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Sunday, March 31, 2002

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: McGuinn helps Lafayette earn win over American
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
FORKS TWP. - Patriot League newcomer American University built a 3-0 league record coming into Saturday's women's lacrosse showdown with two-time defending champion Lafayette. The Eagles have a ways to go before they can perch atop the league throne where the Leopards have resided for nine of the last 11 years. Freshman Cristin McGuinn scored a hat trick - her first three collegiate goals - within the first three minutes, 21 seconds of the match, and the Leopards romped to a 13-5 victory at Rappolt Field to improve to 5-4 overall and 2-0 in the league. Were the Leopards worried about the Eagles, who previously competed in the Colonial Athletic Association and were a preseason pick to finish second behind the Leopards?

Friday, March 29, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL/SOCCER: With Leopards, Williams changed spots and sports
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The good news was that Lafayette was about to hire its first-ever assistant basketball coach. The bad news was that the guy would also have to be the head soccer coach. The year was 1971, and incoming basketball coach Tom Davis had a preferred candidate for the assistant's job. The problem was, he knew nothing about soccer. ''He turned me down three times,'' Davis said from his Iowa City home. ''He had never seen a soccer game. He said he'd watched it on TV once. I talked to some other guys, but I kept coming back to him.'' Davis' choice, who in his first year as a high school head basketball coach had guided his team to a 27-0 record and a New Jersey state championship, finally relented. As a soccer coach, Gary Williams had a pretty good basketball mind.

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

BASEBALL: Lafayette adjusts to no-nonsense Kinney
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Today is March 19 and the Lafayette College baseball team already has played 10 games prior to heading south on spring break. Often the Leopards still are waiting for the snow to melt from their Metzgar Field complex in Forks Township in mid-March. Lafayette's made the most of its warm early start, registering six wins against four losses. The Leopards opened the season by splitting a pair of doubleheaders with Georgetown of the Big East Conference and are coming off a two-game sweep of Virginia Military this past Saturday in Lexington, Va.

Sunday, March 10, 2002

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Smith digs in for the long haul
The Express-Times/ By Ed Laubach
It's nail-biting time for Tammy Smith, now that her interminable first season finally is history at Lafayette College. More sleepless nights loom as 10 high school players - three living in Oregon and Washington state from an original pool of roughly 300 - decide whether or not they'd like to help Smith revive the women's basketball program on College Hill. Smith knew she was in for a tough go, coming in as she did on the heels of Pat Fisher's 21-year coaching era. Nobody deserves 3-25. "There wasn't a day," Smith says, "that I didn't look forward to going to work."

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: It's not too late to rethink Patriot League site issue
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The first time I tried to find the Show Place Arena, I knew I was in the vicinity, but suspected I had made a wrong turn. So, I stopped at an Xtramart gas station-mini-market. A man who looked like the manager was filling the ice machine. When I asked for directions, his blank stare told me I was in trouble. He never heard of it, he said. When I identified it as the Prince George's Equestrian Center, he was still clueless. He summoned a clerk, who had a much better idea of her surroundings. Make the first left and drive around the community center, she said. It was only half a mile away. The convenience-store guy's confusion was a red flag. If a guy operating a business within half a mile of the place couldn't get me there, how could any casual sports fan looking for college hoops entertainment hope to find it? I don't know how many people had my problem, but I can say one thing with certainty: No one had to stand in a long line to get into the arena or fight the traffic to get out. The first two rounds of the Patriot League Men's and Women's Basketball Championships were held at a neutral facility for the first time.

