September 20, 2010

Football Travels To Georgetown For Patriot League Opener

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (1-2, 0-0 PL) vs. Georgetown (2-1, 1-0 PL)
Date: September 25, 2010
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Place: Multi-Sport Field (3,500), Washington, D.C.
Television: Verizon FiOS1
Live Video Streaming: Hoya Vision
Holy Cross Radio: WTAG 580 AM & 94.9 FM, Worcester; Bob Fouracre, play-by-play; Tom Kelleher, color; Click Here to Listen
Unofficial Live Statistics: Gametracker
Series Record:
Holy Cross leads, 15-7
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 20, Georgetown 7; September 5, 2009; Worcester, Mass.

The Series With Georgetown
This will be the 23rd meeting between the Crusaders and the Hoyas on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 15-7. The Crusaders have won their last 10 games against Georgetown, and have been victorious in 12 of the last 14 meetings. For games played in Washington, Holy Cross owns a 7-2 advantage in the series, including five straight wins and six victories in the last seven meetings. The last win for the Hoyas in the series came on Sept. 11, 1999, when they posted a 34-16 victory at Fitton Field. Since Georgetown became a member of the Patriot League in 2002, the Hoyas have an 0-8 mark against the Crusaders.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 15-7
In Washington: Holy Cross leads, 7-2
At Multi-Sport Field: Holy Cross leads, 2-0
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, 10 games
Tom Gilmore vs. Georgetown: 6-0
Kevin Kelly vs. Holy Cross: 0-4
In Overtime: Holy Cross leads, 1-0

Crusaders In Patriot League Openers
Holy Cross will begin its 25th season of play in the Patriot League when it faces Georgetown on Sept. 25. The Crusaders own an all-time mark of 16-8 in their opening Patriot League contest of the season, including last year's 20-7 victory over the Hoyas. Holy Cross has won its conference opener in each of the last five seasons, defeating Georgetown each time (48-6 in 2005, 26-13 in 2006, 55-0 in 2007, 38-14 in 2008 and 20-7 in 2009). The Crusaders also stand 10-2 in conference openers over the last 12 seasons, with the only losses during that span coming against Lehigh (38-20 in 2003) and Fordham (42-35 in 2004).

Coach To Cure MD
This Saturday, Sept. 25, college football coaches around the nation will take part in Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association. To show their support, members of the Crusader coaching staff will wear a Coach to Cure MD logo patch on the sidelines during the Georgetown game. Coach to Cure MD will raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, the most prolific genetic killer diagnosed in childhood. Football fans can donate to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research by either going online to 'CoachtoCureMD.org' or by texting the word 'CURE' to 90999 (a $5.00 donation will automatically be added to your next phone bill and standard text message rates apply). Last year, more than 5,200 college coaches at 351 different institutions participated in the Coach to Cure MD event.

Holy Cross Looks To Defend Patriot League Title
During the 2010 campaign, the Crusaders will look to win the Patriot League championship for the seventh time in school history. Holy Cross is the reigning conference champion, after clinching the 2009 title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. The Crusaders' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. Holy Cross is tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with eight titles. Last season, Holy Cross won five Patriot League games for just the fourth time in school history. The Crusaders previously went 5-1 in 2008, while posting 5-0 conference records in 1990 and 1991. Now in its 25th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 74-59 (.556) in conference action.

Lamkin Returns At Linebacker
Senior linebacker Sean Lamkin (Jenks, Okla.) has returned to the Holy Cross lineup this season, after missing most of the 2009 campaign due to injury. In three games played so far this year, he has totaled 23 tackles with two sacks and three pass breakups. Lamkin's top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he recorded six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2008, Lamkin played in just three games last year before suffering a season-ending injury. During his limited time on the field in 2009, he recorded 12 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception. Previously in 2008, Lamkin totaled 71 tackles, including 56 solo stops, six tackles for loss and one sack. He also broke up two passes, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in 2008. Over the course of his collegiate career, Lamkin has now totaled 130 tackles with 14 tackles for loss.

