Crusaders Head to New Hampshire on Saturday
The Holy Cross football team hits the road this week for a 12:00 p.m. game at New Hampshire on Saturday, October 6. The contest between the Crusaders and the Wildcats will be televised live by NBC Sports Boston, and can be heard live on WEEI 1440 AM in Worcester.
Holy Cross stands 1-4 this year with an 0-2 mark in Patriot League play, while facing a schedule which is currently ranked as the ninth-hardest in the nation by the NCAA. The Crusaders’ one win was an impressive 31-28 overtime victory over defending Ivy League champion Yale, in which they rallied from 14 points down in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter.
Senior quarterback Geoff Wade has led the Holy Cross offense by completing 61 of 101 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns this season. Junior running back Domenic Cozier has added a team-high 233 rushing yards and two scores on 52 carries, while senior wide out Martin Dorsey has caught 21 passes for 251 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, senior linebacker Ryan Brady leads the team with 62 tackles, two quarterback sacks and 10 tackles for loss. Brady currently ranks fifth in the nation in tackles and 29th in tackles for loss. Sophomore defensive back Joe Lang has added 38 tackles and two quarterback sacks, while junior defensive back Alex Johnson has 34 tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups.
New Hampshire stands 0-4 on the year with an 0-2 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Wildcats have been outscored 120-33 this season, but every FCS opponent they have faced is currently ranked in the top 25.
Sophomore quarterback Christian Lupoli has led the New Hampshire offense by hitting on 48 of 95 passes for 565 yards and two touchdowns with two interceptions. Senior wide out Neil O’Connor has a team-best 21 receptions for 286 yards and a score, while junior tailback Evan Gray has rushed for 70 yards on 27 carries. Defensively, junior linebacker Quinlen Dean has posted a team-high 43 tackles with seven tackles for loss. Junior defensive back Pop Lacey has totaled 33 tackles and an interception, while sophomore defensive back Evan Horn has added 28 tackles and two interceptions.
Saturday’s game will be the 16th all-time meeting between the teams, with New Hampshire leading the series 8-7. The Wildcats had won four straight games in the series, before the Crusaders posted a 51-26 victory at Fitton Field last season.
After the contest at New Hampshire, Holy Cross will head to Harvard for a 7:00 p.m. game on Friday, Oct. 12.