Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-7, 1-2 PL) vs. #21 Lehigh (6-2, 1-1 PL)
Date: November 9, 2013
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Place: Goodman Stadium (16,000), Bethlehem, Pa.
Television: Service Electric Cable; Mike Zambelli, play-by-play; Mike Yadush, color
Live Video Streaming: Patriot League Digital Network
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM & 94.9 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; John O'Neil, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Side Arm Stats
The Series With Lehigh
This will be the 29th meeting between the Crusaders and the Mountain Hawks on the gridiron, with Lehigh leading the all-time series 15-12-1. The Mountain Hawks have won the last three games in the series, but Holy Cross had posted three straight victories prior to that. For contests played in Bethlehem, the Crusaders hold a 7-6 advantage, including victories during three of its last four trips to Goodman Stadium. Dating back to 2004, the visiting team has won seven of the last nine games in the series. The schools first met on Nov. 8, 1924, in Worcester, with the teams playing to a 3-3 tie.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Lehigh leads, 15-12-1
In Bethlehem: Holy Cross leads, 7-6
At Goodman Stadium: Tied, 6-6
Current Win Streak: Lehigh, 3 games
Tom Gilmore vs. Lehigh: 4-5
Andy Coen vs. Holy Cross: 4-3
Fess Breaks Receiving Record
Senior wide out Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) became Holy Cross' all-time leading receiver during last week's game at Fordham. He has now totaled 194 catches for 2,060 yards and 13 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Fess broke the previous record of 190 receptions set by Jeff Laboranti from 1994-1997, and now has a chance to become only the seventh player in Patriot League history with 200 career catches. In 10 games played this season, he leads the team with 60 receptions for 742 yards and seven scores. During the Fordham game, Fess led the team with seven catches for 94 yards and a touchdown. Earlier in the year against Harvard, he posted a season-best 11 receptions for 117 yards and two scores. A few of Fess' other top games this year have come against Dartmouth (nine catches for 138 yards), Central Connecticut (five receptions for 63 yards and two scores), Towson (six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown) and Monmouth (five receptions for 47 yards and a score). In 2012, he led the team with 80 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games played. Fess' 80 total receptions last year were the second-most ever by a Crusader in a single season. In 2011, Fess earned second team All-Patriot League honors after ranking second on the team with 45 receptions for 417 yards and two scores. In addition to being Holy Cross' all-time leader in receptions, Fess currently ranks fourth all-time in receiving yards.
Veterans Anchor Offensive Line
Holy Cross boasts a great deal of experience along the offensive line this season, including five players with at least 10 career starts. In 10 games played so far this year, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 408.7 total yards, 171.0 rushing yards and 28.3 point per game. Fifth-year senior guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) leads the team with 32 consecutive games started and 43 career games played. Fifth-year senior tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) owns 32 starts in 33 career games played, and senior tackle Blake Berresford (Montoursville, Pa.) has started all 22 of his career games played. Others who have played key roles this year are senior center Jay Knighton (Pottstown, Pa.) with 28 career games played and 17 starts, junior guard Ryan Schnieber (Cincinnati, Ohio) with 10 starts in 10 games played, and senior tackle Emanuel Mendoza (Bronx, N.Y.) with 11 career games played and one start.
SanDoval Steps Up In Final Year
Fifth-year senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) is once again among the top players on the Holy Cross defense this year. Through 10 games played, he leads the team with 65 total tackles, including 55 solo stops and two tackles for loss. Last week at Fordham, SanDoval led the team with nine total tackles. Previously at Dartmouth, he made a season-high 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss. Some of SanDoval's other top games this season have come against Monmouth (11 tackles), Central Connecticut (five tackles, 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown), Towson (eight tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup) and Bryant (seven tackles). Last season, he recorded 75 tackles, including three sacks and five tackles for loss. In 2011, SanDoval recorded 15 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in the first three games, before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Over the course of his collegiate career, SanDoval now has 195 total tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.
Pujals Takes Over At Quarterback
Freshman Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Crusaders this season, and is currently one of 20 candidates for the Jerry Rice Award, presented annually by the Sports Network to the top freshman in the Division I football championship subdivision. Last week at Fordham, completed 23 of 38 passes for 238 yards and three touchdowns, in addition to leading the team in rushing with 88 yards and a score on 18 carries. Previously at Bucknell, Pujals completed 19 of 29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 80 yards and three more scores on 13 carries. He also had a big game against Harvard, hitting on 33 of 50 attempts for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. A few of Pujals' other top performances this season have come against Dartmouth (25 of 37 passing for 290 yards and two touchdowns, 17 rushes for 125 yards and two scores), Colgate (287 yards of total offense and two touchdowns), Lafayette (277 yards of total offense) and Monmouth (12 of 19 for 129 yards and two scores off the bench). On the year, he has now connected on 158 of 251 attempts for 1,745 yards and 16 touchdowns, in addition to running the ball 108 times for 445 yards and seven scores. Pujals also had a streak of 165 consecutive passes thrown without an interception from Sept. 21-Oct. 19.
