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Thursday, January 31, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke strong in stretch
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
BETHLEHEM - With the game up for grabs, Lafayette got the ball to its money players and Lehigh didn't. Senior guard Brian Burke erased a one-point Lehigh lead in the final minute with four free throws while the Mountain Hawks were unable to get off a good shot on two critical possessions. Consequently, the Leopards escaped Stabler Arena with a 68-63 men's basketball victory Wednesday night to conclude the first half of the Patriot League with a 4-3 record. Lafayette (10-10 overall) plays five of its seven remaining games at home, starting Saturday against Bucknell.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Nothing pretty, but Lafayette ekes out a win over Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Some may remember the ugly stuff - the errant passes, wild shots, hard falls and maybe even the Lehigh University mascot crawling underneath the back stage at one point. Others may remember the seven ties and five lead changes in the second half of the Lehigh-Lafayette Patriot League contest Wednesday night at Stabler Arena. Most of the crowd of 2,272 will probably remember the scrappy final two minutes, because that's when the momentum shifted as often as a 5-speed car during rush hour on the Schuylkill Expressway. "Yes, yes it did," said Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon, a native of Philadelphia. Then Lafayette senior Brian Burke added more misery to Lehigh's agonizing season, going 4-for-4 from the free-throw line the rest of the way in helping the Leopards pull out a 68-63 victory to finish the first-half of the league season with a 4-3 record.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Tierney delivers double-double in Lehigh's win over Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Mark Wogenrich
The Big Ten schools didn't pay much attention to Anne Tierney, even though she's played high school basketball in their neighborhood. Lehigh coach Sue Troyan hears from those coaches sometimes. "We made a mistake," they tell Troyan. Tierney, Lehigh's dependable 6-foot forward, played another dependably aggressive game Wednesday, guiding Lehigh to a 68-35 victory over Lafayette at Stabler Arena.

Monday, January 28, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Even diabetes can't slow former Lopez hoops star
The Daytona Beach News-Journal/ By Jerry Schaeffer
Pre-game preparation rituals or self-psyching routines are not uncommon among college basketball players. But the one used by Mike Farrell is quite different. His regular game-day routine involves using a lancet and a goucometer. He uses these instruments to check his blood sugar level to make sure it is in an acceptable range for the strenuous physical activity ahead. "A little before game time, I sit down, relax and prick one of my fingers with the lancet to get a little blood," said Farrell, a sophomore at Lafayette College, an NCAA Division I school in Easton, Pa. "Then I use the glucometer to measure the level to make sure it's OK."

FOOTBALL: Kupfer fashions stellar scholar-athlete resume
The Express-Times
NORTHAMPTON - Stewart Kupfer, a senior tight end at Lafayette College, is among scholar-athlete representatives from local colleges who will be honored tonight at the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation's 42nd annual scholar-athlete banquet at the Community Center. A three-time District II Academic All-American, Kupfer is a business and economics major with a 3.36 cumulative grade-point average. He has earned a spot on Lafayette's dean's list three times and is a four-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. "It's an honor to receive this award," said Kupfer, who was one of just 16 Division I-AA players and the only Patriot League representative on the 2001 Verizon National Academic All-America team. "I think it's a reflection of how much I thought Lafayette was true to the student-athlete focus when I decided to become a Leopard four years ago. It's great to see hard work on the field and in the classroom pay off."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Kupfer to be honored at awards dinner
The Morning Call
Lafayette senior tight end Stewart Kupfer will receive a 2001-02 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Lehigh Valley Chapter Scholar-Athlete Award tonight at the Northampton Community Center. A three-time District II Academic All-American, Kupfer is a business and economics major with a 3.36 cumulative grade point average. Kupfer was one of just 16 Division I-AA players and the only Patriot League representative on the 2001 Verizon National Academic All-America team.

