Four Crusaders Named Preseason All-Patriot League

Holy Cross Athletics   07-26-2018

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – Four members of the Holy Cross football team have been selected to the 2018 preseason All-Patriot League team in voting by the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors. The four Crusaders to earn preseason All-Patriot League honors are senior wide receiver Blaise Bell, senior linebacker Ryan Brady, senior defensive lineman Teddy Capsis and senior defensive lineman Neil Vorster.

As a team, Holy Cross was picked to finish in fourth place in the 2018 Patriot League preseason poll, receiving 40 total points. Colgate finished first in the poll with 71 points and 11 first place votes, while Lehigh placed second with 63 points and three first place votes. Fordham claimed third place with 45 points, followed by the Crusaders in fourth. Bucknell and Lafayette tied for fifth in the poll with 31 points each, and Georgetown was seventh with 13 points.

Holy Cross is entering its first season under new head coach Bob Chesney, and is coming off a 2018 campaign in which it went 4-7 overall with a 3-3 mark in the Patriot League. The Crusaders, who return nine starters and 42 letterwinners, are scheduled to open the 2018 season when they travel to Colgate for a 1:00 p.m. game on Saturday, Sept. 1.

2018 Patriot League Preseason Poll
Rank    Team (1st-Place Votes) Points
1.    Colgate (11) 71
2.    Lehigh (3) 63
3.    Fordham 45
4.    Holy Cross 40
5.    Bucknell 31
Lafayette 31
7.    Georgetown 13

2018 Patriot League Football Preseason All-League Team
Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Dom Bragalone, RB, Lehigh (Sr.)
Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Nick Wheeler, DL, Colgate (Jr.)

Offense
QB: Brad Mayes, Lehigh (Sr.)
RB: Dom Bragalone, Lehigh (Sr.)
RB: James Holland, Jr, Colgate (Sr.)
FB: Will Eisler, Lafayette (Sr.)
WR: Thomas Ives, Colgate (Sr.)
WR: Austin Longi, Fordham (Sr.)
WR: Blaise Bell, Holy Cross (Sr.)
TE: Isaiah Searight, Fordham (Sr.)
OL: Max Hartzman, Colgate (Sr.)
OL: Jovaun Woolford, Colgate (Sr.)
OL: Dominic Lombard, Fordham (Sr.)
OL: Pat Finn, Bucknell (Sr.)
OL: Chris Fournier, Lehigh (So.)

Defense
DL: Teddy Capsis, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DL: Khristian Tate, Georgetown (Jr.)
DL: Nick Wheeler, Colgate (Jr.)
DL: Neil Vorster, Holy Cross (Sr.)
DL: Anthony Giudice, Lafayette, (Sr.)
LB: Ryan Brady, Holy Cross (Sr.)
LB: Glenn Cunningham, Fordham (So.)
LB: Jerry Powe, Lafayette (Sr.)
LB: T.J. Holl, Colgate (Sr.)
DB: Tyler Castillo, Colgate (Jr.)
DB: Abu Daramy, Colgate (So.)
DB: Dylan Mabin, Fordham (Sr.)
DB: Alec Wisniewski, Colgate (Sr.)

Special Teams
PK: Chris Puzzi, Colgate (Jr.)
P: Alex Pechin, Bucknell (Sr.)
RS: C.J. Amill, Lafayette (Sr.)
Non-Specialist Player: Ahmad Wilson, Georgetown (So.)


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