Crusaders Return An Abundance Of Experienced Wide Receivers
Holy Cross once again has a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game this season, as it returns its top three wide receivers from a year ago. So far in 2010, senior wide out Bill Edger (Hainesport, N.J.) has 10 catches for a team-high 163 yards and two touchdowns. Edger previously totaled 49 receptions for a team-best 818 yards and five touchdowns in 2009, and has now recorded 83 catches for 1,326 yards and 11 scores during his collegiate career. Senior wide out Luke Chmielinski (Walpole, Mass.) has caught 10 passes for 97 yards and a score so far this year, after leading the team with 63 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Chmielinski has now totaled 97 catches for 1,162 yards and six scores. Senior wide receiver Freddie Santana (Staten Island, N.Y.) is also playing a key role, with six catches for 78 yards and two touchdowns so far in 2010. Santana had 46 catches for 601 yards and a team-high eight scores in 2009, and has recorded 79 receptions for 989 yards and 13 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Both Chmielinski and Santana were named second team All-Patriot League in 2009.

Ohimor Plays Big On Defensive Front
Senior defensive end Mude Ohimor (Stoughton, Mass.) is once again a major force for the Crusaders in the trenches this year. Through three games played, he has totaled 12 tackles with a sack and a fumble recovery. Ohimor made four solo tackles and recovered a fumble against Howard in the season opener, then totaled four tackles at UMass and recorded four tackles with a sack at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Ohimor led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 34 tackles last season. He also ranked fourth in the Patriot League with seven sacks and seventh with nine tackles for loss, both marks which were the best on the team. Over the course of his collegiate career, Ohimor has now played in 35 games with 22 starts, totaling 71 tackles, eight sacks and 13 tackles for loss.

The Last Meeting With Georgetown
Dominic Randolph completed 36 of 56 passes for 414 yards and two touchdowns, to lead 25th-ranked Holy Cross to a 20-7 victory over Georgetown at Fitton Field on Sept. 5, 2009. Both of Randolph's touchdown passes came in the fourth quarter, as the Crusaders rallied from a 7-6 deficit to claim the victory. The Crusader defense had an outstanding day, limiting Georgetown to just 169 total yards and seven points in the game. Sean Lamkin led the way with seven tackles, an interception and a tackle for loss. Georgetown began the game by taking the opening kickoff and marching 65 yards in 12 plays to take a 7-0 lead. Keerome Lawrence scored the touchdown on a 33-yard pass from James Brady, converting on a fourth-and-five play. But that would be all the offense the Hoyas could muster all day, as they would go on to gain just 104 more yards and never cross the Holy Cross 40-yard line again. The Crusaders began chipping away later in the first quarter with a 22-yard field goal by Rob Dornfried, which was set up when Perry Townsend blocked a punt. Neither team scored in the second quarter, then Dornfried added a 19-yard field goal midway through the third quarter to make the score 7-6. Holy Cross finally claimed its first lead of the game at the 14:21-mark of the fourth quarter, when Randolph hit Paul Nielsen with an 18-yard scoring pass. Randolph then found Bill Edger from seven yards out with 6:52 remaining to conclude the scoring. Edger finished the day with seven receptions for 82 yards, while Luke Chmielinski added seven catches for 79 yards. Eddie Houghton led the Crusader ground game with 52 yards on seven carries.

Senior Safeties Lead Secondary
Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele (McKees Rocks, Pa.) and senior free safety Alex Johnson (Indianapolis, Ind.) are both among the top players on the Holy Cross defense in 2010. Johnson has recorded 14 tackles and one interception in three games played this season. He made six solo tackles and intercepted a pass against Howard in the season opener, while totaling five tackles with one tackle for loss at Harvard. In 2009, Johnson earned second team All-Patriot League honors, after recording 55 total tackles with five pass breakups, an interception and a forced fumble. His four-year career totals at Holy Cross now include 119 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. DiMichele ranks second on the with 28 total tackles this year, despite missing a game due to injury. He led the team with 18 tackles at UMass and added 10 total tackles at Harvard. A first team All-Patriot League and third team All-America selection in 2009, he finished last year ranked second on the team with 82 total tackles (70 solo), to go along with two interceptions, five pass breakups, five tackles for loss, a sack and a fumble recovery. Over the course of his collegiate career, DiMichele has now totaled 182 tackles, 15 pass breakups and four interceptions.

