Crusaders Set To Play Lafayette In Final Home Game Of 2011
Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (4-5, 2-2 PL) vs. Lafayette (4-5, 1-2 PL)
Date: November 12, 2011
Time: 12:30 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Television: Lafayette Sports Network; Gary Laubach, play-by-play; Mike Joseph, color
Live Video Streaming: Crusader 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: Presto Sports Primetime
Series Record: Lafayette leads, 14-11
Last Meeting: Holy Cross 37, Lafayette 27; November 13, 2010; Easton, Pa.
The Series With Lafayette
This will be the 26th meeting between the Crusaders and the Leopards on the gridiron, with Lafayette leading the all-time series 14-11. Holy Cross has won the last three games between the two schools, including a 37-27 victory at Fisher Stadium last year. For games played in Worcester, the series is tied at 6-6. Lafayette had won three straight visits to Fitton Field, before the Crusaders posted a 28-26 victory in 2009. Overall, the road team has won five of the last six games in the series, with the lone exception being Holy Cross' victory in 2009. The schools first met on Sept. 20, 1986, with Holy Cross coming out victorious 38-14 in Easton.
Series Quick Facts
Overall: Lafayette leads, 14-11
In Worcester: Tied, 6-6
At Fitton Field: Tied, 6-6
Current Win Streak: Holy Cross, three games
Tom Gilmore vs. Lafayette: 4-3
Frank Tavani vs. Holy Cross: 6-5
Holy Cross has 23 seniors who will be playing in their final regular season home game at Fitton Field against Lafayette. The members of the Holy Cross senior class are tailback Matt Bellomo (Holliston, Mass.), tailback Francis Camara (Reading, Pa.), offensive guard Kyle Cannon (Southington, Conn.), cornerback Chandler Fenner (Virginia Beach, Va.), offensive guard Andrew Jameson (Brockton, Mass.), wide receiver Josh Jenkins (Maywood, Ill.), free safety Cav Koch (Dallas, Texas), linebacker C.J. Martin (Plano, Texas), wide receiver Clinton McCabe (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.), offensive tackle Mike McCabe (Watertown, Conn.), wide receiver Charles McCall (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), defensive end Ryan McGinn (West Chester, Pa.), defensive tackle Eric Oldiges (Taylor Mill, Ky.), linebacker Ricky Otis (Cleves, Ohio), punter Corey Page (Tampa, Fla.), tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), quarterback Ryan Taggart (Bedford, Texas), placekicker Paul Tearson (Austin, Texas), linebacker Jimmy Thomas (Severn, Md.), quarterback Mark Tolzien (Rolling Meadows, Ill.), quarterback Kevin Watson (Belle Mead, N.J.), center Sean Whited (Canton, Ohio) and tight end Mike Wright (Quincy, Mass.). These 23 players will be recognized prior to the start of the game, along with team managers Ashley Alebiose (Stamford, Conn.), Billy Bellerose (Shrewsbury, Mass.), Tatiana Senat (Norwalk, Conn.) and Joe Tutino (Taunton, Mass.). The Crusader seniors have led the team to a 26-17 record over the last four seasons, including the 2009 Patriot League championship and a trip to the 2009 NCAA playoffs.
Crusaders Face Tough Slate
Holy Cross has faced the hardest schedule in the NCAA football championship subdivision this season, according to the latest NCAA statistics. The nine teams which the Crusaders have played so far this year have a cumulative record of 49-22, good for a .690 winning percentage. Holy Cross currently stands well ahead of Indiana State, which has faced the second-toughest schedule with an opponent winning percentage of .639. All five of the Crusaders' losses this year have come against teams with winning records: Brown (7-1), Harvard (7-1), Georgetown (8-2), Lehigh (8-1) and Massachusetts (5-4).
Defense Continues Strong Play
The Holy Cross defense has played extremely well during the last few weeks. Over the last four games, the Crusaders have held their opponents to just 15.8 points, 14.5 first downs, 116.5 passing yards and 251.0 total yards per contest. Last week at Lehigh, Holy Cross held the Mountain Hawks to just 14 points and 394 total yards, well below their averages of 37.1 points and 491.0 yards entering the game. Previously at Bucknell, the Crusaders limited the Bison to just 146 yards of total offense, 13 points and eight first downs. At one point during the second half, Holy Cross held Bucknell to three-downs-and-out on six consecutive possessions. The 146 total yards were the fewest the Crusaders had allowed since giving up only 65 yards to Georgetown on Sept. 2, 2007, while the eight first downs were the least by a Holy Cross opponent since Georgetown had only seven first downs on Sept. 5, 2009. In addition, the Crusaders totaled six quarterback sacks during the contest against Bucknell, their most in a single game since posting six sacks against Fordham on Sept. 30, 2006.
