Holy Cross Announces 2005 Football Schedule

Feb. 10, 2005

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WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross head football coach Tom Gilmore and athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr., have announced the 2005 schedule for the Crusaders. The slate features six home contests, and three games against schools which advanced to the 2004 NCAA Division I-AA playoffs.

"This is going to be a very challenging schedule for our team," said Gilmore. "We will play some tough non-conference games, in addition to our traditional Patriot League rivals. But we look forward to playing top competition, and feel our team will be ready for all the tests this schedule will provide."

The Crusaders will open the season with a three-game homestand, beginning on Sept. 3 against Sacred Heart. Holy Cross will then play host to Georgetown in its Patriot League opener on Sept. 10. Next up, the Crusaders will remain at Fitton Field for a Sept. 17 contest against Harvard, which posted a perfect 10-0 record in 2004. Holy Cross will play its first road game of the year on Sept. 24 at Delaware, a team which went 9-4 and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals last season. The Crusaders stay on the road to face Yale on Oct. 1, then travel to Lehigh on Oct. 8 for a contest against the 2004 Patriot League co-champions.

Holy Cross returns home on Oct. 15 to take on Dartmouth, then remains at Fitton Field for an Oct. 22 game against Colgate. The Crusaders then hit the road once again, heading to Fordham on Oct. 29. Following an off week, Holy Cross will play its final home contest of the season on Nov. 12 against 2004 Patriot League co-champion Lafayette. The Crusaders conclude the 2005 regular season with a trip to Bucknell on Nov. 19.

The Crusaders are scheduled to open spring practice on Thursday, March 24. The annual spring game is set for Saturday, April 23.