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Sunday, January 26, 2003

FOOTBALL: Where Are They Now? Michael Davis McDonough High School Class of 2001
The Washington Post
Michael Davis walked right into history when he chose to play football for Division I-AA Lafayette College. A two-time All-SMAC kicker for McDonough, he handled kickoffs his freshman season and this past fall, as a sophomore, was the punter for the Leopards. By suiting up for Lafayette, he also became part of college football's oldest rivalry: Lehigh vs. Lafayette. The two teams met for the 138th time in November, with Lafayette prevailing, 14-7. Davis played an integral part in securing the victory, Lafayette's first over Lehigh in seven years. With Lafayette ahead 14-7 late in the fourth, Davis lined up to punt from his own 30. The snap from center skidded along the ground, but Davis handled the ball and booted a 50-yarder. Meanwhile, a Lehigh player ran into Davis and roughing the kicker was called, giving the ball back to Lafayette and enabling the Leopards to run out the clock.

Wednesday, January 22, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards give good account against Penn
The Express-Times/ By John Bruns
EASTON -- In a game that should be good preparation for both teams as they get ready to go full bore into league play, Lafayette played well enough to erase nine points of a 19-point halftime deficit in dropping a 77-66 decision to Penn in an independent men's basketball game Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center. In fact, take away the second 10 minutes of the first half and Lafayette would have been a 54-52 winner. That's pretty much the way both coaches saw it. "We competed for 30 minutes. Obviously, against a team like Penn you have to compete for 40 minutes," Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon said.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Penn fades, but still beats Lafayette
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Kevin Tatum
EASTON, Pa. - After leading by 19 points at halftime last night, the hot-shooting Penn Quakers had to scramble at the end to keep Lafayette at bay in a nonleague game at Kirby Sports Center. The feisty Leopards, who had dropped their previous five games against the Quakers by an average of 6.4 points, rallied to make a game of it before losing, 76-66, before 2,468 fans. Penn (7-4), which leads the series between the teams, 34-3, won its fourth straight against Lafayette. Former Penn assistant Fran O'Hanlon's team fell to 7-9. "It was a good win for us on the road against a well-coached team, but we think we are better than we are sometimes," said Penn coach Fran Dunphy, who had O'Hanlon sitting next to him on the bench for six seasons. "We'll learn a lot from this film. We did some foolish things. In the second half, we didn't play well at either end of the floor." Last season at the Palestra, the Quakers didn't put Lafayette away until Penn guard Andy Toole made four free throws in the final 44 seconds.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Shooting leads Penn, but Dunphy wary
Philadelphia Daily News/ By Mike Kern
EASTON, Pa. - When you can put the ball in the basket, it can sure become an easy game. Sometimes, maybe even too easy. Right now, Penn is putting the ball in the basket. And, not surprisingly, winning games. That doesn't mean coach Fran Dunphy has to like everything he's seeing. The Quakers beat Lafayette last night at the Kirby Sports Center, 76-66. It was their fourth straight victory, third straight on the road. Still, Dunphy sure didn't sound like someone whose team is rounding into form as the Ivy League season approaches. The Quakers shot 51.8 percent from the field, 59.4 in the first half, after making 66 percent of their shots in the last two games. They shot 50 percent from beyond the arc, after coverting 58.3 percent in their last two. This time, it was enough. Saturday night against "host" Saint Joseph's at the Palestra, the Quakers (7-4) will probably have to do more than just make shots. It's not always a game of H-O-R-S-E.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards run out of steam, can't close on Quakers
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Lafayette College scrapped back with a much-improved offense, a hustling defense that forced turnovers, and just about everything else it had left over the final 10 minutes of the second half against the University of Pennsylvania Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center. But Lafayette's history of failure against defending Ivy League champion Penn was extended with a 76-66 draining loss, the Leopards' second straight home defeat to a team that competed in last season's NCAA Tournament. Lafayette (7-9) lost by six points to defending Patriot League champion Holy Cross on Saturday. The loss to Penn (7-4) dropped the Leopards to 3-34 in the all-time series, including 1-7 in coach Fran O'Hanlon's eight seasons on College Hill.