Crusaders Look To Post Another Winning Season
If Holy Cross can win its final two games of the 2011 campaign, it would 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.
Balanced Group Of Wide Outs Excel For Holy Cross
The Crusaders have a number of outstanding weapons in the passing game this season, and they all have recorded career games so far this season. Junior wide out Gerald Mistretta (Brooklyn, N.Y.) had six catches for a career-best 136 yards and a touchdown at New Hampshire, then posted a career-high 12 receptions for 103 yards and a score against Dartmouth. Overall in 2011, Mistretta has caught 49 passes for 581 yards and five touchdowns, to lead the team in all three categories. Sophomore wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) set career-highs by catching 11 passes for 95 yards and a score at New Hampshire. On the year, Fess ranks second on the team with 42 receptions for 400 yards and two scores. Sophomore wide out Kyle Toulouse (Arlington, Va.) posted a career-high 13 receptions for a career-best 110 yards at New Hampshire, tying for second place on the school single-game list for most catches. Overall this season, Toulouse stands third on the squad with 33 catches for 348 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) had career-highs of nine catches and 109 yards at Bucknell, while sophomore wide out Jon Smith (Matawan, N.J.) added a career-high four catches for 43 yards against UMass and three receptions for a career-high 51 yards at Bucknell. Stanley has totaled 18 receptions for 216 yards on the year, while Smith has 18 catches for 212 yards.
The Last Meeting With Lafayette
Ryan Taggart accounted for 245 yards of total offense and four touchdowns, as Holy Cross posted a 37-27 victory over Lafayette at Fisher Stadium on Nov. 13, 2010. Taggart completed 15 of 31 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing 10 times for 41 yards and two scores. The Leopards opened the scoring at the 10:01-mark of the first quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Ryan O'Neil to Mark Layton. The Crusaders came back with a 27-yard field goal by Rob Dornfried on their next drive. The score remained 7-3 until late in the second quarter, when Lafayette lined up to attempt a 42-yard field goal. But after a bad snap, the ball was fumbled and Cav Koch scooped it up and ran 68 yards for a Holy Cross touchdown. Early in the third quarter, a Taggart pass was deflected into the hands of Gerald Mistretta, resulting in a 32-yard score to increase the Crusaders' lead to 16-7. The Leopards came back with a 52-yard touchdown pass from O'Neil to Layton, before a one-yard scoring run by Taggart put Holy Cross up 23-13 at the end of the third quarter. Lafayette finished its next drive with nine-yard scoring strike from O'Neil to Greg Stripe, but a two-yard touchdown pass from Taggart to Freddie Santana made it a 10-point game once again (30-20). The Leopards scored one more touchdown with 2:38 to play on a 16-yard pass from O'Neil to Kevin Doty, making the score 30-27. But after Bill Edger recovered an onside kick, Taggart ran 30 yards for a touchdown with just 1:39 on the clock to conclude the scoring. Santana finished the day with a team-best five catches for 71 yards and a touchdown, while Sam Auffant rushed 16 times for 69 yards. Defensively, Ricky Otis had a team-high 17 tackles with one tackle for loss, and Sean Lamkin added seven tackles and two quarterback sacks.
Fenner & Mannix Stand Out In Secondary
Senior cornerback Chandler Fenner and junior strong safety Tom Mannix (Kenilworth, N.J.) are both enjoying strong seasons in the Holy Cross secondary. In nine games played so far this year, Fenner has recorded 59 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and a team-high 11 pass breakups. During the Bucknell game, he recorded eight total tackles, a sack and a pass breakup. Previously at Brown, Fenner tied for the team lead with 10 total tackles, and tied his career high with three pass breakups. Some of his other top games this season have been against New Hampshire (12 tackles and a forced fumble to set up the game-tying touchdown in the fourth quarter), Harvard (seven tackles, one interception, two pass breakups), Dartmouth (six tackles, one forced fumble) and Massachusetts (four tackles, three pass breakups). Last season, Fenner 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 149 tackles, one interception, four forced fumbles and 15 pass breakups in 41 games played. Mannix ranks second on the team with 71 total tackles so far this year, to go along with three forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and seven pass breakups. Last week at Lehigh, he recorded a career-high 12 total tackles with a forced fumble. Earlier in the season, Mannix had eight total tackles and an interception against Dartmouth; made 11 tackles with a forced fumble and a pass breakup against Massachusetts; and totaled 10 tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup at New Hampshire. During his career with the Crusaders, he has now totaled 122 tackles, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and 13 pass breakups.
Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 26th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 79-63 (.556) 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.
Trio Of Seniors Lead Linebackers
Senior linebacker C.J. Martin, senior linebacker Ricky Otis and senior linebacker Jimmy Thomas are once again key parts of the Holy Cross defense in 2011. Otis currently leads the team with 77 tackles so far this season, including two sacks and seven tackles for loss. He totaled 12 tackles, a sack, an interception and a pass breakup during last week's game at Lehigh, after previously recording nine solo tackles with one tackle for loss at Brown, 10 tackles with two tackles for loss against Massachusetts, nine tackles and a sack at New Hampshire 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 212 total tackles, nine tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and six pass breakups. Martin ranks fourth on the team with 54 tackles in eight games this season, including four sacks. He had a season-best 11 tackles against Georgetown, while recording nine tackles and one sack at New Hampshire, eight tackles at Brown and four tackles with two sacks at Bucknell. Martin ranked second on the team with 95 total tackles last year, including 61 solo stops and two tackles for loss. He 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 182 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two interceptions and three pass breakups. Thomas has totaled 51 tackles, five tackles for loss, an interception and a pass breakup in eight games played this year. He had 10 tackles, one tackle for loss and a 60-yard interception return for a touchdown against Colgate, while finishing with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup at Brown. 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 155 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and five sacks.
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 Nov. 5. Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart leads the way by ranking second in the league in passing yards (265.4 yards/game) and total offense (307.8 yards/game), while standing fifth in pass efficiency (123.9 rating). Junior wide receiver Gerald Mistretta stands third in the conference in both receptions (5.4 catches/game) and receiving yards (64.6 yards/game), while sophomore wide out Kyle Toulouse ranks fourth in receptions (4.7 catches/game) and sophomore wide receiver Mike Fess is fifth in receptions (4.7 catches/game). In addition, sophomore cornerback Andrew Zitnik (Warren, Ohio) ranks third in kickoff returns (22.6 yards/return), senior punter Corey Page stands third in punting (37.2 yards/punt) and sophomore placekicker John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) is third in field goals (1.4 made/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in passing defense (174.6 yards/game); while standing second in scoring defense (19.4 points/game), total defense (321.4 yards/game), passing offense (265.4 yards/game), pass efficiency defense (114.4 rating) and net punting (35.7 yards/punt); and ranking third in total offense (404.8 yards/game).
Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Six Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Nov. 5. As a team, Holy Cross ranks seventh in the nation in punt return coverage, 12th in fewest penalties and 17th in scoring defense. The rankings:
|Category||Rank||Player / Team||Avg. / Pct.|
|Total Offense||6||Ryan Taggart||307.8|
|Punt Return Coverage||7||Holy Cross||3.4|
|Passes Defended||9||Chandler Fenner||1.3|
|Fewest Penalties||12||Holy Cross||4.7|
|Fewest Penalty Yards||14||Holy Cross||40.6|
|Passing Yards||15||Ryan Taggart||265.4|
|Field Goals||17||John Macomber||1.4|
|Scoring Defense||17||Holy Cross||19.4|
|Forced Fumbles||18||Tom Mannix||0.3|
|Passing Defense||18||Holy Cross||174.6|
|First Downs Allowed||20||Holy Cross||16.9|
|Quarterback Sacks||21||Mike Tucker||0.9|
|Total Defense||23||Holy Cross||321.4|
|First Downs||27||Holy Cross||21.0|
|Pass Efficiecy Defense||29||Holy Cross||114.4|
|Points Responsible For||31||Ryan Taggart||12.0|
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 49-38 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 46-30 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.
