Football Travels To Brown On Saturday
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (2-2, 1-0 PL) vs. Brown (2-1, 0-1 Ivy)
Date: October 8, 2011
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Place: Brown Stadium (20,000), Providence, R.I.
Live Video Streaming: America One Broadband
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Series Record: Holy Cross leads, 32-21-3
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 17, Brown 13; October 9, 2010; Worcester, Mass.
The Series With Brown
This will be the 57th meeting between the Crusaders and the Bears on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 32-21-3. The Crusaders had defeated the Bears in four of the last five years, with Brown's only win during that time being a 34-31 victory in Providence in 2009. Holy Cross has also won 10 of the last 13 games in the series. For games played in Providence, the Bears hold a 15-13-1 advantage, with the series tied at 13-13-1 for games in Brown Stadium. The teams first met on Oct. 1, 1898, with Brown posting a 19-0 victory in Providence.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 32-21-3
In Providence: Brown leads, 15-13-1
At Brown Stadium: Tied, 13-13-1
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Brown: 4-1
Phil Estes vs. Holy Cross: 1-4
Taggart Shines At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas) is in his second year as the starter for the Crusaders in 2011. In four games played so far this year, he has connected on 98 of 152 attempts for 1,201 yards and six touchdowns with only one interception. Last week at New Hampshire, Taggart completed 40 of 57 passes for a career-high 412 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 55 yards and two scores on 12 carries. With that performance, he placed third on the Holy Cross single-game lists for both completions (40) and yards of total offense (467), while ranking ninth for passing yards (412). Previously in the victory over Harvard, Taggart hit on 22 of 35 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 34 yards and a score on nine attempts. During the Colgate game, he completed 13 of 16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a score. In the season opener against Massachusetts, Taggart hit on 23 of 44 attempts for 246 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 15 yards and a score on nine carries. Last year, he connected on 185 of 317 passes for 1,899 yards and 14 touchdowns, in addition to ranking second on the team in rushing with 284 yards and five scores on 85 carries. A few of Taggart's top performances in 2010 came against Lafayette (accounting for 246 yards of total offense and four touchdowns), Fordham (27 of 37 for 289 yards and a touchdown, plus 75 rushing yards and a score) and Howard (17 of 29 for 186 yards and three touchdowns). During his career with the Crusaders, Taggart has now completed 285 of 471 passes for 3,103 yards and 20 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 409 yards and 10 scores on 121 carries. He currently ranks ninth all-time at Holy Cross with 285 career completions.
Holy Cross Against The Ivy League
The Crusaders have enjoyed a good deal of success against Ivy League opposition during Tom Gilmore's tenure as head coach. Holy Cross stands 14-9 against Ivy League foes under Gilmore's direction, including a 1-0 mark so far this season. The 14-9 mark over the last eight years includes a 6-1 record against Dartmouth, a 4-1 mark against Brown, a 3-5 record against Harvard and a 1-2 mark against Yale. The Crusaders' all-time record against the Ivy League stands at 107-138-9 (31-21-3 against Brown, 6-2 vs. Columbia, 0-5 against Cornell, 35-35-4 vs. Dartmouth, 24-39-2 against Harvard, 3-2 vs. Pennsylvania, 3-7 against Princeton and 4-27 vs. Yale).
Taggart Avoids Interceptions
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart has only thrown one interception in his last eight games played, with that pick coming in the first quarter of the game at New Hampshire on Oct. 1. That snapped a streak of 209 consecutive passes which he had thrown without being intercepted. Since then, Taggart has now thrown 48 straight passes without being picked off. Here is a look at the longest known streaks by a Holy Cross quarterback without an interception:
|1.||Ryan Taggart||209||Oct. 23, 2010-Oct. 1, 2011|
|2.||Dominic Randolph||199||Oct. 6, 2007-Nov. 3, 2007|
|3.||Brian Hall||184||Sept. 30, 2000-Oct. 20, 2011|
|4.||Brion Stapp||162||Oct. 21, 1995-Oct. 5, 1996|
|5.||Dominic Randolph||160||Sept. 30, 2006-Oct. 28, 2006|
Balanced Group Of Wide Outs Excel For Holy Cross
The Crusaders have a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game, and three of those wide receivers had career days during last week's game at New Hampshire. Sophomore wide out Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) led the way with a career high 13 receptions for a career-best 110 yards against the Wildcats, tying for second place on the school single-game list for most catches. Overall this season, he now leads the team with 24 catches for 261 yards and one touchdown. Sophomore wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) caught 11 passes for 95 yards and a score at New Hampshire, also setting career highs for both receptions and receiving yards. On the year, he has totaled 20 receptions for 225 yards and a score. Junior wide out Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) also set new career highs for both receptions and receiving yards against the Wildcats, totaling six catches for a team-best 136 yards and a touchdown on the day. Overall this season, he has caught 15 passes for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
Offensive Line Paves The Way For Success
The Holy Cross offensive line is once again one of the most dominating units in the Patriot League this year. In four games played so far this season, the line has paved the way for the Crusaders to average 28.8 points and 418.8 total yards per game. Holy Cross has also allowed only four sacks, while attempting 153 passes this year (just one sack for every 39.3 times the team has dropped back to pass). The most experienced player on the line is senior left tackle Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.), who has been named All-Patriot League in each of the last two seasons, and has played in 40 career games with 29 starts. Senior center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) has played in 16 career games with 12 starts, and junior right tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) has 15 career games played and 15 starts. In addition, junior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) has played in 15 career games with four starts, and senior right guard Andrew Jameson (Brockton, Mass.) has played and started four career games.
