Holy Cross Picked Sixth In Patriot League Preseason Poll

Aug. 2, 2005

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Holy Cross football team has been picked to finish in sixth place in the Patriot League this season, in the conference's preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. The announcement came at the league's annual football media day, held at the Green Pond Country Club.

Lehigh was picked to finish in first place with a total of 68 points and eight first place votes, while Lafayette placed second in the poll with 61 points and three first place votes. Colgate came in third with 49 points and one first place vote, followed by Fordham with 41 points and two first place votes. Bucknell (fifth, 40 points), Holy Cross (sixth, 20 points) and Georgetown (seventh, 15 points) rounded out the poll.

In addition to the preseason poll, the Patriot League announced its preseason players of the year. Mark Borda of Lehigh was named the preseason offensive player of the year, Sean Conover of Bucknell was chosen as the preseason defensive player of the year, and Dante Ross of Bucknell was selected as the preseason special teams player of the year.

Holy Cross returns 17 of 22 position starters from its 2004 squad which finished with an overall record of 3-8 and a 1-5 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders are scheduled to open the 2005 season when they play host to Sacred Heart in a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, September 3.