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Monday, May 6, 2002

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Leopards draw Georgetown in NCAA Tournament
The Morning Call/ By Tim Shoemaker
Emily Hoffman and her teammates on the Lafayette College women's lacrosse team had to wait for more than a week to learn their opponent in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The college's administration made the last hour or so a little bit easier by treating the team to do-it-yourself ice cream sundaes in Kirby Sports Center's second-floor conference room. Nearly 71/2 days after they beat American University to win the Patriot League championship and a berth in the tournament, the Leopards learned their next game will be against another team from our nation's capital. Lafayette (13-6) will travel to Washington, D.C. to face Big East champion and top-seeded Georgetown (14-1) in Thursday's first round.

BASEBALL: Hawks ruin Leopards' weekend
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
L. SAUCON TWP. - It wasn't the hardest ball Jeff Quiros hit this weekend. But it was the most effective. Quiros' bloop RBI single with two outs in the last of the seventh inning Sunday gave Lehigh a 9-8 victory and a sweep of its Patriot League baseball doubleheader over Lafayette at Lehigh's Goodman campus. Freshman Jack Muscalus allowed seven hits and Eric Hoffman drove in four runs to power the Mountain Hawks to a 6-2 win in the first game. Lehigh (28-19-1, 13-7) also swept Saturday's doubleheader over the Leopards (23-21, 12-8).

BASEBALL: Lehigh duplicates sweep of Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Jeff Schuler
Lafayette's Vince D'Angelis searched for the right words. He couldn't find them. D'Angelis and his teammates had hoped this weekend would be a cap to their surprising worst-to-first journey in the Patriot League this spring. Two wins against archrival Lehigh, and the Leopards would turn their 8-0 league start into a home-field advantage for next weekend's postseason tournament. Instead, they will spend the week preparing for a trip to Annapolis, Md. And searching for a way to beat Lehigh and its pitcher of the year candidate, Dave Cerminaro.

Sunday, May 5, 2002

BASEBALL: Novalis rises to the occasion for Lehigh
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
LOWER SAUCON TWP. - Jesse Novalis had the longest and shortest hits of the day Saturday afternoon. One went 400 feet, the other 40. Each was instrumental in helping Lehigh University's baseball team solidify a spot in next weekend's Patriot League postseason tournament. Novalis' three-run homer with two outs in the seventh inning tied the second game of the doubleheader with Lafayette. His bunt single in the 10th inning started the winning rally and Jeff Baker's RBI single lifted the Mountain Hawks to a 6-5 victory and a doubleheader sweep at Lehigh's athletic complex. Dave Cerminaro pitched a four-hit shutout to lead Lehigh to a 2-0 win in the first game. Novalis' 10th home run tied a single-season school record. Cerminaro, who improved to 8-3, also tied the school mark for wins in a season. The teams play another doubleheader starting at noon today at Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks (26-19-1 overall, 11-7 Patriot League) clinched a playoff berth with the victory in Game 2. Lafayette (23-19, 12-6) is already assured of a postseason berth. However, the Leopards must sweep today's doubleheader to earn the top seed and home-field advantage in the tournament. One Lafayette loss today means Navy gains the top seed and the right to host the tournament.

BASEBALL: Lehigh takes two from Lafayette, clinches Patriot playoff berth
The Morning Call/ By Jeff Schuler
One more out, and Lehigh's quest for its first Patriot League playoff berth in six years would extend to the season's final day. Jesse Novalis said the Engineers weren't eager to let that happen. ''We wanted to get this over with as soon as possible,'' the senior said. And thanks to Novalis and junior Jeff Baker, the Engineers were able to sleep soundly Saturday night. Novalis' dramatic two-out, three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh sent the game into extra innings, where Baker delivered the bases-loaded game-winner in his only at-bat in the 10th that lifted Lehigh to a stunning 6-5 win over Lafayette and completing sweep of their arch rivals.

Friday, May 3, 2002

BASEBALL: Hawks, Leopards eyeing the postseason
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
BETHLEHEM - Two is the magic number for both the Lafayette and Lehigh baseball teams. Lafayette (23-17 overall, 12-4 Patriot League) needs two wins to clinch the Patriot League's regular-season title and the right to host the league's postseason tournament next weekend. Lehigh (24-19-1, 9-7) needs two wins to qualify for the three-team league tournament, regardless of whether it is at Lafayette or Navy (20-23, 13-7), which like the Leopards, already is assured of a playoff berth. What makes this situation all the more interesting is Lafayette and Lehigh are hooking up for a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday on the Mountain Hawks' field. If Lehigh falters in its quest, then Army (18-20, 11-9) would slip in to gain the third seed.

BASEBALL: Whoda' thunk this weekend would mean anything? Lehigh, Lafayette play this weekend with Patriot League playoff berths at stake.
The Morning Call/ By Jeff Schuler
It didn't seem like such a big deal at the time. With Lafayette College's spring break southern trip scheduled for the week leading into the first weekend of the Patriot League schedule, Lehigh agreed to reschedule the opening series with the Leopards to the open weekend prior to the league's championship tournament. Since the league coaches had speculated in their preseason poll that neither team was expected to be a factor in the playoff race in the first place, not too many people took notice at the time. But that was before Lafayette rattled off eight straight wins to start the Patriot League season and clinched a playoff berth with six games left. And before Lehigh spent most of the season right behind the Leopards and moved into the driver's seat for one of the other two postseason spots. So, suddenly, the Saturday and Sunday doubleheaders at Goodman Field have the attention of everybody in the Patriot League, especially the baseball programs at Army and Navy.

Wednesday, May 1, 2002

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Kokolus chooses to play for Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Tom Mugavero
EASTON - Katie Kokolus was surprised when she first heard that Lafayette College was interested in her basketball talents. She shouldn't have been. "We're really excited Katie has decided to play for us," Leopards coach Tammy Smith said. "She was one of the top (recruits)." Kokolus, a Nazareth resident, chose Lafayette over Bucknell after an outstanding career at Notre Dame High School. She finished with 1,780 career points. "I didn't even know Lafayette was interested," said Kokolus, who also considered Princeton. "But from the first day they made contact they've kept in touch. I like it because my parents can come to every game. They've supported me forever, and it would've been tough for them to drive two hours for home games at Bucknell."