Crusaders and Rams give the Patriot League two bids for the first time since 2015
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BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania— The Patriot League is sending two teams into the NCAA Division I FCS championship for the first time since 2015, with league champions Holy Cross (11-0, 6-0 PL) and Fordham (9-2, 5-1 PL) making it Feld when it was announced during the FCS Selection Special on ESPNU.
The Patriot League champions Crusaders earned the No. 8 and a first-round bye after becoming the first league team to go unbeaten in the regular season since 2003. The Crusaders, under head coach Bob Chesney, captured the program’s 10th league title and fourth straight.
The Rams travel to Durham, NH to take on CAA co-champion New Hampshire (8-3, CAA) in the first round on Saturday, November 26 at 2 p.m. Fordham and head coach Joe Conlin make the championship field behind FCS’ highest-scoring offense for the first time since 2015.
The winner of the Rams and Wildcats plays the Crusaders on Saturday, December 3 at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass.
MORE INFORMATION: HOLY CROSS | Fordham
2022 DI NCAA FCS First Round – Saturday, November 26
|Fordham Rams with the New Hampshire Wildcats||14 o’clock||ESPN+|
2022 DI NCAA FCS Second Round – Saturday, December 3
|Fordham or New Hampshire at Holy Cross No. 8||Midday||ESPN+|
PATRIOT LEAGUE IN THE FCS PLAYOFFS
Patriot League teams have been 8-14 in FCS playoff games since 2010 and have won at least one postseason game in seven seasons during that span. The Crusaders fell to Villanova (21-16) in the second round last season after beating NEC champion Sacred Heart (13-10) in the first round. Colgate fell to eventual FCS champion North Dakota State in the 2018 quarterfinals after defeating James Madison (23-20) in the second round. Colgate leads the Patriot League with six postseason wins, while Lehigh (5), Fordham (3) and Holy Cross (1) have all had playoff wins.
PATRIOT LEAGUE COLLECTS MULTIPLE BIDDINGS FOR THE SIXTH TIME
The Patriot League has received multiple bids for the FCS Playoffs six times since 1997. Prior to this season, the league last had two programs on the field in 2015, when Colgate and Fordham made the playoffs. Lafayette and the Rams both made the tournament in 2013. In 2005, Colgate and Lafayette made the playoffs after the Leopards and Lehigh were selected in 2004. Colgate and Lehigh made it to the postseason in 1998, which was the first time the Patriot League received two bids.
ABOUT THE PATRIOT LEAGUE
As the Patriot League enters its fourth decade of academic and athletic achievement, it continues to demonstrate that student athletes can excel in both academics and athletics without sacrificing high standards. The Patriot League’s athletic success is achieved while its member institutions remain committed to their founding principle of admitting and graduating student-athletes who are academically representative of their class. Participation in athletics at Patriot League institutions is considered an important part of a comprehensive education.