Schneider Shines At Tight End
Junior tight end Alex Schneider (Inner Grove Heights, Minn.) continues to be a key part of the Holy Cross passing game this season. Through three games played in 2010, he has caught a team-best 11 passes for 71 yards. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Schneider finished last year ranked fourth on the team with 33 receptions for 275 yards, while his six touchdown catches were the second-most on the squad. He ranked second among Patriot League tight ends in both receptions and receiving yards, and finished the season with a streak of 10 straight games with at least one catch. Schneider's top performance in 2009 came at Villanova in the NCAA playoffs, when he caught seven passes for 52 yards and two touchdowns.

Dornfried & Lemieux Get Their Kicks
Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried (Berlin, Conn.) and senior punter Don Lemieux (Gardner, Mass.) are both in their second year in starting roles for the Crusaders. In three games played this season, Dornfried has made six of seven extra point attempts and one out of two field goals. His top game so far in 2010 came against Howard, when he hit all five of his extra points and also connected on his only field goal attempt, from 29 yards. A first team All-Patriot League selection in 2009, Dornfried scored 61 points last year by hitting seven of nine field goals and 40 of 41 extra points. Lemieux has averaged 40.2 yards on 16 punts this year, with five kicks of over 50 yards and six punts downed inside the 20-yard line. His best day so far in 2010 was at UMass, when he averaged 47.0 yards on six punts. Named second team All-Patriot League in 2009, Lemieux averaged 38.4 yards on 25 punts and 61.3 yards on 71 kickoffs a year ago.

Offensive Line Paves The Way
The Holy Cross offensive line looks to once again be one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League in 2010. In three games played so far this year, the line has allowed just three sacks while the team has attempted 103 passes (just one sack for every 35.3 times the team has dropped back to pass). The starters on the Holy Cross line are junior Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) at center, senior Mike Bernazzani (Whitman, Mass.) and senior Scott Wise (Fort Thomas, Ky.) at guard, and senior Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.) and sophomore Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) at tackle. The most experienced of the linemen are McCabe, who was named second team All-Patriot League last season and has played in 27 career games with 16 starts, and Bernazzani, who has seen action in 18 career games with nine starts. During the 2009 season, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 32.2 points and 433.6 total yards per contest. The line allowed Holy Cross to throw for 314.9 yards per game last year, and gave up only 16 sacks while the team attempted 488 passes.

Holy Cross Picked Fourth In Patriot League Preseason Poll
The 2010 Crusaders were picked to finish in fourth place in a preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. In addition, Holy Cross senior defensive end Mude Ohimor was named the preseason Defensive Player of the Year, and quarterback Greg Sullivan of Colgate was chosen as the preseason Offensive Player of the Year.

    Rank    School (1st place votes)    2009 Record    Points
    1.     Colgate (6)     9-2 / 4-2 PL    46
    2.     Lafayette (2)     8-3 / 4-2 PL    36
    3.     Lehigh (3)     4-7 / 4-2 PL    35
    4.     Holy Cross (1)     9-3 / 5-1 PL    34
    5.     Bucknell     4-7 / 2-4 PL    17
    6.     Georgetown     0-11 / 0-6 PL    12

DiMichele, Lamkin & Santana Named Team Captains
Holy Cross has three captains for the 2010 football season. Senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele, senior linebacker Sean Lamkin and senior wide receiver Freddie Santana were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These three players have taken over the leadership role from Dominic Randolph, who served as the Crusaders' captain during the 2009 season.

