Football Suffers 30-13 Setback At Lafayette

Roman SanDoval

EASTON, Pa. – Senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) totaled nine tackles with a quarterback sack and a pass breakup, but the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Lafayette 30-13 at Fisher Stadium. The Crusaders fall to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League with the loss, while the Leopards improve to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in the conference.

Sophomore quarterback Steven Elder (San Antonio, Texas) completed 22 of 34 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown, while junior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) made nine catches for 93 yards. Lafayette was led by quarterback Andrew Shoop, who hit on 20 of 28 passes for 235 yards and two scores, in addition to rushing 10 times for 21 yards and a touchdown.

After the game began with a scoreless first quarter, the Leopards took a 6-0 lead on a 10-yard touchdown run by Shoop. Ryan Gralish then added a 31-yard field goal late in the second quarter, and Lafayette led 9-0 heading into the locker room.

The Leopards increased their lead to 16-0 early in the third quarter on a five-yard touchdown pass from Shoop to Mark Ross. Holy Cross then responded with a 12-yard scoring strike from Elder to senior tight end Alex Schneider (Inver Grove Heights, Minn.), making the score 16-6.

Early in the fourth quarter, Shoop hit Brandon Hall for a 28-yard touchdown to put Lafayette up 23-6. Freshman wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) then returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown, to keep the Crusaders in the game. But the Leopards' Vaughn Hebron would add a one-yard scoring run with 3:12 left to play, putting the game away.

Holy Cross returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 27, when it plays host to Fordham at 1:00 p.m.