Fifteen Crusaders Earn All-Patriot League Football Honors

Mude Ohimor

WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) has been named the 2009 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, as voted by the conference's head coaches. In addition, head coach Tom Gilmore was honored as the Patriot League Coach of the Year.

Randolph was joined on the 2009 All-Patriot League first team by junior defensive back Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.), junior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.), junior defensive lineman Mude Ohimor (Stoughton, Mass.), senior offensive lineman Chris Poole (Scituate, Mass.), senior linebacker Marcus Rodriguez (Peoria, Ariz.) and senior defensive back Michael Wright (Fort Washington, Md.). Eight other Crusaders were selected to the All-Patriot second team, in junior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.), junior defensive back Alex Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.), senior offensive lineman Aaron Jones (Springfield, Ohio), junior punter Don Lemieux (Gardner, Mass.), junior offensive lineman Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.), junior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.), sophomore tight end Alex Schneider (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.) and senior offensive lineman Chris Smith (Buffalo, N.Y.).

Randolph becomes the first player in conference history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors three times, after completing 279 of 434 passes this season for 3,429 yards and 31 touchdowns during the regular season. He also leads the team in rushing this year, carrying the ball 111 times for 474 yards and six scores. Randolph leads the nation in total offense, while ranking second in points responsible for, third in passing yards, fourth in completions and 17th in pass efficiency. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, he has completed 1,100 of 1,735 passes for 13,108 yards and 114 scores, while amassing 13,887 yards of total offense. Randolph currently ranks fourth all-time in NCAA football championship subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) history in passing yards and yards of total offense, while standing fifth in touchdown passes.

Gilmore earns Patriot League Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his career, after previously winning the award in 2006. He led the Crusaders to their first conference title since 1991, with Holy Cross posting an overall record of 9-2 and a 5-1 mark in the league. Gilmore will also lead the team into only the third postseason appearance in school history, when it faces Villanova in the first round of the NCAA playoffs this week. This year's squad has won nine games for only the ninth time in school history, while posting a perfect 3-0 record against ranked opponents. Gilmore's career record now stands at 39-27 over six seasons, including a 36-19 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign.

DiMichele has played in nine games with eight starts at strong safety for Holy Cross this season. Despite missing two games due to injury, he ranks second on the team with 75 total tackles, including 63 solo stops, one sack and five tackles for loss. DiMichele has also posted two interceptions, five pass breakups and a fumble recovery. He finished the regular season ranked fourth in the Patriot League in passes defended, seventh in tackles and eighth in interceptions. Over the course of his collegiate career, DiMichele has totaled 147 tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions.

Dornfried leads the team in scoring this season with 57 points, while making seven out of nine field goals and 36 of 37 extra point attempts. He currently has streaks of four straight field goals and 25 consecutive extra points made. In addition to placekicking, Dornfried saw some action at punter early in the season, and averaged 40.8 yards on 13 punts. He currently ranks first in the Patriot League in field goals made and extra point percentage, and second in scoring.

Ohimor has started all 11 games this season for the Crusaders at defensive end. He leads the team with seven quarterback sacks and nine tackles for loss this year, while his 33 total tackles are the most among all Holy Cross defensive linemen. Ohimor finished the regular season ranked fourth in the Patriot League in sacks and sixth in tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 58 tackles, seven quarterback sacks and 12 tackles for loss.

Poole earns All-Patriot League honors for the second straight year, after being a second team selection in 2008. He has started all 11 games for the Crusaders at right guard this season, as part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rank third in the nation in passing offense (312.0 yards per game), seventh in total offense (437.3 yards per game) and 14th in scoring offense (32.5 points per game). Poole has started all 33 of Holy Cross' games over the last three seasons on the offensive line.

Rodriguez has been selected All-Patriot League for the second year in a row, after he was a second team honoree in 2008. He has started all 11 games this season for the Crusaders at inside linebacker and leads the team with 97 total tackles, including 70 solo stops and two tackles for loss. Rodriguez also has six pass breakups and a forced fumble this year. He currently ranks fifth in the conference in total tackles and 14th in passes defended. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Rodriguez has now totaled 235 total tackles with 12 tackles for loss.