Crusaders Have Three Outstanding Options At Tailback
Sophomore tailback Sam Auffant (Hampton, N.H.), sophomore tailback Eddie Houghton (Toronto, Ontario) and junior tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.) all look to share the load carrying the ball for the Crusaders in 2010. Auffant totaled 31 yards and a touchdown on eight carries in the season opener against Howard, and now has 65 yards on 19 carries in two games played. He did not see any varsity action during the 2009 season. Houghton has rushed for 61 yards on 12 carries so far in 2010, including 41 yards on six rushes against Howard. He ranked third on the team with 389 rushing yards and five scores on 68 carries last year, and also had 10 catches for 78 yards. Houghton's 52 rushing yards in the 2009 season opener against Georgetown were the most by a Holy Cross player in his collegiate debut since Gideon Akande ran for 87 yards on eight carries against Georgetown in 2002. Bellomo has missed the first three games of the season due to injury, but ranked second on the team in rushing last season with 442 yards and four touchdowns on 91 carries, in addition to catching 32 passes for 251 yards. He rushed for over 50 yards five times last year, including a career-high 91 yards against Dartmouth. Over the course of his collegiate career, Bellomo has run for 592 yards on 130 attempts, while catching 36 passes for 288 yards.

Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2010, the Crusaders are looking to post a winning record for the sixth straight year. In 2009, Holy Cross finished the season with an overall record of 9-3, marking only the ninth time the school history the team has won at least nine games. The Crusaders previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and their 30-15 mark over the last four seasons is its best in a four-year span since going 36-7-1 from 1989-1992. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 36-20 since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. This marks the first time the Crusaders have posted five straight winning seasons since finishing with a winning mark in seven straight years from 1986-1992.

Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is in his seventh season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2010. Last year, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. Also a finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, he currently owns an overall record of 40-30 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 37-22 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in five straight seasons, including 7-4 marks in 2006, 2007 and 2008, along with winning streaks of six games (in 2008) and five games (in 2006 and 2009). Two of Gilmore's players, Dominic Randolph (2007, 2008 and 2009) and Steve Silva (2005), have been named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, with Silva also earning first team All-America honors. Gilmore has also led the Crusaders to four victories over ranked opponents, three of which came in 2009. Prior to his time at Holy Cross, Gilmore served as an assistant coach at Lehigh (2000-2003), Dartmouth (1992-1999), Pennsylvania (1986, 1990-1991) and Columbia (1987-1989). An Academic All-American at Pennsylvania, Gilmore graduated in 1986 with a bachelor's degree in computer mathematics. He was the Ivy League Player of the Year as a senior and helped lead the Quakers to four consecutive Ivy League titles.

Crusaders Among League Leaders
Several Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Sept. 18. Senior wide receiver Freddie Santana leads the league in punt returns (34.3 yards/game) and stands third in scoring (6.0 points/game). Senior placekicker Rob Dornfried ranks fourth in extra point percentage (85.7 percent), and fifth in field goals (0.3 made/game), while senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) is fifth in both passing yards (132.0 yards/game) and pass efficiency (113.1 rating). In addition, senior free safety Alex Johnson stands fourth in both interceptions (0.3 picks/game) and kickoff returns (22.8 yards/return), and senior punter Don Lemieux stands third in punting (40.2 yards/punt). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (26.5 yards/return) and net punting (37.6 yards/punt); while ranking third in scoring defense (24.0 points/game) and kickoff returns (22.9 yards/return).
 
Holy Cross Has Four Preseason All-America Selections
Four different Crusaders were chosen as preseason All-Americans heading into the 2010 campaign. Senior defensive end Mude Ohimor was honored by two organizations, as he was selected as a second team All-American by College Sporting News and a third team All-American by Phil Steele's 2010 College Football Preview. In addition, senior linebacker Sean Lamkin was named a first team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl, senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele earned second team All-America honors from the Sports Network and senior wide receiver Bill Edger was selected as a third team All-American by College Sporting News.

Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 360-166-27 (.675). Holy Cross has won 11 straight games at home, since falling to Massachusetts 45-42 in the 2008 season opener. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and have now finished the year with a winning record at home in each of the last four seasons. Fitton Field is the second-oldest stadium still used for Division I college football, behind only Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania (opened in 1895).

