Football Plays Host To Colgate On Saturday

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Game Day Quick Facts
The Teams: Holy Cross (3-4, 1-0 PL) vs. Colgate (1-5, 0-0 PL)
Date: October 19, 2013
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Place: Fitton Field (23,500), Worcester, Mass.
Television: CBS Sports Network; Andrew Catalon, play-by-play; Tom Bradley, color; Lauren Gardner, sidelines
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

The Series With Colgate
This will be the 76th meeting between the Crusaders and the Raiders on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 40-30-5. The Crusaders have won four of the last six games played in the series, but Colgate did post a 51-35 victory in Hamilton last season. From 1983-1996, Holy Cross recorded 14 consecutive wins over the Raiders. For games played in Worcester, the Crusaders hold a 26-16-2 advantage against Colgate, including three straight victories. The schools first met on November 3, 1917, with Colgate posting a 21-0 victory in Utica, N.Y.

Series Quick Facts
Overall: Holy Cross leads, 40-30-5
In Worcester: Holy Cross leads, 26-16-2
At Fitton Field: Holy Cross leads, 26-16-2
Current Win Streak: Colgate, one game
Tom Gilmore vs. Colgate: 4-5
Dick Biddle vs. Holy Cross: 11-6

Pujals Takes Over At Quarterback
Freshman Peter Pujals (Glenview, Ill.) has taken over as the starting quarterback for the Crusaders this season, and is currently one of 20 candidates for the Jerry Rice Award, presented annually by the Sports Network to the top freshman in the Division I football championship subdivision. During last week's game at Bucknell, Pujals completed 19 of 29 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 80 yards and three more scores on 13 carries. Previously against Harvard, he hit on 33 of 50 attempts for a career-high 345 yards and four touchdowns. Pujals also had a huge game at Dartmouth, connecting on 25 of 37 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing 17 times for 125 yards and two more scores. His 415 yards of total offense against Dartmouth were the 12th highest single-game total in school history. Earlier in the season against Monmouth, Pujals came off the bench to complete 12 of 19 passes for 129 and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for a team-high 22 yards on nine carries. On the year, he has now connected on 90 of 137 attempts for 1,062 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception, while running the ball 63 times for 247 yards and five scores. Pujals also has a streak of 129 consecutive passes thrown without an interception.

Defense Takes It Away At Bucknell
The Holy Cross defense forced a season-high five turnovers during last week's victory at Bucknell. The Crusaders intercepted four passes on the day, in addition to forcing one fumble. That marked the most turnovers Holy Cross had forced in a single game since taking the ball away five times at Georgetown on Sept. 22, 2008. On the season, the Crusaders have now caused a total of 13 turnovers, with seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries.

Veterans Anchor Offensive Line
Holy Cross boasts a great deal of experience along the offensive line this season, including four players with at least 14 career starts. In seven games played so far this year, the line paved the way for the Crusaders to average 405.3 total yards, 164.6 rushing yards and 29.4 point per game. Fifth-year senior left guard Casey Bessemer (Jacksonville Beach, Fla.) leads the team with 29 consecutive games started and 40 career games played. Fifth-year senior left tackle Kyle Pedretty (Dunedin, Fla.) owns 29 starts in 30 career games played, and senior right tackle Blake Berresford (Montoursville, Pa.) has started all 20 of his career games played. The starting lineup is rounded out by senior center Jay Knighton (Pottstown, Pa.) with 25 career games played and 14 starts, and junior right guard Ryan Schnieber (Cincinnati, Ohio) with seven starts in seven games played.

