goleopards.com - Lafayette Leopards Official Athletic Site


Lafayette News Stand


Thursday, July 31, 2014

FOOTBALL
Patriot League football seeing many changes, but competitiveness and parity haven't shifted a bit
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

FOOTBALL
Patriot League football preseason poll doesn't mean much to Lehigh, Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Greg Joyce
 
FOOTBALL
Defending Patriot League champ Lafayette getting 'no respect'
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Paul Reinhard: Lafayette coach Tavani leaner and meaner?
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Fordham is near-unanimous pick to win the Patriot League football title
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
 
FOOTBALL
A lot to celebrate in Patriot
The Sports Network/ By Craig Haley
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette and Lehigh excited about season and 150th meeting
WFMZ-69
 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College hosts 11th annual Lauren's First and Goal football camp for special cause
The Express-Times/ By Greg Joyce
 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

FOOTBALL
Tau Could Be the Key to Monitoring Brain Damage From Concussions
Newsweek/ By Michael Brick
 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College defensive coordinator Art Link wants to attack, attack and attack some more
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Friday, May 9, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani feels 'very grateful, very lucky' after coronary bypass
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, May 3, 2014

MEN'S TENNIS
Lafayette tennis player is accepted after coming out as gay
The Morning Call/ By JD Malone
 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette football coach Tavani recovering from heart procedure
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

MEN'S LACROSSE
Patriot League Men's Lacrosse Coach of the Year award to be named after Lafayette's William Lawson
The Express-Times
 

Friday, April 18, 2014

MEN'S LACROSSE
Patriot League to honor Lawson's memory with lacrosse award
The Morning Call
 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's versatile players making football team stronger all spring
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Mark Ross leaves behind legacy of athletic, academic success that was richly earned, is hard to replace
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, April 12, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's spring football event a success under any name
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College senior wide receiver Mark Ross named team MVP
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette football team has a rough scrimmage, but coaches see improvement
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Crawford, QBs, RBs and other Lafayette football notes
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, April 11, 2014

FOOTBALL
Spring scrimmage, 2013 awards dinner on tap Saturday for Lafayette Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

FOOTBALL
Freedom High grad Zack Mazur returns to roots as offensive lineman in Lafayette spring football
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Monday, April 7, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Mark Dodd has quite a legacy to live up to at middle linebacker
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

FOOTBALL
Visiting student-athletes treated to a good show by the Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team has moved beyond 2013 title to trying to win another
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

FOOTBALL
An afternoon at spring football practice with the Lafayette Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Monday, March 24, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette football has plenty of work to do this spring
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Are you ready for some Lafayette spring football?
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, March 8, 2014

FOOTBALL
Zach Zweizig: And now, the rest of the story
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette quarterback Zach Zweizig considering playing again after concussion
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, March 7, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette won't have your traditional spring camp this year
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette women's basketball team's upset bid falls short against American in Patriot League tournament
The Express-Times/ By Harvey Valentine
 

Monday, March 3, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team ousts Loyola from Patriot League tournament
The Express-Times/ By Harvey Valentine
 

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thursday, February 27, 2014
FOOTBALL
The timing may be perfect for Lafayette's Link to the future
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College names defensive coordinator
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
FOOTBALL
Patriot League spring football primer
The Sports Network/ By Craig Haley
 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team might host Patriot League play-in game
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Sunday, February 23, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team tops Lehigh University
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette continues its second-half rebound, holds off Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh set to do battle today in men's basketball
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette men getting their late-season act together
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Saturday, February 15, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team upsets American University
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette's Hinrichs reaches milestone in dominant second half
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Seth Hinrichs scores his 1,000th career point in Lafayette College basketball team's win over Loyola (Md.)
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Heard family, Lafayette teaming for Shave for the Brave event
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Saturday, February 8, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team finally wins at Bucknell's Sojka Pavilion
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Balanced Lafayette women win fourth game in a row
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
FOOTBALL
National Signing Day: Lafayette football recruiting class finally brings Leopards' numbers up to speed
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Pen Argyl's Mike DePaolo, Nazareth's Matt Tuerk thrilled to be part of Lafayette College football
The Express-Times/ By Kyle Craig
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College announces 26 football signings, including four local recruits
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette expands its reach for football recruits
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Quotes and thoughts on the latest Lafayette FB news
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette hoping Hinrichs' return signals turnaround to its season
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette men's basketball team defeats Navy for first Patriot League win
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Ptasinski, defense power Leopard men to first Patriot League basketball win 72-54 over Navy
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, January 31, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Seth Hinrichs works his way back onto the floor for Lafayette College basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FOOTBALL
Former Eagles president, Lafayette coach Harry Gamble dies
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Harry Gamble, former Eagles GM, Penn coach, dies
Philadelphia Inquirer
 
FOOTBALL
Former Philadelphia Eagles president, Lafayette coach Harry Gamble dies
The Express-Times
 
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team loses to Colgate to remain winless in Patriot League play
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Monday, January 27, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Hinrichs returns, winning doesn't for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Homan stays hot, Fiacco sets record as Lafayette routs Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College women's basketball team trounces Lehigh
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lehigh continues Lafayette's losing streak
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lehigh University men's basketball team holds on for win over Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani delighted by contract extension: 'What a quality of life we have at Lafayette'
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette football coach Tavani gets contract extension
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette men's basketball team loses heartbreaker to Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette's losing streak continues after last-second miss
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Transfers viable options for some Patriot League men's basketball programs
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team drops to 0-5 in Patriot League with loss to Loyola
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Sunday, January 19, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College men's basketball standout Brian Burke
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette men entrenched in a real defensive funk
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Monday, January 13, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team drops to 0-5 in Patriot League with loss to Loyola
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Saturday, January 11, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Boston keeps winning, keeps Lafayette on skids
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team drops decision to Bucknell
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team drops decision to Bucknell
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette defense comes up short again in loss to Bucknell
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Brandon Venturini's career day leads Navy past Lafayette College men's basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Harvey Valentine
 

Thursday, January 2, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team opens Patriot League play with 85-66 loss to Army
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette again brings out best in Army
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Sunday, December 29, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College basketball standout Ted Cole
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Friday, December 28, 2013

FOOTBALL
Several players' decisions impact Lafayette's football roster
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, December 27, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team blown out 90-58 by Seton Hall
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Friday, December 20, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Nick Lindner a quick study at point guard for Lafayette College basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team pulls away for 79-54 victory over Immaculata
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Sunday, December 8, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette women can't slow down Stony Brook
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football: Looking beyond New Hampshire to a bright future
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