Crusaders Bring In Preseason Honors
Several Holy Cross players were selected preseason All-Patriot League by Phil Steele's 2010 College Football Preview. The first team included senior strong safety Anthony DiMichele, senior placekicker Rob Dornfried, senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe, senior defensive end Mude Ohimor and junior linebacker Jimmy Thomas (Severn, Md.). Junior tailback Matt Bellomo, senior wide receiver Luke Chmielinski, senior free safety Alex Johnson, senior linebacker Sean Lamkin, senior punter Don Lemieux, senior kick returner Freddie Santana, junior tight end Alex Schneider, junior center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) were all selected to the second team.

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2010 campaign marks the 115th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 593-471-54, good for a .555 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2010 season, Holy Cross' 592 all-time victories ranked as the 16th most among all Division I-AA schools. Holy Cross has had 31 first team All-America selections, sent 69 players on to professional football, won five Lambert Cups, claimed six Patriot League championships, and was named the Division I-AA Team of the Year in 1987. The Crusaders also played in the 1946 Orange Bowl, losing to host Miami on the game's final play.

Football Legends Ring Of Fame Inductions Set For October 2
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross will honor six former football standouts this fall, as the inaugural class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Fame. Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960) and John Provost (Class of 1975) will all be honored in a ceremony at the 2010 homecoming game against Fordham on Oct. 2, and receive permanent recognition at Fitton Field. Only former Crusader football players who have been elected to the Holy Cross Varsity Club Hall of Fame are eligible for this honor, which will become an annual event each fall.

Scouting The Hoyas
Georgetown enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-1 and a 1-0 mark in the Patriot League. The Hoyas opened the season by defeating Davidson (20-10) and Lafayette (28-24), before falling at Yale last week (40-35). Junior quarterback Scott Darby has completed 56 of 100 passes for 642 yards and five touchdowns with one interception, in addition to rushing for 75 yards and a score on 31 carries. Senior tailback Phillip Oladeji has rushed for a team-high 175 yards and two touchdowns on 34 attempts, while senior wide out Keerome Lawrence has caught 16 passes for 202 yards  and a score. Defensively, junior free safety David Quintero leads Georgetown with 26 total tackles. Head coach Kevin Kelly is in his fifth season at the helm of the Hoyas' program, posting an overall record of 7-39. Prior to his time at Georgetown, Kelly spent four years as the linebackers and special teams coach at Navy.

Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2010 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 41st season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 25th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher and Gordie Lockbaum will serve as the color commentators for selected games this season. All of the Crusaders' games will also be available free of charge over the internet by clicking here. In addition, WCHC 88.1 FM, the Holy Cross student station, will carry a number of games this year.

Holy Cross On Television
The Crusaders are scheduled to have eight games shown on live television during the 2010 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2010 campaign:

Sept. 4 vs. Howard: WCTR-TV3
Sept. 11 vs. Massachusetts: CBS 3 Now
Sept. 25 vs. Georgetown: Verizon FiOS1
Oct. 2 vs. Fordham: WCTR-TV3
Oct. 23 vs. Colgate: Time Warner
Nov. 6 vs. Lehigh: Service Electric
Nov. 13 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
Nov. 20 vs. Bucknell: WCTR-TV3

The Holy Cross Football Show
Every Tuesday during the season, head coach Tom Gilmore will be joined by Bob Fouracre for the Holy Cross Football Show. The show airs live from 1:00-1:30 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not listen in live. The show is carried free of charge, and can be heard by clicking here.

Crusader Vision
Live video streaming of all 2010 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Stretch Internet, is available for $8.95 per game. A package including all five home games is also available for $34.95. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

Quick Hits
Sophomore linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) earned his first career start at Harvard, and led team with 11 total tackles. In three games played this season, he has now totaled 24 tackles to rank third on the team ... Junior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas) tied for the team lead with 18 total tackles at UMass. He now leads the team with 29 total tackles on the season ... Sophomore cornerback Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) has started two of the last three games, and has totaled 17 tackles this year while tying for the team-lead with three pass breakups ... Holy Cross won its season opener for the second straight season by defeating Howard, and now stands 7-4 in openers over the last 11 years ... The Crusaders were picked as the No. 14 team in the nation by the Sporting News ... The 2009 Holy Cross football team received an NCAA Division I Academic Progress Rate Public Recognition Award, for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all football squads in the nation. That marked the third straight season Holy Cross was honored.