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Sunday, September 29, 2002

FOOTBALL: Lafayette stumbles in rally vs. Princeton
The Morning Call/ By Brett Tomlinson
Lafayette made a spirited comeback behind Marko Glavic's hurry-up offense in the second half, but a fourth-quarter turnover broke the Leopards' momentum as Princeton held on to win 34-19 last night at Princeton Stadium. Frank Tavani put Glavic in charge of the no-huddle offense after the junior quarterback ran the 2-minute drill effectively for a second-quarter scoring drive. ''We work on that in practice,'' Tavani said. ''We've got all the confidence in the world in Marko.'' Glavic kept the Tigers off balance, working out of the shotgun and not allowing Princeton to bring defensive substitutes into the game.

FOOTBALL: Shy Tiger takes charge in Princeton win
The Trentonian/ By Jack Kerwin
PRINCETON -- If Brandon Mueller keeps this up, he isn't ever going to live down that "playmaker" label. Tagged by Princeton University football coach Roger Hughes with the aforementioned moniker after coming up with a momentum-turning interception late last season at Yale, the quiet, unassuming junior free safety has been driven to some classic, "Aw shucks" comments whenever questioned about his momentum-turning, take-charge tenacity out on the field. "I don't know, I guess I'm just lucky," Mueller said. Sorry, bud, Lafayette isn't buying it. Not after watching the bashful defensive back almost single-handedly deny its valiant effort before 13,275 fans at Princeton Stadium last night.

FOOTBALL: Princeton: Gets back on track, wins first
The Star-Ledger/ By Brad Parks
Without knowing it, Princeton coach Roger Hughes had been talking about linebacker Zak Keasey all week -- at team meetings, during practices, even during a heated halftime rant, it had been the same message. "Draw a line in the sand," Hughes kept telling his team. "We're going to reach a time when someone is going to need to step up and draw a line in the sand and say, 'No more.'" It turns out that someone was Keasey, and that time came with 11 minutes to play in last night's game against Lafayette. With Princeton in danger of throwing away a big lead for the second week in a row, Keasey intercepted a pass that had been batted into the air by a blitzing Brandon Mueller.

Friday, September 27, 2002

FOOTBALL: Leaping Leopard
The Trentonian/ By Jack Kerwin
EASTON, Pa. -- Adam Allen never had to be sold on football. From the first time he slipped on the shoulder pads and strapped on the helmet, he loved the sport, loved the contact and loved the demands it required to succeed. No matter what it took to be the main man out on the gridiron, he was willing to do it. All the accolades he earned while playing at Nottingham High - three-time All-Colonial Valley Conference honoree, two-year team captain and team MVP - were evidence of that. School, though, was a different story. Make no mistake about it, he was a good student, a very good one, in fact. The kind of student whose grades would make his parents' chests swell with pride and the idea of going to college nothing less than a fait accompli. But Allen never had the same kind of passion for hitting the books as he did for hitting a ballcarrier. Put it this way, if it came down to choosing between a study session to prepare for a test or a weight-lifting session to prepare for the next game, nine times out of 10 you would have found Allen with a barbell or dumbbells in his hands.

Thursday, September 26, 2002

FOOTBALL: A game McCourt takes his lumps at Lafayette
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Rick O'Brien
Joe McCourt was a do-everything football player at Roman Catholic High, rarely stepping off the field during a game. While he would be just as willing to do the same for Lafayette, the hard-nosed tailback realized soon after arriving on campus last year why so few players go both ways at the collegiate level. "It's completely different from high school," McCourt said. "The players are so much stronger and faster. With the pounding you take in college, you need a break." McCourt has taken quite a pounding in recent weeks. In Saturday's 52-21 loss to visiting Penn, the sophomore suffered what was later diagnosed as a hip flexor. He had already been nursing a deep bruise to his left thigh. "I don't think he's been 100 percent since we started the season," said Frank Tavani, Lafayette's third-year coach. "But he's a gamer. You can't tell him to rest or sit out a game."

FOOTBALL: Leopards think they have it figured out
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Having opened the 2002 season with two wins - a number that matched its victory total for each of the past two seasons - Lafayette had every reason to be optimistic as it approached its non-league clash with Ivy League power Penn last Saturday. The Leopards were at home. They had two games under their belts, the Quakers none. Penn's record-setting quarterback and big-numbers tailback had both graduated - along with a gang of other starters. Even though Penn had been a major pain in the neck for Lafayette in recent years, no one could blame the 'Pards for their air of confidence.

Sunday, September 22, 2002

FOOTBALL: Quakers make Leopards pay
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- It was the University of Pennsylvania, not Lafayette, playing its season opener Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field. The Quakers capitalized on every Leopard mistake and otherwise operated proficiently in manhandling Lafayette 52-21 before a Family Day crowd of 7,947. Any momentum the Leopards generated from wins over Monmouth and Towson dissipated in the opening 15 minutes against the Ivy League powerhouse. Senior tailback Stephen Faulk -- a cornerback during his first three seasons at Penn -- scored on runs of 4, 12 and 24 yards as the Quakers did what they pleased in building a 21-7 lead.

