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Tuesday, October 30, 2001

FOOTBALL: Inconsistency hurts Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - A play here and a break there and Lafayette College could be bringing a 4-0 Patriot League mark into Saturday's home-field football matchup with Fordham. But not much has gone the Leopards' way in a season that at the very least has threatened the confidence of everyone on their side of the gridiron. Instead of being undefeated, they have lost their four league games by a total of 18 points and are 1-6 overall. Last Saturday's 20-16 loss to Colgate was the most bitter pill to date. It featured key misplays in all areas of a game Lafayette still should have won.

Sunday, October 28, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards still playing, losing Patriot games
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - Opportunities existed early in Saturday's Colgate-Lafayette football game for the host Leopards to drop the Raiders into a big hole and bury them right there. Instead, Colgate escaped two early crises with minimum damage and went on to hand Lafayette a frustrating 20-16 setback in Patriot League action before 4,756 fans at Fisher Field. The win kept the Raiders (5-2 overall, 3-0 Patriot) in contention for the Patriot League crown and kept the Leopards (1-6, 0-4) winless in the league with just three games remaining. Their four league losses have been by a combined 18 points.

FOOTBALL: 'Pards come up short again
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Is there any difference between couldas and shouldas? Some might think so, but Lafayette coach Frank Tavani isn't among them. Following a 20-16 Homecoming Day Patriot League loss to Colgate on Saturday at Fisher Field, the Leopards are 1-6, 0-4 in league play. They coulda beaten Bucknell two weeks ago, but didn't, losing 17-16. They coulda won last week's shoot-'em-up at Holy Cross, but didn't, coming out on the short end of a mind-numbing 63-53 score. Many press box denizens agreed they shoulda beaten Colgate. "I don't know that today was any different than the other ones," Tavani said. "Yeah, I think we shoulda won them all. We played our hearts out and came up short. They say you find out more about people in a losing situation than you do in a winning one, that you're supposed to gain strength from that. If that's the case, we're all qualified to be Olympic weight lifters, because we must be pretty strong. Obviously, 1-6 is not what we wanted to be. But we are. We've got three weeks to go, and Fordham's up next."

Friday, October 26, 2001

FOOTBALL: McCourt shows versatility
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
Freshman running back, freshman error. At least that was the immediate assumption last Saturday after running back Joe McCourt took a handoff from quarterback Marko Glavic on an apparent sweep around right end before pulling up and lofting a pass against the grain to Glavic, who had worked free as a receiver on the other side. The fourth-and-1 play, run from the Holy Cross 4-yard line, was doomed to failure because the high-arc pass seemed too high. But Glavic simply made an adjustment while the ball was in the air - no Holy Cross defenders were near him - and gathered it in relatively easily for a fourth-quarter touchdown that added to the lore of what would become the highest-scoring game in Patriot League history.

BASKETBALL: Leopards need to get healthy, and then they could get hot
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
The guessing game doesn't work on College Hill. So don't ask Lafayette men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon to pick a number of games he might win in the 2001-02 season. He can't do it. He doesn't want to do it. Besides, a fair prognostication cannot be made now. The Leopards have too many injuries, and promising freshmen Kenny Grant, a 6-1 guard from New York, and 6-5 guard Eric Mugavero will need time to mature. All O'Hanlon knows now is that they are picked to finish next-to-last in the eight-team Patriot League. Talk about a slap in the face for a program that has advanced to two NCAA tournaments since 1998-99 and won three of the last four league titles.

Tuesday, October 23, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards try to stay positive after setback vs. Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
WORCESTER, Mass. - Frank Tavani's gallows humor finally made it out into the open Saturday, when the second-year Lafayette football coach proclaimed how fun it was to be involved in a game like his Leopards just played against Holy Cross. "Except when they fire you at the end of the year," he said, eyes staring off in the distance. Tavani was only half joking. While school administrators would be foolish to give up on Tavani after just two seasons - regardless of how the rest of this one plays out - the coach does have some legitimate long-term concerns. This will happen when you score 53 points and lose, 63-53, in the highest-scoring game in Patriot League history.