Sunday, January 19, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Holy Cross tall order -- Leopards fade late
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON -- Two-time defending Patriot League men's basketball champion Holy Cross showed Saturday afternoon it can leave its "A" game back in Massachusetts and still find a way to win -- even in an arena where it encountered a five-year losing streak. The Crusaders flicked off a 13-point first-half deficit and rode the rugged inside play of 6-foot-10, 255-pound center Patrick Whearty and 6-8, 220-pound Tim Szatko in the final two minutes, 30 seconds to pull out a 76-70 league victory over Lafayette before 2,945 Kirby Sports Center spectators. The Leopards couldn't have played much better, and still came away with a loss that dropped them to 7-8 overall and 1-2 in the league.

Saturday, January 18, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh home after road victories
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
College basketball's tallest team invades Kirby Sports Center this afternoon. Two-time defending Patriot League champion Holy Cross takes on coach Fran O'Hanlon's Lafayette Leopards about 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Holy Cross-Lafayette women's game, or about 3:15 p.m. Across the Lehigh Valley, surprising Lehigh, at 2-0 in the league, opposes defending regular-season champion American to open a three-game homestand, which includes a date with Lafayette on Friday.

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Tavani to address 34 scholar-athletes
The Express-Times
NORTHAMPTON -- Football players from 34 high schools, including 14 from The Express-Times area, will be honored at the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation's 43rd annual scholar-athlete banquet. The dinner and program, in which a player will be named scholar-athlete of the year, will be held 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 at the Community Center. Adam Wolbach of Northwestern was last year's winner. Frank Tavani, head football coach at Lafayette College, will be the guest speaker. Scholar-athletes from five region colleges also will be honored, including Bill Stocker of Lafayette, a free safety out of Wilson Area High School.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Future looks bright for Brogan at Penn State
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Coaching on the big-time level has brought big-time thrills to former Lafayette College assistant coach Pat Brogan, who is in his first season as an assistant coach at Penn State. But Brogan has not forgotten the eight seasons he spent coaching at Lafayette, a period that ended in June when he accepted the coaching position in the Big Ten Conference school. The 35-year-old native of Hazleton moved on at the encouragement of Leopards coach Fran O'Hanlon, with the goal of making himself more marketable to become a head coach at the Division I level one day.

Sunday, January 12, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Patriot League mired near bottom of RPI standings
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Holy Cross' upset of Boston College and Lafayette's stunning defeat of the University of Massachusetts have done little to improve the Patriot League's extremely low Ratings Percentage Index (RPI), and as a result, only the league tournament champion appears likely to advance to the NCAA Tournament in March. The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee won't be able to overlook the fact that the Patriot League's RPI is 29th out of 32 conferences. Holy Cross, the men's league champion the last two seasons, has a RPI of 108 with none of the other seven schools above 219. Holy Cross has already played Kansas (losing 81-57) and Boston College (winning 71-70), and had the Crusaders shocked Kansas and been undefeated, they would probably be within the top 70. Moving up the RPI will be a difficult task for most Patriot League teams, especially since they are going to take turns beating each other. But the other thing that continues to damage the league's credibility is playing Division III opponents, which often ends up as easy victories.

Thursday, January 9, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Watching Lafayette painful ordeal for '01 player of the year Mugavero
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Eric Mugavero is developing washboard abs, but they're coming at the expense of his basketball career at Lafayette College. Mugavero, the 2001 Express-Times Boys Basketball Player of the Year from Phillipsburg High School, sits and watches his Leopards teammates -- in practice and in games. Mugavero tries to go on the road with the club but the bus rides often are too painful for the 6-foot-5, 180-pound sophomore. "I did make the first away game in Binghamton, but the pain was killing me," he said. What began as a minor back problem during his junior season at Phillipsburg has forced Mugavero to the sideline for the first time since he began playing organized basketball as an 8-year-old.

