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Friday, November 30, 2001

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Smith, Leopards earn first victory
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - Liz Rojahn and her Lafayette College women's basketball teammates had enough of losing Thursday night and took out their frustrations on visiting Rider. Rojahn, a junior forward, scored 18 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out six assists to spark the Leopards' second-half rally and propel them to their first win of the season, 75-71, in their home opener at Kirby Sports Center. "We all felt like that," said Rojahn of the Leopards' intensity that enabled them to erase a 61-50 deficit with 12:10 to play. Tammy Smith, in gaining her first coaching win at Lafayette, went to a six-player rotation down the stretch after liberally using her bench in the first half.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: 'Pards let Marist get away with win
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
The Lafayette Leopards were ready to run away with the game early in the second half with Justin DeBerry and Mick Kuberka dropping in 3-pointers. One, two, three, four, 5-for-5 on 3's to open the second half. Everything was going right, mostly on the scoreboard where Lafayette built a seven-point lead that matched its biggest advantage of the first half with senior co-captain Brian Burke on the bench with four fouls. But the Leopards slipped up down the stretch, and had no solution to stopping Marist point guard Sean Kennedy. Kennedy opened up for 11 of his 17 points in the second half to help rally the Red Foxes to an 86-80 non-league victory Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Eppenhimer shoots down the Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Nick Eppehimer scored a career-high 17 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with a minute remaining to lead Marist to an 86-80 non-league victory over Lafayette on Thursday night before 1,949 at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Marist triumphs over Lafayette
Poughkeepsie Journal/ By Dan Pietrafesa
EASTON, Pa. -- Sean Kennedy helped spearhead the Marist College men's basketball team to victory. Kennedy led a late charge by the Red Foxes in an 86-80 win Thursday over Lafayette College before 1,949 fans at the Kirby Sports Center. Marist improves to 4-1 on the season with a big test coming up Saturday at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio.

Wednesday, November 28, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke's late score beats St. Peter's
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Fear in the form of 6-foot-6, 320-pound St. Peter's center Kamaal McQueen was hustling toward Lafayette College's Brian Burke. Not much would have been left of the skinny Burke had McQueen landed on him. Burke was thinking the same thing before using a swift move to avoid a double team and score on a half-hook with 21.4 seconds remaining to lift the Leopards to a 69-66 nonleague victory in their home opener Tuesday at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards go to Guy in second-half comeback
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
EASTON - The attention to detail the Lafayette College men's basketball team prides itself in was lacking in the first half against visiting St. Peter's. The Peacocks were intercepting Leopards passes at will and converting them into highlight reel dunks and layups. Lafayette, when it wasn't throwing the ball away, was offensively stagnant. The second half, however, was a different story. Senior guard Reggie Guy ignited the lethargic Leopards with his tenacious on-the-ball defense, and Lafayette was able to secure its fifth straight home-opener victory, 69-66, before 2,128 Tuesday night at Kirby Sports Center.

Tuesday, November 27, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette tough on Miami, Penn St. in pair of close losses
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Lafayette has been close. Really close to Miami of the Big East in the second half on Saturday. The Leopards also led Penn State by 13 points in the first half last Wednesday. The two road games ended in defeats, 75-66 to Penn State and 79-69 to Miami. Lafayette beat Albany, 80-72, in the season opener and heads into a home game at 7 tonight at Kirby Sports Center against St. Peters with a 1-2 record. The Leopards have demonstrated an ability to hang with teams better than they are. Now, they need to prove that they can win a big game, which is what tonight's game and Thursday's home game against Marist figure to be.

