WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross football players earned eight spots on the 2012 All-Patriot League teams, as announced by the conference office. Freshman return specialist Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was the lone selection to the All-Patriot League first team, while junior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) received second team honors as both a placekicker and a punter. In addition, junior defensive lineman Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.), senior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.), senior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.), senior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) and senior offensive lineman Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) were second team selections.
Raymond saw action in 10 games this season as both a kickoff and punt returner. He brought back 32 kickoffs for 777 yards and a touchdown, in addition to returning 19 punts for 101 yards. Raymond led the team with 878 all-purpose yards on the season, while ranking first in the Patriot League and 35th in the nation with an average of 24.3 yards per kickoff return. He finished the year in second place on the all-time Holy Cross single-season lists for both kickoff returns and kickoff return yards.
Macomber played in all 11 games this year, handling virtually all of the kicking duties for Holy Cross. He ranked second on the team with 55 points scored this year, hitting 10 of 13 field goal attempts (including a long of 46 yards) and 25 of 26 extra points. Macomber also averaged 40.9 yards on 62 punts, with a long of 59 yards and 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. In addition, he averaged 62.4 yards on 47 kickoffs with 21 touchbacks. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Macomber has now made 22 of 28 field goals and 45 of 52 extra points, for a total of 111 points scored. His 22 career field goals made currently rank sixth all-time at Holy Cross.
Acquah played in all 11 games for the Crusaders at defensive end this year, starting every time. He totaled 54 tackles on the season, including 35 solo stops, two quarterback sacks and seven tackles for loss. In addition, Acquah posted one pass breakup and one blocked extra point on the season. He led all Holy Cross defensive linemen in tackles, while placing 28th in the Patriot League in total tackles. Over the course of his collegiate career, Acquah has now totaled 94 tackles, four quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Mistretta earns All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season, after being a first team selection in 2011. He played in all 11 games this year at wide receiver, starting nine times. Mistretta ranked second on the team with 54 receptions for 669 yards and eight touchdowns, and led the team in scoring with 56 points. He finished the year ranked fifth in the Patriot League in receptions, seventh receiving yards and 10th in scoring. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, Mistretta totaled 148 catches for 1,897 yards and 18 scores. He finished his collegiate career ranked third all-time at Holy Cross in touchdown catches, while standing fifth in both receptions and receiving yards.
Mannix makes his second straight appearance on the All-Patriot League squad, after being a second team selection in 2011. He started all 11 of Holy Cross' games this year at strong safety, leading the team with 88 total tackles, including 75 solo stops and one tackle for loss. Mannix also led the Crusaders with eight pass breakups, and tied for the team-lead with two interceptions. He finished the year ranked fifth in the conference in passes defended and 10th in total tackles. Over the course of his career with the Crusaders, Mannix totaled 226 tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and 24 pass breakups. He concluded his career ranked seventh all-time at Holy Cross in pass breakups.
Schneider earns All-Patriot League honors for the third time, after previously being a first team selection in 2010 and a second team pick in 2009. He played in all 11 games as Holy Cross' top tight end this year, starting seven times. Schneider totaled 16 receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns, to rank fourth on the team in receiving. He was also a key blocker, helping the Crusader offense to average 343.5 total yards and 21.2 points per game. Over the course of his collegiate career, Schneider totaled 94 catches for 815 yards and 11 scores. His 11 career touchdown receptions are the most ever by a Crusader tight end.
Whited earns All-Patriot League honors for the second straight season, after being a second team selection in 2011. He played in all 11 games for the Crusaders at center this season, starting every time. Whited was a key part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to average 21.2 points and 343.5 yards of total offense per game. Whited and the offensive line also allowed just 26 sacks this year, while the team attempted 392 passes. Over the course of his collegiate career, Whited played in 34 career games with 30 starts, including 25 consecutive starts at center to end his career.
Holy Cross concluded the 2012 season with an overall record of 2-9, and tied for third in the Patriot League with a 2-3 mark in conference games.
A complete list of the 2012 All-Patriot League football teams follows.
2012 ALL-PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL TEAM
Offensive Player of the Year: Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Jr., QB
Defensive Player of the Year: Robert McCabe, Georgetown, Sr., LB
Rookie of the Year: Jamel Smith, Lafayette, Fr., WR/RS
Coach of the Year: Dick Biddle, Colgate
First Team Offense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
QB, Gavin McCarney, Colgate, Jr.
RB, Carlton Koonce, Fordham, Sr.
RB, Jordan McCord, Colgate, Sr.
FB/HB, Travis Friend, Bucknell, Jr.
FB/HB, Ed Pavalko, Colgate, So.
WR, Mark Ross, Lafayette, Jr.
WR, Ryan Spadola, Lehigh, Sr.
WR, Brian Wetzel, Fordham, So.
TE, Dan Light, Fordham, So.
OL, Craig Capodiferro, Colgate, Sr.
OL, Brian Crockett, Colgate, Sr.
OL, Lloyd Morrison, Fordham, Sr.
OL, Ryan Risch, Colgate, Sr.
OL, Mike Vuono, Lehigh, Sr.
PK, Patrick Murray, Fordham, Sr.
RS, Kalif Raymond, Holy Cross, Fr.
First Team Defense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
DL, Tom Bianchi, Lehigh, Sr.
DL, Sajjad Chagani, Lehigh, Sr.
DL, Rick Lyster, Lafayette, Sr.
DL, Samuel Oyekoya, Bucknell, Sr.
LB, Billy Boyko, Lehigh, Sr.
LB, Michael Martin, Fordham, Sr.
LB, Robert McCabe, Georgetown, Sr.
LB, Dustin Wharton, Georgetown, Jr.
DB, Gabe Johnson, Lehigh, Sr.
DB, Jeremy Moore, Georgetown, Sr.
DB, Billy O'Brien, Lehigh, Sr.
DB, Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell, So.
P, Patrick Murray, Fordham, Sr.
Second Team Offense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
QB, Mike Colvin, Lehigh, Sr.
RB, Nick Campanella, Georgetown, Jr.
RB, Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette, So.
WR, Chris Looney, Colgate, Sr.
WR, Kevin Macari, Georgetown, So.
WR, Gerald Mistretta, Holy Cross, Sr.
TE, Alex Schneider, Holy Cross, Sr.
OL, Luke Chiarolanzio, Lafayette, So.
OL, Ned Daryoush, Lehigh, So.
OL, James Spaly, Georgetown, Jr.
OL, Chris Watkins, Fordham, Sr.
OL, Sean Whited, Holy Cross, Sr.
PK, John Macomber, Holy Cross, Jr.
RS, Brian Wetzel, Fordham, So.
Second Team Defense
Pos., Name, School, Yr.
DL, Gary Acquah, Holy Cross, Jr.
DL, Sean Sellers, Bucknell, Jr.
DL, Tracey Smith, Bucknell, Jr.
DL, Nick Womack, Fordham, Sr.
LB, Evan Byers, Bucknell, So.
LB, Patrick Friel, Colgate, Sr.
LB, Sam Loughery, Lehigh, Sr.
LB, Nigel Muhammad, Lehigh, Jr.
LB, Beau Traber, Bucknell, Sr.
DB, Tom Mannix, Holy Cross, Sr.
DB, Jared Roberts, Lafayette, So.
DB, Darius Safford, Lafayette, Sr.
DB, Kyni Scott, Lafayette, Sr.
DB, Ian Williams, Fordham, Jr.
P, John Macomber, Holy Cross, Jr.