The Last Meeting With Brown
Bill Edger caught seven passes for 61 yards and two touchdowns, as Holy Cross posted a 17-13 victory over Brown at Fitton Field on Oct. 9, 2010. The Crusaders opened the scoring at the 5:12-mark of the first quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Rob Dornfried. Holy Cross then made the score 10-0 on the first play of the second quarter, when Ryan Taggart threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Edger. Brown came right back with a five-yard scoring run by Mark Kachmer on its next possession, and the score was 10-6 after the extra point was blocked by Jack Maliska. The Bears then went up 13-10 with just 26 seconds left in the second quarter, when Patrick Donnelly threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Tellef Lundevall. Brown was still up by three points early in the third quarter, when the Bears were unable to get a punt off under a heavy rush, giving the ball to Holy Cross at the 13-yard line. But the Crusaders could not take advantage, as three plays later a 25-yard field goal attempt went wide right. But on its next drive, Holy Cross took a 17-13 lead when Taggart found Edger for another 12-yard touchdown. The Bears would have three possessions in the fourth quarter, but the Crusader defense stepped up every time and the final score remained 17-13. Holy Cross stopped Donnelly for one-yard on fourth-and-goal at the five-yard line, before Alex Johnson intercepted a pass to end Brown's next drive. Then on the final play of the game, Ricky Otis recovered a fumble at the 50-yard line after several laterals. Otis finished the game with a team-high nine tackles, as the defense limited the Bears to just 336 yards on 73 plays. Chandler Fenner added five tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup. Taggart hit on 19 of 29 passes for 196 yards and two scores, while splitting time with Kevin Watson, who completed 12 of 18 attempts for 135 yards.
Trio Of Seniors Lead Linebackers
Senior linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas), senior linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio) and senior linebacker Jimmy Thomas (Severn, Md.) are once again key parts of the Holy Cross defense in 2011. Otis currently ranks second on the team with 33 tackles so far this season, including one sack and four tackles for loss. He totaled nine tackles and one sack last week at New Hampshire, after previously recording 10 tackles with two tackles for loss against Massachusetts and nine tackles against Colgate. Last season, Otis led the team with 108 total tackles and earned first team All-Patriot League honors, despite missing two games due to injury. He reached double-figures in tackles six times in 2010, including a career-high 17 tackles at Lafayette. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Otis now has 168 total tackles, two fumble recoveries and two pass breakups. Martin has made 24 tackles in four games this season, to rank fifth on the team. Martin's top game so far in 2011 came at New Hampshire, when he totaled nine tackles and one sack. He ranked second on the team with 95 total tackles last year, including 61 solo stops and two tackles for loss. Martin recorded double-digit tackles four times in 2010, with a high of 18 tackles at Massachusetts. Over the course of his collegiate career, Martin has now recorded 152 tackles, five tackles for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups. Thomas has totaled 15 tackles, two tackles for loss and an interception so far this year, despite missing a game due to injury. During the victory over Colgate, he had 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown. Thomas previously recorded 35 tackles with five tackles for loss in 2010, after totaling 67 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks in 2009. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Thomas now has 119 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and five sacks.
Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
In 2011, Holy Cross will attempt to finish with a winning record for the seventh year in a row. The Crusaders concluded the 2010 season with an overall mark of 6-5, after going 9-3 in 2009 (marking only the ninth time in the school history the team has won at least nine games). Holy Cross previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and its 36-20 mark over the last five seasons is its best in a five-year span since going 39-15-1 from 1989-1993. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and has an overall mark of 42-25 since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. This marks the first time the Crusaders have posted six straight winning seasons since finishing with a winning mark in seven straight years from 1986-1992.
