Patriot Play Resumes With Holy Cross
Oct. 16, 2012
THE OPENING KICK-OFF
MATCH-UP: Lafayette (4-2, 1-0) hosts Holy Cross (1-5, 1-1) on Homecoming Weekend on College Hill as both teams get into the meat of Patriot League play. The Leopards have lost the last four to the Crusaders who notched those victories by a combined 18 points, including a five-point win last season in Worcester, Mass.
INTERCEPTION NUMBERS: Lafayette is first in the nation in passes intercepted with 15 through six games (2.5 per game). Lafayette had eight all of last season. Individually, sophomore safety Jared Roberts is second in the nation at .67 per game (4 INT in six games) followed by two apiece from Colton Kirkpatrick, Kyni Scott, Shane Black and Darius Safford. Both of Black's picks came against Yale. THE
CENTURY MARK: Junior WR Mark Ross has had three straight 100-plus yard receiving games. Ross made eight catches for 105 yards and a touchdown at Yale. He had five catches for 103 yards and a touchdown vs. Princeton (10/6) and the week prior, playing in front of a hometown crowd at Robert Morris, Ross turned in the best receiving game of his career. The Aliquippa, Pa. native caught a school-record 13 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns, tying Mark Layton's 13-catch effort from Nov. 13, 2010 vs. Holy Cross.
A DIFFERENT MARK: Freshman LB Mark Dodd has seen his playing time increase steadily. Dodd has played in the team's last four games. At Yale, Dodd stuffed the Bulldogs' running back on a critical 4th-and-1 situation in the fourth quarter. Versus Princeton, he made 5.5 tackles with a half-sack.
A NEW START: Junior LB Dion King made the most of his first career start Yale. King made 13 tackles including 10 solo stops. He has played in every game this season.
ABOUT HOLY CROSS: Holy Cross comes in with a 1-5 record, 1-1 in Patriot League play. The Crusaders are coming off a 51-35 loss at Colgate in Patriot League action. The week prior, Holy Cross beat Bucknell 13-6 at home. Holy Cross also has losses to No. 14 New Hampshire (38-17), Brown (24-21), Dartmouth (13-10) and Harvard (52-3). Holy Cross finished 6-5 in 2011 and 3-2 in the Patriot League, tied for second in the league standings. Fourteen starters return, eight on offense and six on defense.
Sophomore Steve Elder has taken over the QB reins the last two games. He has completed 43-of-74 for 518 yards and two touchdowns. He has also rushed 25 times for 59 yards and two scores. Elder, who missed the first four games due to injury, is coming off a 313-yard passing game at Colgate.
Senior Gerald Mistretta and junior Mike Fess, both All-Patriot League selections in 2011, are the team's top receivers. Fess has 37 catches for 312 yards while Mistretta has 29 grabs for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
Senior TB Eddie Houghton is the team's first option out of the backfield. Houghton, whose brother Charlie played at Georgetown, has carried 67 times for 247 yards and three TD's.
Holy Cross ranks last in the league in defense, surrendering 415 yards and 30.7 points per game.
Tom Gilmore (Penn '86) is in his ninth season at Holy Cross.
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