Monday, March 4, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: 'Pards shot down by little Eagle
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Lafayette College's basketball season came to an end Sunday against American University in large part because it couldn't stop the Patriot League's Player of the Year, Patrick Doctor. The 6-foot-7, 260-pound senior center strong-armed his way to a career-high 33 points, but it was the Eagles' little general, 5-7 guard Glenn Stokes, who hit consecutive clutch 3-pointers to send American on its way to the Patriot League championship game with a 66-58 victory over the Leopards in the semifinals. American (18-11), the regular-season champion and tournament's top seed, will play host to No. 2 Holy Cross in the title game on Friday afternoon in an ESPN televised event. Stokes drained his 3-pointers after Lafayette rallied to tie the game at 53-53 with 3:09 to play. The Leopards dealt the Eagles two of their four league losses.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Doctor delivers dandy dose of determination
The Express-Times/ By Paul Sokoloski
The first urge Patrick Doctor felt when he found out American University was headed to the Patriot League was to bolt from the school. A lot of his old teammates did. He wanted no part of playing against teams like Lafayette and Holy Cross, which would surely provide less quality competition than Old Dominion and East Carolina. So Doctor did what any self-certain, 6-foot-7, 260-pound Division I college center would do under the circumstances. He applied for the NBA. "I just did it to see what would happen," Doctor said. Then he quickly withdrew his name from the NBA Draft, and decided to come back to American for his senior season. Mainly because Willis and Hattie Doctor had other ideas for their son. "I just sat down, talked it over with my parents." After the way he played in Sunday's Patriot League Tournament semifinal, Lafayette has to wish Doctor hadn't reconsidered.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: AU's Doctor had it made in the shades
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. | -- Patrick Doctor had to be kidding. Indoor basketball in a pair of drugstore sun glasses? Preposterous. Well, maybe not. Doctor came out Sunday for American University's Patriot League semifinal against Lafayette wearing the shades to protect a corneal abrasion suffered when he took an elbow against Lehigh on Saturday. During a morning shootaround, there was an outside chance he would not play. Coach Jeff Jones was working on Plan B until the medical staff cleared the 6-7 senior. Then, Doctor turned into a type of Mr. Hyde against Lafayette. Lafayette forward Mike Farrell hit the nail on the head. ''Most of his shots come from 2 feet from the basket, and you don't need perfect vision for that,'' Farrell said Sunday after watching Doctor single-handedly keep top-seeded American in the game until someone else finally hit a shot.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Doctor is in, Lafayette is out
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Lafayette had every reason to be concerned about visits into the lane by American University's Patriot League Player of the Year Patrick Doctor Sunday evening. Doctor had the type of medicine Lafayette could not ingest. Mostly, the dosage came in strong moves that were often dispensed with a finishing touch in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament at the Show Place Arena. Not even a swollen left eye could limit Doctor's effectiveness in a career-high 33-point, 14-rebound performance that was key to American's 66-58 victory.

Sunday, March 3, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: 'Pards - show time at Show Place
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Timing is everything, and Lafayette picked the perfect time to finally defeat its nemesis, Colgate. The Leopards broke a four-game losing streak to the Raiders with a thrilling 74-71 victory Saturday in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals at The Show Place Arena. Lafayette opposes top-seeded American in the semifinals 5 p.m. today. The Leopards defeated American twice during the regular season. Just six days earlier, in Hamilton, N.Y., Colgate drilled Lafayette 85-73 in the regular-season finale to complete a sweep and give the Raiders the No. 4 seed, the Leopards the fifth seed and Bucknell the third seed despite all three finishing with 8-6 league records.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette seniors aren't ready to leave the dance
The Express-Times/ By Paul Sokoloski
The four fabulous seniors arrived at Lafayette College four seasons ago, at a time when the men's basketball program was about to take off. They went to the NCAA Tournament as freshmen, then went back to the Big Dance the following season. Mick Kuberka, Brian Burke, Reggie Guy and Rob Worthington didn't get close to that success last year. They finished 12-16 with a first-round exit from the Patriot League Tournament after losing to Lehigh. It would've been a shame to see them leave early again, and end their careers by bowing out of the league tournament in the opening round two years in a row. "That wasn't really our mindset," Burke said. "I just wanted to win." The Leopards did not have to think about the sense of urgency that overcame them in the second half of a hard-fought 74-71 victory over Colgate in Saturday's league tournament opener. They showed it.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke's game wasn't classic, but it was a win
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - The last time I saw Brian Burke play, he had an offensive game I may never forget. I called it arguably the best in the history of Lafayette College basketball and, when I saw him five days later, he respectfully disagreed with what he thought was a too-generous appraisal. I reminded the Lafayette senior guard of that on Saturday, then told him he wouldn't have to worry about getting a similar critique of his performance in Lafayette's 74-71 victory that shed the Colgate monkey from Lafayette's back and put the Leopards into the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament. ''You didn't have your A' game today,'' I said. ''You mean this wasn't in the 92-year history?'' he quipped. ''Where would you put this one?'' I suggested that even in his own career at Lafayette, this one probably didn't rate better than somewhere in the middle. ''Oh, OK,'' he said.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette clips Colgate
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- Lafayette's Brian Burke didn't have it until the end. Teammate Winston Davis had it all game, especially when he soared for rebounds. Davis grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds Saturday afternoon, but the Leopards blew a 17-point lead before surviving a suspenseful finish to beat Colgate 74-71 in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament at the Show Place Arena. Joining Davis in the take-charge category was Leopards senior forward Mick Kuberka, who scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half in helping the Leopards establish an inside presence. ''This is the playoffs, and I just wanted to be aggressive,'' said Davis, a 6-6 sophomore, who also had nine points on 3-for-4 shooting. All of his baskets were on 3-pointers.

