Nov. 21, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross has placed seven players on the 2006 All-Patriot League football teams, it was announced today by the conference office. In addition, head coach Tom Gilmore was selected as the Patriot League Coach of the Year. Senior cornerback Casey Gough (Hinsdale, Ill.), junior wide receiver Ryan Maher (Boca Raton, Fla.), senior offensive tackle Hall McMillan (Annapolis, Md.) and senior offensive guard Andrew Schoepfer (Waterford, Conn.) were all named to the All-Patriot League first team, while senior linebacker Dan Adams (Springfield, Va.), junior wide receiver Thomas Harrison (Wilmington, N.C.) and senior defensive end John Markus Pinard (Bellevue, Wash.) were second team selections.
Gilmore led the Crusaders to an overall record of 7-4 this season, including a third place finish in the Patriot League with a 4-2 mark in conference games. Holy Cross posted its best overall record and its best league mark since the 2000 team also went 7-4 overall and 4-2 in the conference. Gilmore's team led the Patriot League in several statistical categories, including total offense (384.4 yards per game), passing offense (271.5 yards per game), pass efficiency defense (108.4 rating), first downs (239) and third down conversions (46.3 percent). This came with a team which returned just 11 out of 22 starters from a year ago, including just three starters coming back on offense. Gilmore has now led the Crusaders to a 13-9 overall mark during the last two seasons, and owns a career record of 16-17.
Gough ranked second on the team with 54 total tackles this year, including 48 solo stops and eight tackles for loss. He led the team with three interceptions on the season, in addition to posting team-highs of seven pass breakups and two forced fumbles. Gough was also the Crusaders' top kickoff returner this season, bringing back 30 kicks for 632 yards. A second team All-Patriot League selection in 2005, Gough finished his Holy Cross career with 147 total tackles (129 solo), seven interceptions and 21 pass breakups. He also returned 54 career kickoffs for 1,370 yards, and ranks second on the all-time school list for career kickoff return average (25.4 yards per return).
Maher led the team with 69 receptions for 797 yards and six touchdowns on the season. He also posted a team-best 1,092 all-purpose yards, while his 36 points scored tied for the second-most on the team. Maher easily led the Patriot League in receptions, with 20 more catches than anyone else in the conference, while his average of 6.27 catches per game ranked 10th in the nation. He also ranked second in the league and 34th in the country with an average of 72.5 receiving yards per game. Maher had over 100 yards receiving in a game three times this year, and made at least seven catches in a game on six occasions. In addition, he placed third on the all-time Holy Cross list for most receptions in a single season.
McMillan started all 11 games for the Crusaders at left tackle this season, as one of the leaders of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to lead the Patriot League in total offense (384.4 yards per game) and passing offense (271.5 yards per game). He started the final 23 games of his Holy Cross career on the offensive line, with the Crusaders posting an overall record of 14-9 during those 23 contests.
Schoepfer started all 11 games for the Crusaders at right guard this season, as one of the leaders of an offensive line which paved the way for Holy Cross to lead the Patriot League in total offense (384.4 yards per game) and passing offense (271.5 yards per game). He started the final 33 games of his Holy Cross career on the offensive line, while starting a total of 35 contests as a Crusader. Following the 2005 season, Schoepfer was named second team All-Patriot League, in addition to earning third team All-Northeast Region honors from Don Hansen's National Weekly Football Gazette. This Saturday, Nov. 25, he will take part in the East Coast Bowl all-star game, in Petersburg, Va.
Adams led the Holy Cross defense with 109 total tackles on the season, including 91 solo stops, 13 tackles for loss and two sacks. He also totaled two interceptions, two fumble recoveries and three pass breakups on the year. Adams finished the season ranked fifth in the nation in solo tackles, 26th in total tackles and 43rd in tackles for loss. He reached double-figures in tackles seven times on the season, while leading the team in tackles in nine out of 11 games. Over the course of his four-year career as a Crusader, he totaled 317 total tackles, 257 solo stops and 19 tackles for loss. This Saturday, Nov. 25, Adams will take part in the East Coast Bowl all-star game, in Petersburg, Va.
Harrison ranked second on the team in receiving this season, with 46 catches for 569 yards and four touchdowns. He also finished the year ranked fourth in the Patriot League in both receptions and receiving yards. Harrison caught at least five passes in a game five times this season, in addition to posting at least 70 receiving yards on four occasions. Over the course of his Holy Cross career, he has now totaled 74 receptions for 925 yards and six touchdowns.
Pinard recorded 44 total tackles on the year, including 38 solo stops, to lead all Holy Cross defensive linemen in tackles and rank fourth on the team overall. He also ranked second on the team with three quarterback sacks this season, in addition to posting six tackles for loss. Over the course of his career as a Crusader, Pinard played in 43 games with 34 starts, while starting all 33 of the team's games over the last three seasons. He finished his career with 140 total tackles, 12 quarterback sacks and 18 tackles for loss.
Holy Cross concluded the 2006 season with an overall record of 7-4, and placed third in the Patriot League with a 4-2 mark in conference games.
2006 All-Patriot League Football Teams
First Team Offense
QB Sedale Threatt, Lehigh; RB Jonathan Hurt, Lafayette; RB Jordan Scott, Colgate; WR Ryan Maher, Holy Cross; WR Joe Ort, Lafayette; TE Landon Maggs, Lehigh; OL Jake Sulovski, Colgate; OL Mike Saint Germain, Lafayette; OL John Reese, Lehigh; OL Andrew Schoepfer, Holy Cross; OL Jim Petrucelli, Lehigh; OL Hall McMillan, Holy Cross; K Jason Leo, Lehigh
First Team Defense
DL Alex Buzbee, Georgetown; DL Marvin Snipe, Lafayette; DL Paul Fabre, Lehigh; DL Royce Morgan, Lehigh; DL Eric Rackus, Lehigh; LB Mike Gallihugh, Colgate; LB Marcus Taylor, Fordham; LB Dorian Petersen, Bucknell; DB Julian Austin, Lehigh; DB Casey Gough, Holy Cross; DB Torian Johnson, Lafayette; DB Brannon Thomas, Lehigh P Benjamin Dato, Fordham
Second Team Offense
QB Brad Maurer, Lafayette; RB Marques Thompson, Lehigh; RB Josh DeStefano, Bucknell; WR Thomas Harrison, Holy Cross; WR Eric Burke, Colgate; TE Kevin Ganascioli, OL Lafayette; Greg Lippert, Lafayette; OL Stefan Niemczyk, Bucknell; OL Joel Hoffer, Bucknell; OL Jim Kehs, Lehigh; OL Jesse Padilla, Lafayette; K Rick Ziska, Lafayette
Second Team Defense
DL John Markus Pinard, Holy Cross; DL Jay Edwards, Fordham; DL Dan Liseno, Lafayette; DL Kyle Sprenkle, Lafayette; LB Dan Adams, Holy Cross; LB Andy Romans, Lafayette; LB Matt Mohler, Lehigh; DB Ernest Moore, Lehigh; DB Brian Tandy, Georgetown; DB Matt Palermo, Bucknell; DB Adrian Lawson, Lafayette; P Jason Sutton, Colgate
Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year: Jonathan Hurt, Lafayette
Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year: Marcus Taylor, Fordham
Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Year: Jason Leo, Lehigh
Patriot League Rookie of the Year: Charlie Houghton, Georgetown
Patriot League Coach of the Year: Tom Gilmore, Holy Cross