Aug. 1, 2006
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Holy Cross football team has been picked to finish in fourth 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.
Colgate was picked to finish in first place with a total of 68 points and eight first place votes, while Lafayette placed second in the poll with 61 points and three first place votes. Lehigh came in third with 57 points and three first place votes, followed by Holy Cross with 35 points. Fordham (fifth, 33 points), Bucknell (sixth, 27 points) and Georgetown (seventh, 13 points) rounded out the poll.
In addition to the preseason poll, the Patriot League announced its preseason players of the year. Jordan Scott of Colgate was named the preseason offensive player of the year, Geoff Bean of Colgate was chosen as the preseason defensive player of the year, and Micah Clukey of Fordham was selected as the preseason special teams player of the year.
Holy Cross returns 13 of 24 starters from its 2005 squad which finished with an overall record of 6-5 and a 3-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders are scheduled to open the 2006 season when they travel to Washington, D.C., to face Patriot League opponent Georgetown in a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, September 2.