FOOTBALL
No looking back for Lafayette's Tavani, just ahead to 2104
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Closing the Lafayette notebook one more time
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, November 30, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team defeats Penn 79-76 for first win of the season
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team gets run over by New Hampshire in FCS first-round playoff game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team faced overwhelming talent gap in FCS playoff loss at New Hampshire
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Patriot League teams playing catch-up to Colonial Athletic Association
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
New Hampshire rolls past Lafayette 45-7 in FCS football
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team seeks sorely lacking respect in FCS playoff game at New Hampshire
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Friday, November 29, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette-New Hampshire: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College sets new goal on gridiron: win the school's first playoff game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Maxim Ngolla making a difference finishing off games
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Mark Ross named Patriot League Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Brothers from Central Catholic leading New Hampshire vs. Lafayette in NCAA playoff
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Drew Reed's omission from any postseason Patriot League honors makes no sense
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette linebacker Aloi glad he stuck it out, may come back
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Pujals or Reed, Sherman or Scheuerman: a look at the numbers
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette loses another heart-breaker on buzzer-beating 3-pointer
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team remains winless after loss to Yale
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Anthony Baker coming home for FCS playoff tilt
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh football players honored on 2013 All-Patriot League teams
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Justin Adams returns to the football field with a vengeance
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette hit-and-run victim makes slow progress, college president says
The Express-Times/ By Lynn Ondrusek
 

Monday, November 25, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team excited for opportunity to face New Hampshire in FCS playoffs
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team excited for opportunity to face New Hampshire in FCS playoffs
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Leopards' Reed honored again ... now on to 'the Dungeon'
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football senior class is a program-changer after epic win over Lehigh
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College to face New Hampshire in first-round FCS playoff game Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College, Lehigh University football teams can take future motivation from 149th meeting
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette to play at New Hampshire in first round of FCS playoffs
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Bounces finally went Lafayette's way
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, November 23, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College freshman quarterback Drew Reed impresses against Lehigh, wins MVP award
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team pulls away from Lehigh for Patriot League title
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette QB Drew Reed says his MVP award recognizes team effort
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Resurgent Leopards are a story of survival
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette routs Lehigh 50-28 to claim Patriot League title and playoff berth
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
 
FOOTBALL
Five reasons why the Lafayette College football team beats Lehigh today
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Friday, November 22, 2013

FOOTBALL
Keys to a Lafayette football victory over Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Randall Logan and other Lafayette vs. Lehigh-related stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh football rivalry a survivor in constantly changing college football scene
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette at Lehigh football notebook: Ground game will take pressure off inexperienced quarterbacks
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

FOOTBALL
In the FCS Huddle: The 149th meeting between Lafayette and Lehigh may in fact be the most unique and most important matchup yet
The Sports Network/ By Brandon Lawrence
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th game at Yankee Stadium on pace to shatter rivalry's attendance records
The Express-Times/ By Kurt Bresswein
 
FOOTBALL
150th Lafayette-Lehigh game at Yankee Stadium a hot ticket
The Morning Call/ By JD Malone
 
FOOTBALL
A look back at Lafayette football season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College, Lehigh University looking to future, not past, for success in showdown Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh football teams' probable starters for 149th meeting
The Express-Times
 

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Princeton University men's basketball team holds on for 81-80 overtime win over Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
FOOTBALL
Lehigh University football coach Andy Coen won't name quarterback vs. Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh is so big, two TV networks are doing game
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Brad Bormann providing championship-level leadership for Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Ross has worked his way to the top
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Bormann, Lafayette entertain visions of Patriot League football title
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
More Mark Ross ... and lots of Brad Bormann
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College women's basketball team off to its best start in eight seasons
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Monday, November 18, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football team's deserved upset of Fordham brings extra sizzle to Lehigh game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College made sure there will be a whole lot of extra sizzle for what should be a prime steak dinner of football Saturday at Goodman Stadium. It's true that Lehigh's dominating win at Colgate Saturday afternoon meant that the 149th meeting of college football's most familiar rivals would be for the Patriot League championship and FCS playoff berth no matter what the Leopards did against Fordham later in the afternoon. But what the Leopards did Saturday evening -- physically dominate the No. 5 team in the FCS, a 10-0 team that had beaten Temple, Villanova and Lehigh in a decisive 27-14 win -- means that Lafayette will march into Goodman with momentum, optimism and excitement galore.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette stays grounded in handing Fordham first loss
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
With the Lafayette running game having produced only 171 yards rushing on 65 attempts in its two previous games, coach Frank Tavani, certainly against his perfect will and perhaps a bit begrudgingly, opened the door for a wide-open offensive attack for its game against undefeated Fordham. And, guess what happened! A good old-fashioned running game broke out. The Leopards, held to under 100 yards on the ground in five of their first nine games, rushed for 245 yards -- their best total in more than a year -- and that was a major factor in allowing them to end Fordham's hopes for its first unbeaten season since 1937.

FOOTBALL: Playoffs, we're talking FCS playoffs here
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette-Lehigh situation with regard to the NCAA FCS postseason tournament will get plenty of play during the week. I wonder what the people in the league office are thinking -- or hoping. Lehigh is 8-2 and has the more recent playoff experience. Lafayette is 4-6 and seeking to do what it did in 1994 - with the league title with a losing overall record. There were no postseason playoffs in 1994, but the Leopards did finish 5-6. What now for Fordham? Here's what Coach Joe Moorhead had to say when I asked him about that after the game on Saturday.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team puts it all together to knock No. 5 Fordham from the unbeaten ranks
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's senior football class has been waiting four years for what happened tonight. It was worth it. The Leopards played their best football in several years, put all aspects of the game together and hammered previously unbeaten Fordham -- at No. 5, the highest-ranked team to ever visit Fisher Stadium -- 27-14 in a Senior Day win for the ages in front of 5,939 fans who certainly made the right choice of what to do with their time on a perfect fall night.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette ends Fordham's unbeaten streak
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Drew Reed looked very much like a freshman quarterback on Saturday, but 21 other Lafayette players had his back from start to finish and knocked Fordham from the ranks of the unbeaten with a dominating Senior Day performance in Fisher Stadium. Some people might have expected the Leopards to just play their way through this game, knowing that for the Patriot League championship and a berth in the FCS postseason playoffs are on the line next Saturday.

FOOTBALL: The Leopards took some shots, but gave plenty in return
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette gave up 297 yards of offense in the first half against undefeated Fordham Saturday afternoon, and yet I never had the feeling the walls were about the cave in at any moment. Maybe it was because of what happened on the first series of the game. Lafayette won the coin flip for the eighth straqight time, and while coach Frank Tavani had intimated earlier in the week that he might take the ball if that happened this week, the actual result was as the other seven had been - defer. Fordham started it first possession on the 15-yard line, and on the first play, Carlton Koonce went right up the middle for 20 yards. Two plays later, quarterback Peter Maetzold hit wide receiver Brian Wetzel down the middle of the field for a 30-yard gain to the Lafayette 35.

