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Sunday, September 30, 2001

FOOTBALL: Rose leads Crimson by Lafayette, 38-14
The Morning Call
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Neil Rose threw for 261 yards and touchdown passes of 15 and eight yards to Carl Morris Saturday to lead host Harvard to a 38-14 non-league win over Lafayette. Morris totaled nine catches for 123 yards and tailback Nick Palazzo rushed 21 times for 98 yards and a 10-yard score. Rose added two TDs on 1-yard sneaks. The Crimson (2-0) rolled to a 24-0 halftime lead and merely swapped points with the Leopards (0-3) after intermission.

FOOTBALL: This time, Crimson finish job
The Boston Globe/ By Paul Harber
Lafayette coach Frank Tavani should have a good idea about which is the best team in the Ivy League. Pennsylvania shut out Lafayette a week ago. And yesterday was Harvard's turn to push around the young (three freshmen made their debuts on the offensive line) Leopards. The Crimson, picked to finish second in the Ivy this year behind Penn, walloped Lafayette, 38-14, yesterday at Harvard Stadium, improving to 2-0, the third such start in the last five years for Harvard.

FIELD HOCKEY: Leopards dealt first league loss
The Express-Times
Defending Patriot League field hockey champion Holy Cross handed Lafayette its first league defeat Saturday, rallying past the Leopards 2-1 at Metzgar Fields. Cathleen Kerman and Kristina Dodier both scored in the final nine minutes to keep the Crusaders unbeaten in the league. Lafayette's Megan Monahan scored with 15:40 left in the first half. Monahan's sixth goal of the season came off passes from Jennifer Stone and Meredith Hahn of Saucon Valley High School.

Friday, September 28, 2001

FOOTBALL: Tavani challenges his players' effort
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
Calm and concise as can be, coach Frank Tavani promised on Tuesday that his Lafayette College football team would be in for a week of brutal practices leading up to Saturday's nonleague game against Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. "We're going to find out who wants to get nosebleeds and who doesn't," Tavani said. Those who don't, he said, will be watching from the Harvard Stadium sideline as the Leopards (0-2) try to rebound from last week's discouraging 37-0 loss to Penn.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette vs. Harvard
The Morning Call
Who: Lafayette (0-2, 0-1 Patriot League) vs. Harvard (1-0, 1-0 Ivy League) When: 1 p.m. Saturday.Where: Harvard Stadium, Cambridge, Mass.

SOCCER: Lafayette soccer programs continue to roll out the wins
The Morning Call
Lafayette's men's and women's soccer teams are making some news this season in NCAA Division I soccer. The men's squad is an impressive 5-1-1 while the women are a lofty 6-2. The men almost had a sweep of the Patriot League's weekly awards last week. Sophomore goalie Jay Freedman recorded shutouts in wins over Niagara (a 1-0 win) and a scoreless tie with St. Francis (N.Y.).

Thursday, September 27, 2001

FOOTBALL: Tavani challenges Leopards to step up following last week's shutout
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Joe Paterno isn't the only coach of an 0-2 Pennsylvania college football team who's hot under the collar this week. Say hello to Lafayette's Frank Tavani. Tavani, who is usually ruthlessly positive when talking about his athletes, was breathing fire at Tuesday's media luncheon. The metamorphosis began, he noted, when --- much to the displeasure of his wife --- he walked to his office late Saturday night and pored over the films of the Leopards' 37-0 loss to Penn.

Tuesday, September 25, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards struggle on offense
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - After two games and two losses, this is what we know about the Lafayette football team: It finds ways to compete with more physically talented teams. Even Saturday's 37-0 loss to Penn did not get out of hand until the fourth quarter. It has not run the ball well and may never run the ball well this season. Its defense is not nearly as poor as Saturday's final score indicated.