Sunday, November 25, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hurricanes blow down Lafayette
The Morning Call
Darius Rice scored 15 of his team-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Miami Hurricanes to a 79-69 win over Lafayette on Saturday at Miami. Miami (4-0) is off to its best start since the 1997-98 season. The Hurricanes took a 38-30 halftime lead, but the Leopards (1-2) cut it to one point with a 7-0 run to start the second half. Miami then came back with a 21-1 run, led by Rice's three 3-point shots. Rice hit 5-of-7 3-pointers in the second half, after not hitting any in the first half.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Rice, Canes wake up to beat Lafayette
The Miami Herald/ By Michelle Kaufman
Darius Rice was not living up to his reputation. Marcus Barnes was on the bench, punishment for showing up late to practice. John Salmons looked sluggish. And the University of Miami basketball team -- jolted back to reality after a 3-0 run in the Virgin Islands Paradise Jam -- was clinging to a one-point lead over Lafayette two minutes into the second half of Saturday's home opener. That's when Rice decided to take Perry Clark up on his halftime challenge, and the coach decided to let Barnes enter the game. Result: a 24-3 run and eventual 79-69 victory.

Thursday, November 22, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette and Penn State look to rebound
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
UNIVERSITY PARK -- It doesn't look anything like the team that put together that magical run to the Sweet 16 last season. Titus Ivory, Gyasi Cline-Heard and Joe Crispin are graduated. Jon Crispin has transferred. If Penn State hopes to make any waves at all when the Big Ten season rolls around in January, it cannot afford to squander opportunities during the non-conference portion of the schedule. Coach Jerry Dunn's Nittany Lions, with 6-9 senior Tyler Smith as the only returning starter, got caught with its inexperience showing when it had a 54-game non-conference home-court streak snapped by Yale last weekend. Smith scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, but he got no help. The Big Ten should not lose to the Ivy League - unless the Ivy opponent happens to be either Pennsylvania or Princeton, the two most consistently successful programs in the league. Penn State faced the Quakers, the Tigers and the Bulldogs last season and won all three games. But that was a different bunch. With a freshman and two sophomores in the starting lineup, the Lions are still in a getting-acquainted mode. Lafayette Coach Fran O'Hanlon knows what Dunn is going through.

Tuesday, November 20, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tough losing first one
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
They wait. They think, visualizing as best they can how the season-opening college basketball game will go. Winning big, yes that's it, but the butterflies are still there. So are the what-ifs, like "What if we lose?" Like us, the nationally ranked team getting upset by the team nobody on the East Coast knows anything about. Tissues, please. Saint Joseph's, ranked No. 10 in the preseason Associated Press poll, needed something with which to dab their tears after being stunned 68-67 by Eastern Washington Thursday in the opening night of the Black Coaches Association Classic in Berkeley, Calif.

FOOTBALL: Leopards look forward to future
The Exprress-Times/ By Nick Fierro
Like proud but economically deprived parents, Lafayette's football seniors paid the price this season so that those who succeed them might have it better. They kept fighting until the end of one lost cause after another. They kept the attitude from turning sour in the midst of a 2-8 season. And most of them believe they have set the tone for the future. "We didn't exactly have the wins that we wanted to," senior linebacker Matt Bourdon said, "but we realize that this is a turnaround year and we think we definitely sent it in the right direction. Hopefully they'll start putting wins in the column next year."

Sunday, November 18, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Burke's 20 points and six assists propel Lafayette to opening victory over Albany
The Morning Call
Brian Burke scored a career-high 20 points and added six assists to lead Lafayette past host Albany, 80-72. It was the fourth straight season-opening win for the Leopards. After trailing by one at the half, Lafayette opened up the second half with a 20-7 run. The Leopards also shot 7-of-10 from the foul line in the last three minutes to preserve the win.

FOOTBALL: Engineers awaken in 2nd half
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
'The Game' was a game for only 31 minutes and 18 seconds, instead of the scheduled 60. Underdog Lafayette (2-8) made powerful, unbeaten and playoff-bound Patriot League-champion Lehigh (10-0) sweat through a full half of the 137th renewal of the nation's most-played rivalry on Saturday. But, with a standing-room-only crowd of 15,600 looking on at sun-drenched Goodman Stadium, the Engineers struck like lightning to open the second half and scored 27 unanswered points en route to a 41-6 victory.