Sunday, January 27, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Colgate stalls Lafayette bid for first place
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - From the ever unpredictable Patriot League men's basketball league we bring you Colgate's 71-67 victory Saturday afternoon over Lafayette. Just the facts, ma'am. The Raiders' victory was in Easton - at Kirby Sports Center, where the Leopards don't often lose, except, it seems, to Colgate. Colgate (10-8 overall) was tied for last place in the league with Lehigh at 1-4. The Mountain Hawks are Lafayette's upcoming opponent Wednesday in Bethlehem. The Leopards (9-10) were one of four teams tied for second at 3-2 and hoping to move into a first-place tie if Holy Cross could knock off top dog American. Holy Cross did take care of business with a victory over the Eagles. The Leopards couldn't close out the hustling Raiders and slipped into a three-way tie for fourth with Army and Holy Cross. American, Navy and Bucknell share first place.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke's 28 points can't save Lafayette from loss to Colgate
The Morning Call/ By Don Bostrom
Brian Burke found himself in a precarious situation. He had the ball with less than seven seconds to play and Lafayette trailing Colgate by two points Saturday afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center. After analyzing several options - including a quick bomb and then a difficult feed inside to a guarded Mike Farrell under the basket - Burke decided to try a 3-pointer. When Pat Campolieta jumped out on him, it created a moment of doubt. That brief hesitation was all it took to throw off the shot that would have provided the perfect ending to his career-high 28-point game. Red Raider guard Dave Hardy was fouled during the rebounding action and converted the free throws that gave his side a 71-67 Patriot League win.

Thursday, January 24, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke shows the arsensal against Navy
The Express-Times/ By Michael Blouse
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Brian Burke brought it all to Alumni Hall. The 3-point shot. The fadeaway 24-foot 3-pointer. The half hook. The baseline fadeaway. The perfect free throws. And the passes. Oh my, the passes. Lafayette College's 6-foot-5 senior guard did a lot of everything in the Leopards' 92-79 victory over the U.S. Naval Academy in Wednesday night's Patriot League men's basketball game. Burke scored 18 points, including 14 in the second half, and tied his career high with 11 assists. He made 6-of-9 field goals and 4-of-4 free throws.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke's double-double stops Navy
The Morning Call/ By Don Bostrom
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Call it Brian Burke's opus. Lafayette's senior guard matched his career high of 11 assists and scored 18 points to lead the Leopards to a well-crafted 92-79 win over a Navy team that is 45-6 at Alumni Hall against Patriot League teams since 1994. The Navy women took a slim 56-55 victory over the Engineers. Lafayette exploited Navy's maniacal pursuit on defense with some pick-and-rolls and screens that left the back door wide open for what seemed a never-ending series of layups.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Quick, sharp Lafayette leaves Navy behind, 92-79
The Baltimore Sun/ By Kent Baker
Navy's basketball team relearned last night that nothing can be taken for granted in the Patriot League. Outhustled and certainly outshot, the Midshipmen watched a three-game winning streak come crashing down at Alumni Hall as Lafayette scored a 92-79 victory before 2,242 fans. The Leopards used crisp passing and backdoor cuts to produce 40 points in the paint, most of them on layups, and the fourth-best field-goal percentage ever recorded against Navy.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Barker's 7 Threes Not Enough for Mids
The Washington Post/ By Christian Swezey
Navy likely would not have had a problem in its game against visiting Lafayette last night if all its players shot three-pointers as accurately as reserve Kyle Barker. Barker made seven three-pointers, his teammates made none, and the Midshipmen were thumped, 92-79, before 2,242 at Alumni Hall.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards cut up Mids
The Washington Times/ By Duff Durkin
ANNAPOLIS - Somebody failed to tell Navy not to leave the backdoor wide open. Lafayette shredded the Midshipmen on back cuts all evening and recorded the fourth-best shooting percentage ever against a Navy team in a 92-79 Patriot League victory before 2,242 last night at Alumni Hall. The Leopards, who shot 68 percent from the floor for the game, broke from a halftime tie to score 16 of the first 18 points of the second half, and after Lafayette took an 11-point lead with 10:40 to go, its lead never dipped below double digits the rest of the way. The defeat dropped Navy (8-12, 3-2) from a first-place tie in the Patriot.

