July 1, 2008
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette fans wishing to relive three memorable highlights of the 2007-08 year can now do so by voting for the Male Play of the Year at the GoLeopards.com Fan Poll.
The first nominee comes from the men's soccer program and a crucial second half goal from Steve Ference paved the way to the Patriot League championship game. The Leopards were awarded a free kick with just under 22 minutes remaining in a scoreless semifinal game against top-seeded Holy Cross. Ference took the direct kick from about 25 yards out and slid the ball under the Crusader keeper to give Lafayette an important 1-0 advantage. The Leopards used an insurance goal from Mark Price and eventually advanced to the championship game with a 2-1 victory.
The second choice hails from the men's basketball team and 1,000 point scorer Bilal Abdullah's dramatic tip-in during the final seconds of an overtime classic at Colgate. With under five seconds remaining and his team trailing by one in overtime, Abdullah reached back for an offensive rebound and somehow managed to tip the ball in and give the Leopards a 69-68 road victory in Hamilton, N.Y.
The final nominee comes from the 143rd meeting of college football's most-played rivalry. Trailing 17-14 with less than three and a half minutes remaining, Lafayette quarterback Rob Curley found Kyle Roeder on a two-yard touchdown pass to give the Leopards a 21-17 lead. The touchdown, followed by a defensive stop in the final minutes, gave the Leopards their fourth consecutive win over their archrival and their fifth victory in the last six years.
Last month, field hockey midfielder Maggie Condon was awarded with the Female Play of the Year, receiving over 1,800 votes.
Lafayette fans are encouraged to vote early and often on the Fan Poll, located at the bottom, right-hand corner of GoLeopards.com.