Sept. 14, 2005
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross senior tailback Steve Silva (East Providence, R.I.) has received the Boston Globe Gold Helmet as the Division I-AA New England Player of the Week, for games of Sept. 10. Silva received the award at the New England Football Writers' Luncheon, held at Harvard's Dillon Field House. Last Saturday, Silva had 220 all-purpose yards as the Crusaders posted a 48-6 victory over Georgetown at Fitton Field.
During the win over the Hoyas, Silva rushed 20 times for 110 yards and a touchdown, marking the third straight season he has broken the 100-yard mark against Georgetown. He also had a team-high eight receptions for 61 yards, and returned three punts for 49 yards. In addition, Silva received the Johnny Turco Memorial Award as the Most Valuable Player of Holy Cross' Homecoming Game.
On the season, Silva has now rushed 35 times for 195 yards and four touchdowns, while catching 12 passes for 101 yards and a score. He has also completed two passes for 24 yards and two touchdowns, and returned five punts for 79 yards. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Silva has 1,928 rushing yards, 26 rushing touchdowns and 28 total touchdowns scored. He currently ranks third all-time at Holy Cross in career rushing touchdowns, fourth in career touchdowns scored and seventh in career rushing yards
Holy Cross (2-0 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Sept. 17, when it plays host to Harvard in a 1:00 p.m. contest at Fitton Field. The Crimson will be playing its season opener after posting a perfect 10-0 record last year. Silva needs just 72 rushing yards against Harvard to become the seventh 2,000-yard rusher in school history.