Saturday, November 17, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: O'Hanlon still a man with a plan
The Express-Times/ By Paul Sokoloski
The word was out around Lafayette College, long before basketball jobs started opening up in Philadelphia last winter. Fran O'Hanlon was on his way to somewhere bigger and better, simply because he was supposed to be too good to keep at a small, non-scholarship Division I school like Lafayette. "I guess I wasn't sure when I got here ... how long he would be here," said sharp-shooting Leopards guard Brian Burke, now a senior. "When I was looking at schools, that was one of the things you were told about. The program was getting better and coach may not be here the whole four years. He turned the program around. People knew that was going to be attractive to other programs. He was a hot coach, a hot commodity." All those experts who predicted his reign on Lafayette's sideline wouldn't last long forgot one thing about Fran O'Hanlon. He is intensely loyal to his program and his system - not some prestige-seeking carpetbagger hoping to parlay success into his own personal gain.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette and Lehigh are ready to run
The Morning Call/ By Don Bostrom
Lafayette will be content to take baby steps back towards respectability under first-year coach Tammy Smith. "But, we believe those baby steps will lead to big steps forward," said Smith, who spent the past seven seasons coaching Muhlenberg. It might not be easy. Patriot League teams that have scholarships are beginning to widen the gap on those that don't.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh game still means everything
The Express-Times/ By Cokry Blake
The Lafayette College football team travels to Bethlehem today to meet Lehigh University in the 137th renewal of college football's most-played rivalry. On the eve of the 100th meeting in 1964, the New York Times' Steve Cady wrote: "When it's Lehigh vs. Lafayette, it matters not how you play the game, but how many times you play it." Fittingly, the 100th encounter ended in a 6-6 tie before 19,000 fans crammed into Lafayette's Fisher Field. Today, another sellout crowd of about 15,500 will fill Lehigh's Goodman Stadium. But the circumstances and environment have changed dramatically since '64. Lehigh's even changed its nickname from the Engineers to Mountain Hawks. Lafayette still holds a 71 wins, 60 losses, 5 ties advantage in the series, but Lehigh has enjoyed a 2-to-1 winning ratio (24-to-12) against the Leopards since the historic 100th game.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry starting to lose some of its zip
The Express-Times/ By Ed Laubach
This no longer is your grandfather's Lehigh-Lafayette football rivalry. It's not your father's, either. In fact, it may not even be your older brother's. College football's most-played rivalry - today's game is No. 137 over 117 seasons - has disintegrated. It's the hot game this morning, certainly, but Lehigh has other more important irons in the fire each November -- going unbeaten, winning Patriot League championships and moving on to the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Lafayette ranks roughly No. 4 on Lehigh's priority list. It never used to be that way. Both colleges share equal responsibility. Lehigh made a commitment to winning football - and stayed with it. Lafayette long ago committed to mediocrity - and stayed with it.

Friday, November 16, 2001

FOOTBALL: Six in Lafayette football earn academic honors
The Morning Call
Six Lafayette student-athletes have been named to the Verizon District II Academic All-America football team. Two Leopards earned first-team honors, and four were named to the second team, raising the program's total number of Academic All-Americans to 26 in the last six seasons and 11 in the two seasons under coach Frank Tavani. To qualify for selection, an individual must have reached his sophomore year, maintained a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better and be a starter or an important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

FOOTBALL: Improving Leopards have won only twice, but a win over Lehigh would make the season a success
The Morning Call/ By Beth Hudson
Coach Frank Tavani knows there are two ways he can view this year. His Lafayette football team is 2-7 going into Saturday's season finale against rival Lehigh at Goodman Stadium in Bethlehem. Tavani understands how local fans and alumni feel about those numbers. The Leopards were 2-9 in 2000. They could finish 2-8 this year. Fans want to see victories. Lots of victories. Tangible success. Tavani wants the same. But as a second-year head coach, he knows he has to look beyond wins and losses to chart the Leopards' progress.

FOOTBALL: McCourt's allegiance solely with Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
Joe McCourt remembers watching the Lafayette-Lehigh football game on television a year ago, while he was a senior running back at Roman Catholic High in Philadelphia. "I was actually rooting for Lehigh," said McCourt, now Lafayette's leading ground gainer heading into Saturday's 137th meeting of college football's most-played rivalry, "because they were recruiting me and I was leaning toward going there." McCourt ultimately chose Lafayette over Lehigh, Villanova, Buffalo and William & Mary because he wanted to play for a team where he'd have the best chance of making an early impact. Judging from the results, McCourt made the correct call.

