Georgetown Opens 2009 Football Season at Holy Cross

Sept. 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Georgetown hits the road this weekend for its first game of the 2009 season, visiting Patriot League favorite Holy Cross at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. Kickoff for the opener is slated for 1 p.m.

Live audio of the game will be available through the Georgetown Athletics website,, with Chuck Timanus providing all of the action.

Head Coach Kevin Kelly enters his fourth year at the helm of the Hoya program with 19 starters returning from last year's team, which finished 2-8 overall.

This will be the 22nd meeting between the Crusaders and the Hoyas on the gridiron, with Holy Cross leading the all-time series 14-7. The Crusaders have won their last nine games against Georgetown, and have been victorious in 11 of the last 13 meetings. For games played in Worcester, Holy Cross owns a 7-4 advantage in the series, including four straight wins and five victories in the last six meetings. The last win for the Hoyas in the series came on Sept. 11, 1999, when they posted a 34-16 victory at Fitton Field. Since Georgetown became a member of the Patriot League in 2002, the Hoyas have an 0-7 mark against the Crusaders.

Four other Patriot League teams begin the year on Saturday, with three games against opponents from the Northeast Conference. Lehigh hosts Central Connecticut State at 12:30 p.m., while Colgate hosts Monmouth and Bucknell visits Duquesne in 6 p.m. affairs. Fordham will face off with Rhode Island from the Colonial Athletic Association in a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Holy Cross was picked to finish first in the Patriot League preseason poll by head coaches and football sports information directors. The Crusaders finished with 67 points and seven first-place votes, edging out Colgate with 64 points and six-first place votes. Lafayette and Lehigh tied for third, and were followed in order by Fordham, Bucknell and Georgetown.



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