Sunday, October 21, 2001

FOOTBALL: Holy Cross outlasts Lafayette, 63-53, in record-setting, marathon contest
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
WORCESTER, Mass. -- By the middle of the second quarter on Saturday, every one of the 13,219 fans at Fitton Field could have been excused for believing they'd mistakenly walked into the Patriot League track and field championships -- instead of host Holy Cross' P.L. football game with Lafayette. Three-and-a-half hours after Leopards' tailback Joe McCourt rambled for 58 yards and a touchdown on the first play from scrimmage, the gun sounded to finally end an historic, record-setting afternoon. And the relieved Crusaders (4-2, 3-0) wearily walked off with a 63-53 victory over the game, but frustrated, Leopards (1-4, 0-3).

FOOTBALL: Hall, Cross win, 63-53
The Boston Herald/ By Mark Murphy
WORCESTER, Mass. - Despite a broken right thumb, Holy Cross quarterback Brian Hall threw five touchdown passes for the second week in a row as the Crusaders outscored Lafayette, 63-53, yesterday in the highest-scoring game in Patriot League history. ``With the way the game started, I said to the staff that this could turn into a track meet, and that's exactly what happened,'' Holy Cross coach Dan Allen said. ``To put that many points on the board, you have to be doing some outstanding things.''

FOOTBALL: Crusaders and Leopards run it up
Worcester Telegram & Gazette/ By Jennifer Toland
WORCESTER -- Holy Cross quarterback Brian Hall was back at it again yesterday, broken throwing thumb still in a splint, effortlessly leading another impressive Crusaders' charge. Hall will deservedly get most of the glory following the tremendous output, but he was the first one to credit those around him for their contributions to HC's record-setting day. "The offensive line gave me a lot of time to sit back there in the pocket," Hall said. "And the receivers got open and made some huge plays. It was real easy for me."

Friday, October 19, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards building off close loss
The Express-Times/ By Paul Sokoloski
Finally, some good news emanated from the speakerphone at Larry Holmes' Ringside Restaurant. Holy Cross football coach Dan Allen delivered the message Tuesday, drawing sudden stares toward the phone by Lafayette counterpart Frank Tavani and many of the media at the Leopards' weekly press conference/luncheon. "(Quarterback) Erreick (Stewart) quit after the Georgetown game," Allen said. "Erreick felt he wasn't getting enough playing time and basically decided to pack it in. That's why we're playing more with one quarterback. And Erreick was an outstanding player, no doubt about that. We were a better football team with him on it, but he did what he felt was best for him and we had to move on as a team."

Thursday, October 18, 2001

BASKETBALL: Brogan was down but never out
The Express-Times/ By Paul Sokoloski
The bicycle ride Pat Brogan regularly makes from College Hill to the Easton YMCA started out like any one of a hundred he's made over the past 18 months. The last one he will make for a while nearly cost him his life. He went up Lafayette Street, past George Street, climbing the hill through the dark and the early-morning fog on Sept. 25. He sensed the roads were a little slick. "I used to run it," Brogan said. "But then I started to bike." As Brogan began his descent down Lafayette, he heard the roar of a car engine. He looked back over his left shoulder. "I felt something," Brogan said. Then the lights went out.

FIELD HOCKEY: Old field hockey rivalry on new ground
The Morning Call
This year's Lafayette-Lehigh field hockey match will have some added flavor as it will be played on the Leopard's new AstroTurf field. Before the game this Saturday, Rappolt Field will be dedicated in honor of its namesake, Bill Rappolt. The events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Rappolt, a 1967 graduate and Leopards' trustee, and his wife Pam, made the field possible through their numerous donations. They have also funded the field hockey team's trip to Holland this past spring.

