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Wednesday, November 27, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Neal, Explorers pull away from Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
PHILADELPHIA -- The Lafayette College men's basketball team possessed the magic potion to make host La Salle disappear Tuesday night at Tom Gola Arena. With the exception of the hot hand of freshman Gary Neal, who scored 24 points, the Explorers were at a loss on how to attack the Leopards' zone defense. But La Salle, with a subtle assist from the officials, outscored Lafayette 7-3 over the final three minutes to pull out a 70-66 victory that wasn't supposed to be this difficult for a team that competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Big 5 games are more than just losses
The Morning Call/ By Mike Sielski
PHILADELPHIA | -- No, Fran O'Hanlon said, a game against a Philadelphia Big 5 team doesn't mean more than any other game. Even though you played in the Big 5 for four years? No. Even though you coached there for six? No. Even though, since you became Lafayette College's head men's basketball coach in 1995, your team has lost 10 of its 11 games against Big 5 teams? No. ''It doesn't mean more,'' he said Monday, one day before O'Hanlon and his Leopards bused 70 miles to north Philadelphia to take on La Salle at the Gola Center. ''I always like to play well down there. I really have a lot of respect for the Big 5 and Philadelphia basketball. It's a great way for our guys to learn how to be successful.''

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

FOOTBALL: Leopards solidify status as program on the rise
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
In their four years in the Lafayette College football program, Jamie Anzalone and his fellow seniors experienced every emotion. They were recruited at a time when the athletics department was deciding its future, and the possibility of dropping football to the Division III level or eliminating the program altogether were mentioned as options. Just when they were starting to get comfortable in the football program as future sophomores, head coach Bill Russo was sent on his way and replaced by offensive coordinator Frank Tavani. A pair of two-win seasons followed, setting up their senior year. And what a senior year it turned out to be. The Leopards won their last three games to finish 7-5 overall and 5-2, good for third place, in the Patriot League. Those two losses were by seven points each to league co-champions Fordham and Colgate.

Monday, November 25, 2002

FOOTBALL: Leopards' victory 'means everything'
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Chris Partridge put the rest of his life on hold for a full year. It was worth it. The linebacker from Paramus, N.J., with the smallish body (6-foot, 200 pounds) believed in his huge heart that the days of despair for Lafayette football were at an end, that the 2002 Leopards would rise from the ashes and become winners. Partridge took a medical redshirt so he could return, as a fifth-year senior, to serve as an emotional and on-field leader. He did exactly that. Lafayette pulled out a dramatic 14-7 victory over archrival Lehigh on Saturday. The Leopards ended the season 7-5. Partridge and his fellow senior ''survivors'' went out winners. Small in numbers but huge in perseverance, they were rewarded for their willingness to endure hard times.

Sunday, November 24, 2002

FOOTBALL: It's time to update the book about the rivalry, with The Drive
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Memo to Todd Davidson and Bob Donchez: It's time for an update. The Drive must go into Lehigh-Lafayette lore. Lafayette forged The Drive on Saturday and a 14-7 victory over Lehigh for 13,750 chilled/thrilled fans at Fisher Field. It covered 74 yards in 19 plays and consumed 9:01. It ended with Joe McCourt's 3-yard touchdown plunge off right tackle with 5:53 left. It snapped Lehigh's seven-game winning streak. Davidson and Donchez co-authored ''Legends of Lehigh-Lafayette ... College Football's Most-Played Rivalry,'' the most comprehensive book ever written about the series, through 1994 (the first 130 games). Lehigh's seven subsequent wins cry out for inclusion. So does The Drive. The Drive began with 14:54 left in the fourth period, with the score knotted at 7, at the Lafayette 26-yard line. That's where linebacker Andrew Brown and nose tackle Pat Brown combined to haul down the Engineers' Eric Rath for a 2-yard loss on fourth-and-four after Rath took a shovel pass from Chad Schwenk.

