November 6, 2008

Three Crusaders Named To ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team

Nov. 6, 2008

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Mass.), senior placekicker Matt Partain (Libertyville, Ill.) and senior center Chris Smith (Buffalo, N.Y.), members of the Holy Cross football team, have been selected to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I squad, it was announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America. The team is comprised of players from Division I schools in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Both McGuire and Smith were named to the Academic All-District team for the second straight season.

McGuire has caught 26 passes this season for 299 yards and three touchdowns, while posting a 3.42 grade point average with a major in economics. Partain has made seven of 11 field goal attempts and 37 of 38 extra points on the year, and has a 3.39 grade point average in economics. Smith has started every game on an offensive line which has allowed the Crusaders to average 35.8 points and 461.6 yards of total offense, while posting a 3.50 grade point average in ecomonics and accounting.

By earning Academic All-District honors, McGuire, Partain and Smith will now be on the ballot for Academic All-America honors. The ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team will be announced on Nov. 25.

Holy Cross (5-3 overall, 3-0 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Nov. 8, when it plays host to Fordham (4-4 overall, 0-3 Patriot League) in a 12:30 p.m. game at Fitton Field.

2008 ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT I FOOTBALL TEAM

OFFENSE
Name                  School        Pos.
Chris Pizzotti        Harvard       QB
Luke Siwula           Cornell       RB
Sebastian Swett       Yale          RB
Tim McManus           Dartmouth     WR
Steve Tedesco         Sacred Heart  WR
Ryan McGuire          Holy Cross    TE
Ryan Canary           Maine         OL
Jake Dembow           Marist        OL
Ryan Durand           Syracuse      OL
Jim McKenzie          Syracuse      OL
Chris Smith           Holy Cross    OL
Matt Partain          Holy Cross    PK

DEFENSE
Name                  School        Pos.
Kyle Hawari           Yale          DL
Phillip Mitchell      Columbia      DL
Jonathan Pirruccello  Maine         DL
Tony Sparano          Albany        DL
Andrew Dete           Dartmouth     LB
Jake Flaherty         Syracuse      LB
Eric Schultz          Harvard       LB
Nick Altomare         Hofstra       DB
Andrew Berry          Harvard       DB
Lowell Garthwaite     Army          DB
Casey Gerald          Yale          DB
Brian Scullin         Dartmouth     P