Football Bowl Subdivision

Holy Cross to face challenging schedule

Worcester, MA (Sports Network) - Holy Cross football will play six home games and seven contests against schools that posted winning records last season as part of a 2011 schedule announced Monday.

"We will face another challenging schedule this season," Crusaders head coach Tom Gilmore said. "We are excited to open the year with three straight home games, even though they will come against three outstanding opponents. The non-conference portion of our schedule will be very tough, as we face three of the top teams in the Ivy League and two perennial powers from the Colonial Athletic Association. We hope that those games will help prepare us for the tough battles we will face in Patriot League play."

Holy Cross will open the season against intra-state rival Massachusetts of CAA Football on Sept. 1, in the first-ever night game at Fitton Field. The opening home stretch continues against Patriot League rival Colgate on Sept. 10 and Ivy League power Harvard on Homecoming Day Sept. 17.

The Crusaders' other home games are against Dartmouth (Oct. 15), Georgetown (Oct. 29) and Lafayette (Nov. 12).

The games against teams with winning records last year are: UMass; Colgate; Harvard; New Hampshire; Brown; Dartmouth; and Lehigh.

Holy Cross will play only five Patriot League games because Fordham, whom the Crusaders face Nov. 19 in New York, is ineligible for the league title for a second straight season.

2011 Holy Cross Football Schedule

Sept. 1, Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass.

Sept. 10, Colgate*, Worcester, Mass.

Sept. 17, Harvard (Homecoming), Worcester, Mass.

Oct. 1, at New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.

Oct. 8, at Brown, Providence, R.I.

Oct. 15, Dartmouth, Worcester, Mass.

Oct. 22, at Bucknell*, Lewisburg, Pa.

Oct. 29, Georgetown*, Worcester, Mass.

Nov. 5, at Lehigh*, Bethlehem, Pa.

Nov. 12, Lafayette*, Worcester, Mass.

Nov. 19, at Fordham, New York

*-Patriot League game

04/11 17:26:43 ET