FOOTBALL: Leopards end 7-year Lehigh run
The Express-Times/ By Michael Blouse
EASTON -- Lafayette College linebacker Chris Partridge had a good feeling earlier last week. Yes, he knew all about the Leopards' seven straight losses to archrival Lehigh in college football's most-played rivalry. But he had a feeling this was the year the streak would end. "I knew we were going to win. There was no doubt," Partridge said amidst a spirited celebration on Fisher Field after Lafayette took care of Lehigh 14-7 Saturday in a Patriot League football game. "We knew this game was ours. We came out with more heart and we decided we were going to win. We had a chip

FOOTBALL: Goalpost, streak brought down
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- In the long history of Lafayette College football -- which began in 1883 -- it will soon become forever known as The Drive that broke The Streak. Seven consecutive years of absolute frustration and disappointment to end the football season against bitter rival Lehigh came to an abrupt halt Saturday for the Lafayette Leopards at Fisher Field. The sellout crowd of 13,750 -- half in a frenzy, half in stunned silence -- witnessed the Lafayette offense embark on a fourth-quarter crusade to the end zone. Joe McCourt scored the go-ahead, 3-yard touchdown with 5 minutes, 53 seconds remaining in the game. Nineteen plays, 75 yards. Time of possession: 9 minutes, 1 second. Lafayette's defense made one last stand. The offense returned to the field to convert two first downs and run out the clock.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette marches past Lehigh, 14-7
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
Lafayette students staged two memorable marches late Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field, and both went from the west end to the east side. The first was made by the football team - a 19-play, 74-yard drive that ended with a go-ahead score with 5:53 left in the Leopards' 138th football meeting with rival Lehigh. About a half-hour later, Lafayette students went 120 yards in the same direction, lugging the west goalposts all the way to the fence at the far east end of the stadium. The student body's exuberant march was the culmination of a celebration following the school's biggest win in at least seven years, a 14-7 triumph over Lehigh that made it clear to 13,750 fans, the Lehigh Valley's sports world, the Patriot League and maybe all of NCAA Division I-AA that Leopards football is alive and well.

Friday, November 22, 2002

FOOTBALL: Remembering 1976
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Twenty-six years have passed since Mark Jones quarterbacked Lafayette College to a 21-17 upset victory over Lehigh University in the 112th installment of college football's most-played rivalry. Lehigh will go into Saturday's 138th game on a seven-year roll, its longest ever in the series. But, when the Leopards won in 1976, they snapped a five-game Engineers' streak, which, at the time, had been their longest. When that one was over, Jones had completed 9-of-13 passes for 161 yards with a 32-yard touchdown to split end Orlando Wright and shared the Most Valuable Player trophy with Lehigh running back Rod Gardner, who rushed for 93 yards and one TD, and caught eight passes for another 103. It was the first time - and remains the only time - the MVP voting ended in a tie. At the time, neither Jones nor Gardner was especially pleased with having to share.

FOOTBALL: Partridge savoring his fifth year at Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette football team compiled a record of 9-25 during Chris Partridge's first three years. He played in only two games in his first two years; and after he finally worked his way into the starting lineup, he tore up his right knee in the third game of his junior season. He could have taken the safe route and put all his attention into his government and law major. Instead, he applied for - and received - a medical hardship waiver. A fifth season, if he wanted it. Partridge then suffered a severe hamstring pull on the second day of preseason camp in 2001. He came back to play in nine games as a backup linebacker, but Lafayette's 2-8 record didn't figure to be an incentive for him to try that fifth season. But when Lehigh has the football Saturday in the 138th renewal of college football's most-played rivalry, Partridge, the poster boy for all Frank Tavani has tried to instill at Lafayette, will be starting at linebacker.

Thursday, November 21, 2002

FOOTBALL: Partridge out to restore the Leopards' roar
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Chris Partridge admits he's not the biggest linebacker on the Lafayette College football roster. Nor is he the fastest or strongest. But leaders aren't measured in height and inches, 40-yard dash times and bench press totals. They are judged by the respect they command from their teammates and coaches. Partridge, a 6-foot, 214-pounder from Paramus Catholic (N.J.), without a doubt, is the heart and soul of the Lafayette program. The fifth-year senior leads the Leopards into battle for the final time this season on Saturday at Fisher Field against rival Lehigh University. "When Chris speaks, people listen," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani. "He came back for a fifth year for one reason -- because he wanted to go out a winner -- and he was going to come back regardless of whether he was elected a captain."

