BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Holy Cross football team has been picked to finish in third place in the Patriot League this season, in the conference's preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. The announcement came at the league's annual football media day in Bethlehem, Pa.
Lehigh was picked to finish in first place with a total of 58 points and eight first-place votes, while Colgate placed second in the poll with 55 points and six first-place votes. Holy Cross came in third with 38 points, followed by Lafayette with 36 points. Georgetown (fifth, 19 points) and Bucknell (sixth, 16 points) rounded out the poll.
In addition to the preseason poll, the Patriot League announced its preseason players of the year. Tailback Nate Eachus of Colgate was named the preseason offensive player of the year, while linebacker Mike Groome of Lehigh was chosen as the preseason defensive player of the year.
Holy Cross is coming off a 2010 campaign in which it posted its sixth-straight winning record with an overall mark of 6-5 and a 4-2 record against Patriot League foes. The Crusaders, who return 12 starters and 42 letterwinners, are scheduled to open the 2011 season when they play host to UMass at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1, in the first-ever night game at Fitton Field.
|2011 Patriot League Preseason Poll
|Team (1st place)||Points|
|Patriot League Preseason Players of the Year|
|Offense: Nate Eachus, TB, Colgate|
|Defense: Mike Groome, LB, Lehigh|