Jackie Hart ‘19,
This past Saturday, the Holy Cross football team downed the Lafayette Leopards 40-14 in Easton, Pa. The massive victory comes on the heels of the previous week’s 56-0 resounding win over Lehigh. In the second half of the season, the Crusaders have proved their strength, combining for 127 points in their last three games.
The Crusaders were led this week by senior quarterback Geoff Wade who completed 16 of 21 passes for two touchdowns and 289 yards. Wade’s performance was spectacular, but he was in good company with his teammates who backed his talents with heroics of their own. Freshman placekicker Derek Ng was the first to get Holy Cross on the board after completing a 36 yard field goal in the second quarter, adding another successful 24 yard kick in the third. Junior tailback Domenic Cozier scored three touchdowns and gained 53 yards in crucial moments to procure the victory. If these powerhouses weren’t enough, senior receiver Richie DeNicola scored on a 50 yard pass from Wade, totaling 103 yards on the day, while senior tight end Derek Mountain also scored on a Wade 27 yard pass.
“I think our offense has really come together the past couple of weeks and things are starting to click,” says Wade. “The last two games everyone has been on the same page and we’re finding a good rhythm.”
Keeping the momentum and rhythm will be crucial for the Crusaders as they enter their last two games of the season against Fordham and Georgetown. Holy Cross emerged victorious last year against these two Jesuit rival universities, beating them 42-20 and 24-10 respectively. After a few strong seasons, this year the Fordham Rams are 1-8 and come to Worcester on Saturday coming off a 41-0 loss to Colgate. This will be the 55th time these two programs have met. While the Crusaders come off their victory against Fordham last year and lead the all time series 28-25-2, the Rams are no easy task, as prior to 2017, they had won the last five contests between the old rivals. “I think we’re in a position to finish the season strong,” says Wade, “and I know everyone is excited for this week of practice and the Fordham game on Saturday.”
For many on the team, this will be their last time suiting up on Fitton Field, wrapping up their careers on Holy Cross turf. Prior to the game, the team will celebrate their seniors and their families who dedicated enormous time and effort throughout their years on the Hill, both on and off the field. While some will continue to play a fifth year in the 2019 campaign, for most Saturday will be packed with emotion as they prepare to say goodbye their home of the past four years.
In addition to honoring the seniors, Holy Cross Football will also celebrate Military Appreciation and First Responders’ Day, where all active duty or veteran service and local first responders will receive free admission and recognition at the game.
The Holy Cross Crusaders take on the Fordham Rams at 12:05 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 at Fitton Field. If the Crusaders can keep up the hustle of the past two weeks, they are sure to pull out the victory.