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Previewing the Patriot League: Holy Cross

by Mike Watts

Bob Ahrens | WFUV Sports

Crusaders picked sixth of seven teams, host Rams for homecoming in September PL Opener

This is the second of seven articles that preview the 2014 Patriot League. They are in the inverse order of the preseason poll voting by Patriot League football head coaches and sports information directors, who did not include their own school in the selections. Fordham was included in the preseason poll for the first time since introducing scholarships in 2010.

2013 Record: 3-9 Overall, 1-5 Patriot League
2013 Meeting: Fordham 32, Holy Cross 30 (Bronx, NY)
Head Coach: Tom Gilmore (11th season, 56-56)

If you saw Fordham’s battle with Holy Cross at Jack Coffey Field last year, you’re likely as perplexed as I am why their record was so poor. Freshman Peter Pujals was a clear offensive spark at quarterback in 2013 but his presence alone did not translate to wins. The Crusaders bring back just one all-Patriot League selection (return specialist Kalif Raymond) among 16 returning starters. Regardless of preseason all-Patriot League selections, Holy Cross will provide a first foray into the new look Patriot League. One with multiple classes of scholarship players for six of seven teams.

The annual Ram-Crusader Cup will be contested in Worcester on September 27, the Rams first “legitimate” Patriot League game in four years. As in past seasons, Coach Moorhead mentioned winning the cups (including the Liberty Cup with Columbia) as a primary goal heading into the season. The rivalry between Jesuit institutions makes for an interesting game no matter how the teams are picked in preseason polls.

Hear interviews with Peter Pujals and coach Tom Gilmore from Patriot League Media Day on July 30 below.

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Head Coach Tom Gilmore Quarterback Peter Pujals