July 31, 2008
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Holy Cross football team has been picked to finish in second place in the Patriot League this season, in the conference's preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors. The announcement came at the league's annual football media day in Bethlehem, Pa.
Fordham was picked to finish in first place with a total of 68 points and nine first place votes, while Holy Cross placed second in the poll with 56 points and four first place votes. Colgate came in third with 53 points and one first place vote, followed by Lafayette with 48 points. Lehigh (fifth, 35 points), Bucknell (sixth, 18 points) and Georgetown (seventh, 16 points) rounded out the poll.
In addition to the preseason poll, the Patriot League announced its preseason players of the year. Holy Cross senior quarterback Dominic Randolph (Amelia, Ohio) was named the preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while linebacker Andy Romans of Lafayette was chosen as the preseason Defensive Player of the Year.
Holy Cross returns 16 of 24 starters from its 2007 squad which finished with an overall record of 7-4 and a 4-2 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders are scheduled to open the 2008 season when they play host to UMass in a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, September 6.