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