FOOTBALL: Partridge in notable finale
The Bergen Record/ By J.P. Pelzman
When the subject is Lafayette vs. Lehigh, emotions run high. Even if it's the off-season. Don't believe it? Then just ask Lafayette senior defensive end Chris Partridge, a Paramus Catholic graduate and Paramus resident. "Whenever a Lafayette player sees a Lehigh player," Partridge said, "there are bad feelings." But never more so than on the final day of the regular season, when college football's most-contested rivalry is played for the 138th time. The game will have even more meaning for Partridge a co-captain, because it will be the last of his Lafayette career. The Leopards also will be trying to break a seven-game losing streak against their nemesis.

FOOTBALL: Leopards' fans believe team can break skid against Lehigh
The Express-Times/ By Leanne Martin & Amy Cohen
There's a buzz on campus at Lafayette College this week -- one that arguably has been missing the past few years in the days leading up to the annual football rivalry with Lehigh University. The reason? "We definitely have a legitimate chance of winning," Lafayette sophomore Noah Payne, 19, said this week. It hasn't always been that way. Lehigh squares off Saturday against Lafayette at Fisher Field in Easton, the 138th time the two schools have met -- the most-played rivalry in college football.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Tavani recalls a chilly start to a hot rivalry
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The temperature fell through the low 20s. Winds gusted to over 40 miles per hour, dropping the wind-chill factor to minus-17. The atmosphere at ancient Taylor Stadium was eerie, almost surreal. Frank Tavani calls the 1987 Lehigh-Lafayette game ''the tundra game,'' reminiscent of some played on Green Bay's frozen Lambeau Field. Many spectators left in search of warmer surroundings before the end of the first half. Some had to be treated at St. Luke's Hospital for frostbite. It was the final game ever played in Taylor Stadium. It was also the one and only time Tavani ever coached in the place because it was his first year as a Lafayette assistant. Lehigh won 17-10 on a Mark McGowan quarterback sneak with five minutes remaining. And right then and there, Tavani understood fully everything he had been told about college football's most-played rivalry. It was not just another traditional game. It never would be.

Wednesday, November 20, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards are fresh and eager
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Winston Davis, the slasher, and Justin DeBerry, the shooter, are not so concerned that Brian Burke is no longer around to dial up 3-pointers with the game on the line for Lafayette. Neither is point guard Andrew Pleick or forward Mike Farrell, who, like Davis and DeBerry, would like to shoulder the pressure of taking the final shot in a game. All four players will have to shoot more and play more minutes, anyway, as the Leopards try to overcome the loss of Burke, who led the team in points (15.3), minutes (27.1) and shots (319). Burke graduated along with pesky defensive players Reggie Guy, Mick Kuberka and Rob Worthington.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Fitzpatrick prepared to lead and win
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
When Colleen Fitzpatrick enrolled at Lafayette two years ago as the gem in the now-retired Pat Fisher's last recruiting class, she wasn't at all used to losing. She learned how in a hurry, and didn't like even a little bit. ''In high school we finished 26-3 my senior year,'' the Leopards' 5-11 junior forward said. ''And we won 20-plus games every year.'' Culture shock came in the form of an eight-win freshman year. And it got worse last year when, under first-year coach Tammy Smith, the Leopards suffered through a 3-25 campaign that included only one win in 14 Patriot League games.

FOOTBALL: Brown has switched over to other side
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Pat Brown's dad - also named Pat - went to Lehigh. Wrestled for the Engineers. Three of Pat's uncles - Charlie, Mike and Bernie - did, too. Mike (1977-1980) was a four-time Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association champion and a four-time All-American. Bernie won EIWA titles in 1983 and 1986. Like his dad and his uncles, Pat went to Bethlehem Catholic and was an outstanding football player. So why on earth will Pat Brown, now a 6-5, 265-pound defensive tackle, be playing in the 138th Lafayette-Lehigh game at Fisher Field Saturday - for Lafayette, especially since Lehigh also joined the race to recruit him during his senior year at Becahi?

Tuesday, November 19, 2002

FOOTBALL: Leopards growing stronger
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- The theory behind winning the coin toss and deferring to the second half is twofold. First, adjustments can be made at halftime enabling a football team to leave the locker room much better prepared to attack the defense. Secondly, if all breaks right a team can possess the ball to end the first half with a chance of scoring and then get it right back and score again to open the second half. A two-touchdown deficit can be erased in a matter of minutes, even if those minutes come on opposite sides of intermission. So Holy Cross coach Dan Allen was right on by opting to defer the Crusaders' choice to the second half against Lafayette on Saturday at Fisher Field. Allen's club parlayed Ari Confesor's 43-yard kickoff return into a quick touchdown to open the second half. But all the touchdown did was cut Lafayette's lead to 28-7. The Leopards (6-5, 4-2) played arguably their best game of the season, hanging a 42-13 thumping on a Holy Cross squad that had beaten Army to open the season and rolled up 531 yards of offense last week in a loss to league-leader Fordham.

