November 8, 2007

McGuire & Smith Named To ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team

Nov. 8, 2007

WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior tight end Ryan McGuire (Woburn, Mass.) and junior center Chris Smith (Buffalo, N.Y.), members of the Holy Cross football team, have been selected to the 2007 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.

On the field, McGuire has caught eight passes this season for 71 yards and a touchdown. Academically, McGuire has a 3.41 grade point average with a major in economics. Smith has started every game, as the leader of an offensive line which has allowed the Crusaders to average 38.6 points and 483.0 yards of total offense per game. In the classroom, Smith has posted a 3.53 grade point average with a double major in economics and accounting.

By earning Academic All-District honors, McGuire 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. 29.

Holy Cross (6-3 overall, 3-1 Patriot League) returns to action this Saturday, Nov. 10, when it plays host to Lafayette (5-4 overall, 2-2 Patriot League) in a 12:00 p.m. game at Fitton Field.


2007 ESPN THE MAGAZINE ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT I FOOTBALL TEAM

OFFENSE
Name                School               Pos.
Chris Pizzotti      Harvard              QB
Luke Siwula         Cornell              RB
Noah Van Niel       Harvard              RB
Paul Raymond        Brown                WR
Steve Tedesco       Sacred Heart         WR
Ryan McGuire        Holy Cross           TE
Jason Miller        Harvard              TE
Ryan Durand         Syracuse             OL
Damien Gresko       Rhode Island         OL
Ryne Nutt           Central Connecticut  OL
Chris Smith         Holy Cross           OL
A.J. Tracey         Brown                OL
Alan Kimball        Yale                 PK

DEFENSE
Name                School               Pos.
Jared Hamilton      Yale                 DL
Jason Richardson    Sacred Heart         DL
Graham Rihn         Cornell              DL
Jon Volpe           Albany               DL
Jake Flaherty       Syracuse             LB
Eric Schultz        Harvard              LB
Blair Smart         Central Connecticut  LB
Andrew Berry        Harvard              DB
Michael Boyd        Cornell              DB
John Hopkins        Harvard              DB
Nick Altomare       Hofstra              DB
Brian Giannecchini  Rhode Island         P