Sunday, September 23, 2001

FOOTBALL: Quakers come out quickly
The Morning Call/ By Jeff Schuler
If there was one advantage that Lafayette coach Frank Tavani felt his team had over the University of Pennsylvania heading into Saturday's non-league game, it was that the Quakers had yet to play a game. But it would be hard to convince the 7,128 who were at Fisher Field that the defending Ivy League champions aren't already in midseason form. Behind returning Ivy MVP Gavin Hoffman and Kris Ryan, the Quakers rolled up 304 yards in the first half alone while blanking the Leopards for the first time in 29 games in an impressive 37-0 victory.

FOOTBALL: Penn rolls to 37-0 win
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Joe Juliani
EASTON, Pa. - After 37 practices and an abbreviated scrimmage, the Penn Quakers finally played an organized football game yesterday. They committed some dumb penalties and two bad turnovers, and showed an overall lack of consistency. Thankfully for the Quakers, football is not a game in which style points count toward your score. The offense showed flashes of excellence, the defense appeared to be in midseason form, and the Quakers won their delayed 2001 season opener, 37-0, over Lafayette at Fisher Field.

Friday, September 21, 2001

McCutcheon is right fit
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - As a high school senior, Bruce McCutcheon was recruited to play football for the College of William & Mary by the ultimate motivator Lou Holtz. Holtz left William & Mary after McCutcheon's freshman year, but his influence was lasting. "He instilled the idea of stepping up and playing above yourself," McCutcheon said. "When you think you don't have anything left to give, give some more." McCutcheon, now 48, is stepping up into the position of Lafayette College's Director of Athletics.

Lafayette searches far, ends up right next door
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The national search for an athletic director at Lafayette College ended literally steps from the office Bruce McCutcheon will occupy beginning today. "We shared a common wall," McCutcheon, associate athletic director the past 10 years and an assistant two years before that, said Thursday, after it was announced that he would become the 10th leader of the college's athletic program.

Wednesday, September 19, 2001

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football alum Brian Gregorek '01 survives the terrorist attacks in New York City
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Anyone who watched Brian Gregorek play during a stellar football career at Bethlehem Catholic High School and Lafayette College knows he's accustomed to making quick decisions and acting on them. That talent came in handy Sept. 11 when the 22-year-old former middle linebacker became a close and very frightened witness to the horrific scene at New York's World Trade Center.

Friday, September 14, 2001

FOOTBALL: Lafayette bails out Princeton with decision not to play
The Trenton Times (N.J.)/ By Harvey Yavener
There was to be no anger or intolerance in today's epistle here. We learned again this week the horrible price of those emotions. But there was to have been an expression of keen disappointment. It seemed beyond belief that Princeton University, that self-proclaimed model of dedication to the nation's service, was going ahead with plans to play its season-opening football game tomorrow night. The subject matter became altered yesterday when Lafayette consulted its conscience and elected to suspend all its athletic contests for this week. In doing so, it partially got the new Princeton administration off the hook.

FOOTBALL: Late November game likely
The Trenton Times (N.J.)/ By Craig Haley
Princeton football coach Roger Hughes wasn't troubled yesterday by Lafayette's decision to suspend all of its athletic events through Sunday, but he remains hopeful his team's postponed opener against the Leopards tomorrow night will be rescheduled. Playing on Monday night was a consideration to Hughes, but that didn't materalize yesterday. Now he'd like for the game to be rescheduled for Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving, and six days after both teams have completed their regularly scheduled games. That date wouldn't be possible, though, if Lafayette (0-1) makes the Division I-AA playoffs -- which is unlikely considering it is 5-18 since 1999.

Some local colleges won't play Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Following the lead of Major League Baseball, the National Football League and Division I football, Lafayette College and Lehigh University are canceling their football games Saturday night. Lafayette was to play at Princeton University at 7 p.m. while Lehigh was to travel to the University of Pennsylvania, with kickoff at 6:30. Lafayette has suspended all its athletic events through Sunday, Lehigh will make a decision today regarding its other sporting events.

Lafayette postpones, cancels all games over this weekend
The Morning Call
Lafayette College has cancelled or postponed all intercollegiate athletic events in which it was scheduled to participate through Sunday, including Saturday night's football game against Princeton. "This is the right decision for Lafayette to make out of respect, sympathy and support for members of our community," said Lafayette President Arthur J. Rothkopf. "It is an appropriate way for us to show our respect for those throughout the nation who are so tragically affected by this week's unprecedented events."

