August 1, 2007

Football Picked Fourth In Patriot League Preseason Poll

Aug. 1, 2007

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.

Lafayette was picked to finish in first place with a total of 63 points and six first place votes, while Lehigh placed second in the poll with 62 points and five first place votes. Colgate came in third with 52 points and one first place vote, followed by Holy Cross with 50 points and two first place votes. Bucknell (fifth, 31 points), Fordham (sixth, 21 points) and Georgetown (seventh, 15 points) rounded out the poll.

In addition to the preseason poll, the Patriot League announced its preseason players of the year. Quarterback Sedale Threatt of Lehigh was named the preseason offensive player of the year, while linebacker Mike Gallihugh of Colgate was chosen as the preseason defensive player of the year.

Holy Cross returns 13 of 22 starters from its 2006 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 2007 season when they travel to UMass for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, September 1.