Nov. 13, 2004
EASTON, Pa. - Junior quarterback John O'Neil (White Plains, N.Y.) completed 19 of 34 passes for 183 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 16 yards, but it was not enough as the Holy Cross football team was defeated by Lafayette 56-20 at Fisher Field. The Crusaders fall to 2-8 overall on the season and 0-5 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards improve to 7-3 overall and 4-1 in the league.
Lafayette jumped out to an early 14-0 lead in the first quarter, on a pair of touchdown runs by quarterback Brad Maurer and tailback Joe McCourt. Holy Cross cut the lead to 14-7 early in the second quarter on a one-yard scoring run by senior tailback Steven Silva (East Providence, R.I.). McCourt scored his second touchdown of the day to put the Leopards up 21-7, but the Crusaders made it a 21-14 game at halftime on a nine-yard scoring pass from O'Neil to senior tight end Luke Dugan (Maple Plain, Minn.).
In the third quarter, Lafayette went up 28-14 on an 18-yard pass from Maurer to David Nelson, before O'Neil hit junior wide receiver Sean Gruber (Covington, Ky.) with a 35-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-down play. But the Leopards blocked the extra point attempt and returned it for a two-point conversion, and would control the remainder of the game. McCourt added three more touchdown runs down the stretch to help secure the win.
Gruber finished the day with six catches for 82 yards and a score, while Silva totaled 135 all-purpose yards on the day. McCourt rushed for 156 yards on 26 carries to lead the Leopards, while Maurer accounted for 259 yards of total offense.
Defensively, senior linebacker David FitzPatrick (Long Beach, N.Y.) had a game-high 14 tackles for the Crusaders, while sophomore linebacker Sain Karim (Burlington, Vt.) added 11 tackles and an interception.
Holy Cross concludes the 2004 season next Saturday, November 20, when it travels to Georgetown for a 12:30 p.m. game.