Friday, November 15, 2013

FOOTBALL: Fordham at Lafayette FB: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Fordham (10-0) ... Lafayette (3-6) ... still, so much at stake at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Stadium. Some things to think about as we get ready for it.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College taking on unbeaten Fordham and its spectacular statistics
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The magnitude of the task at hand facing Lafayette College's football team when unbeaten, No. 5-ranked Fordham becomes the highest-ranked FCS team to visit Fisher Stadium Saturday (3:30 p.m.) can be judged from the categories in which the 10-0 Rams are ranked No. 1 in the Patriot League: Scoring offense (39.1 points). Scoring defense (23.4). Total offense (528.5 yards per game). Pass offense (353.4). Pass defense (190.2). Pass efficiency (167.4 rating). Rushing touchdowns (21). Pass defense efficiency (109.3). Interceptions by (13). Punting (37.7 net per punt). PAT kicking (45 of 46). First downs (26.8 per game). Third down conversions (50.7 percent). Turnover margin (plus-10). Red zone defense (67.6 percent scores allowed). Whew.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

GENERAL: Give Lafayette College high marks for Kirby Sports Center renovation
The Express-Times/ By Barry Miller
Step inside Lafayette College's Kirby Sports Center gym this winter and it hits you right away. It''s brighter, it''s more colorful and cozier. It''s more comfortable, too. Workers lightened the court, painted the walls, added bench seating at the previously open end and turned bench seating into chair seating to the portions of the stands alongside the court as part of a $1.7 million renovation.

FOOTBALL: Patriot League football race is down to three teams and one, maybe two, games
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
The race for the Patriot League crown and the automatic berth to the NCAA FCS playoffs is down to three teams and one or two games. Lehigh plays Colgate on Saturday at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y. If the Mountain Hawks win, the following Saturday's contest against Lafayette at Goodman Stadium would decide the league champ and postseason qualifier. It would figure to be a wonderful send-off to a special event that won't be played again in the Lehigh Valley until 2015 when it returns to Lehigh after the 150th game is played at New York's Yankee Stadium. However, if Colgate wins this Saturday, the Raiders clinch the playoff shot and meeting No. 149 between Lehigh and Lafayette becomes primarily about Lehigh Valley bragging rights, although the Leopards would still have a shot at a share of the league title.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Jake McTighe always puts the team first
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
When Frank Tavani looks at his senior defensive end Jake McTighe, the Lafayette College head football coach sees more than an aggressive, active defender and secure tackler who has overcome a position switch, a side-of-the-ball-change and a serious injury to enjoy an outstanding season. What Tavani sees is a commitment to the broader good. "Jake's one of the guys who is all about the team," said Tavani of McTighe at Tuesday's weekly Lafayette football press luncheon focusing on Saturday's visit from No. 5-ranked and unbeaten (10-0) Fordham on Senior Day (3:30 p.m.).

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team falls 90-81 to Robert Morris
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team didn't quite have the sparkling performance it needed to match its newly-renovated arena. Senior guard Karvel Anderson scored a team-high 21 points and Robert Morris escaped College Hill with a 90-81 victory over the Leopards in their first game since the Kirby Sports Center underwent its facelift in the offseason. It was the first meeting between the teams since Robert Morris (1-1) prevailed 83-70 in Easton in 2008. RMU, which leads the series 3-0, also came out on top 88-76 in 2007 on the Colonials' home floor. Sophomore guard Bryce Scott led the Leopards (0-2) with a career-high 25 points. Junior center Dan Trist added 18 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Junior guard Joey Ptasinski scored 15 points and junior forward Seth Hinrichs finished with 14.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Robert Morris rallies past Lafayette men
The Morning Call/ By Stephen Miller
The refurbished Kirby Sports Center received its grand reveal Tuesday when the Lafayette men played their first home game of the season. The Leopards could not muster a closing effort good enough for an opening win in their new digs. A Seth Hinrichs backdoor cut and dunk with 9:12 to play gave the home crowd a jolt and the Leopards a nine-point lead. Robert Morris answered with a 33-15 spurt, pulling away for a 90-81 win in a nonleague men's basketball game.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette to face unbeaten and fifth-ranked Fordham football team
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani didn't have to trot out his favorite comment about the fine line between winning and losing during Tuesday's weekly media luncheon. The consummate example of that reality is staring him in the face this week. Fordham is the No. 5-ranked FCS team in the country. Ten victories, no losses. But, dominant? At times, perhaps. Like 52-7 over Columbia or 51-26 over Rhode Island or 52-31 over Yale. But 23-21 over Bucknell, 32-30 over Holy Cross, 27-24 over Villanova and 30-29 over Temple? Fine line. Then you have Lafayette. The Leopards' 26-24 game against Sacred Heart, 27-21 with Penn and 28-24 with Colgate qualify as fine-line games. But in this case, all were losses, leaving Tavani's team at 3-6 with two games to play. It may look like the classic case of teams headed in different directions, but when they meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Stadium, Fordham and Lafayette have very similar goals in front of them.

FOOTBALL: Leopards, 6-for-16 on fourth-down conversions, missed a critical one Saturday
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
So much has been made of the critical fourth-down call in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Lafayette-Colgate game that I decided to do a little quick research project. The goal: chronicle fourth-down plays by the Leopards this season. It really hurt to do this because the very first thing I came into contact with was that horrible four-downs-inside-the-10 from the opening game against Sacred Heart. Remember that one? It was the Leopards' first actual drive of the year, although they already had a 7-0 lead on Matt Smalley's 98-yard kickoff return. Zach Zweizig was 4-for-4 passing in the driver, including a 32-yard connection with Mark Ross on a third-and-5 that put the ball on the SHU 7. Zweizig tried to do it himself on first down, getting five yards to the 2. Then it was Ross Scheuerman for one yard on second down and Pat Creahan for nothing on third down. Scheuerman was stacked up for a one-yard loss on fourth down.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team shows considerable promise off tough loss at Villanova
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When Lafayette College's men's basketball team takes on Robert Morris in its first game in the spiffy newly renovated Allan P. Kirby Sports Center on Tuesday night, it will field a team worthy of its sparkling new digs. The Leopards who dropped a hard-fought 75-59 decision at Villanova on Friday night, looks to be one Leopards fans should be excited to see and follow all season. They'll certainly enjoy doing so in a gym with new seating, a new scoreboard/video board and a closed-in end of the court that should increase Lafayette's already formidable homecourt edge. The Leopards are 348-167 (.675) in Kirby since 1973 because the facility holds in crowd noise better than most. And there should be a lot to make noise about this winter.