FOOTBALL: Undaunted by new faces, Penn romps, 52-21
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Rick O'Brien
EASTON, Pa. - No Kris Ryan. No Gavin Hoffman. No matter. Though the Penn football team had lost Ryan and Hoffman - the school's all-time leading rusher and passer, respectively - and 20 others to graduation, it had no problem dismantling previously unbeaten Lafayette in yesterday's season opener. From the way the squad performed, it appears Ryan and Hoffman won't be missed as much as anticipated. The visiting Quakers totaled 471 yards on offense, repeatedly swarmed to the ball on defense, and whipped the Leopards, 52-21, before 7,947 at Fisher Field.

FOOTBALL: Penn routs Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Brett Tomlinson
Lafayette's offense stumbled out of the blocks yesterday, and Penn showed that athleticism can make up for inexperience, sprinting past the Leopards in the first half en route to a 52-21 win at Fisher Field. The Quakers, playing their first game of the season, started a quarterback who sat out last year and a senior tailback who had played on defense and special teams for his entire college career. But Mike Mitchell and Stephen Faulk both looked like confident veterans when they touched the ball. Mitchell completed 16 of 29 passes for 238 yards and no interceptions, while Faulk ran for 90 yards and three first-half touchdowns. ''Regardless of who they lose, they recruit very aggressive, very good athletes and very good football players,'' said Lafayette coach Frank Tavani. ''They're well prepared.''

Friday, September 20, 2002

FOOTBALL: Home on the hill: No one is cherishing his 'Lafayette Experience' more than Brandon McCloud, who overcame incredible hardships just to make it through high school.
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
In Brandon McCloud's life, there is no rearview mirror. There is no time for pity, no time for reflection. McCloud is too busy staring forward and achieving the goal -- a college education -- he set for himself a long time ago. The fact that he's playing football for Lafayette College and more than a capable backup to tailback Joe McCourt is a bonus. "I've always wanted to do something with my life," McCloud said, looking his interviewer straight in the eye and pausing a moment before delivering a thoughtful response. "When things come up, you can go one of two ways. You can either quit, or you can ask 'what can I do about this to make it a better situation?' "You have to take the good with the bad."

FOOTBALL: Unbeaten Leopards face stiff test
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Lafayette College's three-game homestand comes to an end Saturday when the unbeaten Leopards entertain the University of Pennsylvania. Kickoff is 1:07 p.m. at Fisher Field. So far, Frank Tavani's squad rallied to beat Monmouth by one point and soundly defeated Patriot League foe Towson. Tavani should learn more about his team Saturday than he did in the previous two games because among last year's eight losses was a 37-0 rout to Penn in the opener. The Quakers are always among the Ivy League's elite. Lafayette's ability to stand up against Penn for four quarters should foretell what's in store for the remaining nine games. "I feel strongly there's not a team we can't beat the rest of the way, but there's a fine line between winning the next 10 games and losing the next 10," Tavani said.

Thursday, September 19, 2002

FOOTBALL: Football's exciting again at Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Brett Tomlinson
A 2-0 start may not seem like much for some fans, but for alumni and friends of Lafayette, the past two weeks have provided a welcome reminder of the excitement that football can generate on College Hill. ''These people are starved for success, and it's been a huge reaction already,'' coach Frank Tavani said. ''If my phone doesn't stop ringing off the hook, I won't get time to prepare for Penn.'' Lafayette plays its third straight game in front of the home crowd on Saturday, hosting the retooled Quakers in Penn's first game of the season. Penn scored a total of 82 points in its last two meetings with the Leopards, but the Quakers have graduated 16 starters, including tailback Kris Ryan and quarterback Gavin Hoffman. ''Right now, we're going to face a team that is much more confident,'' Penn coach Al Bagnoli said in Tuesday's media conference call. ''They were a young football team last year.''

Tuesday, September 17, 2002

FOOTBALL: Leopards' defense not spotty anymore
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- As the Lafayette Leopards headed into the 2002 football season, they were searching for a few good defensive players. Only four starters returned from a defense that statistically was one of the worst in the Patriot League. After Saturday's solid 23-7 league win over visiting Towson, the unbeaten Leopards have found more than seven new starters. No matter who defensive coordinator John Loose put on the field against the athletic Tigers, they responded in some positive manner. The Leopards yielded a first-quarter touchdown after having a field goal blocked, but shut out Towson the rest of the way.

Sunday, September 15, 2002

FOOTBALL: Lafayette tops Towson 23-7
The Morning Call/ By Brett Tomlinson
Frank Tavani has a huge ring on the third finger of his right hand. Although he has two more just like it, he wears only this particular one. It is a constant reminder of a time when things were good. Very good. Tavani got the ring when Lafayette won the Colonial League football championship in 1988 with an 8-2-1 record - it was undefeated in the forerunner to the Patriot League. The Leopards won Patriot League titles in 1992 and 1994. Those rings are still in their original boxes, but the memories are vivid in his mind.

