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Holy Cross To Face #9 New Hampshire In Home Opener

Holy Cross Athletics   09-11-2017
Holy Cross (1-1, 1-0 PL) vs. #9 New Hampshire (2-0, 1-0 CAA)
Date / Time: September 16, 2017 / 1:05 p.m.
Location: Worcester, Mass.
Stadium: Fitton Field (23,500)
Tickets: Click Here
Series: New Hampshire leads, 8-6
Last Meeting: UNH 39, Holy Cross 28 (9/10/2016)
Television: Charter TV3
Kevin Shea, play-by-play
Andy Lacombe, color
Radio: WEEI 1440 AM, Worcester
Dick Lutsk, play-by-play
Brendan Glasheen, color
Live Video: Patriot League Network
Live Stats: NeuLion Live Stats
Live Tweets: @HCrossFB
Notes: Holy Cross | New Hampshire<
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The Holy Cross football team will play its first home game of the season when it takes on New Hampshire at Fitton Field on Saturday, Sept. 16. The game between the Crusaders and the Wildcats will be televised live by Charter TV3 and the Patriot League Network, and can be heard live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.

At halftime of the Holy Cross-New Hampshire game, Dr. Eddie Anderson, Dennis Golden and David Murphy will become the 23rd, 24th and 25th individuals to be inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor.

Holy Cross stands 1-1 overall this year with a 1-0 mark in the Patriot League. After being edged by Connecticut 27-20 in their season opener, the Crusaders posted a 20-0 shutout victory at Bucknell last week.

Senior quarterback Peter Pujals has led the Crusader offense by completing 49 of 89 passes for 536 yards and a touchdown. Senior wide out Blaise Bell has posted 14 receptions for 174 yards and a score, while junior wide receiver Richie DeNicola has caught 13 passes for 142 yards. Senior tailback Diquan Walker leads the Holy Cross ground game with 88 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries.

On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Ryan Brady leads the team with 24 tackles and two tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Nick McBeath has added 20 tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery, while senior cornerback Alim Muhammad has recorded 14 tackles, one tackle for loss and three pass breakups.

New Hampshire currently stands 2-0 overall this year with a 1-0 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association, and is ranked No. 9 in the nation by Stats. The Wildcats defeated Maine 24-23 in their season opener, before knocking off FBS foe Georgia Southern 22-12 last week.

Junior quarterback Trevor Knight has completed 32 of 52 passes for 287 yards with four touchdowns, in addition to rushing the ball 30 times for 134 yards. Junior wide receiver Neil O’Connor has caught 15 passes for 160 yards and two scores, while sophomore tailback Evan Gray has carried 31 times for 151 yards and a touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball, sophomore linebacker Quinlen Dean has a team-best 16 tackles with a sack and an interception. Sophomore strong safety Rick Ellison has posted 13 tackles, an interception and a pass breakup, with senior defensive tackle Rick Holt adding 12 tackles and two sacks.

“New Hampshire is coming off two big wins against their rival Maine and FBS Georgia Southern,” said Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore. “They are a talented and well-coached team that always presents multiple challenges in all phases of the game.”

After the contest with New Hampshire, Holy Cross will hit the road for a 7:00 p.m. game at Dartmouth on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Tickets for the 2017 Holy Cross football season are available by calling 1-844-GOCROSS or by visiting GoHolyCross.com/tickets. Order your tickets today, to make sure you don’t miss out on a minute of the action!



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