Monday, November 11, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's offensive struggles show the days of power football are passing, even on College Hill
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
About 10 words from Lehigh University football play-by-play broadcaster Matt Kerr set off a chain reaction of those moments of sudden realization, what James Joyce called an "epiphany," for this columnist Saturday afternoon. The end of those moments came at Fisher Stadium a few hours later during Lafayette College's heartbreaking 28-24 loss to Colgate, and may offer a lesson for the Leopards. While en route to College Hill and listening to the radio broadcast of Lehigh's win over Holy Cross, I heard Kerr say, "First-and-goal at the Holy Cross five; five wide receivers wide for Lehigh."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette FB: To kick or receive, and other stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette has won the pregame coin flip the last seven games in a row and has deferred every time, but don't be surprised if, should it win the flip on Saturday afternoon, Lafayette elects to take the football. "This game says I should stop deferring and take the ball," Leopards Coach Frank Tavani said Sunday as we talked about the crucial first half of Lafayette's Patriot League game against Colgate. And yet, if the coach reads this, he may decide not to change a thing. Besides, he said, "(Deferring) is still the way I like to go." The whole idea - and most teams seems to subscribe to it - is that you elect to kickoff at the start, get a defensive stop and take control of the field position game. Then you also get the ball at the start of the third period and, as Tavani said, "Theoretically, that's one less possession for the opponent in the second half." Tavani brought it up on Sunday because Colgate used the opening possession of the game as the spark for what turned out to be a perfect offensive half - four possessions, four touchdowns and a 28-10 halftime lead.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team loses the battle of the trenches and thus the game to Colgate
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When Lafayette College needed to put it on the line in Saturday's Patriot League championship showdown against visiting Colgate, the line didn't hold. The Leopards lost the battle of the trenches far too often and, as a result, dropped a 28-24 decision to the Raiders that dealt a body blow to Lafayette's league championship hopes in front of 8,743 mostly disappointed fans, a loss that assured Lafayette its fourth straight losing season.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette must shake off loss and focus on next two games
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When Frank Tavani went home after Lafayette's football game with Colgate on Saturday, it should have been a happy time. His son was in from San Diego; his mother and his sister were over, too. But in the wake of the Leopards' momentum-breaking 28-24 loss to the Raiders, the head coach was anything but a congenial host. "They know," he said Sunday. "They don't want to be around you. I was as upset as I've ever been." So at 9 p.m., he went back to his Bourger Varsity Football House office and, between then and 1:30 a.m., he watched every play on each phase of the game, "and when the sun rose [Sunday] morning, I already had my ideas."

Saturday, November 9, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette overmatched by a hungry Colgate
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani has said repeatedly that he roots for Lehigh to win football games on all but one weekend a year, but it's very possible he has never been more in the corner of his arch-rival than he will be next Saturday. Tavani's Leopards were surprisingly overmatched by hungry Colgate on both sides of the ball in the first half Saturday, digging themselves into a hole from which they ultimately could not escape. Now they have lost control of their own destiny in the Patriot League, and the help they need will have to come from Lehigh. Colgate, on the brink of elimination, played what Coach Dick Biddle called its best half in a long time offensively, and then, faced with letting it all slip away, the Raiders stood tough and clung to a 28-24 victory that put them in the driver's seat in the race for the league title and an FCS playoff berth. Colgate is now 3-1 in the league and can clinch the playoff spot by defeating the Brown and White Nov. 16 in Hamilton, N.Y. They would also clinch at least a tie for the league title.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's 28-24 loss to Colgate had lots of highs and lows
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
At the half of Saturday night's Lafayette-Colgate game, I tweeted the following: "You know you're getting stomped on when the opposing coach calls three timeouts in the final minute of the first half when you're pinned inside your own 10." Coaches Frank Tavani of Lafayette and Dick Biddle of Colgate are buddies, but on this day, too much was at stake for the Raiders, so, even though they led 28-10 and had the Leopards pinned down to their own 3-yard line and facing a second-and-28 after a wild center snap resulted in an 18-yard loss, Biddle called his first timeout with 1:24 left on the clock.