Monday, November 18, 2002

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's defense is ready for Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Linda Stubits will be rooting hard for Lafayette Saturday when it hosts the 138th Lafayette-Lehigh game at Fisher Field. Her son, Nazareth grad John-Frank, is a strapping 6-4, 225-pound sophomore. From his outside linebacker post, he's become one of the leaders of the Leopards' vastly-improved and physical defensive unit. Linda even gave the Lehigh Week hype a kick start last Saturday. John-Frank had a big game in the Leopards' impressive 42-13 win over Holy Cross in the rain and glop. On his way to the postgame interview room, Linda gave her son a button to pin on his filthy uniform. It read, appropriately enough, ''Beat Lehigh.'' It was not always thus in the Stubits household.

Sunday, November 17, 2002

FOOTBALL: McCourt, Leopards sprint past Crusaders
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- If a bettor were handicapping the Lafayette College football team, he would certainly classify the Leopards as "mudders." The Leopards humbled visiting Patriot League foe Holy Cross 42-13 in the rain and muck Saturday at Fisher Field. Tailback Joe McCourt ran for 203 yards on 38 carries -- both career highs -- and two touchdowns. Quarterback Marko Glavic was near flawless in completing 10 of 16 pass attempts for 178 yards and three touchdowns. And the Leopards' defense exorcised the demons of last year's 63-53 debacle against Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. The Crusaders mustered just 201 yards of total offense, a far cry from the 642 yards they rolled up last year against a patchwork Leopard defense.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette romps in mud
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Forget the dreary weather and the sparse crowd at Fisher Field on Saturday. Lafayette didn't even know it was raining. The Leopards (6-5, 4-2) established themselves as bona fide mudders. Playing their best total game in four years, they dominated Holy Cross (4-7, 2-4) on both sides of the ball en route to a 42-13 Patriot League romp before a crowd of 2,207. With Lafayette-Lehigh No. 138 looming next Saturday, it would have been almost impossible for Lafayette to pick a better day to play its absolute best. The Leopards' performance under lousy conditions gave them an immense confidence boost heading into ''The Game,'' especially since many of the 2002 Crusaders played major roles in last year's 63-53 Holy Cross win over Lafayette. Lafayette's offensive line abused Holy Cross' undersized defense, gouging holes through which tailback Joe McCourt frolicked 38 times for a career-best 203 yards and touchdown runs of 15 and 3 yards.

Friday, November 15, 2002

FOOTBALL: Work in progress is on the move
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Frank Tavani began thinking about Saturday's Patriot League football game with Holy Cross last week on the bus ride home from Lafayette's win at Bucknell. Produce 53 points -- and lose -- and that will leave plenty of sleepless nights for any coach. Last year in Worcester, Mass., the Leopards and Crusaders combined to break or tie 20 league records, including most combined points. Lafayette put up 53 points and still lost by 10! How Saturday's affair at Fisher Field will play out is anyone's guess, but unless the weather is dreadful don't figure on the defenses dominating. Kickoff is 12:37 p.m.

Thursday, November 14, 2002

FOOTBALL: Better bring a calculator: Holy Cross visits Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Maybe you're not a football purist. Maybe you like to see scoreboards light up like pinball machines. Maybe you like to watch running backs and wide receivers racing up and down the field seemingly unimpeded. Perhaps you like viewing games with your neck on a swivel, as if you were watching a tennis match. If so, head on over to Fisher Field on Saturday, where, at 12:37 p.m., Lafayette will host Holy Cross in a Patriot League contest - with Leopard hopes for a winning season swinging in the balance. When these two antagonists met last year in Worcester, Mass., they set or broke 15 records, including most points scored in a PL game. The Crusaders won a 63-53 donnybrook that featured 17 touchdowns, 1,132 yards of total offense and zero of those boring field goals. What reasons exist to expect a similar output Saturday?