Tuesday, January 22, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards remain winless at Palestra
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
PHILADELPHIA - It may not happen in our lifetime, but some day the Lafayette College men's basketball team will beat the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Lafayette is 0-26 overall in Philadelphia and 0-18 in the Palestra, which opened in 1927, after losing its final non-league game of the season, 73-66, before 2,936 noisy fans Monday night. All three Leopards' wins in the series have come in Easton and have been since 1989. Lafayette (8-9) fought off its own shaky start with an 11-0 run to take a 20-16 lead with 7:05 left in the first half. Brian Burke scored five points and Justin DeBerry hit consecutive 3-pointers to spark the Leopards.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Another fruitless trip to the Palestra for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
PHILADELPHIA -- The Lafayette Leopards got a break from Patriot League play, but that warranted no thanks to the schedule makers. Not even for Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon, who patroled the sidelines and matched wits against his former boss, Penn coach Fran Dunphy, throughout an exhilarating and exhausting 73-66 nonleague loss before a crowd of 2,936 at the Palestra. It was O'Hanlon's seventh meeting against Penn since leaving the Ivy League school as an assistant to become the Leopards' head coach in 1995.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Penn manages to put away Lafayette
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Kevin Tatum
Penn kept working and working at it, and finally, everything turned out all right last night when the Quakers met a look-alike Lafayette team at the Palestra. Coming off a winning effort against Delaware, though it had trouble putting the Blue Hens away, Penn proved to be much more efficient while holding the lead last night. The Quakers secured a 73-66 victory that was not without its moments of tension. With former Penn assistant Fran O'Hanlon now guiding Lafayette, and Germantown Academy graduate Brian Burke making plays on the court, the Leopards went into the last minute of the game down by just seven points after trailing by 69-56 with 4 minutes, 55 seconds remaining.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Quakers shake off slow start to beat Lafayette
Philadelphia Daily News/ By Bernard Fernandez
They held another one of those all-Fran synchronized shooting sessions again at the Palestra. Well, perhaps Fran Dunphy's Penn Quakers and Fran O'Hanlon's Lafayette Leopards aren't total mirror images of each other. But at times, it does appear the only difference between the teams is uniform color. Last night, Lafayette wore the maroon unis, Penn the white ones. "Penn does a lot of the things we do," Lafayette guard Brian Burke, the Germantown Academy product, noted after Penn's 73-66 victory. "Obviously, coach O'Hanlon was at Penn [as a Dunphy assistant for six seasons]. He and coach Dunphy have the same philosophies. We run a lot of the same stuff. That definitely shows."

Sunday, January 20, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kuberka scores 19 to lead Lafayette in Patriot League loss at Army
The Morning Call
J.P. Spatola and Chris Spatola each scored a game-high 19 points as Army snapped a two-game losing streak to defeat Lafayette, 85-72, on Saturday at West Point. Army (8-9), which shot 53.8 percent from the floor and 43.8 percent from three-point range, outrebounded Lafayette 34-22. The Black Knights led 41-29 halftime but the Leopards (8-8) twice sliced Army's cushion to five points.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Army men solid wire-to-wire in Patriot win
Times Herald-Record/ By Ken McMillan
For once, 40 minutes of Army basketball was more than just a slogan. The Black Knights jumped on Lafayette early, withstood a brief second-half surge by the Leopards and then ran off to a very satisfying 85-72 Patriot League victory before 1,251 fans at Christl Arena yesterday. Army's coaches and players were united in the belief that it was the Black Knights' most complete effort of the season. The numbers bear that out. Army shot 54 percent in each half, turned over the ball only 12 times and out-rebounded Lafayette 34-22. Chris Spatola, the Patriot League's leading scorer, and younger brother J.P. Spatola each scored 19 points. Jonte Harrell scored all 13 of his points in the second half to pace Army (8-9, 2-2 Patriot League). Mick Kuberka surprised Army by hitting four 3-pointers from the top of the key. His 19 points kept the Leopards (8-8, 2-2) in the chase. Top scoring threat Brian Burke netted 15 points, but his penchant for making backdoor cuts to the basket (a major factor in Army's last loss to Lafayette) was curtailed by Harrell's defensive play.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: 2nd-half defensive push spurs Army women to a win
Times Herald-Record/ By Ken McMillan
West Point - The Army women's basketball team has been an accident waiting to happen this past week. The training staff has been working overtime, dealing with broken noses, facial cuts, sprained ankles and even a fainting spell. It's no wonder the Black Knights came out a bit apprehensive yesterday in their Patriot League game with Lafayette. Army went into halftime tied at 26, and coach Sherri Abbey-Nowatzki spelled out things very clearly for her team. "I told them at halftime we are getting back to the basics," she said. "If we can't get out and (successfully) man-to-man (defense) this team, then we don't deserve to beat them." The Black Knights got the message. Army picked off nine passes and forced 19 turnovers in the second half, rolling to a 73-51 victory before 476 fans at Christl Arena.