FOOTBALL: Mistake-prone Towson beaten by Lafayette, 23-7
Baltimore Sun/ By Matt Papuchis
EASTON, Pa. - The Towson football team committed mental errors and costly turnovers yesterday, resulting in a 23-7 loss to Lafayette before 5,386 at Fisher Field. The day began with frustration for the Tigers (1-1, 0-1 Patriot League) when one of their two buses broke down on the way to the game. It got worse for Towson when its offense stalled against the Leopards. The Tigers, who gained nearly 500 yards last week in their season-opening win over Morgan State, never got rolling yesterday. Lafayette (2-0, 1-0) forced four Towson turnovers, two of which the Leopards capitalized on for 10 of their 17 first-half points.

Thursday, September 12, 2002

FOOTBALL: Tavani building toward a story with a familiar ring
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani has a huge ring on the third finger of his right hand. Although he has two more just like it, he wears only this particular one. It is a constant reminder of a time when things were good. Very good. Tavani got the ring when Lafayette won the Colonial League football championship in 1988 with an 8-2-1 record - it was undefeated in the forerunner to the Patriot League. The Leopards won Patriot League titles in 1992 and 1994. Those rings are still in their original boxes, but the memories are vivid in his mind.

FOOTBALL: Weyrauch's breakout game has gotten Towson's attention
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
John Weyrauch is a marked man. He knows it. He welcomes it. Weyrauch, Lafayette's glue-fingered junior flanker, snagged 11 Marko Glavic passes for 142 yards and a sensational 37-yard touchdown last Saturday in the Leopards' come-from-behind-twice, 30-29 season-opening victory over Monmouth at Fisher Field. His 11 catches matched the school single-game record he shares with Phil Yarberough and Frank Corbo. Towson coach Gordy Combs wasn't watching at the time. But Combs, whose Tigers are scheduled for a cat fight with the Leopards at Fisher Saturday (1:07 p.m.), sure was by the time Lafayette's game tapes arrived in the Big Brown Truck. He noticed. ''I expect an offensive game,'' Combs said. ''Joe McCourt ran the ball very well against Monmouth. We've played against Glavic, and Weyrauch caught 11 balls. Monmouth is a very good defensive football team that, usually, doesn't give up a lot of points.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

FOOTBALL: Former coach plays role in Lafayette's opening thriller
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- J.C. Moreau is no longer with the Lafayette College football program. The former Leopards' strength coach recently accepted a position in the athletics department at the University of Memphis. But after Lafayette's 30-29 season-opening victory over Monmouth, Leopards senior center and offensive captain Chris Royle credited Moreau with an assist in Saturday's win. "Over the summer we had a good half of the team around campus working out together," said Royle, the preseason All-American from Hunterdon Central Regional High School. "J.C. was the guy who kept pushing us. When we wanted to stop running, he wouldn't let us quit. "We'd keep picking each other up and pushing one another. Today's game epitomizes what we went through this summer together." The Leopards, in winning their first season opener since beating Millersville in 1996, were down 16-0. They were up 17-16. Then they were down 29-17, and finally they were up 30-29 -- and stayed that way after sweating out a missed 45-yard field goal attempt by Monmouth's Ryan Peterson with nine seconds to go.

Sunday, September 8, 2002

FOOTBALL: Brecht's FG wins opener for Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- Lafayette defeated Monmouth 30-29 Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field for its first season-opening football victory since 1996. Coming on the heels of a 2-8 season that featured a bevy of blown fourth-quarter leads, how do we list the heroes? Certainly, senior placekicker Marty Brecht, who kicked not one, but two game-winning field goals is a good place to start. "I've never had the chance (to kick a game-winner), not even in high school," Brecht said. Lafayette trailed 29-27 with 1:20 to go. Brecht lined up to try a 22-yard field goal, which would cap an impressive 13-play march that started at the Leopards' 21-yard line with 6:03 remaining and took them to Monmouth's 4.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette overcomes Monmouth
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Martin Brecht couldn't believe it. His coach, Frank Tavani, was livid. Brecht, Lafayette's senior placekicker, had just booted a football through the uprights from 22 yards out to (apparently) give the Leopards a stirring, come-from-behind-twice 30-29 victory over visiting Monmouth in their 2002 opener. Apparently not, said one of the officials. Holding was called, so Brecht had to rekick from 32 yards away.

Thursday, September 5, 2002

FOOTBALL: 'We have something to prove,' says Lafayette defensive captain
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
The conventional wisdom holds that, when Lafayette opens its 2002 season against Monmouth on Saturday (1:07 p.m.) at Fisher Field in Easton, the Leopards' potentially explosive offense will need to carry the load for a defense that was hit hard by graduation. One of the defenders, fifth-year senior middle linebacker Chris Partridge, begs to differ - and not only because the visiting Hawks' defense returns nine starters and can be expected to make things uncomfortable for Lafayette's O. "We feel we have something to prove,'' Partridge said. ''People don't think we're going to be very good , and that's definitely motivating us. We'll play physical football, run around, fly to the ball and make some plays.''