Tuesday, November 12, 2002

FOOTBALL: Tavani talking about giving his seniors a proper sendoff
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
The Lafayette and Bucknell football programs were like ships silently passing in the night Saturday afternoon in Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium. The Leopards' 19-3 victory at Bucknell spoke volumes; considerably more than Lafayette being 16 points better than the Bison on what was a beautiful fall afternoon. No two schools are more similar in size and philosophy in the need-based aid Patriot League than Bucknell and Lafayette, so they theoretically should wage evenly-fought battles on the football field. Indeed, the last five meetings prior to Saturday's game between the schools had been decided by a total of 27 points. But while the Leopards, under third-year head coach Frank Tavani, played with purpose and efficiency Saturday, Bucknell, under acting head coach Dave Kotulski, played like, well, a team that's still searching for its first league win and not knowing when it might ever come.

Monday, November 11, 2002

FOOTBALL: Tavani and Leopards have gained back their respectability
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
All-America candidate center Chris Royle has endured the bad times during his four years at Lafayette. So, too, have fullback Darrell Daman, offensive guards Phil Kolarczyk and Paul Stack, offensive tackle Eric Keto, defensive end Casey McKeen, linebacker Chris Partridge and defensive backs Jamie Anzalone, Herb Kennedy and Bill Stocker, and placekicker Martin Brecht. At long last, as seniors, they're getting their first taste of some good times. Translation: a few wins. Third-year head coach Frank Tavani, who, with his staff, has had the difficult task of keeping the players' spirits up through a succession of losing seasons, deserves to savor the happiness that winning brings, too. But, until the 2002 season - which sees the Leopards at 5-5 overall and 3-2 in the league - ends, Tavani just can't seem to do that.

Sunday, November 10, 2002

FIELD HOCKEY: Monahan has a hand in Lafayette's title win
The Morning Call/ By Kim Jaick
Megan Monahan was the only freshman starter when the Lafayette women's field hockey team won its last Patriot League title, in 1999. For three years, she has worked to lead her team to another. ''I've been trying to get to the mentality of those seniors,'' said Monahan, now a senior co-captain. ''Erica and I have been frustrated. We kept saying 'We have one more year.' But this year, we said we were 'not leaving without that trophy.''' Monahan did leave with the Patriot League trophy as the Leopards (17-2, 6-0), regular-season champions and No. 1 seed going into the tournament, defeated Holy Cross 2-1 on Rappolt Field Saturday. In the end, Monahan didn't mind the wait.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette defense shuts down Bison
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
LEWISBURG, Pa. -- Marko Glavic became Lafayette College's No. 2 all-time passing leader. Sophomore Joe McCourt went over 1,000 yards rushing for the first time in his career. But the big story Saturday coming out of Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium was a sterling defensive effort turned in by the Leopards in their 19-3 Patriot League conquest of Bucknell. For the first time in 55 games -- since a 38-0 win over Towson on Oct. 25, 1997 -- Lafayette did not allow a touchdown. Moreover, Bucknell scored its fewest points in a league game since Fordham shut out the Bison in 1992.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette keeps its hopes for a winning season alive
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
LEWISBURG | Lafayette was supposed to be Bucknell's Homecoming sacrificial lamb Saturday at Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium. Instead, the Leopards were party poopers. They scored a 19-3 Patriot League triumph over a Bison club that played ferociously on defense - but was bedraggled and disorganized on defense. Nary a point was scored in a dreadfully dull second half. The win did several things for the Leopards (5-5, 3-2). It righted their ship. It enabled them to reach several milestones. And it kept alive coach Frank Tavani's fervent hope of sending his senior players out into the real world with a winning season.

Thursday, November 7, 2002

FIELD HOCKEY: Four area field hockey players making their mark at Lafayette
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Don Beideman
Lafayette is the top seed heading into the Patriot League field hockey championship tournament tomorrow and Saturday, thanks largely to the work of four players from Southeastern Pennsylvania. The Leopards (17-2), ranked 18th in the latest National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I poll, won the regular-season title for the ninth straight year. They have been led offensively by Megan Monahan, a Lansdale Catholic graduate. The senior forward leads the nation in goals (30) and points (72). Her point total broke the league's single-season mark of 70 set by Lafayette's Suzi Farrell in 1990. Council Rock graduate Jennifer Stone, a junior midfielder, is second on the team and in the league with 40 points (13 goals, 14 assists).

