Three Holy Cross Football Players Named All-New England

Dec. 3, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.), senior offensive tackle Dan Nolan (Pittsfield, Mass.) and junior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) have been selected to the 2007 New England FCS All-Star team, as announced by the New England Football Writers. The three Crusaders were among 30 players from around New England named to the squad. The members of the team will be honored at the New England Football Writers Banquet on Dec. 13 in Wilmington, Mass.

Maher was named first team All-Patriot League, after leading the team with 75 receptions for 907 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also ranked second on the team in both all-purpose yards (998 yards) and scoring (66 points). Maher easily led the Patriot League in both receptions (6.82 catches per game) and receiving yards (82.5 yards per game), while ranking 11th in the nation in catches and 21st in receiving yards. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2006, Maher also placed third on the school single season lists for receptions and touchdown catches, while placing sixth for receiving yards. He finishes his collegiate career with 148 catches for 1,842 yards and 16 touchdowns, to rank fifth all-time at Holy Cross in receptions, and sixth in both touchdown catches and receiving yards.

Nolan was a first team All-Patriot League selection, after starting all 11 games for the Crusaders at right tackle this season. He was the leader of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to lead the Patriot League in scoring (35.9 points per game), total offense (463.4 yards per game) and passing offense (335.2 yards per game). He also helped the Crusaders to allow just 14 sacks all season, while the team attempted 497 passing (just one sack for every 36.5 times the team dropped back to pass). Nolan started the final 22 games of his Holy Cross career on the offensive line, while playing in 33 contests as a Crusader.

Randolph earned first team All-Patriot League honors and placed 12th in the voting for the Walter Payton Award. He completed 297 of 482 passes this season for 3,604 yards and 30 touchdowns with just eight interceptions, and set Holy Cross single season records for total offense (3,741 yards), completions and passing attempts, while placing second on the single season lists for touchdown passes and passing yards. Randolph led the Patriot League in total offense, passing yards and pass efficiency (141.6 rating), while ranking second in the nation in total offense, passing yards and completions. Over the course of his career, he has now completed 481 of 781 passes for 5,841 yards and 49 touchdowns. Randolph currently ranks fourth all-time at Holy Cross in touchdown passes and passing yards, while standing fifth in total offense, completions and pass attempts.

Holy Cross concluded the 2007 season with an overall record of 7-4, and placed second in the Patriot League with a 4-2 mark in conference games.

A complete list of the 2007 All-New England football teams follows.

2007 All-New England Football Team


QB  Ricky Santos        New Hampshire   Sr.
QB  Dominic Randolph    Holy Cross      Jr.
RB  Maurice Murray      Northeastern    Sr.
RB  Mike McLeod         Yale            Jr.
WR  Corey Mazza         Harvard         Sr.
WR  Buddy Farnham       Brown           So.
WR  Ryan Maher          Holy Cross      Sr.
TE  Brian Mandeville    Northeastern    Jr.
OL  Matt Austin         Massachusetts   Sr.
OL  Andrew Brecher      Harvard         Sr.
OL  Nick Couturier      New Hampshire   Sr.
OL  Jeff Monaco         Yale            Sr.
OL  Dan Nolan           Holy Cross      Sr.
OL  Ryan Nutt           Central Conn.   Sr.


DL  Brandt Hollander    Yale            Sr.
DL  Brad Bagdis         Harvard         Sr.
DL  Matt Curtis         Harvard         Jr.
DL  David Burris        Massachusetts   Sr.
DL  Jovan Belcher       Maine           Jr.
LB  Bobby Abare         Yale            Jr.
LB  Justin Cottrell     Dartmouth       Sr.
LB  Charles Walker      Massachusetts   Sr.
LB  Jason Hatchell      Massachusetts   Sr.
DB  Steven Williams     Harvard         Sr.
DB  Jeff Pammer         New Hampshire   Sr.
DB  John Clements       New Hampshire   Jr.
DB  Sean Smalls         Massachusetts   Jr.


PK  Steve Morgan        Brown           Sr.
P   Bryan Gianecchini   Rhode Island    Sr.
KR  Courtney Robinson   Massachusetts   Jr.