FOOTBALL: Princeton joins list of postponements
The Star-Ledger (N.J.)/ By Chris Thorne
The football game scheduled tomorrow night between Princeton and Lafayette at Princeton Stadium has been postponed because Lafayette felt it inappropriate to play in light of the terrorist events of Tuesday. Lafayette decided yesterday not to play the game as it canceled or postponed all of its athletic events through Sunday.

Wednesday, September 12, 2001

FOOTBALL: Deadly attacks put 'important' football games in perspective
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The television sets in Larry Holmes' Ringside Restaurant Tuesday were tuned to news reports of the tragedies in New York City and Washington, but the reason for gathering there was a football game. The paltriness of discussing a sports event under such circumstances was not lost on either coach -- Lafayette's Frank Tavani or Princeton's Roger Hughes.

Tuesday, September 11, 2001

FOOTBALL: Tavani: Ground game must get going
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
The college football season is much too long for second-guessing a loss on opening day. So the Lafayette Leopards on Monday began to put Saturday's 16-13 overtime setback at Towson behind them. In the 20-20 vision of hindsight, a different decision by head coach Frank Tavani on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line in the second quarter might have given Lafayette the victory in regulation. They went for it and were stuffed.

Monday, September 10, 2001

MEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette men beat St. Francis in soccer with a penalty kick goal
The Morning Call
Ralph Rapuano scored the game's only goal on a first-half penalty kick, leading Lafayette to a 1-0 victory over visiting St. Francis (Pa.) in non-league men's soccer action Sunday.

Sunday, September 9, 2001

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Unbeaten Lafayette off to historic start
The Express-Times
Unbeaten Lafayette is off to its best start ever in women's soccer, winning its fourth consecutive game Saturday, 2-0, over Mount St. Mary's in an independent matchup played at Metzgar Fields in Forks Township. Briana Rinchiuso came off the bench to break a scoreless tie with 31 seconds left in the opening half.

FOOTBALL: Leopards' opener has very unhappy ending
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
TOWSON, Md. - A season-opening football game that started more perfectly than any of the Lafayette Leopards could have imagined didn't end with quite the same result. Despite returning the opening kickoff 93 yards for a touchdown and shutting out host Towson University for the first three quarters, the 'Pards succumbed 16-13 in overtime to a superior Patriot League squad that finally found a way to make its punishing ground game pay off.

FOOTBALL: Tired Leopards lose to Towson
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
TOWSON, Md. -- It was a game Lafayette could have -- make that should have -- won. The Leopards did not, however. Towson tailback Noah Read's 38th -- and last -- carry on a long, hot Saturday afternoon was a 6-yard burst off right tackle and into the end zone. It gave Read a career high 218 yards rushing -- and a career total of 2,037. More importantly, it gave the host Tigers (1-1) a come-from-behind, 16-13 overtime victory over a pride of Leopards (0-1) that was just plumb tuckered out.

Thursday, September 6, 2001

FOOTBALL: Hard-hit defense should be strong for the Leopards
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
The apparent contradiction was difficult to miss. Lafayette College's 2001 football media guide identified defense as an area of concern, noting that, "The Leopards' most depleted area in terms of graduation is defense, where six starters graduated, including All-Patriot League defensive back Elijah Beamon." Yet, at Lafayette's annual preseason get together with the media Aug. 22, when second-year head coach Frank Tavani looked ahead to the Leopards' season opener at Towson Saturday (1 p.m., Minnegan Stadium), he said, "With 14 of our 21 seniors returning on the defensive side, we look for defense to carry this team in the early going."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette knows what to expect from Towson
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Towson University, which will host Lafayette in a Patriot League season opener at 1 p.m. Saturday at Minnegan Stadium, lost a ton of starters off the team that clobbered the Leopards, 42-20, a year ago -- including nine from its defensive unit and three-fifths of its offensive line. But Lafayette coach Frank Tavani believes the talent flow at Towson is such that its coach, Gordy Combs, reloads more than rebuilds. As proof, he pointed out Tigers' quarterback Kris Blake.