FOOTBALL: Leopards' Kupfer happy he decided to go to Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
When it came time to take a deep breath and decide what college to attend, Stewart Kupfer said the other day, "I'd say the decision was 70 percent academics and 30 percent football." So Kupfer, a 6-2, 220-pound senior tight end who attended Plymouth-Whitemarsh, said no to Harvard, Dartmouth, Cornell, Bucknell and Lehigh and yes to Lafayette.

Tuesday, October 16, 2001

FOOTBALL: Tavani accents positive numbers
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
Saturday's trip to Holy Cross could be and probably will be the turning point for the Lafayette College football team. Expect many questions about the team's resolve and which direction it is headed to be answered in the wake of last Saturday's bitter 17-16 Patriot League loss to Bucknell. Lafayette tasted defeat despite outplaying Bucknell all four quarters. Can the Leopards continue to progress and compete against the elite teams in the league? Will they shake off Saturday's loss? Was last Saturday a fluke? What is the confidence level of sophomore quarterback Marko Glavic, who despite a brilliant day of throwing passes and reading defensive alignments, blamed himself for the loss after an errant toss on Lafayette's final possession was intercepted to end a scoring threat? Depending on which way this team goes, the Bucknell game actually could go down as the high-water mark of the season.

Sunday, October 14, 2001

BASKETBALL: Burke is ready for his senior season on College Hill
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
It was the 11th day of December last year, a trial-filled day that Lafayette senior guard Brian Burke couldn't stop thinking about as he stood at the podium accepting the ECAC Award of Valor on Oct. 2 in Hyannis, Mass. Stories of players returning to play Division I basketball just two months after suffering a punctured lung are not common. But that's what Burke did last season, and quite well as his 14.0 scoring average and team-leading 5.0 assists per game average proved. The rail-thin 6-5 guard had lost one-third of his blood supply, laid in the hospital for over two weeks, and missed 13 games before returning to action and playing with the same effectiveness that had helped him establish himself as a marquee player in the Leopards program.

BASKETBALL: VBK reads like an open book
The Express-Times/ By Ed Laubach
A brush with Butch van Breda Kolff and the man becomes one of the most unforgettable characters of your life. Work with him for four years - four seasons as Lafayette's head basketball coach from 1984-88 - and he becomes a major influence. "If you're going to play the game, play it right," van Breda Kolff would say in a voice gravelly most times, a rich bass at others. Nonetheless, a bellowing VBK could pierce the deafening roar of a soldout arena like an arrow - and reach the intended recipient under the basket. VBK's words resonate. So much so that Paul A. Luscombe, a Lafayette alumnus, retired after 36 years on Wall Street and chairman of Lafayette's Maroon Club Athletic Hall of Fame, was moved to write van Breda Kolff's biography: Play the Game Right. Published by Book-Master, the product is due out later this month.

FOOTBALL: Bucknell holds off Leopards
The Morning Call/ By Gary R. Blockus
Was he in, or was he out? Only a television replay knows for sure, but when officials ruled Jim Dietz didn't have possession of a Marko Glavic pass in the end zone at the end of the first half, Lafayette's chances for upsetting Bucknell certainly slipped. Oh, the Leopards settled for a field goal and trailed by one point at the half, but they also trailed by one at the end as well, coming oh-so-close to knocking off the Bison in a 17-16 loss that almost defied description. There were the Leopards, outgaining the Bison 118 to 86 in rushing yardage, 386 yards to 238 in total offense. There was Glavic, completing 21 passes for 268 yards -- more offense that Bucknell totaled in the air and on the ground combined -- while Bison counterpart Todd Wenrich threw for just 152.

FOOTBALL: Leopards learn from their loss
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - Lafayette's football team discovered a lot of things about itself Saturday. It discovered it can find ways to move the ball against a supposedly superior defense, that it can find ways with its defense to stop a supposedly superior ground game, that it can be a force in the Patriot League this season. The young Leopards proved a lot of things to a lot of people while overcoming so many obstacles against visiting Bucknell. But they could not overcome six turnovers, which were the ultimate difference in a heartbreaking 17-16 loss before a crowd of 4.521 at Fisher Field.