Fenner & Zitnik Star At Corner
Senior cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.) and sophomore cornerback Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) are both enjoying strong seasons in the Holy Cross secondary. In four games played so far this year, Fenner has recorded 27 tackles, an interception, a forced fumble and a team-high seven pass breakups. During last week's contest at New Hampshire, he led the team with 12 tackles and forced a fumble to set up a game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter. Fenner previously totaled seven tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in the victory over Harvard, while posting four tackles and a career-high three pass breakups against Massachusetts. Last season, he earned first team All-Patriot League honors after finishing with 58 tackles, one quarterback sack, two tackles for loss, four pass breakups, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Fenner has now totaled 117 tackles, one interception, three forced fumbles and 11 pass breakups in 37 games played. Zitnik ranked third on the team with 30 tackles so far this season, to go along with one interception, one sack and two pass breakups in the first three games this season. During the victory over Harvard, he led the team with nine tackles and returned an interception 97 yards for a touchdown. Earlier this season, Zitnik made 11 tackles and broke up a pass against Massachusetts. He has now made 33 tackles over the course of his collegiate career, in addition to returning 18 kickoffs for 474 yards (26.3 average).
Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 26th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 78-61 (.558) in conference action. The Crusaders won their last conference championship in 2009, clinching the title with a 28-26 victory over Lafayette to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA playoffs. Holy Cross' six Patriot League championships (all of them outright) have come in 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 2009. The Crusaders are tied for the second-most championships in conference history, behind only Lehigh with nine titles. In 2009, 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.
Schneider Shines At Tight End
Senior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.) is once again a key part of the Holy Cross passing game in 2011. In four games played so far this year, Schneider has caught four passes for 54 yards. In 11 games last season, he ranked fourth on the team with 30 receptions for 217 yards and a score. During the 2010 victory over Fordham, Schneider totaled four catches for 31 yards and a touchdown. An All-Patriot League selection in each of the last two years, Schneider finished the 2009 campaign 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 in 2009, and finished the 2009 season with a streak of 10 straight games with at least one catch. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, Schneider has now totaled 67 catches for 546 yards and seven touchdowns.
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Seven Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 1. As a team, Holy Cross ranks fourth in the nation in fewest penalties and punt return coverage, while standing fifth in fourth down conversions and fewest penalty yards. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|Field Goals||2||John Macomber||2.0|
|Passes Defended||2||Chandler Fenner||2.0|
|Fewest Penalties||4||Holy Cross||3.8|
|Punt Return Coverage||4||Holy Cross||0.5|
|Total Offense||4||Ryan Taggart||329.8|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||5||Holy Cross||32.8|
|Fourth Down Conversions||5||Holy Cross||83.3|
|Fourth Down Defense||7||Holy Cross||14.3|
|Passing Yards||8||Ryan Taggart||300.3|
|Points Responsible For||9||Ryan Taggart||16.5|
|Solo Tackles||12||Tom Mannix||7.5|
|Forced Fumbles||17||Tom Mannix||0.5|
|Quarterback Sacks||21||Mike Tucker||1.0|
|First Downs||22||Holy Cross||21.5|
|Turnover Margin||27||Holy Cross||+0.8|
|Pass Efficiency||26||Holy Cross||141.7|
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 Oct. 1. Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart leads the way by ranking second in the league in both passing yards (300.3 yards/game) and total offense (329.8 yards/game), while standing third in pass efficiency (142.6 rating) and fourth in scoring (7.5 points/game). Sophomore placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) currently leads the conference in both scoring (9.0 points/game) and field goals (2.0 made/game). In addition, sophomore wide receiver Kyle Toulouse stands third in receptions (6.0 catches/game) and fourth in receiving yards (65.2 yards/game), while sophomore wide out Mike Fess ranks fourth in receptions (5.0 catches/game). As a team, Holy Cross stands second in the league in scoring defense (23.0 points/game), total offense (418.8 yards/game), passing offense (300.3 yards/game), pass efficiency (141.6 rating) and net punting (34.9 yards/punt); and ranks third in scoring offense (28.8 points/game) and turnover margin (+0.8 turnovers/game).
Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is in his eighth season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2011. In 2009, 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 47-35 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 44-27 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. Gilmore has led the Crusaders to winning records in six 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.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2011 campaign marks the 116th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 601-474-54, good for a .556 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2011 season, Holy Cross' 599 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 Honor Inducts Second Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross recognized four former football standouts on Sept. 1, as the second class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. George Connor (1942-1943), Bruce Kozerski (1980-1983), Jon Morris (1961-1963) and Joe Wilson (1970-1972) were honored in a ceremony prior to the UMass game, and received 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 is an annual event each fall. In 2010, the inaugural class in the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Fame included, 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).