SanDoval Steps Up In Final Year
Fifth-year senior linebacker Roman SanDoval (Allison Park, Pa.) is once again among of the top players on the Holy Cross defense this year. Through seven games played, he leads the team with 51 total tackles, including 41 solo stops and two tackle for loss. During the victory at Dartmouth, SanDoval led the team with a season-high 12 tackles, including one tackle for loss. He previously made 11 tackles against Monmouth, while posting five tackles and returning a fumble 11 yards for a touchdown at Central Connecticut. Earlier in the year, SanDoval totaled eight tackles, one tackle for loss and one pass breakup against Towson, and made seven tackles at Bryant. Last season, he recorded 75 tackles, including three sacks and five tackles for loss. In 2011, SanDoval recorded 15 tackles, one sack and two tackles for loss in the first three games, before missing the remainder of the season due to injury. Over the course of his collegiate career, SanDoval now has 181 total tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

Fess Keeps Making Catches
Senior wide receiver Mike Fess (Caldwell, N.J.) is once again among the top players on the Holy Cross offense this year. In seven games so far this season, he leads the team with 44 receptions for 545 yards and six scores. During the Harvard game, Fess posted a season-best 11 catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Previously at Dartmouth, he caught nine passes for 138 yards. A few of Fess' other top games this year have come against Central Connecticut (five receptions for 63 yards and two scores), Towson (six catches for 81 yards and a touchdown) and Monmouth (five receptions for 47 yards and a score). In 2012, he led the team with 80 catches for 795 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games played. Fess' 80 total receptions on the year were the second-most ever by a Crusader in a single season. In 2011, Fess earned second team All-Patriot League honors after ranking second on the team with 45 receptions for 417 yards and two scores. He has now totaled 178 catches for 1,863 yards and 12 touchdowns during his collegiate career. Fess currently ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career receptions, and needs 13 more catches to break the all-time school record of 190 set by Jeff Laboranti from 1994-1997.

Acquah Playing Well Up Front
Senior defensive end Gary Acquah (Bronx, N.Y.) is playing a key role along the Holy Cross defensive front this year. He currently ranks sixth on the team with 34 total tackles this season. During the Harvard game, Acquah led the team with seven total tackles and one quarterback sack. Previously against Monmouth, he made a season-high nine tackles, including six solo stops. Earlier this year against Towson, Acquah tied for the team lead with eight tackles. He also posted five tackles at Bryant, three tackles at Central Connecticut and two tackles at Dartmouth. A second team All-Patriot League selection last year, Acquah recorded 54 total tackles, two sacks and seven tackles for loss in 2012. A few of his top games last year were against New Hampshire (career-high 10 tackles, pass breakup, blocked extra point) and Lafayette (eight tackles). In 2011, Acquah led all Holy Cross defensive linemen with 40 total tackles, including two sacks and three tackles for loss. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has now totaled 112 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

Crusaders In The Patriot League
Now in its 28th season of play in the Patriot League, Holy Cross owns an all-time record of 84-67 (.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 10 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.

Macomber Heads Up Kicking Game
Senior John Macomber (Vienna, Va.) is once again handling all of the kicking duties for Holy Cross this year. In seven games played, he has averaged 41.1 yards on 33 punts, with 13 fair catches and nine kicks downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. Macomber has also scored 38 points this season, hitting four of seven field goal attempts and 26 of 28 extra points. In addition, he has averaged 62.3 yards on 35 kickoffs with 10 touchbacks. Macomber had an outstanding game in the victory at Central Connecticut, scoring 10 points and booting a career-long 63-yard punt. He also played well at Dartmouth, scoring seven points and kicking the game-winning 23-yard field goal with 51 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. In 2012, Macomber earned second team All-Patriot League honors as both a placekicker and a punter. He ranked second on the team with 55 points scored last year, hitting 10 of 13 field goal attempts (including a long of 46 yards) and 25 of 26 extra points. Macomber also averaged 40.9 yards on 62 punts in 2012, with a long of 59 yards and 23 kicks downed inside the opponent's 20-yard line. He previously led the team in scoring during the 2011 season with 56 points, hitting 12 of 15 field goals and 20 of 26 extra points. Macomber also led the Patriot League in field goal percentage in 2011, while his 12 field goals made tied the school single-season record. Over the course of his career as a Crusaders, Macomber has now made 26 of 35 field goals and 71 of 80 extra points, for a total of 149 points scored. His 26 career field goals made currently rank third all-time at Holy Cross.

