BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Six members of the Holy Cross football team have been named preseason All-Patriot League, it was announced at Patriot League media day. Junior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.), senior defensive tackle Jack Maliska (Winchendon, Mass.), senior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.), senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.), junior linebacker Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) and senior center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) were the six Holy Cross players selected to the squad, which was selected by the conference's head coaches and sports information directors.
As a team, Holy Cross was picked to finish in second place in the 2012 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors, receiving 46 total points and one first place vote. Lehigh finished first in the poll with 60 points and 11 first place votes. The preseason rankings were rounded out by Colgate (third, 36 points), Georgetown (fourth, 33 points, two first place votes), Lafayette (fifth, 32 points) and Bucknell (sixth, 15 points).
Holy Cross is coming off a 2011 campaign in which it posted its seventh-straight winning record with an overall mark of 6-5 and a 4-2 record against Patriot League foes. The Crusaders, who return 17 starters and 42 letterwinners, are scheduled to open the 2012 season when they play host to New Hampshire at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30.
2012 PRESEASON ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
QB, Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Jr.
RB, Zach Barket, Lehigh, Sr.
RB, Tyler Smith, Bucknell, Sr.
FB/HB, Travis Friend, Bucknell, Jr.
WR, Gerald Mistretta, Holy Cross, Sr.
WR, Mark Ross, Lafayette, Jr.
WR, Ryan Spadola, Lehigh, Sr.
TE, Jamel Haggins, Lehigh, Sr.
OL, Ryan Risch, Colgate, Sr.
OL, Mike Roland, Georgetown, So.
OL, Andrew Scarmado, Colgate, Jr.
OL, Mike Vuono, Lehigh, Sr.
OL, Sean Whited, Holy Cross, Sr.
RS, Jeremy Moore, Georgetown, Sr.
PK, John Macomber, Holy Cross, Jr.
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
DL, Sajjad Chagani, Lehigh Sr.
DL, Rick Lyster, Lafayette Sr.
DL, Jack Maliska, Holy Cross Sr.
DL, Nick Womack, Fordham Sr.
LB, Mike Martin, Fordham Sr.
LB, Robert McCabe, Georgetown Sr.
LB, Beau Traber, Bucknell Sr.
LB, Mike Tucker, Holy Cross Jr.
DB, Bryan Andrews, Lehigh Sr.
DB, Jeremy Moore, Georgetown Sr.
DB, Tom Mannix, Holy Cross Sr.
DB, Billy O'Brien, Lehigh Sr.
P, Patrick Murray, Fordham Sr.
Offensive Player of the Year: Ryan Spadola, Lehigh, Sr., WR
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert McCabe, Georgetown, Sr., LB
2012 PRESEASON PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL POLL
|Team (1st place votes)||Points|
|2.||Holy Cross (1)||46|