Friday, November 8, 2013

FOOTBALL: Colgate at Lafayette: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Did you know ... Gavin McCarney is not the only offensive weapon who has had injury problems this season. John Wilkins, a 233-pound tailback who had a big spring and was being touted as the next Jordan McCord-type runner for the Raiders, was injured in the second quarter of the second game of the season and has not played since. He led the Raiders in rushing in the opener with 90 yards and he had 76 yards on 11 carries in the second game before suffering a knee injury. Then just last week, Daniel Cason, an East Stroudsburg South grad who has been Colgate's most dependable receiver - even if he has not scored many touchdowns - went down and will miss the remainder of the year.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team falls in opener to Villanova
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team might not be the only squad to get a major boost from a freshman quarterback -- so to speak -- this season. The point guard in basketball can be considered the on-court signal caller. And based on Leopards freshman Nick Lindner's all-around performance in tonight's season opener, he may prove as critical to the hardwood Leopards as fellow freshman Drew Reed has been to the gridiron Leopards. Lindner, a 5-foot-10, 161-pound resident of nearby Doylestown, Pa., had eight points, seven assists, four rebounds, four turnovers and a steal to help Lafayette hang in and hang in and hang in with the Wildcats, a Big East Conference power, before Villanova pulled away for a 75-59 win that was a lot closer than the final score before 6,500 fans at The Pavilion.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team opens at Villanova; Lehigh travels to Minnesota
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Fran O'Hanlon said it's always a pleasure to return to his stomping grounds. However, the veteran Lafayette College men's basketball coach will be all business when his Leopards open the season against Villanova at 8 tonight at the Pavilion in Villanova, Pa. "Obviously, it's exciting for me personally," said O'Hanlon, a former standout player at Villanova (Class of 1970). "I'll get to see a lot of friends. I loved my time at Villanova. They were some of the best years of my life." O'Hanlon has developed a strong rapport with Wildcats coach Jay Wright. "Jay Wright has been great to me," O'Hanlon said, "but they're still going to try to kick our butt." O'Hanlon doesn't try to hide the fact that the Wildcats of the Big East Conference will be bigger and more athletic than his Leopards.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women utilizing new system in light of new rules
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette coach Dianne Nolan encouraged captains Danielle Fiacco, Kristan Liddle and Madeline Fahan this summer to take part in regular Google chats after reading chapters from Jeff Janssen's book, "The team captain's leadership manual." The book and group discussions helped the trio as they tried to become leaders respected by coaches and trusted by teammates. Nolan then had the captains set up a players-only Facebook page to post each individual's daily workouts as a way of making everyone accountable for their offseason conditioning and dedication. It was during that time when the players came up with the motto for the 2013-14 season: All for One. After Nolan saw the players committed to both projects, she decided to go back to a basketball philosophy from more than two decades ago to hopefully take the Leopards to the next level in the immediate future, which begins at 7 tonight when they host Rider at the newly remodeled Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette looking to develop into another Patriot League title contender
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenck
Coach Fran O'Hanlon is excited to see old friends when he leads Lafayette to Villanova, his alma mater, in tonight's season opener. The 1970 graduate is hoping to get the last laugh with those friends, but that will be based on how his players perform against one of the Big East's top teams, led by Liberty High graduate Darrun Hilliard. Freshman Nick Lindner is going home, too. The Doylestown resident will be excited to see friends, much younger in age than O'Hanlon's pals. But it is Lindner's lack of college game experience that O'Hanlon will be watching closely.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team knows it's all on the line Saturday against Colgate
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Ask Lafayette College senior middle linebacker Mike Boles if Saturday's Patriot League date at Fisher Stadium with Colgate (3:30 p.m.) is the most important game in his Leopard career, and you get a smile, a nod and this response: "You could say that." And you'd be right. Because, for the first time since 2009, Lafayette (3-5, 3-0 PL) is playing for a league title, which they will earn at least a share of by defeating the Raiders (3-6, 2-1). It would be Lafayette's first title since 2006.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team is picking up the pace
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Are you ready for some fast-paced basketball? The Lafayette College women certainly are. Fourth-year coach Dianne Nolan has installed a new substitution system to hopefully take advantage of what she anticipates will be a very deep bench. Nolan, who believes she can go 12 deep, intends to rotate five new players during each four-minute interval which is constituted by a media timeout. "It's kind of like a hockey team," said Nolan, whose team opens at home Friday against Rider. "It's non-conventional, but I did it a few years when I was coaching Fairfield and it was very successful." The rotating units will be divided into two squads -- the Role Team and the Pards Team. The Role Team, which will come from a pool of six players, will start the game. The Pards Team, which will have seven players, will rotate in at the first media timeout.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette could be the champ by Saturday night
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
By Saturday night, the Patriot League championship may be decided. If Holy Cross beats Lehigh in a game that will finish about 3:30 p.m., and then about 10 miles to northeast and three hours later, Lafayette beats Colgate, the Leopards will be the 2013 outright champs and headed to the FCS national playoffs as the Patriot's automatic qualifier. It would be Lafayette's first outright crown since 1994. Just a win over the Raiders would give the Leopards a share of the title for the first time since 2006. However, if Lehigh beats Holy Cross and Colgate tops Lafayette, there would be a three-way tie atop the league standings and the setup for major drama on Nov. 16 and Nov. 23. Lehigh plays at Colgate on the 16th and has meeting No. 149 with Lafayette the following Saturday at Goodman Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Damarcus Ingram's revival helping boost the football team's surge
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Damarcus Ingram's football season at Lafayette College has gone the same way his team's has: a slow, injury-filled start followed by a big rush at the close. The junior defensive back celebrated his return to active duty last week following a concussion and a hamstring pull with his first career interception to help seal a 45-27 win over Georgetown that has put the Leopards in a very special position: a win away from a Patriot League championship. "That interception made me a lot more than happy," said the 5-foot-11, 184-pound Roswell, Ga. native at Tuesday's weekly Leopard media luncheon. "Words can't describe how I felt. The interception helped stopped (Georgetown) from coming back, and I was just living in the moment, out there having fun." Ingram and the Leopards (3-5, 3-0 league) could have a lot more fun Saturday when Colgate (3-6, 2-1) visits Fisher Stadium (3:30 p.m.). A win clinches at least a share of the Leopards' first league title since 2006; a win combined with a Lehigh (6-2, 1-1) loss to Holy Cross (3-7, 1-2) hands Lafayette its first outright league crown since 1994.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

FOOTBALL: Plenty at stake for Lafayette, Colgate
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Dick Biddle and Frank Tavani sounded at times Tuesday like a couple of trial attorneys making closing arguments. The question is: Were they trying to establish the strengths of their opponent's cases, or the weaknesses of their own? "We're just an average team right now," Biddle, who is in his 18th season as head football coach at Colgate, said during a conference call with Lehigh Valley media. "They're 3-5 and we're 3-6, but they're 3-5 and they're pumped up. We are 3-6 and looking like we're not very good or whatever. We're 2-1 in league, they're 3-0. It's just the attitude and playing with confidence; and right now, we're not playing with confidence and I think they are." Tavani responded, "No need to look further [ahead] than Colgate, a program that has dominated us over a 17-year period in which they've won 14 games and we've won three, two of which have been at our stadium. They're the defending champions. They have the trophy, we want it; we have to go out and earn it. No one is going to give us anything. We're just a 3-5 football team ... trying to earn back a little respect." The Leopards and the Raiders meet at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Stadium, and just as a year ago, the game has great significance in the Patriot League championship race.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Ingram contributes to football, medical teams
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When I asked Damarcus Ingram why he chose Lafayette College over Lehigh, Illinois State, Tennessee Tech and a number of other Southern schools, he never mentioned the Bourger Varsity Football House, Fisher Field or the coaching staff, things that invariably impress the high school kids. His first impression of Lafayette was that it is "academically solid, with a prowess so imposing compared to the other schools." And so he came to Easton from his Roswell, Ga., home to study biochemistry and French, not your average double major, for sure -- especially for an athlete. Oh, and to play football for the Leopards.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

FOOTBALL: Quietly, Lafayette stands atop Patriot League
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The 2013 Lafayette football team isn't getting any attention from the people who rate Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) teams each week. Not with five losses in eight games. But in the past two weeks, Lafayette has done things that sent a stat-happy guy back into the archives to find out when they last happened. When the Leopards defeated Georgetown 45-27 on Saturday for their second straight victory, they boosted their two-game offensive total to 88 points, their highest total in back-to-back games since 2006, when they scored 94 in the final two games of a Patriot League championship season.

FOOTBALL: Things to ponder while preparing for Colgate
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Some people and things to watch for and think about as Lafayette prepares to play its most important football game in four years on Saturday against Colgate.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team responds to coach Frank Tavani's tirade, rips Georgetown
The Express-Times/ By Harvey Valentine
Lafayette coach Frank Tavani decided not to wait until his team got into the locker room to tell the Leopards what he thought of their sluggish first half today at Georgetown. The Leopards led 14-7, but had rushed for only 13 yards while being outgained and outmuscled by a Georgetown team that had lost six straight. "At halftime I grabbed them on the field; that's never happened before," Tavani said. "I wanted to make sure before they even left the field they knew how I felt." His team got the message and outscored Georgetown 21-0 in the third quarter on the way to a 45-27 win at Multi-Sport Field. Lafayette (3-0, 3-5) won its second straight and claimed sole possession of first place in the Patriot League as Colgate (2-1, 3-6) lost to Bucknell. They also ended a three-game losing streak to Georgetown.