The Last Meeting With Colgate
Steven Elder completed 24 of 39 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns, but Holy Cross was defeated by Colgate 51-35 at Andy Kerr Stadium on Oct. 13, 2012. Elder also rushed 15 times for 42 yards and two scores, to finish with 355 yards of total offense. Gerald Mistretta caught seven passes on the day for 162 yards and two touchdowns, while Mike Fess added 10 catches for 100 yards. The Raiders opened the scoring on a 51-yard touchdown run by Gavin McCarney, then the Crusaders used a 63-yard scoring strike from Elder to Mistretta to tie the score at 7-7. Colgate regained the lead on a three-yard touchdown run by Jordan McCord, before a three-yard scoring run by Elder put Holy Cross up 14-13. Colgate answered with a 36-yard field goal by Andrew Burgess, before a 10-yard touchdown run by Elder put Holy Cross back in front. McCarney then closed out the half with a four-yard scoring run, and the Raiders led 23-20. Early in the third quarter, Colgate increased its lead to 30-20 on a three-yard touchdown rush by McCord. The Crusaders responded with a one-yard scoring run by Eddie Houghton, before McCord ran seven yards for a touchdown to make the score 37-27. Colgate added two fourth quarter touchdowns, before Holy Cross concluded the scoring with a touchdown pass from Elder to Mistretta.

Raymond An All-Purpose Threat
Sophomore wide receiver Kalif Raymond (Lawrenceville, Ga.) has become a key player for the Holy Cross offense this season, in addition to being a threat as a kick returner. After missing the first two games of the season due to injury, he has now caught 19 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, rushed 13 times for 67 yards and a score, returned 11 kickoffs for 257 yards and brought back six punts for 30 yards. During last week's victory at Bucknell, Raymond led the team with a career-best 206 all-purpose yards, including a 14-yard touchdown reception. In the previous contest against Harvard, he totaled 76 all-purpose yards with a five-yard scoring run in the second overtime. Raymond also played well at Dartmouth, recording 126 all-purpose yards with a 20-yard touchdown catch. Last year, Raymond earned first team All-Patriot League honors as a return specialist. He brought back 32 kickoffs for 777 yards and a touchdown in 2012 (good for an average of 24.3 yards per return), in addition to returning 19 punts for 101 yards. During the 2012 game at Lafayette, he returned a kickoff 80 yards for his first career touchdown. Earlier last season at Colgate, Raymond brought back eight kickoffs for 178 yards, to place third on the all-time Holy Cross single-game list for kickoff return yards. He also totaled 191 all-purpose yards at Harvard in 2012, to earn Patriot League Rookie of the Week honors.

Freshmen Make Presence Felt
In addition to quarterback Peter Pujals, several other freshman have found their way into the Holy Cross lineup during their first season of collegiate competition. Freshman linebacker Kyle Young (Roxbury, N.J.) has become a factor, totaling five tackles and forcing two fumbles at Dartmouth, then returning an interception 79 yards for a touchdown at Bucknell. He has now recorded 24 tackles on the year. Freshman tailback Gabe Guild (Overland Park, Kan.) currently ranks fourth on the team in rushing with 121 yards on 31 carries, and also stands fifth on the team in receiving with 10 catches for 158 yards and a score. During the Central Connecticut game, he scored his first collegiate touchdown on a 39-yard reception. Freshman wide receiver Jake Wieczorek (Cumming, Ga.) has become an all-around factor, returning 11 kickoffs for 211 yards, catching eight passes for 161 yards, bringing back two punts for 23 yards and rushing three times for 13 yards. In the Dartmouth game, he scored the first touchdown of his Holy Cross career on a 33-yard catch. In addition, freshman tailback Brendan Flaherty (Beverly, Mass.) has rushed the ball five times for 27 times and a score (all at Central Connecticut), and freshman free safety Luke Ford (Wilmette, Ill.) has made three tackles including a quarterback sack (against Harvard).

