WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross sophomore linebacker Jimmy Thomas (Severn, Md.) and junior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) have been honored by the Patriot League for their performances in Saturday's 41-17 victory over Fordham. Thomas was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career, while Dornfried was chosen as the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time.
In the Fordham game, Thomas ranked second on the team with 12 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. He also posted the first two quarterback sacks of his collegiate career, both of which helped stop Fordham drives after the Rams had moved the ball into Holy Cross territory. In addition, Thomas recovered a fumble in the third quarter, setting up a touchdown which put the Crusaders up 34-13. On the season, Thomas now ranks sixth on the team with 38 total tackles, including 32 solo stops and five tackles for loss.
Dornfried scored a career-high 11 points against the Rams, making both of his field goal attempts and all five of his extra points. He connected on field goals from 31 and 20 yards, to tie his career-high with two field goals made. On the season, Dornfried leads the team in scoring with 42 points, making five out of seven field goals and 27 of 28 extra points. He currently ranks first in the Patriot League in field goals made and extra point percentage, while standing second in scoring.
No. 13 Holy Cross (7-1 overall, 3-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Nov. 7, when it travels to Lehigh (2-6 overall, 2-1 Patriot League) for a 12:30 p.m. game.