Holy Cross has three captains during the 2011 football season. Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe, senior linebacker Ricky Otis and senior quarterback Mark Tolzien (Rolling Meadows, Ill.) 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 Anthony DiMichele, Sean Lamkin and Freddie Santana, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2010 season.
Holy Cross Draws Huge Crowd For Season Opener
During the season-opening game against Massachusetts on Sept. 1, a total of 15,942 fans showed up at Fitton Field. That marked the largest home attendance for the Crusaders since Oct. 20, 1990, when a crowd of 17,848 was on hand to watch Holy Cross defeat Lehigh 34-22. The Crusaders have played in front of numerous home crowds of over 25,000 in their history, prior to the stadium renovation in 1986 which reduced the seating capacity to 23,500. The largest unofficial attendance at Fitton Field was 27,000 for the Holy Cross-Brown game on Nov. 11, 1938.
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, and has a 2-1 mark at home so far in 2011. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 365-168-27 (.676). From Oct. 11, 2008-Oct. 9, 2010, Holy Cross had a streak of 13 straight victories at home. The Crusaders had a perfect 6-0 mark at Fitton Field in 2009, and finished the 2010 campaign with a winning record at home for the fifth straight season. 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).
Offense Has Efficient Day
The Holy Cross offense turned in an outstanding all-around performance during the 37-7 victory over Colgate. The Crusaders totaled 403 yards from scrimmage on just 52 plays, good for an average of 7.8 yards per play. Holy Cross also scored points on five of its six possessions during the first three quarters of the game, with four touchdowns and one field goal. The only drive during that time on which the Crusaders did not score was a one-play possession at the end of the first half, after taking over at their own nine-yard line with just 41 seconds remaining before the intermission. In addition, Holy Cross did not attempt any punts during the entire game. That marked the first time the Crusaders did not punt since Oct. 31, 2009, at Fordham (a 41-27 Holy Cross victory in which neither team punted).
Holy Cross Has Three Preseason All-America Selections
Three different Crusaders have been chosen as preseason All-Americans heading into the 2011 campaign. Senior linebacker Ricky Otis was honored by two organizations, as he was selected as a second team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and an honorable mention All-American by the Beyond Sports Network. In addition, senior cornerback Chandler Fenner was named a second team All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl and senior linebacker C.J. Martin was selected as an honorable mention All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl.
Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2011 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 42nd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 26th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher and Gordie Lockbaum will serve as 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 five games shown on live television during the 2011 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2011 campaign:
Sept. 1 vs. Massachusetts: CBS Sports Network
Sept. 17 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 15 vs. Dartmouth: Charter TV3
Nov. 5 at Lehigh: Service Electric
Nov. 12 vs. Lafayette: Lafayette Sports Network
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.
Live video streaming of several 2011 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. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.
Scouting The Bears
Brown enters this week's game with an overall record of 2-1 on the season, and an 0-1 mark in the Ivy League. The Bears have defeated Stony Brook (21-20) and Rhode Island (35-21), while suffering their only loss against Harvard (24-7). Senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero has completed 67 of 117 passes for 764 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions so far season. Junior tailback Mark Kachmer is also off to a strong start this year, leading the team with 164 rushing yards and a touchdown on 49 carries, and 15 receptions for 145 yards and a score. Defensively, the Bears are led by senior linebacker Matthew O'Donnell who has totaled 30 tackles, three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery on the season. Head coach Phil Estes is in his 14th season at the helm of the Brown program, and owns a career record of 80-52. Estes has led the Bears to three Ivy League titles, during the 1999, 2005 and 2008 seasons, and was named the 2005 New England Coach of the Year.
Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2011 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Holy Cross players have been tackled for a loss only 13 times in four games played so far this season. Only two teams in the nation have been tackled for a loss fewer times this year: VMI (12 times in four games) and Cornell (12 times in three games) ... Junior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) currently leads the team with 35 total tackles on the season, including 30 solo stops. He has also recorded two forced fumbles, four pass breakups and a fumble recovery ... Sophomore linebacker Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) recorded seven total tackles and two quarterback sacks during the victory over Harvard. He now leads the team with four sacks on the season, while totaling 12 tackles ... After not playing in any games last season, sophomore wide out Jon Smith (Matawan, N.J.) has 10 receptions for 112 yards through four games this year ... Sophomore tailback Reggie Woods (Bowie, Md.) leads the team in rushing with 191 yards on 51 carries through four games played ... Holy Cross was picked third in the 2011 Patriot League preseason poll of the conference's head coaches and sports information directors, behind Lehigh and Colgate ... In three of the last four years, the Holy Cross football team has 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.