Acquah Playing Well Up Front
Senior defensive end Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) is playing a key role along the Holy Cross defensive front this year. He currently ranks fifth on the team with 42 total tackles this season. During the Colgate game, Acquah totaled three tackles with a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Previously against Harvard, he led the team with seven total tackles and one quarterback sack. Earlier this year against Monmouth, Acquah made a season-high nine tackles, including six solo stops. He also had eight tackles against Towson, five tackles at Bryant and three tackles at Central Connecticut. A second team All-Patriot League selection last year, Acquah recorded 54 total tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss in 2012. His top game last year came against New Hampshire with a career-high 10 tackles, a pass breakup and a blocked extra point. In 2011, Acquah led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 40 total tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 120 tackles, four sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
Raymond An All-Purpose Threat
Sophomore wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has become a key player for the Holy Cross offense this season, in addition to being a threat as a kick returner. After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, he has now caught 33 passes for 327 yards and three touchdowns, rushed 15 times for 66 yards and a score, returned 22 kickoffs for 455 yards and brought back six punts for 30 yards. During the Colgate game, Raymond led the team with 148 all-purpose yards, including a six-yard touchdown catch. Previously at Bucknell, he posted a career-best 206 all-purpose yards, with a 14-yard touchdown reception. Earlier in the season, Raymond played well against Harvard (76 all-purpose yards and a five-yard scoring run in the second overtime) and Dartmouth (126 all-purpose yards with a 20-yard touchdown catch). Last year, Raymond earned first team All-Patriot League honors as a return specialist. He brought back 32 kickoffs for 777 yards and a touchdown in 2012 (good for an average of 24.3 yards per return), in addition to returning 19 punts for 101 yards. During the 2012 game at Lafayette, he returned a kickoff 80 yards for his first career touchdown. Earlier last season at Colgate, Raymond brought back eight kickoffs for 178 yards, to place third on the all-time Holy Cross single-game list for kickoff return yards.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2013 campaign marks the 118th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 610-493-54, good for a .551 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Holy Cross' 607 all-time victories ranked as the 14th 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.
The Last Meeting With Lehigh
Lehigh's Michael Colvin accounted for 421 yards of total offense and five touchdowns, to lead the eighth-ranked Mountain Hawks to a 36-35 victory over Holy Cross at Fitton Field. The Crusaders were led by Reggie Woods, who carried the ball 29 times for a career-high 139 yards and a touchdown. Lehigh opened the scoring on a two-yard touchdown run by Colvin in the first quarter. Holy Cross responded with an 11-yard scoring strike from Steven Elder to Gerald Mistretta, and pulled in front on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Elder to Mike Fess. The Mountain Hawks then used a 33-yard scoring run by Colvin and a 20-yard field goal from Jake Peery to take a 16-14 advantage at halftime. To open the third quarter, Colvin hit Ryan Spadola for a 73-yard touchdown, giving Lehigh a 23-14 lead. Ryan Laughlin threw a 17-yard scoring strike to Fess on the Crusaders' next possession, followed by a three-yard touchdown run from Woods to put Holy Cross back in front. Mistretta then caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Laughlin, and the Crusaders led 35-23. The Mountain Hawks would trim the margin to 35-30 early on a one-yard scoring strike from Colvin to Zachary Hayden. Later, Colvin threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Spadola with 2:00 remaining, and the Mountain Hawks led 36-35 after the two-point conversion failed. The Crusaders drove to the Lehigh 27-yard line on their last possession, but a 43-yard field goal attempt went wide right with eight seconds left to play.
Macomber Heads Up Kicking Game
Senior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) is once again handling the majority of the kicking duties for Holy Cross this year. In 10 games played, he has averaged 41.3 yards on 40 punts, with 14 fair catches and 12 kicks downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Macomber has also scored 52 points this season, hitting seven of 10 field goal attempts and 31 of 35 extra points. In addition, he has averaged 61.5 yards on 48 kickoffs with 17 touchbacks. Macomber had an outstanding game in the victory at Central Connecticut, scoring 10 points and booting a career-long 63-yard punt. He also played well at Dartmouth, scoring seven points and kicking the game-winning 23-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. In 2012, Macomber earned second team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and a punter. He ranked second on the team with 55 points scored last 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 in 2012, with a long of 59 yards and 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He previously led the team in scoring during the 2011 season with 56 points, hitting 12 of 15 field goals and 20 of 26 extra points. Macomber also led the Patriot League in field goal percentage in 2011, while his 12 field goals made tied the school single-season record. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Macomber has now made 29 of 38 field goals and 76 of 87 extra points, for a total of 163 points scored. His 29 career field goals made currently rank third all-time at Holy Cross.