Saturday, March 2, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke is first team All-Patriot
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Brian Burke of Lafayette was a first-team selection and Matt Logie of Lehigh a second-team choice Friday night on the Patriot League's coaches' all-star teams. Burke, a senior, and Logie, a junior, were among the honorees Friday night at the league's annual awards banquet at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville, Md. The voting was done by the league's eight coaches.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette plays to form with help of Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Obviously, the novelty of playing a Patriot League first-round tournament game didn't distract top-seeded Holy Cross. The Crusaders (22-6) dusted No. 8 Lafayette 71-48 by racing to leads of 14-0 and 21-2 and turning the rest of Friday's matinee meeting in The Show Place Arena into a tuneup for Sunday's semifinal matchup with Colgate. The Raiders advanced with a 79-68 victory over American. Holy Cross, the four-time defending champion, hasn't played an opening-round game in this tournament since 1996, when the Crusaders defeated the Leopards as the No. 2 seed. But with the addition of American this season, the league is back up to eight teams for the first time since Fordham exited for the Atlantic 10 after the 1994-95 tournament.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Holy Cross brings Lafayette's season to an end
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - The first losing season in the coaching career of Lafayette's Tammy Smith came to a lopsided conclusion Friday. The last drubbing of the Leopards in a 3-25 season was capped off with a 71-48 loss to top-seeded Holy Cross (22-6) in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament at the Show Place Arena. So long. See you. Bye-bye. Players with more athletic skill and the ability to create and finish strong will be coming to College Hill in Easton, players a step quicker that Smith was unable to lure to Muhlenberg during her seven years as head coach in West Allentown before taking over at Lafayette this season.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Holy Cross has built Patriot League's top program
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - The five players Holy Cross put on the floor at the start of Friday's Patriot League Tournament game against Lafayette might have been pushed out of the same mold. Slender, sculpted for the fast-paced game of the 21st century. Brunettes with virtually identical pony tails. They looked almost like sisters, differing only in height - and even then not by much, ranging from 5-10 to 6-2. A fifth straight league tournament championship is not a sure thing for the Crusaders, but it's a pretty safe bet that any team that hopes to upset them will have to play above its natural ability. It seems like a long time ago that Holy Cross lost back-to-back league games - to Lehigh in double overtime, then at Army. Coach Bill Gibbons' team avenged both of those setbacks later in the season, whipping Lehigh by 22, Army by 15. Its win on Friday was its 10th straight, boosting the season record to 22-6.

Friday, March 1, 2002

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Kuberka, Leopards mystified by Colgate
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - Heading into the season, Lafayette's cast of basketball unknowns caused Patriot League coaches and sports information directors to pick the Leopards seventh among eight teams in their annual preseason poll. But the Leopards tied for third place during the regular season and swept American, the champion. "Going into the season, having lost the number of seniors and all-league players we did, I didn't have a feel where we'd be," said Fran O'Hanlon, who coached Lafayette to league championships in 1999 and 2000. "It's a credit to our four seniors - Brian Burke, Reggie Guy, Mick Kuberka and Rob Worthington - that we've won more than we've lost." No Lafayette player has improved his numbers over last year more than Kuberka, a 6-foot-10 center/forward from West Seneca, N.Y.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Scorer against scorer: That's the scenario when Lehigh's Matt Logie meets Lafayette's Brian Burke.
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Defensive players are sometimes faced with no-win situations when Lafayette's Brian Burke and Lehigh's Matt Logie are in their zones, both converting shots from distances that most players wouldn't dare shoot from. In playground terminology, both just enjoy trying to shoot the defender's lights out. ''When I'm confident, I don't mind stepping back,'' Burke said. ''I tell people and they don't believe me, but I really don't realize where I'm at until I see the film. ''In high school, I always just practiced out there, worked on my range. It's just something that comes naturally.'' It might be tough to find somebody who was sitting in the stands at Lafayette's Kirby Sports Center on Feb. 20 to dispute that about either player, who were matched up against each other.