FOOTBALL: Erbe hopes his unlikely path to Lafayette will end with a winning record
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Growing up in Wall, N.J., Lafayette linebacker Wes Erbe thought he was a pretty good baseball player. Then he went to Admiral Farragut, a private military school in St. Petersburg, Fla. ''When I got to Florida,'' he said, ''I found out what baseball was really like. Up here, kids threw 65-70 . Down there, everyone threw in the 80s.'' Still, Erbe, who's now a 6-1, 210-pounder, adjusted well enough to bat .310 and hit three home runs out of the leadoff spot. But, as good as he was, (''Growing up, baseball was pretty much it for me.''), he turned out to be even better at football. Erbe, who also threw the shot and the discus and ran the 200 for the track team, played fullback and linebacker. As a senior, he rushed for two school records: 1,020 yards and 21 touchdowns. Then he played in the Palm/Pinellas All-Star Game, where he caught the eye of Lafayette defensive coordinator John Loose, who was there on a recruiting trip.

Tuesday, November 5, 2002

FOOTBALL: Leopards (4-5) licking their wounds
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Theoretically, the Lafayette Leopards still are in the Patriot League championship picture. Realistically, the Leopards' title chances came and went with their 31-24 loss at Colgate last Saturday. Coach Frank Tavani's team still has the attainable goal of the program's first winning season since 1993 (5-4-2 record) and its first non-losing season since the 1996 club went 5-5. Lafayette has won four games and lost five. The Leopards play their final away game Saturday at Bucknell, which is 2-6 overall and 0-4 in the league. They finish with Holy Cross and Lehigh. The Leopards should beat Bucknell, which was beaten by Georgetown during a current four-game losing streak, and is capable of defeating Holy Cross, which is also 4-5, 2-2.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Raiders in first-place tie after win over Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By John Bruns
EASTON -- Things will look different around Lafayette College's Kirby Sports Center this winter. Gone from the Leopards' basketball program are last season's catalyst Brian Burke, along with supporting cast members Mick Kuberka, Rob Worthington and Reggie Guy. They've all graduated. Gone, too, are guards Ben Saxton and Kenny Grant. Saxton was one of the team's top shooters and rebounders but has decided to concentrate on academics, while Grant made the Patriot League's all-rookie team but chose to transfer to Davidson. And then there's assistant coach Pat Brogan, who arrived at Lafayette a year before eighth-year head coach Fran O'Hanlon. Brogan has moved on to Penn State where he's assisting Jerry Dunn. What hasn't changed for the Leopards is progress-impeding injuries in the preseason. O'Hanlon's again is bedeviled by physical woes.

Sunday, November 3, 2002

FOOTBALL: Graham's career game spells defeat for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
HAMILTON, N.Y. | Lafayette ran into two unpleasantries on Saturday for its Patriot League showdown at Colgate. The cold, snowy day, was expected. It was forecast as early as Tuesday. But a career day from Raiders' flanker and hometown hero Luke Graham, was decidedly unexpected. The latter, perhaps aided by the former, doomed Lafayette to a quick 14-0 deficit and, ultimately, yet another discouraging 31-24 defeat. It was a game the Leopards believe they should have won, and not without some justification.

FOOTBALL: Raiders in first-place tie after win over Lafayette
The Utica Observer-Dispatch/ By Craig Muder
It's November in Hamilton, and there's an inch of snow on the ground at game time. Yet Colgate coach Dick Biddle swears he saw a Venus flytrap Saturday. His name is Luke Graham. Colgate sensational sophomore receiver caught 12 passes for a career-high 206 yards and two touchdowns as the Raiders climbed into a first-place tie in the Patriot League with a 31-24 win over Lafayette in front of 3,136 fans at Andy Kerr Stadium.

Friday, November 1, 2002

FOOTBALL: Test for Lafayette offense
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Good football programs find ways to win. Colgate, during Dick Biddle's seven years as head coach, has been a good Patriot League football team. Lafayette, in its third season under Frank Tavani, is trying to become a good football team. The Leopards played Fordham last week for sole possession of first place. Lafayette lost to the Rams, and since Colgate did likewise in early September, the Leopards (4-4, 2-1) and Raiders (5-3, 2-1) will essentially be playing a league title elimination game Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y. Kickoff is 12:37 p.m., regardless of rain, snow, sleet, hail or even sun and blue skies in the upstate New York hamlet.