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is now in his 10th season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2013. He has guided the Crusaders to an overall record of 56-54 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 53-46 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. In 2009, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. A finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, Gilmore led the Crusaders to winning records in seven straight seasons from 2005-2011, 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 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.
Bhaya Enjoying Strong Season
Sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya (Haddonfield, N.J.) has developed into one of the top players in the Holy Cross secondary this season. He currently ranks second on the team with 59 total tackles this season, to go along with two interceptions and a team-best eight pass breakups. Last week at Fordham, Bhaya recorded six tackles with a fumble recovery and a pass breakup. Previously at Bucknell, he totaled 10 tackles with a key interception and a pass breakup. Bhaya also had 10 tackles and a pass breakup at Dartmouth, while totaling seven tackles, an interception and three pass breakups at Bryant. In 2012, he made eight total tackles as a backup safety and on special teams. Over the course of his collegiate career, Bhaya has now recorded 67 tackles, two interceptions and eight pass breakups.
Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 28th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 84-70 (.545) in conference action. The Crusaders won their last 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 10 titles. In 2009, 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.
Freshmen Make Presence Felt
In addition to quarterback Peter Pujals, several other freshman have found their way into the Holy Cross lineup during their first season of collegiate competition. Freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.) currently ranks second on the team in rushing with 409 yards and three touchdowns on 82 carries, and also stands fifth on the team in receiving with 16 catches for 197 yards and a score. During the Lafayette game, he rushed 23 times for a season-best 142 yards and two touchdowns. Freshman linebacker Kyle Young (Roxbury, N.J.) has become a factor, totaling five tackles and forcing two fumbles at Dartmouth, then returning an interception 79 yards for a touchdown at Bucknell. He has now recorded 30 tackles on the year. Freshman wide receiver Jake Wieczorek (Cumming, Ga.) has become a key all-around player, returning 13 kickoffs for 267 yards, catching nine passes for 185 yards, bringing back two punts for 23 yards and rushing three times for 13 yards. In the Dartmouth game, he scored the first touchdown of his Holy Cross career on a 33-yard catch. In addition, freshman tailback Brendan Flaherty (Beverly, Mass.) has rushed the ball seven times for 36 times and a score and caught one pass for 21 yards, while freshman free safety Luke Ford (Wilmette, Ill.) has made seven tackles with a quarterback sack.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Four Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Nov. 2. As a team, Holy Cross stands fifth in the nation in first downs and 10th in punt returns. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|First Downs||5||Holy Cross||23.4|
|Punt Returns||10||Holy Cross||14.1|
|Points Responsible For||11||Peter Pujals||17.3|
|Third Down Conversions||16||Holy Cross||46.2|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||21||Holy Cross||42.6|
|Total Offense||21||Peter Pujals||274.9|
|Pass Efficiency||35||Peter Pujals||138.7|
|Passing Yards||39||Peter Pujals||219.3|
|Passes Defended||41||Matt Bhaya||1.0|
Crusaders Among League Leaders
Four Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Nov. 2. Senior kicker John Macomber leads the league in punting (41.3 yards/punt) and ranks fifth in field goals (0.7 made/game). Freshman quarterback Peter Pujals stands third in the conference in passing yards (219.3 yards/game) and total offense (274.9 yards/game), while ranking fourth in pass efficiency (138.7 rating). In addition, senior wide out Mike Fess stands fifth in both receptions (6.0 catches/game) and receiving yards (74.2 yards/game), while sophomore wide out Kalif Raymond ranks fifth in all-purpose yards (109.8 yards/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (14.1 yards/return); while ranking second in turnover margin (-0.1 turnovers/game); and standing third in scoring offense (28.3 points/game), total offense (408.7 yards/game), rushing offense (171.0 yards/game), rushing defense (181.4 yards/game) and net punting (36.3 yards/punt).
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, but has lost seven straight home games with an 0-5 mark in 2013. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 368-179-27 (.665). From Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010, Holy Cross had a streak of 13 straight victories at home. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and finished the 2011 campaign with a winning record at home for the sixth 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).
Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Fourth Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored three former football standouts on Sept. 21, as the fourth class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Tom Greene (Class of 1959), Dave Quehl (Class of 1976) and Johnny Turco (Class of 1952) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the Monmouth game, and received permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which is an annual event each fall. Individuals who have previously been inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor include Ronnie Cahill (Class of 1940), George Connor (Class of ex1946), Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Bruce Kozerski (Class of 1984), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Pat McCarthy (Class of 1963), Jon Morris (Class of 1964), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960), John Provost (Class of 1975), Jeff Wiley (Class of 1989) and Joe Wilson (Class of 1973).
Defense Takes It Away At Bucknell
The Holy Cross defense forced a season-high five turnovers during the Oct. 12 victory at Bucknell. The Crusaders intercepted four passes on the day, in addition to forcing one fumble. That marked the most turnovers Holy Cross had forced in a single game since taking the ball away five times at Georgetown on Sept. 22, 2008. On the season, the Crusaders have now caused a total of 18 turnovers, with nine interceptions and nine fumble recoveries.
Crusaders Run Wild At CCSU
During the Sept. 14 victory at Central Connecticut, Holy Cross ran the ball 72 times for 419 yards. The Crusaders tied the school single-game record with their 72 rushing attempts, while their 419 rushing yards were their most since running for 583 yards on 72 carries against Columbia on Oct. 29, 1983. Holy Cross also picked up 28 of its 33 total first downs against the Blue Devils on the ground, breaking the Patriot League single-game record of 23 rushing first downs which had been accomplished four times before. The Crusaders' 419 rushing yards also tied for the eighth-most in the nation by any team in the football championship subdivision so far this season.
Acquah & Fess Named Captains
Holy Cross has two captains for the 2013 football season. Senior defensive end Gary Acquah and senior wide receiver Mike Fess were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These two players have taken over the leadership role from Tom Mannix, Gerald Mistretta, Roman SanDoval and Sean Whited, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2012 campaign.
Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2013 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 43rd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 27th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher, Gordie Lockbaum and John O'Neill 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 five games shown on live television during the 2013 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013 campaign:
Sept. 28 at Dartmouth: Fox College Sports Central
Oct. 5 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 19 vs. Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Oct. 26 vs. Lafayette: Charter TV3
Nov. 9 at Lehigh: Service Electric
Live video streaming of most 2013 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders as part of the Patriot League Network, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.
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 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not watch live. The show is carried through Crusader Vision free of charge. For more details, click here.
Crusaders On Social Media
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Scouting The Mountain Hawks
Lehigh enters this week's game ranked 21st in the nation by the Sports Network, with an overall record of 6-2 and a 1-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks are coming off a bye week, and lost to Bucknell 48-10 in their last game. Senior quarterback Brandon Bialkowski has completed 216 of 337 passes for 2,647 yards and 18 touchdowns with 10 interceptions, but suffered a season-ending injury in the Bucknell game. Senior wide out Lee Kurfis has a team-best 79 catches for 1,095 yards and six scores, while senior tailback Keith Sherman has run for 573 yards and five touchdowns on 111 carries. Defensively, the Mountain Hawks are led by senior strong safety Tyler Ward with 70 tackles, two interceptions and four pass breakups. Andy Coen is in his eighth season as Lehigh's head coach, and owns a career record of 57-32. Prior to taking over as head coach for the Mountain Hawks, Coen spent 10 years as offensive coordinator at both Lehigh and Penn.
Senior placekicker John Macomber has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Senior linebacker Tyler Zeoli (King of Prussia, Pa.) totaled eight tackles with an interception and a fumble recovery during last week's game at Fordham. He currently ranks third on the team with 54 total tackles this season, to go along with two interceptions and two forced fumbles ... Senior wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) caught five passes for 74 yards and his first career touchdown against Harvard, then totaled five catches for 46 yards and another score at Bucknell. He now ranks second on the team with 33 catches for 339 yards and three touchdowns this season ... Junior cornerback Ben Coffaro is tied for the team lead with two interceptions on the year, in addition to making 41 tackles and breaking up four passes ... Senior tailback Reggie Woods (Bowie, Md.) currently ranks fourth on the team in rushing with 273 yards on 56 carries, including a career-high 153 yards on 24 rushes during the victory at Central Connecticut ... Junior free safety Logan Silver (Eugene, Ore.) led the team with 11 total tackles during the victory at Bucknell. He now ranks fourth on the team with 48 total tackles this season ... Junior wide receiver Tyler Artim (Whitehall, Pa.) caught two passes for 27 yards and a touchdown during the Lafayette game, and now stands fourth on the team with 23 receptions for 264 yards and three scores ... At the Oct. 5 game against Harvard, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... During the Dartmouth game on Sept. 28, the Holy Cross coaching staff took part in Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ... Holy Cross was picked to finish third in the 2013 Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors.