November 22, 2011

Football Places 12 On 2011 All-Patriot League Teams

WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross has placed 12 players on the 2011 All-Patriot League football teams, as announced by the conference office. Senior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.), senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.), junior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.), senior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) and senior punter Corey Page (Tampa, Fla.) were all named to the All-Patriot League first team. Sophomore wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.), junior defensive tackle Jack Maliska (Winchendon, Mass.), junior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.), senior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas), senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas), sophomore defensive end Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) and senior center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) were second team selections.

Fenner, who started all 11 games at cornerback for the Crusaders in 2011, earns first team All-Conference honors for the second straight year. He ranked fourth on the team with 68 total tackles this season, including 56 solo stops, two quarterback sacks and three tackles for loss. Fenner also led the team with two interceptions and 14 pass breakups, in addition to forcing two fumbles. He finished the year ranked second in the Patriot League in passes defended, seventh in forced fumbles and 18th in total tackles. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Fenner totaled 158 tackles, four forced fumbles, two interceptions, three quarterback sacks and 18 pass breakups in 44 games played.

McCabe makes his third consecutive appearance on the all-conference team, after being named first team All-Patriot League last season and second team All-Conference in 2009. He started all 11 games for the Crusaders at left tackle this season, as the leader of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to average 22.9 points and 400.9 yards of total offense per game. McCabe and the offensive line also allowed just 21 sacks this year, while the team attempted 431 passes (just one sack for every 21.5 times the team dropped back to pass). He is also a three-time ESPN / CoSIDA Academic All-District selection for his work in the classroom. During his time at Holy Cross, McCabe played in 47 career games with 36 starts along the offensive line, including a streak of 34 consecutive starts to end his career.

Mistretta played in all 11 games this season at wide receiver, starting five times. He caught 60 passes on the year for 723 yards and six touchdowns, to lead the team in all three categories. Mistretta also rushed the ball four times for 16 yards, returned two kickoffs for 35 yards and made 13 tackles on special teams. He finished the year ranked third in the Patriot League in both receptions and receiving yards, while standing seventh in all-purpose yards. Over the course of his collegiate career, Mistretta has now made 94 receptions for 1,228 yards and 10 scores in 34 games played.

Otis earns first team All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season, after starting all 11 games at linebacker. He led the team with 97 total tackles, including 81 solo stops, four quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Otis also posted an interception and five pass breakups this season. He finished the year ranked fourth in the Patriot League in tackles, sixth in tackles for loss, ninth in sacks and 18th in passes defended. Over the course of his collegiate career, Otis totaled 232 tackles, five sacks, 12 tackles for loss, seven pass breakups, two forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery.

Page attempted every one of the team's punts this season, while playing in 10 games. He punted 41 times for 1,538 yards this year, to rank third in the conference with an average of 37.5 yards per punt. Page dropped 12 of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, and had four punts of over 50 yards. His punts helped allow the team to give up just 34 punt return yards all season, for a net average of 35.7 yards per punt. Over the course of his collegiate career, Lemieux averaged 37.5 yards on 41 punts in 10 games played.

Fess played in 10 games this season at wide receiver, starting three times. He ranked second on the team with 45 catches for 417 yards and two touchdowns on the year. Fess also had six kickoff returns for 110 yards, and made a pair of tackles on special teams. He finished the year ranked fourth in the Patriot League in receptions. Over the course of his collegiate career, Fess has now made 54 receptions for 523 yards and two scores in 21 games played.

Maliska played in all 11 games for the Crusaders at defensive tackle this year, starting every time. He totaled 35 tackles on the season, including 27 solo stops, two quarterback sacks and four tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, Maliska has now totaled 48 tackles, two quarterback sacks and six tackles for loss in 19 games played.

Mannix started all 11 of Holy Cross' games this season at strong safety. He ranked second on the team with 87 total tackles this year, including 71 solo stops and one tackle for loss. Mannix also finished the season with 10 pass breakups, three forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery. He ended the year ranked second in the conference in forced fumbles, fifth in passes defended and eighth in total tackles. Over the course of his collegiate career, Mannix has now totaled 138 tackles, 16 pass breakups, two interceptions and four forced fumbles.

Martin played in 10 games for the Crusaders at linebacker this year, starting every time. He ranked third on the team with 71 total tackles, including 61 solo stops, four quarterback sacks and five tackles for loss. Martin also intercepted one pass this season. He finished the year ranked eighth in the Patriot League in quarterback sacks and 11th in total tackles. Over the course of his collegiate career, Martin totaled 199 tackles, four sacks, nine tackles for loss, three interceptions, three pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Taggart started all 11 games for the Crusaders at quarterback this season, completing 268 of 430 attempts for 2,948 yards and 17 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He also carried the ball 132 times for 496 yards and seven scores, to finish the year with 3,444 yards of total offense. Taggart finished the season ranked second in the Patriot League in passing yards and total offense, fourth in pass efficiency (129.7 rating) and sixth in rushing yards. He finished his collegiate career by hitting on 455 of 749 passes for 4,850 yards and 31 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 27 games played. Taggart added 787 rushing yards and 12 scores on 220 carries, for 5,637 yards of total offense. He wrapped up his career as a Crusader ranked third on the school career list for completion percentage (60.7 percent); fourth for pass efficiency (125.1 rating); sixth for passing yards, completions, pass attempts and yards of total offense; and seventh for touchdown passes.

Tucker saw action in all 11 games this year as a defensive end and outside linebacker, starting nine times. He totaled 27 tackles on the season, including 19 solo stops and a team-best nine quarterback sacks, in addition to breaking up a pass. Tucker finished the year ranked second in the Patriot League in quarterback sacks and eighth in tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, Tucker has now totaled 31 tackles and nine sacks in 16 games played.

Whited played in all 11 games for the Crusaders at center this season, starting every time. He was a key part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to average 22.9 points and 400.9 yards of total offense per game. Whited and the offensive line also allowed just 21 sacks this year, while the team attempted 431 passes (just one sack for every 21.5 times the team dropped back to pass). During his time at Holy Cross, Whited has now played in 23 career games with 19 starts along the offensive line.

The Crusaders finished the 2011 campaign with an overall record of 6-5, while placing second in the Patriot League with a 3-2 mark in conference games. Holy Cross also posted a winning record for the seventh straight season.

A complete list of the 2011 All-Patriot League football teams follows.

2011 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM

Offensive Player of the Year: Chris Lum, Lehigh, Sr., QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Andrew Schaetzke, Georgetown, Sr., DL
Rookie of the Year: Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette, Fr., RB/RS
Coach of the Year: Kevin Kelly, Georgetown

First Team Offense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
QB, Chris Lum, Lehigh, Sr.
RB, Zach Barket, Lehigh, Jr.    
RB, Tyler Smith, Bucknell, Jr.
FB/HB, Mark Wickware, Lehigh, Sr.
WR, Jake Drwal, Lehigh, Sr.
WR, Gerald Mistretta, Holy Cross, Jr.
WR, Ryan Spadola, Lehigh, Jr.
TE, Jamel Haggins, Lehigh, Jr.
OL, Scott Biel, Lafayette, Sr.
OL, Jim Liebler, Lehigh, Sr.
OL, Mike McCabe, Holy Cross, Sr.
OL, Troy McKenna, Lehigh, Sr.
OL, Mike Vuono, Lehigh, Jr.
RS, Jeremy Moore, Georgetown, Jr.
PK, Drew Orth, Bucknell, Sr.

First Team Defense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
DL, Robert De La Rosa, Bucknell, Sr.
DL, Josh Eden, Bucknell, Sr.
DL, Ben Flizack, Lehigh, Sr.
DL, Andrew Schaetzke, Georgetown, Sr.
LB, Leroy Butler, Lafayette, Sr.
LB, Mike Groome, Lehigh, Sr.
LB, Robert McCabe, Georgetown, Jr.
LB, Ricky Otis, Holy Cross, Sr.
DB, Brandon Ellis, Lafayette, Sr.
DB, Jeremy Moore, Georgetown, Jr.
DB, Chandler Fenner, Holy Cross, Sr.
DB, Bryce Robertson, Bucknell, Sr.
P, Ryan Gutowski, Bucknell, Jr.
P, Corey Page, Holy Cross, Sr.
P, Ethan Swerdlow, Lafayette, Jr.

Second Team Offense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
QB, Ryan Taggart, Holy Cross, Sr.
RB, Nick Campanella, Georgetown, So.
RB, Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette, Fr.
FB/HB, Travis Friend, Bucknell, So.
WR, Frank DeNick, Bucknell, Sr.
WR, Mike Fess, Holy Cross, So.
WR, Mark Ross, Lafayette, So.
TE, Kevin Doty, Lafayette, Sr.
OL, Anthony Carter, Bucknell, Sr.
OL, Ian Dal Bello, Bucknell, Sr.
OL, Mike Roland, Georgetown, Fr.
OL, Keith Schauder, Lehigh, Sr.
OL, Sean Whited, Holy Cross, Sr.
RS, Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette, Fr.
PK, Brett Weiss, Georgetown, Sr.

Second Team Defense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
DL, Sajjad Chagani, Lehigh, Jr.
DL, Andrew Knapp, Lehigh, Sr.
DL, Rick Lyster, Lafayette, Jr.
DL, Jack Maliska, Holy Cross, Jr.
DL, Mike Tucker, Holy Cross, So.
LB, Chris DiMassa, Colgate, Sr.
LB, Ben Eaton, Lafayette, Sr.
LB, C.J. Martin, Holy Cross, Sr.
LB, Beau Traber, Bucknell, Jr.
DB, Bryan Andrews, Lehigh, Jr.
DB, Jayah Kaisamba, Georgetown, Sr.
DB, Tom Mannix, Holy Cross, Jr.    
DB, Billy O'Brien, Lehigh, Jr.
DB, Sean Rafferty, Bucknell, Sr.