Holy Cross Set To Face Colgate In Key Patriot League Game
The Holy Cross football team returns home this weekend to face Colgate in a 12:05 p.m. contest at Fitton Field. The game between the Crusaders and the Raiders will be shown by Stadium and the Patriot League Network, and can be heard live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester. Parking lots will open at 9:00 a.m., three hours prior to kickoff.
Holy Cross stands 2-5 overall this year with a 1-1 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders own victories over No. 9 New Hampshire (51-26) and Bucknell (20-0), while falling to Connecticut (27-20), Dartmouth (27-26 in overtime), Monmouth (48-36), Yale (32-0) and Lafayette (10-7). Holy Cross currently ranks 15th in kickoff coverage (17.1 yards per return), 20th in the nation in passing offense (273.4 yards per game) and 28th in third down conversion defense (32.7 percent).
Senior quarterback Peter Pujals has led the Crusader offense by completing 167 of 307 passes for 1,914 yards and 12 touchdowns. Senior wide out Blaise Bell has posted 35 receptions for 437 yards and five scores, while junior wide receiver Martin Dorsey has caught 24 passes for 360 yards and two touchdowns. Senior tailback Gabe Guild leads the Holy Cross ground game with 275 yards on 60 carries.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior linebacker Ryan Brady leads the team with 76 tackles, three sacks and eight tackles for loss. Senior linebacker Nick McBeath has added 65 tackles, three sacks, nine tackles for loss, two interceptions and a fumble recovery, while senior defensive tackle Jack Kutschke has recorded 31 tackles, three sacks, 10 tackles for loss and two pass breakups.
Colgate currently stands 3-4 overall this season with a 1-1 mark in the Patriot League. In their first two conference games, the Raiders were defeated by Lehigh (41-38) before downing Fordham (38-12). Colgate also beat Cal Poly (20-14) and Cornell (21-7) in non-league play, while falling to Richmond (20-17), Buffalo (33-10) and Furman (45-14).
Sophomore tailback Alex Mathews has led the Raiders by rushing 100 times for 451 yards and four touchdowns, while senior tailback James Holland has added 356 yards and three scores on 59 carries. Freshman quarterback Grant Breneman has connected on 82 of 151 passes for 966 yards and 10 touchdowns with just one interception, and junior wide out Owen Rockett has totaled 20 receptions for 219 yards and two scores. Defensively, junior strong safety Alec Wisniewski has made 47 tackles with three interceptions and four pass breakups. Sophomore linebacker Nick Ioanilli is also enjoying a strong season with 46 tackles and two tackles for loss.
After the contest with Colgate, Holy Cross will play host to Georgetown in its final home game of the year on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1:05 p.m.
Tickets to see the Crusaders 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!