Thursday, January 17, 2002

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke brings Leopard win
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
WASHINGTON | -- Lafayette guard Brian Burke had a fresh haircut and a more emphatic offensive game, draining half-hook shots to first get himself on track Wednesday night. Then, following an extended second-half timeout because of an injury to an American cheerleader, Burke took the ball just outside of the 3-point line, gave a fake and drove hard down the lane to score off a high-arching banker. Minutes earlier, he had to have a gash below his left knee taped up. But nothing could slow Burke down on this night in which he was harassed throughout by Eagles fans in the Leopards' 57-52 Patriot League victory before a crowd of 1,489 at cozy Bender Arena.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: American Zones Out In Loss to Lafayette
The Washington Post/ By Seth Emerson
The American men's basketball team's honeymoon in the Patriot League proved to be short-lived. And the Eagles have the zone defense to blame. American lost for the first time in its new league, falling last night to Lafayette, 57-52, at Bender Arena. American built a 10-point lead in the first half against a man-to-man defense, but Lafayette switched to the zone and rallied past the Eagles. The American women's team fared better, routing the Lafayette women, 92-56. The 36-point margin of victory is the program's largest since early in the 1997-98 season.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: American suffers first Patriot League defeat
The Washington Times/ By Duff Durkin
American University's first Patriot League loss offered a lesson in fundamentals. Lafayette was sound in all aspects of the game, particularly defensively, and scrapped out a 57-52 victory before 1,489 at Bender Arena. American looked like the more talented team but couldn't solve Lafayette's zone defense, going scoreless during a 5:20 span late in the game. American was trying for its first five-game winning streak in 11 seasons, but Lafayette, which beat defending Patriot champ and preseason favorite Holy Cross on Jan.12, had other plans. Lafayette held American to just 32.1 percent shooting in the second half - compared to 50 percent in the first half - and confounded the Eagles' offense. The hosts managed just 10 points in the first 12 minutes of the second half en route to a 23-point total.

Tuesday, January 15, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Things are heating up in the Patriot League in the drive toward March Madness
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
It's mid-January now, the third week of league play all over the land. More rivals are hooking up, intensity escalating. What happened in November and December, setting the record straight, still matters. Just not as much. Win the league regular season title and gain extra notice from the NCAA Tournament's selection committee in several leagues. The Patriot League, where first-year member American (8-7) and Colgate (8-6) are the only teams with winning records, will not have more than one entry into the March Madness field of 65 teams. That will be the team that wins the league's tournament. Right now, it appears up for grabs. American is in first place with a 2-0 record, followed by six teams with 1-1 records, Lehigh and Lafayette are among them. Then there's Colgate, 0-2 in league games. On Wednesday night, Lehigh (4-11 overall) visits Navy and Lafayette (7-7) is at American. Who's the league favorite now? According to 65.5 percent of people (704 votes) who responded to that question on the Patriot League website, Lafayette is the favorite. Just 1.9 percent favored Lehigh, which received 20 overall votes).

Sunday, January 13, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: DeBerry puts away Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Michael Blouse
EASTON - Justin DeBerry knew he was red-hot but wanted to know exactly how hot. Turns out, Lafayette College's sophomore shooting guard was on fire. DeBerry's third consecutive 3-pointer late in the second half Saturday, and a determined defense keyed the Leopards' 64-58 Patriot League men's basketball upset victory over Holy Cross. A crowd of 2,637 at Kirby Sports Center savored every second of Lafayette's win over the defending champion Crusaders. The Leopards bounced back from their 65-64 loss to Bucknell on Wednesday and improved to 7-7 overall and 1-1 in the league. DeBerry, who made 5-of-6 shots from long range, tied his career high with 20 points despite playing through foul trouble. He got hot at just the right time for the Leopards.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men win, 64-58, while Holy Cross women earn 86-56 victory
The Morning Call/ By Don Bostrom
Lafayette got a split decision in its showdowns with the defending Patriot League basketball champions from Holy Cross Saturday at the Kirby Sports Center. The Leopard men continued their recent hold over the Crusaders with a 64-58 win. The Holy Cross women showed why they are capable of landing a No. 12 seed at this year's NCAA Tournament by taking care of business in an 86-56 win over Lafayette (2-12, 0-2). The Lafayette men (7-7, 1-1) have won nine of the last 10 against the Crusaders (7-10, 1-1) because they have the alert ball movement and deadly outside shooting needed to overcome a Crusaders' zone defense that really packs it in and really attacks the boards.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Holy Cross does the splits at Lafayette
Worcester Telegram & Gazette/ By Corky Blake
EASTON, Pa.-- Holy Cross's seniors probably won't have to make another trip to Lafayette's Kirby Sports Center, and that's a good thing. Lafayette, picked to finish seventh in most Patriot League preseason polls, never trailed in dealing the defending champion Crusaders a 64-58 defeat yesterday before 2,637 fans. Unless the teams meet in the Patriot League championship game here, Holy Cross's seniors concluded their careers 0-4 in the Leopards' lair.