FOOTBALL: Six in Lafayette football earn academic honors
The Morning Call
Six Lafayette student-athletes have been named to the Verizon District II Academic All-America football team. Two Leopards earned first-team honors, and four were named to the second team, raising the program's total number of Academic All-Americans to 26 in the last six seasons and 11 in the two seasons under coach Frank Tavani. To qualify for selection, an individual must have reached his sophomore year, maintained a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.2 or better and be a starter or an important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh By The Numbers
The Morning Call
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Overtime games (1995, Lehigh 37-30 in 2 OTs).

Games played outside of Bethlehem or Easton (Lehigh won 16-2 on Nov. 25, 1891 in Wilkes-Barre).

Co-MVP awarded (1976 - Mark Jones, Lafayette, and Rod Gardner, Lehigh).

Times Lehigh won NCAA Division II national championship (1977).

Times Lehigh reached NCAA Division I-AA national championship game (1979).

Players to star for both teams ("Bots" Brunner kicked a field goal for Lehigh in 16-0 win in 1916. After stints at Yale and Penn, he helped Lafayette to a 28-6 win in 1921. A year later his field goal was the only scoring in a 3-0 Lafayette victory).

Lafayette wins in six games at Goodman Stadium (36-21 in 1989, the first Lehigh-Lafayette game at the stadum).

Number of men who have coached both teams (S.B. Newton - Lafayette from 1898-1901 and 1911, Lehigh from 1902-05).

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Games played each year from 1884-1890, 1892-1895, 1897-1901, 1943-1944.

Times game was postponed (1904, due to death of L.U. president Dr. Henry S. Drown, 1963, due to assassination of President John F. Kennedy).

Times a player from the losing team has been named MVP (Lehigh's Art Renfro in 1967, Lehigh's Rod Gardner in 1976).

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Defensive players to win the MVP award (Lehigh's Matt Salvaterra, 2000, Lehigh's Mike Crowe, 1980, Lehigh's Art Renfro, 1967).

Games played in 1891.

Times Lafayette won national championship (1896, 1921, 1926).

Times Lehigh played in NCAA Division II national playoffs (1973, 1975, 1977).

Lowest combined point total (Lafayette won 3-0 in 1922).

Thursday, November 15, 2001

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Preseason Patriot ranking has Burke, Leopards seeking respect
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
Opening the basketball season with opponents his team would be favored to beat is not something that entices Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon, even if that decision ultimately leads to the Leopards getting blown out. After opening its season at Albany of the lightly-regarded America East Conference Saturday, Lafayette pays last season's Sweet 16 participant Penn State a visit on Thanksgiving Eve, then travels to Miami for a matchup against the Hurricanes of the Big East. "It's a great challenge," said Lafayette senior forward Rob Worthington. "Athletically [Penn State and Miami] are bigger and stronger than we are, probably quicker, but we are confident that if we play as a team and stay together, we can compete against anybody. "We are looking at it as an exciting challenge. We are not nervous. The pressure is on them. If we keep it close and knock them off, it looks good for us." That's the type of game mentality O'Hanlon has instilled in his players over his six seasons on College Hill. He has compiled a 95-77 record that includes a couple of 20-plus win seasons as well as two Patriot League titles and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette Capsule
The Morning Call/ By Andre D. Williams
HEAD COACH: Fran O'Hanlon, seventh season (95-77).
LAST SEASON: 12-16 overall, 4-8 Patriot League (fifth).
KEY RETURNERS: G Brian Burke, 6-5, sr., 14.0 ppg, 5.0 apg, F Rob Worthington, 6-6, sr., 3.7 ppg, 2.8 rpg, G Ben Saxton, 6-5, soph., 6.4 ppg, 1.7 apg, G Reggie Guy, 6-3, sr., 4.5 ppg.
NEWCOMERS TO WATCH: G Eric Mugavero, 6-5 fr., Phillipsburg, G Andrew Pleick, 6-5, jr., transfer from Drake.
MAIN STRENGTH: Outside shooting.
OTHER STRENGTHS: Upperclassmen leadership of Burke, Worthington, and Guy, who were on the Leopards teams that won Patriot League titles and advanced to NCAA Tournaments in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Local teams hit the road
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
The local college women's basketball teams open their seasons this weekend but nearly everyone's on the road. Moravian College veteran coach Mary Beth Spirk was even getting white knuckles earlier in the week talking about the Greyhounds' opener in the Southwestern University Tournament in Georgetown, Texas. When Spirk made the arrangements for the trip a year ago, it seemed like a good idea. "I know their (Southwestern's) coach and they invited us to be in the tournament, but what's happened lately I'm not real excited about flying," said Spirk, referring to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and Monday's American Airlines Flight 587 crash in New York City. The Greyhounds meet McMurry (Texas) in Friday's first round and unveil a team that returns four starters, including junior Tara Wozniak (15.6 ppg) and junior center Kelly McLean (13.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg) of Salisbury High School. "The kids know we can be a good team this season," said Spirk, whose Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Conference schedule includes two dates against Division III preseason No. 1 Messiah. Lehigh, coming off a Patriot League championship appearance, opens Friday at Princeton, while Lafayette, under new coach Tammy Smith, is at Sacred Heart on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

