WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross senior placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.), freshman quarterback Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) and freshman linebacker Kyle Young (Roxbury, N.J.) have been honored by the Patriot League for their performances in Saturday's 31-28 victory at Dartmouth. Macomber was named the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week, Young was selected as the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and Pujals was chosen as the Patriot League Rookie of the Week. This marks the second straight Patriot League Rookie of the Week selection for Pujals, while Young earned Patriot League Rookie of Week honors once earlier this year. In addition, Macomber takes home Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time in his career.
Macomber scored seven points in the victory over Dartmouth, including the game-winning 23-yard field goal with only 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. He also averaged 40.5 yards on six punts and 59.7 yards on six kickoffs against the Big Green. On the season, Macomber is now tied for the team lead in scoring with 24 points (hitting three of four field goals and 15 of 16 extra points), while averaging 41.7 yards on 28 punts. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has scored 135 points, making 25 of 32 field goals and 60 of 68 extra points. Macomber's 25 career field goals made are the third most in school history.
Pujals made his first career start at Dartmouth, and completed 25 of 37 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 125 yards and two more scores on 17 carries. He brought the Crusaders back from behind on three different occasions in the game, and also directed a 14-play, 67-yard drive in the fourth quarter to set up the game-winning field goal. In addition, Pujals' 415 yards of total offense against Dartmouth were good for the 12th highest single-game total in school history. On the season, he has now hit on 38 of 58 passes for 419 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing 29 times for 160 yards and two scores.
Young totaled five tackles and forced two fumbles during the victory at Dartmouth. His first forced fumble came with 5:01 left in the third quarter, setting up a Holy Cross touchdown to tie the game at 21-21. Then, after the Crusaders had claimed a 31-28 lead late in the game, Young forced a fumble on a kickoff return with 46 seconds remaining to allow Holy Cross to run out the clock. On the season, he has now totaled 17 tackles, one tackle for loss and two forced fumbles.
Holy Cross (2-3 overall) returns to action this Saturday, Oct. 5, when it plays host to Harvard (2-0 overall) at 1:00 p.m. in its Homecoming game.