FOOTBALL: Leopards humble trash-talking Hoyas, 45-27
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When Lafayette's football team was being blitzed by injuries and losing to non-conference opponents earlier in the season, Coach Frank Tavani said, "Somebody's going to pay a serious price when we put this thing all together." On Saturday, for the second straight week, somebody paid, even though Tavani admitted afterward that things can still get better. And, as it was Oct. 26 at Holy Cross, it was a Patriot League foe that felt the wrath of a Lafayette team that seems to be getting in stride at just the right time. Freshman quarterback Drew Reed staged another impressing performance to lead the offense; the defense picked off three passes, and special teams produced a 99-yard kickoff return TD as the Leopards ended three years of frustrating losses to Georgetown by whipping the Hoyas 45-27 to take over sole possession of first place in the Patriot League.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette FB notebook: Patriot League title chase, much more
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I certainly wouldn't have predicted that Lafayette would go through two quarterbacks and have a freshman become the catalyst that brought life to its hopes of challenging for a Patriot League championship. But as Coach Frank Tavani said on Saturday, "We were down deep in the valley and we're climbing our way out of that hole. We did catch some news about what went on in the rest of the league, but we're all just about trying to enjoy this win and the four-hour ride home and then we'll go right to work on Colgate." What went on in the rest of the league was Bucknell's win over Colgate, which handed the Raiders their first league defeat, and Fordham's narrow victory over Holy Cross, which suddenly made the Rams appear a bit less formidable than was previously believed. Now, three teams have a chance at earning the league's automatic berth in the FCS postseason tournament. Lafayette is in the driver's seat with its 3-0 record, but the Leopards' remaining games are all against the other contenders, starting with Colgate (2-1 in league) Nov. 9. They are then at home to Fordham, which is not eligible for the league title, on Nov. 16 and at Lehigh (1-1 in league) on Nov. 23.

Friday, November 1, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette vs. Georgetown: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
So, because Halloween was on Thursday night, do we consider this to be Halloween weekend - or was that last week? I'm hoping that last weekend was Halloween weekend, because that would mean that the Lafayertte football team really did exorcise some demons when it defeated Holy Cross 41-23. Two of the worse performances by the Leopards in the past couple of years - and maybe longer - were on the Halloween weekend of 2011 and 2012. There was the seven-turnover loss to Bucknell in the snowstorm on Oct. 29, 2011and a seven-turnover loss to Georgetown on Oct. 27 of last year. Two things made those losses especially embarrassing - Lafayette was the favorite in both games, and both were in Fisher Stadium.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team needs to turn tables on tormentor Georgetown University to keep dreams alive
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The Georgetown Hoyas represent the face of Lafayette College's football frustration over the last three years. None of those seasons has been a successful one for the Leopards and all have featured brutal losses to the Hoyas. In 2010, Georgetown dealt Lafayette a come-from-behind 28-24 home defeat the Leopards never quite recovered from en route to a 2-9 season. In 2011, the Hoyas broke the Leopards' hearts in Washington, D.C., when a late Lafayette turnover preserved a 14-13 Hoya win, and the Leopards wound up 4-7. A year later saw the Leopards commit a staggering seven turnovers in a 20-17 loss on College Hill that, ultimately, cost Lafayette a winning season at 5-6.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team's 2014 schedule features Lehigh game at Yankee Stadium
The Express-Times
The Lafayette College football team will play four homes at Fisher Stadium and will host Lehigh on Nov. 22 at Yankee Stadium in the 150th game of college football's most played rivalry to highlight the Leopards' 2014 schedule.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College quarterback Drew Reed's amazing start a surprise to all, but perhaps shouldn't have been
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Drew Reed's dazzling starting debut as Lafayette College's quarterback took a lot of people by surprise. Including his own teammates. "I'll be honest with you, I think everyone was surprised," said Leopard junior defensive end James Coscia of Reed's eye-popping start in last week's 41-23 Patriot League defeat of Holy Cross. "I don't think there was a person not surprised." Reed's numbers would raise eyebrows if accomplished by a senior. From a freshman making his first start for a 1-5 team on the road at a stadium that has been a house of horrors for the Leopards (2-5, 2-0 PL), the numbers can shock. Reed completed 21 of 22 passes for 286 yards and five touchdowns. He completed 20 passes in succession to tie a Patriot League record.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette starting QB likely out for season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Coach Frank Tavani's voice trailed off as he gave an injury update on Lafayette quarterback Zach Zweizig on Tuesday. But his final, almost inaudible words were "highly unlikely for the season." Zwezig, a junior from Wilson West Lawn, has been sidelined since Sept. 21, but Tavani, even last week, still hoped he might return. That hope took a turn for the worse in the last week, however, and now the coach says "time is running out" because Zweizig continues to suffer from post-concussion syndrome. So on Tuesday, while Lafayette was still basking somewhat in the afterglow and celebration of the brilliant start of freshman Drew Reed's career at quarterback, the unpredictable nature of the future for Zweizig was magnified.

FOOTBALL: Filling up the bulletin board can be 'ridiculous'
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I guess it's all in the way you spin it. In my followup to Lafayette's 41-23 win over Holy Cross last Saturday, I wrote the following sentence: "The Hoyas have not been among the league's elite teams, but this year's Lafayette seniors have never beaten them, losing three straight games by a total of eight points in what Tavani referred to as `ridiculous style. Our seniors have a strong feeling about them.'" That's what he said. Why? Lafayette turned the ball over seven times in the 2012 loss. That's "ridiculous style," for sure.

Monday, October 28, 2013

FOOTBALL: New hope for Lafayette after win over Holy Cross
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
"I'm sure people wrote us off," Frank Tavani said on Sunday. "But we didn't go dead like a lot of people thought we were." Lafayette's football coach was speaking about what his detractors might have been saying or thinking after the Leopards lost all five of their nonconference games this season and committed 17 turnovers in doing so. But on Saturday, Lafayette, which even turned the ball over four times in its only 2013 victory, ran 59 offensive plays without an interception or a lost fumble and injected some new life into the season with a 41-23 victory over Holy Cross.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's record-setting wide receiver Mark Ross wants wins first
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Mark Ross cares about one thing when he steps on a football field. "I want to do anything I can to help the team win," said the Lafayette College senior wide receiver. The most significant way Ross helps the Leopards win is to catch passes. A lot of them. For a lot of yards. And a lot of points. In fact, after his dazzling performance -- 8 catches, 151 yards, three TDs -- in Saturday's rousing 41-23 Lafayette defeat of host Holy Cross, no one in Leopard history has ever caught more passes for more yards and more touchdowns than Mark Ross. "Lafayette has been playing football for 130 years, with such tradition and history," Ross said. "It's just an honor to have my name in the record book." In fact, Ross' name is all over the record book.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