FOOTBALL: Diefenderfer sees Lehigh get it done
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
Every week, Barret Diefenderfer dutifully reports to the football field for a pounding. Lafayette's 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior defensive tackle wouldn't have it any other way. Almost always, he does not come close to the dimensions of the guys he lines up against on Saturday afternoons. Yet that hasn't prevented the Leopards' undersized cocaptain from mixing it up with the big boys. "Playing defense ... you just love physical games," Diefenderfer said. "This game gets nasty, you know? And you've just got your brothers that you're going to war with and I love that. I feel it a little on Sundays, but it's nothing because you're here to play. You do what you have to do. I mean, (nose tackle) Phil Burger ... he might not be as big as some guys, but he helps me out a lot inside. I'm just used to it by now." Saturday at Lehigh, Diefenderfer will need all the enthusiasm he can muster against a Lehigh team that is not at the top of the Patriot League because of finesse. No, these Mountain Hawks hit hard, harder than all Patriot League teams.

FOOTBALL: Linyear just wants to beat Lehigh once
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Adriel Linyear heard about the hoopla surrounding the Lafayette-Lehigh football rivalry well in advance of his belated arrival on College Hill for the Spring semester in 1998. But he didn't really understand it until he found himself smack dab in the middle of it in late November of the same year. "Lafayette was one of the two schools I was interested in during the recruiting process," said the Leopards' senior outside linebacker, who starred at Shaker High in upstate New York, far from his native Brooklyn. "So I was told about it, but I didn't come close to grasping how big it got until the week before my first Lehigh game." Linyear didn't pick Lafayette initially. He chose the Air Force Academy Prep school and played there in 1997. But he quickly decided the military life wasn't for him, and, when he decided to transfer, Lafayette was the natural choice.

FOOTBALL: Fordham's Clawson scouts both teams
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
Leading up to last year's 136th Lafayette-Lehigh game, The Morning Call thought it might be fun to seek a few insights from a knowledgable outsider - perhaps someone who wasn't always an outsider. Youthful, personable and articulate Fordham head coach Dave Clawson was a natural. He was certainly knowledgable, since his Rams went head-to-head with both the Leopards and the Engineers in the Patriot League. And he wasn't always an outsider, having served as a Lehigh assistant from 1993-95 and as its offensive coordinator in '94 and '95. The Morning Call asked Clawson for a scouting report. Last year, he enthusiastically agreed, saying, "In all my years of coaching, that game was by far the most fun to get ready for. It was just neat to get so excited about football." This year, Clawson's improving Rams are 5-4 overall, 4-2 in the league facing a home finale against Holy Cross Saturday. Just like last year, his crew split with the two Lehigh Valley rivals, giving unbeaten Lehigh (9-0, 6-0) all it could handle before bowing 31-21 and defeating Lafayette (2-7, 1-5) 45-24. He readily agreed to an encore for LC-LU No. 137, which will unfold at 12:37 p.m. Saturday at Lehigh's Goodman Stadium.