Acquah & Fess Named Captains
Holy Cross has two captains for the 2013 football season. Senior defensive end Gary Acquah and senior wide receiver Mike Fess were named the team's captains by head coach Tom Gilmore following the conclusion of spring practice. These two players have taken over the leadership role from Tom Mannix, Gerald Mistretta, Roman SanDoval and Sean Whited, who served as the Crusaders' captains during the 2012 campaign.

Bhaya Enjoying Strong Season
Sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya (Haddonfield, N.J.) has developed into one of the top players in the Holy Cross secondary this season. He currently ranks second on the team with 44 total tackles this season, to go along with two interceptions and a team-best seven pass breakups. During last week's victory at Bucknell, Bhaya totaled 10 tackles with a key interception and a pass breakup. Previously at Dartmouth, he recorded 10 tackles and one pass breakup. Bhaya also had a big game in the season opener at Bryant, totaling seven tackles, and interception and three pass breakups. In 2012, he made eight total tackles as a backup safety and on special teams. Over the course of his collegiate career, Bhaya has now recorded 52 tackles, two interceptions and seven pass breakups.

Head Coach Tom Gilmore
A two-time Patriot League Coach of the Year (in 2006 and 2009), Tom Gilmore is now in his 10th season as the head football coach at Holy Cross in 2013. He has guided the Crusaders to an overall record of 56-51 during his time at Holy Cross, including a 53-43 mark since the beginning of the 2005 campaign. In 2009, Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 9-3, the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA playoffs. A finalist for the 2009 Eddie Robinson Award, Gilmore led the Crusaders to winning records in seven straight seasons from 2005-2011, 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 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.

Holy Cross In The NCAA Statistics
Four Crusaders are ranked among the NCAA leaders in various statistical categories, through games of Oct. 12. As a team, Holy Cross stands ninth in the nation in first downs and 11th in punt returns. The rankings:

Category Rank    Player / Team Avg. / Pct.
First Downs 9   Holy Cross 22.6
Punt Returns 11   Holy Cross 14.1
Fewest Penalty Yards 15   Holy Cross 40.0
Forced Fumbles 18   Kyle Young 0.3
Receptions 20   Mike Fess 6.3
Passes Defended 22   Matt Bhaya 1.3
Turnovers Caused 26   Holy Cross 1.9
Third Down Conversions 30   Holy Cross 43.9
Punting 38   John Macomber 41.1
Receiving Yards 40   Mike Fess 77.9


Crusaders Among League Leaders
Five Holy Cross players rank at or near the top of the Patriot League standings in a number of statistical categories, through games of Oct. 5. Senior kicker John Macomber leads the league in punting (41.1 yards/punt) and ranks fifth in field goals (0.6 made/game). Senior wide out Mike Fess stands fourth in the conference in receptions (6.3 catches/game) and fifth in receiving yards (77.9 yards/game). In addition, sophomore strong safety Matt Bhaya and junior cornerback Ben Coffaro (Cincinnati, Ohio) are tied for fifth in interceptions (0.3 picks/game) and junior quarterback Ryan Laughlin (Glen Mills, Pa.) stands fifth in passing yards (45.7 yards/game). As a team, Holy Cross leads the league in punt returns (14.1 yards/return); while ranking second in turnover margin (-0.1 turnovers/game); and standing third in scoring offense (29.4 points/game), scoring defense (29.1 points/game), total offense (405.3 yards/game), rushing offense (164.6 yards/game), pass efficiency (135.3 rating), kickoff returns (21.0 yards/return), net punting (35.9 yards/punt).