Saturday, October 13, 2001

BASKETBALL: Long trek to NCAA starts now for Lehigh, Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Forget Midnight Madness. Lafayette and Lehigh merely get down to business today, embarking on the 2001-02 basketball season with a common goal - winning the Patriot League championship and a trip to the NCAA tournament. Lafayette comes off an uncharacteristic losing season (12-16, 4-8) after three straight years at the top of the Patriot League's regular-season standings. The Leopards forge on this year without four-year backcourt regulars Tim Bieg and Tyson Whitfield. Coach Fran O'Hanlon goes into the season already knowing he won't have 6-foot-5 sophomore Greg McCleary, a possible starter at power forward. McCleary has severe tendinitis in both knees. Senior point guard Reggie Guy might undergo rotator cuff surgery, and 6-11 freshman Brad Anderson has a broken hand.

Thursday, October 11, 2001

FOOTBALL: Lafayette to celebrate "The Putnam Years"
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Lafayette will celebrate an era from its football past this weekend in conjunction with the Leopards' Patriot League encounter with Bucknell at Fisher Field (1:30 p.m. Saturday). "The Putnam Years," a reunion of the 1971-1980 teams that were coached by Neil Putnam, will kick off Friday with a golf outing at Woodland Hills Country Club. A reception and dinner will follow. Saturday activities will include a pregame reception and lunch, a pregame scouting report with current head coach Frank Tavani and a postgame reception in Kamine Gymnasium.

Tuesday, October 9, 2001

FOOTBALL: Lafayette does what it takes to get a win
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
Nobody bothered to block Barret Diefenderfer, so the Lafayette defensive tackle had his choice of whom to hit - Columbia quarterback Roy Altman or running back Jonathan Reese, who was about to take the handoff. Decisions, decisions. Diefenderfer fully extended the wingspan of his 6-foot-1, 230-pound frame and hit them both. Out popped the ball. Diefenderfer also recovered and Lafayette went on to kick a field goal with 1 minute, 28 seconds remaining in the second quarter for a 24-7 lead.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette quarterback Glavic earns weekly league offensive player honor
The Morning Call
Lafayette sophomore quarterback Marko Glavic earned the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honor for the first time in his career for his efforts in the Leopards' 31-14 win over Columbia Saturday. Glavic, the 2000 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, earned the honor by recording career highs in completions (30), passing yards (302) and total offense (330). The 302-yard passing performance was Glavic's ninth 200-yard game in 12 starts, and moved him into seventh place on Lafayette's list of passing leaders with 2,888 career yards.

Sunday, October 7, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards change their spots against Columbia
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - Before Saturday's football game between Lafayette College and visiting Columbia even began, the 0-3 Leopards quickly realized their predicament would have to get worse before it would get better. First, they learned that top wide receiver Andrew May would be unable to go because of a thumb injury. Then they came out of the locker room and glanced up into the largely empty stands at Fisher Field. Only a few hundred fans were there, and it seemed like less because so many of the 13,750 seats were vacant. Rock bottom. But they didn't stay there for long. Stunning the Lions with three first-half touchdowns, Lafayette took control of its non-league opponent early and rolled to its first victory of the season, 31-14.

Thursday, October 4, 2001

FOOTBALL: A breath of fresh air alters this Leopard's life
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Lafayette hasn't won very many football games during outside linebacker Adriel Linyear's four years on College Hill -- just nine, to be precise, and only two of 12 over the last two seasons. But Linyear, a 22-year-old senior from the mean streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., figures he's already won the biggest game he'll ever play -- the game of shaping his own life. As a high-school freshman, Linyear attended Brooklyn's Boys and Girls High. Then he made the decision that altered his life in an altogether positive way: he accepted the opportunity to finish his high school education at Shaker High in upstate Latham, a community of 10,000 about eight miles north of Albany.