Taggart Shines At Quarterback
Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart is in his second year as the starter for the Crusaders in 2011. In nine games played so far this year, he has connected on 221 of 361 passes for 2,389 yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions, in addition to leading the team in rushing with 381 yards and six scores on 102 carries. During the Bucknell game, Taggart completed 32 of 58 attempts for 380 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Previously against Dartmouth, he rushed 23 times for a career-high 176 yards, and completed 29 of 41 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. Taggart set a new school single-game record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback against the Big Green, breaking the mark set by Jack Lentz against Richmond in 1964 with 173 yards. Earlier in the season at New Hampshire, he 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, Taggart 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). Some of his other top performances this season have been against Harvard (hitting on 22 of 35 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 34 yards and a score on nine attempts), Colgate (completing 13 of 16 passes for 223 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a score), Brown (connecting on 27 of 43 attempts for 243 yards and a score) and Massachusetts (hitting on 23 of 44 attempts for 246 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 15 yards and a score on nine carries). Last year, Taggart 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. During his career with the Crusaders, he has now completed 408 of 680 passes for 4,291 yards and 26 touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 672 yards and 11 scores on 190 carries.
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).
Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, and has a 3-2 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 366-169-27 (.675). 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).
Defense Steps Up In The Red Zone
The Holy Cross defense has turned in some of its top performances of the 2011 season once the opposing team reaches the red zone. Overall this year, Crusader opponents have moved the ball inside the 20-yard line 35 times, and have scored only 15 touchdowns. Holy Cross has forced the opposition to attempt 14 field goals (nine of which were made), caused two turnovers (one interception and one fumble) and stopped the other team on fourth down three times. The Crusaders overall percentage of allowing the opposition to score just 68.6 percent of the time once reaching the red zone currently leads the Patriot League.
Taggart Climbs The Career Charts
Even though he is only in his second season as Holy Cross' starting quarterback, senior Ryan Taggart has already placed his name among the school's all-time leaders in a number of statistical categories. Entering this week, he ranks third in career completion percentage (.600); sixth in career completions (408) and career pass efficiency rating (121.5); seventh in career passing touchdowns (26), career passing yards (4,291) and career yards of total offense (4,963); and eighth in career pass attempts (680).
Holy Cross has three captains during the 2011 football season. Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe, senior linebacker Ricky Otis and senior quarterback Mark Tolzien 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.
Tradition Of Excellence
The 2011 campaign marks the 116th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 603-477-54, 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.
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 Leopards
Lafayette enters this week's game with an overall record of 4-5 on the season, including a 1-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Leopards are coming off a 37-24 overtime victory over Colgate, and have now won three of their last four games. Junior Andrew Shoop (123 of 208, 1,677 yards, 13 touchdowns, seven interceptions) and senior Ryan O'Neil (49 of 71, 419 yards, two touchdowns, one interception) have split time at quarterback for Lafayette this year. Sophomore wide out Mark Ross leads the team with 35 receptions for 538 yards and seven touchdowns, while freshman tailback Ross Scheuerman has rushed for 399 yards on 75 carries. Defensively, the Leopards are led by senior linebacker Leroy Butler with 78 tackles, seven tackles for loss and three pass breakups. Frank Tavani is now in his 12th season as Lafayette's head coach, and has posted an overall record of 66-67. The 2004 Patriot League Coach of the Year, Tavani served as an assistant coach with the Leopards for 13 years before taking over as head coach.
The Holy Cross defense recorded four quarterback sacks during last week's game at Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks had previously allowed only eight total sacks in their first eight games of the season combined ... During the Oct. 29 game against Georgetown, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... Sophomore placekicker John Macomber has connected on 11 out of 13 field goal attempts so far this season. He has a chance to break the school single-season record of 12 field goals made (which has been done five times) and the single-season mark for field goal percentage (currently held by Chris Vella, who made 12 of 14 attempts in 2002) ... Senior offensive tackle Mike McCabe was 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 ... Senior quarterback Ryan Taggart had a school-record streak of 209 consecutive passes thrown without an interception from Oct. 23, 2010-Oct. 1, 2011 ... Sophomore tailback Reggie Woods (Bowie, Md.) ranks second on the team in rushing with 327 yards on 86 carries in eight games played ... Sophomore linebacker Mike Tucker (Chester Springs, Pa.) recorded four total tackles and three quarterback sacks during the victory over Bucknell. He now leads the team with eight sacks on the season, while totaling 22 tackles ... In the victory over Colgate on Sept. 10, the Holy Cross offense averaged 7.8 yards per play, and did not punt once the entire game ... 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 ... 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.