Wednesday, January 8, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette schools Centenary
The Express-Times/ By John Bruns
EASTON -- One of the shortcomings of Lafayette College's basketball team -- even during its five-game winning streak -- was lack of scoring off the bench. That failing was obliterated in Tuesday night's 97-42 thrashing of Division III Centenary of Hackettstown at the Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards, who had been averaging just 7.5 bench points a game and only 2.6 in the last five games, got a total of 53 points off the bench compared with 44 from the starters. The two leading scorers were front court reserves. Freshman Andrei Capusan of Romania netted 17 points and 7-foot sophomore Jamies Hughes added 15. The two each had nine rebounds to help the Leopards finish with a 45-32 edge on the boards.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette's Davis coming into his own
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Going to the playground to play basketball was a chance for ''Slim'' to throw down dunks that often impressed the older players in Tampa, Fla. ''I remember a few times where the old guys would be like, 'Slim, you have the highest ups on our team, you have to give us something,' so I always made the effort to go out there, high fly a little bit,'' said Lafayette's Winston Davis, a 6-6, 188-pound junior guard. ''I guess it helped me out.'' Being called ''Slim'' also enabled Davis to develop his own identity among other ballers in Tampa. ''Everywhere I went, you didn't have to know my name, you just had to know Slim because I was a young, slim guard,'' Davis said. And he could play. But there are many who don't know about the emotional scar Davis has had since age 2, when his father disappeared, never to return, leaving Davis to be raised by his mother, Arie Davis. It was just the two of them, no brothers, no sisters. His uncle, Cassius Crawford, often came by to take him to the playground, and his mother was always there for him, like a pillow for Davis to lay on, always there to hear about his ups and downs. Davis said his mother was also a great motivator, much like his college coach Fran O'Hanlon has been.

Monday, January 6, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cornell wins 2nd straight
The Ithaca Journal/ By LaMond Pope
ITHACA -- Ka'Ron Barnes did not take a single shot in the second half of the Cornell men's basketball game Sunday against Lafayette. Still, the junior guard was the difference maker, finishing with a school-record 13 assists as the Big Red beat Lafayette 80-73 in front of 1,238 fans at Newman Arena. Barnes set the tempo for Cornell's offense, slashing through the lane several times before feeding an open teammate for an easy basket. Seven of the 13 assists came in the second half as Cornell (4-6) won its second straight game. The previous school assist record was 11 -- held by Mike Allen (Jan. 2, 1981 against Niagara) and Josh Wexler (Jan. 6, 1986 against Niagara and Mar. 3, 1988 against Pennsylvania). "I thought he controlled the whole game," Cornell coach Steve Donahue said of Barnes. "He's come so far. He's really worked hard on that. He's such a great kid and he learns and he put a terrific floor game in there. He's played really consistent in practice the last three or four months as well and it was just a matter of time."

Thursday, January 3, 2003

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards get in a rhythm in 2nd half
The Express-Times/ By John Bruns
EASTON -- It's a new year, but the Lafayette College men's basketball team still has the momentum it developed in the closing days of 2002. The Leopards extended their winning streak to five games with a 61-52 victory over Columbia on Thursday night before 1,129 fans in the Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette will take a 5-5 record into its Sunday afternoon game at Cornell, another Ivy League team. Columbia, which started the season 0-6, fell to 2-9. It took awhile for the Leopards to get into a rhythm, but that didn't surprise coach Fran O'Hanlon.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette takes care of Columbia, ball in 2nd half
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
By halftime of Thursday night's non-league scrap with Columbia at the Kirby Sports Center, Lafayette had more turnovers (10) than field goals (nine). And, even though the Lions were doing even worse in those categories (eight field goals, 10 turnovers), they led by a point (26-25). Fran O'Hanlon noticed. At the break, he brought those numbers to the attention of his troops, pointing out that a continuation thereof would not be conducive to winning. He needn't have bothered. The Leopards, chiefly guards Justin DeBerry, Winston Davis and Andrew Pleick, had figured it out by themselves. Fortunately, they, along with post men Mike Farrell and Rob Dill, took corrective measures. And they won, going away, 61-52 - for their fifth straight win after an 0-5 start.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette has found itself just in time
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
It was bad for a while Thursday night in the Kirby Sports Center. How bad was it? Well, consider that the best shooter in the gym was Chad Remaly, a Nazareth High School senior who doesn't even play basketball for the Blue Eagles. Remaly calmly made a free throw, a 3-point shot and a half-court shot in succession to earn a 2003-04 Lafayette season ticket. That didn't seem like much of a prize at the time, however. The Leopards, riding a four-game winning streak, fell behind by 10 points in the opening minutes and still trailed Columbia 14-8 when Remaly pulled off his trifecta. It wasn't until Mike Farrell made his only 3-point field goal of the game in the opening seconds of the second half that Lafayette finally had a field goal total that equaled its turnover total. But the Leopards, who never led in the first half, never trailed again in the second as they defeated the Lions 61-52 to even their record at 5-5.