Tuesday, November 13, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards' defense rises to challenge
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A disturbing pattern was beginning to develop again at Georgetown's Kehoe Field on Saturday. Lafayette, like it had done the previous four weeks, took the opening kickoff, drove down the field for a score, then gave up big yardage and a score to its opponent to wipe out all the early momentum it just gained. "Here we go again," went the collective silent sigh from the few Lafayette faithful who made the four-hour trip south. But somewhere between the time Georgetown's Marc Samuel kicked a 23-yard field goal to make it 7-3 with 6 minutes, 8 seconds to go in the first quarter and Sean Peterson hit Luke McArdle with a 5-yard scoring pass to again bring the Hoyas within four points early in the second, the Leopard defenders decided they had had enough of those naked bootleg passes that Peterson was executing too easily.

Sunday, November 11, 2001

FOOTBALL: McCourt helps Leopards sprint to victory
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
WASHINGTON, D.C. - When Joe McCourt sees daylight, his eyes get bigger. They almost popped out of their sockets Saturday at Georgetown University's Kehoe Field. Lafayette's freshman running back had all kinds of running room against the Hoyas as the Leopards broke a four-game losing streak with a 37-17 Patriot League triumph in front of 1,786 fans. McCourt finished with a career-best 184 yards on 23 carries and Lafayette piled up 484 total yards to get a win it absolutely had to have. The victory not only pulled the Leopards (2-7 overall, 1-5 league) out of the league basement, but gave them some momentum heading toward next Saturday's season finale at archrival Lehigh.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette runs through Georgetown, 37-17
The Morning Call
Lafayette pounded the ball on the ground by rushing for a season-high 276 yards on the way to a 37-17 Patriot League win at Georgetown Saturday. Joe McCourt led the way with 23 carries for 184 yards including 4- and 8-yard touchdown runs. The Leopards (2-7, 1-5 Patriot) controlled the game early by taking a 14-3 lead in the first quarter then a 24-10 lead going into halftime over the Hoyas (3-6, 0-5 Patriot). Scott Warden got into the running attack with a 8-yard touchdown run.

FOOTBALL: Georgetown Defenseless Against Lafayette, Still Winless in Patriot League
The Washington Post/ By Seth Emerson
As it marched onto Kehoe Field yesterday, the Georgetown football team exuded a slight swagger, something that's been absent most of this season. The Hoyas, in the midst of a difficult season, were coming off a big win, and with last-place Lafayette on the opposite sideline, their confidence seemed justified. Three hours later, the swagger was once again replaced by frustration. Lafayette won the matchup of winless Patriot League teams, 37-17.

Friday, November 9, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards, Hoyas renew old rivalry
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
When Lafayette and Georgetown last met in football, Hitler was not yet considered a threat to this nation. The year was 1937, a time when Georgetown was called the Hilltoppers and Lafayette the Maroon. And Charley Reilly was called the Easton Express Sports Editor. "A persistency at passing plucked victory for Lafayette over Georgetown at Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C., Saturday afternoon," Reilly wrote. "The score was 6-0 as George Lentz tossed a 30-yard heave to Tom Kearns, who took the ball and stepped off the remaining six yards for the only touchdown of the game." Lafayette threw 31 passes - called "forwards" by Reilly in his story - "the 31st and last, resulting in the only score of the game." Flash forward to 2001, as the teams renew a series that began in 1902 with a Patriot League game Saturday (12:30 p.m.) at slightly smaller Kehoe Field (2,400 capacity). New to the league for football this season, the Hoyas (3-5 overall, 0-4 league) now will be regular opponents for the Leopards (1-7, 0-5).

Thursday, November 8, 2001

FOOTBALL: Georgetown's stadium is something new for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
When Lafayette tackles Patriot League neophyte Georgetown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on the Astroturf of Kehoe Field in Washington, D.C., Leopards' coach Frank Tavani will be one of the few members of the traveling party who's experienced it. Tavani last visited Kehoe in 1982, his last year as an assistant coach at Franklin & Marshall. He hopes at least a few things have changed since then. "It's a real interesting place to play," Tavani said Tuesday, rolling his eyes. "I'm hoping it's changed a little bit. At that time, both teams were on the same sideline, 10 yards apart - and that became very interesting late in the game when we had a little confrontation. I hope that's changed."

