackles and a fumble recovery) and Harvard (four tackles and a sack). 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 42 games with 29 starts, totaling 88 tackles, 10 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.
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 77-60 (.562) 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 nine 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.
Senior Safeties Lead Secondary
Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele and senior free safety Alex Johnson are both among the top players on the Holy Cross defense in 2010. Johnson has recorded 49 tackles and a team-best two interceptions in 10 games played this season. During the victory at Lafayette, he recorded seven total tackles. Previously against Lehigh, Johnson made four solo tackles and recovered a fumble which he returned for 18 yards. Some of his other top performances this year have been against Colgate (seven tackles and a forced fumble), Howard (six solo tackles and an interception) and Georgetown (six tackles and a pass breakup). 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 154 tackles, four interceptions and 12 pass breakups. DiMichele ranks third on the with 80 total tackles this year, despite missing a game due to injury. During the Lafayette game he made 14 total tackles, including 13 solo stops. Previously at Colgate, DiMichele led the team with 12 total tackles, a fumble recovery, two pass breakups and a tackle for loss. A few of his other top games this year have been against Massachusetts (18 tackles) and Harvard (10 tackles). 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 234 tackles, 18 pass breakups and four interceptions.
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 10 games played in 2010, he is tied for fourth on the team with 29 receptions for 205 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 62 catches for 480 yards and seven 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 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).
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Seven Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Nov. 13. As a team, Holy Cross ranks eighth in the nation in punt returns, while standing 15th in fewest turnovers and 22nd in kickoff returns. The rankings:
|Total Tackles||6||Ricky Otis
|Fewest Turnovers||15||Holy Cross||1.4|
|Kickoff Returns||22||Holy Cross||22.9|
|Net Punting||30||Holy Cross||34.8|
|Fumble Recoveries||36||Ricky Otis||0.3|
|Points Responsible For||44||Ryan Taggart||10.2|
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 44-33 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 41-25 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.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2010 campaign marks the 115th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 597-474-54, 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. 13. Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart ranks fourth in the league in passing yards (174.5 yards/game), fourth in total offense (200.1 yards/game) and fifth in pass efficiency (121.0 rating), while senior wide out Bill Edger stands fourth in the conference in receptions (5.1 catches/game), receiving yards (63.1 yards/game) and scoring (5.2 points/game). Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried is third in the league in field goal percentage (72.7 percent), third in field goals (0.8 made/game) and fifth in scoring (4.7 points/game), and senior free safety Alex Johnson stands fourth in interceptions (0.2 picks/game). In addition, senior wide receiver Freddie Santana leads the league in punt returns (17.0 yards/return), and senior punter Don Lemieux stands second in the conference in punting (39.1 yards/punt). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (16.1 yards/return); while standing second in net punting (34.8 yards/punt); and ranking third in passing offense (222.4 yards/game) and passing defense (217.6 yards/game).
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.
Scouting The Bison
Bucknell stands 1-9 overall this season, with a 1-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Bucknell offense is led by freshman quarterback Brandon Wesley, who has completed 153 of 266 passes for 1,584 yards and five touchdowns with six interceptions. Sophomore tailback Tyler Smith has rushed 98 times for a team-best 382 yards and three scores, while junior wide out Frank DeNick leads Bucknell in receiving with 34 catches for 390 yards and a touchdown. Junior linebacker Tim Bolte leads the Bison defense with 56 total tackles, two tackles for loss and two pass breakups. Joe Susan is in his first season as Bucknell's head coach, and has posted an overall record of 1-9. Susan's career record stands at 11-9, including one season at Davidson.
Crusaders Bring In Academic Honors
Two Holy Cross players have been honored this season for their performance both in the classroom and on the football field. Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe has been selected the ESPN / CoSIDA Academic All-District team for the second straight season. In addition, senior wide receiver Bill Edger was 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.
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 36 times in 10 games played this year. Only two teams in the nation have been tackled for a loss fewer times this season: Pennsylvania (26 times in nine games) and South Dakota State (29 times in 10 games) ... During the Oct. 2 victory over Fordham, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... Junior cornerback Cav Koch (Dallas, Texas) scored the first touchdown of his Holy Cross career when he returned a fumble 68 yards for a score at Lafayette. Overall this season, Koch has now totaled 34 tackles with an interception and four pass breakups ... Junior cornerback Chandler Fenner totaled 15 tackles with a pass breakup in the victory at Lafayette. He is now ranks fifth on the team with 58 total tackles so far this season, to go along with two tackles for loss and four pass breakups ... Sophomore wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) has caught a pass in seven straight games, and is now tied for fourth on the team with 29 receptions for 374 yards and three touchdowns this year ... 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. He is now averaging 30.3 yards on 11 kickoff returns ... 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 40 tackles while leading the team with six 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 10 games played this season, he has now totaled 34 tackles to tie for 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)... 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.