Friday, August 31, 2001

SOCCER: Local rivals begin worlds apart
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
The Lafayette and Lehigh men's soccer teams kick off their seasons today far from one another, which probably is good because when they last met the Mountain Hawks edged the Leopards in an epic overtime shootout for the 2000 Patriot League title. Lafayette, under new coach Dennis Bohn, is in the South Florida Tournament and meets the hosts at 7 p.m. On Sunday, the Leopards oppose Florida Atlantic.

Sunday, August 26, 2001

FOOTBALL: 'Pards' Glavic looking for more fun and wins
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
It was a late summer fling with his buddies, the last "kick back" time Marko Glavic would enjoy before journeying to Easton, there to throw himself into the rigors of his second collegiate preseason training camp. Lafayette's strong-armed sophomore quarterback will be very happy if he -- and the Leopards -- have as much fun during the 2001 season as he did that night. He'll be disappointed, though, if the football season isn't a good deal more profitable.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette at a glance
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Since taking over from mentor Bill Russo, Tavani and his staff have landed two straight quality recruiting classes. But don't get overly excited, that means the most experienced hands in that group are still sophs.

HALL OF FAME: Leopards to add five to hall of fame
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - After a year's hiatus, the Lafayette College Maroon Club will induct five more members into its athletic hall of fame. And what a quintet it is. NCAA record-setters Erik Marsh and Heidi Caruso lead a group that includes legendary men's basketball coach Butch van Breda Kolff, 1,000-point scorer and NBA draft choice Tony Duckett and former pro football player Frank Kirkleski. Induction ceremonies will be held Nov. 16 at the college's Marquis Hall. No members were inducted last year. Instead, the Maroon Club honored the 15 greatest Lafayette athletes of the 20th century.

HALL OF FAME: Lafayette inducts five athletes into Hall of Fame
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
When Erik Marsh graduated from Bethlehem Catholic 10 years ago, fresh from leading the Golden Hawks to a football state championship and earning all-state honors, he could have gone big time. Marsh had the opportunity to accept a football scholarship to Illinois and display his talents on the prestigious Big 10 stage. Instead, he chose Lafayette, a need-based financial aid package, the chance to become a superstar at the Division I-AA level and the guarantee of a blue chip education. It was a decision he has never regretted. "My Lafayette experience was second to none," he said early this week. "The education I received was second to none and, with each year that passes, I come to understand the value of it.

Thursday, August 23, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards licking their chops
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - He watched helplessly after an ankle injury in Lafayette's third game shelved him for most of last football season. But senior cornerback Darnell Azeez is healthy now and obviously not so helpless. He is one of six returning starters on a defensive squad that head coach Frank Tavani hopes will "carry this football team this season." Shortly after the team's 23 seniors were introduced to the local press Wednesday at Lafayette's annual media day, Azeez described why he feels so much better at this point of the season than at this point last season.

Friday, August 17, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards are earning their spots
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
FORKS TWP. - Frank Tavani stepped on to the practice field for Lafayette's first full squad two-a-day sessions Thursday at Metzgar Fields. How was this day different than a year ago when Tavani made his debut as the Leopards' head coach after a long tenure as Bill Russo's top lieutenant? "You saw it ... you didn't see this last year," said Tavani, marveling at the enthusiasm brought to the practices by the Leopards' senior defensive players. "They've gone from talking about making a commitment to investing.

Thursday, August 16, 2001

FOOTBALL: Ex-'Pard Goff stands guard for the New York Giants
The Morning Call/ By Gary R. Blockus
Lafayette College football fans have a reason to tune in to tonight's preseason game between the defending NFC champion New York Giants and the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars. Jim Goff, the 6-4, 293-pound Lafayette graduate who made the Giants' practice squad and accompanied the squad to the Super Bowl last season, is now the second-team right guard.