Thursday, January 10, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards fall on Burke near-miss
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
LEWISBURG, Pa. - This time, the final shot didn't fall. Lafayette's last trip ever to Bucknell's quaint Davis Gym ended in a 65-64 Patriot League defeat Wednesday night when Brian Burke's soft bank shot from the right side slid off the rim and Reggie Guy's follow-up from five feet also bounced away at the buzzer. The Leopards (6-7, 0-1) had won four straight at the 1,800-seat facility - the oldest (1939) in the league. The gym will be replaced by a 4,000-seat facility next door. Last year, Frank Barr's five-footer with three seconds remaining lifted Lafayette to a 62-60 victory. Twice during the streak here Brian Ehlers scored the game-winner, including one on a shot similar to the one that wouldn't fall for Burke.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards fall short at Bucknell, 65-64
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
LEWISBURG -- At times, the Patriot League opener between Lafayette and Bucknell seemed to be a battle of who could play the ugliest Wednesday night at Davis Gymnasium. There were hard falls, sloppy handling of the ball, and so many stretches where neither team seemed to know what to do with the ball offensively, except gun and often miss wildly from 3-point range. Combined, the Leopards and Bison turned the ball over 39 times. Despite all the ineptness, the crowd of 1,427 was held in suspense until the final possession with Lafayette taking the ball out of bounds near halfcourt with 9.2 seconds remaining. The crowd was standing, clapping, stomping its collective feet. And one fan yelled, "No more times outs, shoot the basketball." Twice in the final 5 seconds, Lafayette did that, first with Brian Burke missing a bank shot in the lane and then Reggie Guy's shot was blocked by Matt Quinn as the buzzer sounded, enabling Bucknell to escape with a 65-64 victory.

Tuesday, January 8, 2002

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Smith's happy at Lafayette - honest
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Tammy Smith saw it coming. So, in order to stretch the potential of her talented women's basketball team, she added some of the top teams in the country to the non-conference schedule. Well, the team is doing everything Smith knew it might. Ranked No. 25 in the country. Off to the best start in school history. While winning its first ten starts, it disposed of the team that was ranked ninth in the U.S. The only thing is, the team having all that success is Smith's old team - Muhlenberg. "The freshman class from last year - this year's sophomores - was one of my best recruiting classes in the seven years I was there," Smith said of the Lady Mules. "That's why, last year, I scheduled Scranton, King's, Susquehanna, top caliber Division III schools to compete against. I follow them in the paper all the time. I want nothing but the best for them. They deserve it."

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Patriot season set for tip-off
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
American beat Florida State last month, and the Seminoles regrouped to shock previously unbeaten Duke on Sunday. Lehigh rallied to edge Portland during the holidays. Portland, earlier in the season, defeated Oregon, which beat Arizona, which stopped Maryland. No one is about to put either the American or Lehigh men's basketball teams in the Top 25. But this trail from the Division I outhouse to penthouse is a strong indicator the onrushing Patriot League regular season will be unpredictable.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh pinning hopes on league play
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Now that the Patriot League games are set to begin, the Lehigh and Lafayette men's teams believe they will triumph more often than fail the rest of January and February. And March, if one is still alive following the league tournament. Never mind the previous 13 games for Lehigh or 12 for Lafayette. Now the playfield is more equal. Nobody inside the locker room of either team is going to make a big deal about the fact that Lafayette is 6-6 and Lehigh 3-10. That's because Lafayette and Lehigh are both 0-0 in the Patriot League along with Colgate, Army, American, Holy Cross, Navy and Bucknell. The chase - the madness, if you will - starts with Lehigh visiting Army and Lafayette traveling to Bucknell in league openers Wednesday night.

Thursday, January 3, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: League lurks for Leopards after blowout
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - No. 21 Miami, Penn State and Princeton couldn't do to Lafayette what Rider did Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center. The Broncs turned up the throttle early, roared by the Leopards and never let them back in the game en route to an 86-66 men's basketball victory in Lafayette's final tuneup for next Wednesday's Patriot League opener at Bucknell.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Baker's initial trip home is successful
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Rich Baker, the ex-Stroudsburg High star making his first homecoming appearance as a starting guard for Rider, swished a 3-pointer from deep in the corner for his first basket Wednesday night. For Baker, what happened after that was just as he had hoped. First, Rider used its speed and quickness to gain an advantage on both ends of the court and subdue Lafayette 86-66 before a crowd of 2,243 at Kirby Sports Center.