FOOTBALL: Leopard update: Drew Reed, injuries, Zweizig and other stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Drew Reed laughed on Saturday when I asked him about the origin of his "identity" on the social media site, Twitter. Reed goes by @DMoneyReed. "Just kind of a nickname they gave me back home," Lafayette's freshman quarterback said. "Most of the passes I threw were completed, so they said I was always money. They called me DMoney and it just stuck with me." If he continues as he has in the first 45 ½ minutes of his college career, the blond-haired Lakeland, Tenn., native is liable to develop some kind of a cult following at Fisher Stadium by the time the Leopards return there to play Colgate on Nov. 9. If the Lafayette players don't get to thinking too highly of themselves and maintain the focus they took to Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass., on Saturday, the homecoming could be especially important. And, further, IF the Leopards can take care of business this week and IF the Raiders can do what Lehigh didn't do on Saturday - defeat Bucknell - the Nov. 9 meeting would have serious championship ramifications.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College freshman quarterback Drew Reed almost perfect in convincing win over Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Jennifer Toland
Understandably, Lafayette freshman quarterback Drew Reed had some jitters before Saturday's game against Holy Cross. After all, it was his first career start. But by the midway mark of the first quarter, when Reed threw his first of five touchdown passes, any and all anxiety was gone. Reed was poised and nearly perfect, completing 21 of 22 attempts for 283 yards to lead the Leopards to a convincing 41-23 win over the Crusaders at Fitton Field.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette tops Holy Cross 41-23 in Patriot League football
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
WORCESTER, Mass. -- On his second pass of the game Saturday, Lafayette freshman Drew Reed overthrew an open Mark Ross. For the rest of the day the rookie from Lakeland, Tenn., didn't miss a receiver -- 20 straight completions -- and eight times he hooked up with Ross to help the senior become Lafayette's all-time leader in career receptions and yards receiving. Together, they accounted for three touchdowns, and Reed threw for a total of five TDs -- a college record for a freshman -- as Lafayette routed Holy Cross 41-23 for its second Patriot League victory. The statistics are staggering. Reed was 21-for-22 passing for 283 yards and was not intercepted, and Ross caught eight passes for a season high 151 yards and TDs of 28, 12 and 31 yards as he boosted his career catches to 169 and his career yards receiving to 2,409.

FOOTBALL: Some final thoughts about Lafayette's big win over the Crusaders
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette has had its of naysayers in the past month or so, and much of the criticism has been aimed at the coaching staff. Frank Tavani has defended them often, and on Saturday he didn't hesitate to do it again. "I have to give an awful lot of credit to our coaches," he said. "This staff has stayed together. They keep working. I have a great staff. I hear about all these other people. We have as good a staff as you can have. "They work tremendously hard and I never lost confidence. I never once wavered and thought it was a scheme problem on either side other of the ball. We had some tough adversity with injuries and everything. We had a lot of young kids out there. "We have a lot of work to do and after we enjoy this we have to focus on Georgetown because they are very capable and we have a lot of problems down on that field."

Friday, October 25, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette at Holy Cross: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
WORCESTER, Mass. -- Holy Cross' Fitton Field never looked better than it did on Friday afternoon when Lafayettte's football team disembarked from its 5-hour bus ride to stretch legs and run through some things in preparation for its Patriot League game with the Crusaders. So, as Lafayette gets set to try to redeem the 2013 season by challenging for the Patriot League championship, did you know ...

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team is seeking an elusive Patriot League championship
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Fran O'Hanlon has an interesting outlook on the upcoming men's basketball season. "This is kind of an apprehensive year," said O'Hanlon, who's beginning his 19th season as head coach at Lafayette College. "I lost (point guard) Tony Johnson, and he did everything. That means this year I have to start coaching, which means this team could be in trouble." All jokes aside, expectations will be relatively high on College Hill. The Leopards are picked to finish second to newcomer Boston University in the 10-team Patriot League. The Leopards should have a solid nucleus with the return of junior guards Joey Ptasinski (9.6 points per game) and Seth Hinrichs (14.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg), sophomore guard Bryce Scott (8.2 ppg) and junior forward Dan Trist (12.4 ppg).