Wright earns All-Patriot League honors for the second straight year, after being a second team selection in 2008. He started all 11 games at cornerback for Holy Cross this season, and leads the team with three interceptions and 13 pass breakups. Wright has also totaled 49 tackles on the year, including 46 solo stops and a tackle for loss. He finished the regular season ranked second in the Patriot League in passes defended and fourth in interceptions. Over the course of his collegiate career, Wright has totaled 92 tackles, four interceptions and 26 pass breakups.

Chmielinski has played in all 11 games this year at wide receiver, starting six times, and leads the team in receiving this season with 56 catches for 722 yards and four touchdowns. He has also rushed six times for 31 yards and a score, while posting a team-best 753 all-purpose yards. Chmielinski currently ranks fourth in the conference in receiving yards and fifth in receptions. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has totaled 80 catches for 980 yards and five touchdowns.

Johnson has started all 11 games at free safety for Holy Cross this season. He ranks sixth on the team with 50 total tackles, while posting five pass breakups and an interception. In addition, Johnson has returned 28 kickoffs for 627 yards this year. He finished the regular season ranked third in the conference in kickoff returns and 14th in passes defended. Over the course of his collegiate career, Johnson has totaled 100 tackles and 11 pass breakups.

Jones earns All-Patriot League honors for the second straight year, after being a first team selection in 2008. He has started all 11 games for the Crusaders at left tackle this season, as part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rank third in the nation in passing offense (312.0 yards per game), seventh in total offense (437.3 yards per game) and 14th in scoring offense (32.5 points per game). Over the last three seasons, Jones has started 32 of Holy Cross' 33 games on the offensive line.

Lemieux punted 20 times for 793 yards this season, for an average of 39.7 yards per punt. He dropped three of his punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line, while forcing two fair catches. Lemieux also handled the kickoff duties for the Crusaders this year, averaging 61.1 yards with 10 touchbacks on 66 kicks. In addition, he saw some action as the backup placekicker, converting all 10 of his extra point attempts and one field goal for 13 points scored.

McCabe has started all 11 games for the Crusaders at right tackle this season, as part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rank third in the nation in passing offense (312.0 yards per game), seventh in total offense (437.3 yards per game) and 14th in scoring offense (32.5 points per game). He was also named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District for his work in the classroom. Over the last three seasons, McCabe has played in 24 games with 13 starts along the offensive line.

Santana has played in all 11 games this year at wide receiver, starting twice. He leads the team with eight touchdown receptions, while totaling 42 catches for 575 yards. Santana ranks second on the squad with 752 all-purpose yards, including 112 yards on 15 punt returns. He currently ranks second in the conference in punt returns and eighth in scoring. Over the course of his collegiate career, Santana has totaled 69 catches for 885 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Schneider has played in all 11 games as Holy Cross' top tight end, starting six times. He has totaled 26 receptions for 223 yards and four touchdowns, to rank fifth on the team in receiving. Schneider is also a key blocker, helping the Crusaders to rank third in the nation in passing offense (312.0 yards per game), seventh in total offense (437.3 yards per game) and 14th in scoring offense (32.5 points per game).

Smith has started all 11 games for the Crusaders at center this season, as part of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to rank third in the nation in passing offense (312.0 yards per game), seventh in total offense (437.3 yards per game) and 14th in scoring offense (32.5 points per game). He was also named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District for the third straight season, for his work in the classroom. Smith has started all 44 of the Crusaders' games over the last four seasons, setting new school records for games started and consecutive games started.

Holy Cross stands 9-2 overall this season, and won the Patriot League championship with a 5-1 mark in conference games. The Crusaders will play at Villanova on Saturday, Nov. 28, in the first round of the NCAA football championship subdivision playoffs.