Tuesday, November 6, 2001

FOOTBALL: 'Pards go flat after fast start
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - This time it wasn't that close. For the first time in what has been an excruciatingly long football season, Lafayette must find a way to regroup following a lopsided Patriot League loss in the wake of last Saturday's 45-24 setback to Fordham. With only two games to go, including the season finale against archrival Lehigh on Nov. 17, time is running out on the Leopards, who are being steered philosophically by coach Frank Tavani. "Like anytime in life with anything, there's always things that are a lot worse," Tavani said. "Somebody said to me, 'such as?' I said, 'Sept. 11, whatever.' I can name a thousand things - people with no arms or legs, you name it. There are worse things, and you have to deal with them. But tomorrow is another day, and we'll move on to Georgetown." The Leopards (1-7 overall, 0-5 league) will visit the Hoyas on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday, November 4, 2001

FOOTBALL: Leopards are still finding ways to lose
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
EASTON - The season from Hell appeared to be taking a detour early in Lafayette's Patriot League clash with visiting Fordham Saturday afternoon. The Leopards scored touchdowns on two of their first three possessions, had a 14-3 lead and were in control. By halftime, they started losing their grip. And by the end, they were finding ways to cope with another setback as Fordham came away with a 45-24 win. More grief, more anger, more to ponder. Despite a solid ground game that churned out 139 yards, more efficient numbers from quarterback Marko Glavic (18-for-26, 208 yards, two TDs) and an offense that produced 26 first downs while winning the time-of-possession battle, Lafayette (1-7 overall, 0-5 Patriot) still was defeated.

FOOTBALL: Leopards follow custom as Rams pull away, 45-24
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
As has been its custom ever since the Columbia game four weeks ago, Lafayette opened Saturday's Patriot League game with Fordham at Fisher Field with an impressive scoring drive, capping the 80-yard, 15-play march with a deft 11-yard touchdown pass from Marko Glavic to fellow sophomore John Weyrauch. Unfortunately, while the Leopards did beat Columbia that day, they haven't been able to make winning customary. And although Lafayette jumped to an 11-point lead over the suddenly-competitive Rams, the Leopards also continued to make turnovers a custom. Lafayette threw four interceptions and fumbled the ball away once, and Fordham outscored it 28-7 in the second half to win going away, 45-24.

Friday, November 2, 2001

FOOTBALL: Azeez won't be stopped by injury
The Express-Times/ By Nick Fierro
No way was Darnell Azeez going to end his senior football season with three games to go. Lafayette College's starting left cornerback had enough of that last year when an ankle injury in the third game finished him for the season. Now it was the second quarter of a Patriot League game against Colgate, and Azeez lay on the ground in agony, his shoulder having just been separated. Actually, Azeez felt more anguish than pain. "When I first went down, I was just angry because I had just missed a sack," he said. "So I looked up and saw the quarterback running. My first instinct was to get up and (chase him) but then I noticed my shoulder and I thought I better stay down. I didn't know what to do. I've never been taken off the field before." Azeez asked that his shoulder be popped back into place so he could finish the game - and the season. His wish was granted.

Thursday, November 1, 2001

FOOTBALL: Growing up a keeper is good for this Leopard snapper
The Morning Call/ By Ted Meixell
When Chris Royle snaps the ball to Marko Glavic on Saturday (12:30 p.m.) at Fisher Field, he will have made his 24th consecutive start as the Leopards' center. Royle, a hulking 6-3, 285-pound junior out of Hunterdon Central High in New Jersey, has been the unofficial leader of Lafayette's offensive line ever since he broke into the lineup as a freshman in the sixth game of the 1999 season. Last year, he was named to the second-team All-Patriot League. With the first-teamer now graduated, Royle's a good bet to earn first-team honors following this season. Impressive stuff, to be sure. But Royle's ascension is even more impressive when one considers that, until the spring of his sophomore year in high school, he was more likely to become Lafayette's soccer goalie than its All-League football center.