Defending The Home Turf
Holy Cross has enjoyed great success at Fitton Field over the years, but stands 0-3 at home so far in 2013. The Crusaders, who played their first game at Fitton Field in 1903, have posted an all-time home mark of 368-177-27 (.667). 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 2011 campaign with a winning record at home for the sixth 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).

Tradition Of Excellence
The 2013 campaign marks the 118th season of Holy Cross football. The Crusaders currently own an overall record of 610-490-54, good for a .552 winning percentage. Prior to the start of the 2013 season, Holy Cross' 607 all-time victories ranked as the 14th 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 Run Wild At CCSU
During the Sept. 14 victory at Central Connecticut, Holy Cross ran the ball 72 times for 419 yards. The Crusaders tied the school single-game record with their 72 rushing attempts, while their 419 rushing yards were their most since running for 583 yards on 72 carries against Columbia on Oct. 29, 1983. Holy Cross also picked up 28 of its 33 total first downs against the Blue Devils on the ground, breaking the Patriot League single-game record of 23 rushing first downs which had been accomplished four times before. The Crusaders' 419 rushing yards also tied for the seventh-most in the nation by any team in the football championship subdivision so far this season.

Holy Cross Attempts To Post Another Winning Season
In 2013, the Crusaders will attempt to finish with a winning record for the eighth time in a nine-year span. The Crusaders had a streak of seven straight winning seasons snapped last year, when they went just 2-9 overall. The Crusaders concluded the 2010 and 2011 seasons with identical marks of 6-5, after going 9-3 in 2009 (marking only the ninth time in school history the team has won at least nine games). Holy Cross previously went 7-4 in 2006, 2007 and 2008, and its 42-25 mark from 2006-2011 was its best in a six-year span since going 42-23-1 from 1989-1994. Holy Cross also posted a winning record in 2005 (6-5), and had an overall mark of 48-30 from 2005-2011. Prior to that seven-year run, the last time the Crusaders posted a winning mark in seven straight seasons was from 1986-1992.

Football Legends Ring Of Honor Inducts Fourth Class
The athletic department at the College of the Holy Cross honored three former football standouts on Sept. 21, as the fourth class of the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor. Tom Greene (Class of 1959), Dave Quehl (Class of 1976) and Johnny Turco (Class of 1952) were all honored in a ceremony prior to the Monmouth 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. Individuals who have previously been inducted into the Crusader Football Legends Ring of Honor include Ronnie Cahill (Class of 1940), George Connor (Class of ex1946), Gill Fenerty (Class of 1986), Bruce Kozerski (Class of 1984), Gordie Lockbaum (Class of 1988), Pat McCarthy (Class of 1963), Jon Morris (Class of 1964), Edmund Murphy (Class of 1943), Bill Osmanski (Class of 1939), Vince Promuto (Class of 1960), John Provost (Class of 1975), Jeff Wiley (Class of 1989) and Joe Wilson (Class of 1973).

Holy Cross Picked Third In Patriot League Preseason Poll
The 2013 Crusaders were picked to finish in third place in a preseason poll of the Patriot League's head coaches and sports information directors. Holy Cross received a total of 35 points in the poll, to trail only Colgate and Lehigh. The rankings:

Rank   School (1st place votes) 2012 Record Points
1.   Colgate (8) 8-4 / 6-0 PL 68
2.   Lehigh (6) 10-1 / 5-1 PL 56
3.   Holy Cross 2-9 / 2-4 PL 35
4.   Lafayette 5-6 / 2-4 PL 32
5.   Georgetown 5-6 / 2-4 PL 26
6.   Bucknell 3-8 / 1-5 PL 15


Crusaders On The Radio
All of Holy Cross' games in 2013 will air on WTAG 580 AM and 94.9 FM in Worcester. Holy Cross Hall of Famer Bob Fouracre is in his 43rd season calling the play-by-play for Holy Cross football, and his 27th year covering the Crusaders on the radio. Former Holy Cross standouts Tom Kelleher, Gordie Lockbaum and John O'Neill 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 five games shown on live television during the 2013 season. Here is a look at Holy Cross' television schedule for the 2013 campaign:

Sept. 28 at Dartmouth: Fox College Sports Central
Oct. 5 vs. Harvard: Charter TV3
Oct. 19 vs. Colgate: CBS Sports Network
Oct. 26 vs. Lafayette: Charter TV3
Nov. 9 at Lehigh: Service Electric

Crusader Vision
Live video streaming of most 2013 Holy Cross regular season home football games will be available over the internet through Crusader Vision. The package, done in association with Campus Insiders as part of the Patriot League Network, is available free of charge. For details on how to view games through Crusader Vision, click here.

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 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. exclusively on the internet, with archives of all the shows available to those who can not watch live. The show is carried through Crusader Vision free of charge. For more details, click here.

Crusaders On Social Media
Updates on Holy Cross football can be found through the Holy Cross Athletics pages on the following social media networks:

Facebook: Holy Cross Athletics
Twitter: @GoHolyCross
YouTube: GoHolyCross
Instagram: GoHolyCross

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Scouting The Raiders
Colgate enters this week's game with an overall record of 1-5 on the season. The Raiders are coming off a 27-3 loss to Stony Brook last week. The Colgate offense is led by senior quarterback Gavin McCarney, who has completed 63 of 95 passes for 733 yards with four touchdowns and one interception, in addition to rushing for 340 yards and one score on 50 carries. Sophomore tailback Demetrius Russell has run for 263 yards and three touchdowns on 69 carries so far this season, while senior wide out Dan Cason has caught 26 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. Junior strong safety Mike Armiento leads the Colgate defense with 49 tackles, four interceptions and six pass breakups on the year. Dick Biddle is now in his 18th season as the Raiders' head coach, and has posted an overall record of 134-70. Biddle served as Colgate's defensive coordinator before taking over as head coach, and also spent time as an assistant at Navy, Minnesota and Virginia Tech.

Quick Hits
Senior placekicker John Macomber has been selected as a semifinalist for the 2013 William V. Campbell Trophy, presented by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to the top scholar-athlete in the nation ... Senior wide receiver Nate Stanley (Euclid, Ohio) caught five passes for 74 yards and his first career touchdown against Harvard, then totaled five catches for 46 yards and another score at Bucknell. He now ranks second on the team with 22 catches for 246 yards and two touchdowns this season ... Junior cornerback Ben Coffaro is tied for the team lead with two interceptions on the year, in addition to making 28 tackles and breaking up four passes ... Sophomore tailback Elad Covaliu (Rockville, Md.) leads the team with 290 rushing yards and one touchdown on 60 carries, to go along with 10 catches for 66 yards and another score ... Junior free safety Logan Silver (Eugene, Ore.) led the team with 11 total tackles in last week's victory at Bucknell. He now ranks third on the team with 36 total tackles this season ... Junior wide receiver Tyler Artim (Whitehall, Pa.) caught three passes for 54 yards and a touchdown during the Bucknell game, and is now tied for third on the team with 19 receptions for 222 yards and two scores ... Senior linebacker Tyler Zeoli (King of Prussia, Pa.) totaled seven tackles with two tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble during the Central Connecticut game. He is currently tied for fourth on the team lead with 35 total tackles this season ... At the Oct. 5 game against Harvard, the Crusaders wore pink shoelaces as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ... During the Dartmouth game on Sept. 28, the Holy Cross coaching staff took part in Coach to Cure MD, a national charity project of the American Football Coaches Association to raise awareness and research funding for Duchenne muscular dystrophy ... Senior defensive end Gary Acquah has been named a candidate for the 2013 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. The award recognizes a select group of college football players who have made a commitment to enriching the lives of others while contributing to the greater good of their communities.