Thursday, October 24, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette, three-time runner-up the last four years, picked second
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette lost an all-around guard who last year played the best eight-game stretch 19-year head coach Fran O'Hanlon has ever seen. Lehigh graduated exactly 4,900 points from three players who were instrumental in two Patriot League titles -- including one widely regarded as the best player in league history (C.J. McCollum). Bucknell lost 4,582 career points from three four-year starters -- one of whom is the school's all-time leading scorer (Mike Muscala) -- who helped it win three of the last four regular-season championships and the other two league tournament titles in the previous four-year stretch. And Jeff Jones left American after building one of the league's most consistent winners -- including two tournament titles in the last decade -- in his 13-year stretch there. So where does that leave the league in 2013-14? Looking up at coach Joe Jones and newcomer Boston University, at least according to the preseason coaches/sports information directors poll.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Newcomer Boston University overwhelming Patriot League favorite ahead of Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Boston University returns all five starters from last season's CollegeBasketballInsider.com tournament team and a coach in Joe Jones familiar to many in the Patriot League. The Terriers are getting the respect accordingly as new league members. Boston received 18 of 20 first-place votes of the 10 league coaches and sports information directors and is the pick to win the 2013-14 regular-season title. Coaches and SIDs can't vote for their own school, so it was a unanimous selection among the other nine schools, which includes fellow new member Loyola (Md.). Boston received 162 points, followed by Lafayette, which garnered the other two first-place votes and 130 points.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Boston University is the preseason favorite in Patriot League men's basketball
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Boston University still has three months to go before playing its first Patriot League men's basketball game. However, that didn't stop the Terriers from being named a unanimous favorite to win the league title by coaches and sports information directors in the preseason poll. Boston U. picked up all 18 available first-place selections as voters were not eligible to rank their own team. The Terriers totaled 162 points to outdistance second-place Lafayette, last season's league runner-up, which finished with 130 points and two first-place votes.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team faces the season's most important game on Saturday at Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Call it a season re-boot, call it a second season, call it a new start, but whatever it's called, Lafayette College's most important football game of the year comes at 1 p.m., Saturday against Holy Cross on the grass at Fitton Field. "We're 1-0 in the Patriot League and we set our goal to be Patriot League champions," said senior center and tri-captain Pat Crosby. "Our goal is out there in front of us, and everybody knows that." While it's mathematically conceivable for Lafayette (1-5) to lose to the Crusaders (3-5, 1-1 PL) and still get a share of the league title, with Lehigh and Colgate unbeaten in the league it doesn't seem likely.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Steve Mercado building an impressive career on the defensive line
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Steve Mercado has been building his career, on the football field and off, bit by bit since he arrived at Lafayette College in the fall of 2012 from south Florida. Off the field, the 6-foot-1, 282-pound sophomore starting defensive tackle has set his sights on a demanding career. "I want to be an architect," Mercado said at Tuesday's weekly football media luncheon. "You can't major in architecture here, so I am majoring in art and minoring in architecture." On the field, Mercado is already constructing substantial success. He went from not playing a single down as a freshman to becoming a major disruptive force on the Lafayette (1-5 overall, 1-0 Patriot League) front four.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football looks to turn around season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Some strange things have happened to the Lafayette football team in recent years when playing at Fitton Field in Worcester, Mass. "It was a crazy finish again," Holy Cross coach Tom Gilmore said after the 2011 game, when a 97-yard drive that was aided by two pass interference penalties against the Leopards ended with a touchdown with 1:06 remaining to give the Crusaders a 29-24 victory. Gilmore went on to say the Lafayette-Holy Cross series has been nerve-wracking for him and Leopards coach Frank Tavani. "I guess that's par for the course when the Leopards and Crusaders play. I know that it won't help to prolong Frank's or my life expectancy if this continues." Tavani mentioned again on Tuesday a pass interference call that was not made against the Crusaders in the 2009 game, ruining Lafayette's bid for a Patriot League championship when Holy Cross won 28-26. An official apology the next day did nothing to ease Tavani's angst over that one. Lafayette went through a stretch [2008-11] where it lost four straight games to Holy Cross by a total of 18 points. Remember the desperation touchdown pass with six seconds left to give the Crusaders a 27-26 win in 2008? That game, however, was at Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Tom Gilmore cautions his Crusaders to be wary of 1-5 Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Tom Gilmore knew he'd get some raised eyebrows when the first words out of his mouth when he was asked what concerned him about the Lafayette offense were, "First, I think Lafayette is a really good football team." Leopards center Pat Crosby, defensive lineman Steve Mercado and wide receiver Mike Duncan were in the room at the time of the teleconference with the Holy Cross football coach, and they had to figure Gilmore was really schmoozing them. But anyone who knows Gilmore knows that he is a man of many words, and you had to know he had some justification for his opening remark. "I know everyone think that's coachspeak," Gilmore continued. "You guys are probably saying, why is he saying that about a 1-5 football team. We just played a 1-5 football team last week and we lost." Oh, oh, sounds like we were hearing a rehearsal of the beginning of Gilmore's pregame speech for his Crusaders on Saturday when they take on Lafayette on Fitton Field in Worcester.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

FOOTBALL: "Groundhog Day" Syndrome and other Leopard stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
In some ways the 2013 Lafayette football team is plagued by something I'm calling, for lack of a better term, "Groundhog Day" Syndrome. Remember the Bill Murray movie? Funny stuff. But with Lafayette, there is nothing funny about it. "Groundhog Day" Syndrome is a disease in which every game is getting to look pretty much like the one that preceded it. And with Lafayette, it is often more than just every game -- it's almost like every quarter has its own strange similarities that the Leopards can't seem to shake off. While I am still convinced this is not a bad football team, the Leopards have managed to put themselves into some terrible positions.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team loses to unbeaten Harvard
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Michael Pruneau threw three touchdown passes and Paul Stanton Jr. ran for two as Harvard put away Lafayette 35-16 today to remain undefeated. Pruneau opened the scoring for the Crimson (5-0) with a 2-yard pass to Cameron Brate in the first quarter. Stanton Jr. ran for a 3-yard touchdown in both the second and third quarters. Pruneau tossed two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter, a 50-yard strike to Andrew Fischer and a 15-yard score to Brate. The Leopards (1-5) fell behind by 25 points before Drew Reed found Mike Duncan for a 25-yard touchdown. Reed also hit Demetrius Dixon 43 yards for a score late in the game.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette falls to Harvard, 35-16
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Frank Tavani was in his first season as Lafayette's head football coach the last time a freshman quarterback got meaningful playing time. That player was Marko Glavic, who eventually completed more passes for more yards than any other quarterback in the college's 130-year football history. Although the Leopards trailed by only 11 points after two periods Saturday, Tavani and offensive coordinator Mickey Fein, frustrated with a lack of production and continued problems with turnovers, decided to replace sophomore quarterback Andrew Dzurik with freshman Drew Reed for the second half. The feel-good story would have been for the switch to produce some miracle turnaround, but that didn't happen as Harvard, which used everything from a fake field goal resulting in a first-quarter touchdown to a fake punt resulting in a fourth-quarter first down, extended its winning streak to five games with a 35-16 victory over the Leopards.

FOOTBALL: Can the Leopards reprise a 2009 shocker at The Stadium?
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Just as it was the last time Lafayette was here, on Oct. 17, 2009, the Head of the Charles regatta is the main event taking place today. But in what is referred to here as The Stadium, the Lafayette football team, which on paper figures to have no chance against undefeated Harvard, will try to replicate that Saturday afternoon four years ago. The Leopards played what is probably the best half of football I've seen in the now 5 ½ seasons covering the team as a freelance writer. With Rob Curley throwing and DeAndre Morrow running and Ian Dell and Andrew Poulson leading the defensive charge, Lafayette jumped out to a 28-3 lead in the first half en route to a 35-18 victory.

Friday, October 18, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's football road warriors ready to make next stop at Harvard Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Four straight road games, three of them of considerable distance, may seem like a daunting challenge to Lafayette College's 1-4 football squad. But the Leopards feel like tested road warriors. "Personally I like away games," said junior strong safety Jared Roberts. "I like to go into somebody else's home and take it over, make it our own home." Lafayette will make its longest trip of the season Saturday to meet Harvard (1 p.m.) and then will make almost as long a trip next week to Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., followed by a Nov. 2 trip to Georgetown in our nation's capital. The road swing started with last week's 42-26 loss at Princeton.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's improved ground game to face major challenge Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
There's never been much of a secret about how any Frank Tavani-coached Lafayette College football team wants to move the football. "Run the ball," Tavani will always say. "Run the ball and stop the run." Thus, Tavani has been pleased that his resurgent ground game, led by junior tailback Ross Scheuerman, has posted 351 yards over the last two games against Bucknell and Princeton. And there's no question Tavani, playing a sophomore quarterback in his third game as a starter and his team ranked dead last in the Patriot League in turnover margin, would like nothing more than to grind out yards on the ground when the 1-4 Leopards conclude their non-league schedule with a trip to No. 25-ranked Harvard (4-0) at 1 p.m., Saturday.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Tim Vangelas turning potential into production
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Jared Roberts sets the bar high for Tim Vangelas. "I see him as a young Mark Ross," said the Lafayette College junior strong safety, comparing Vangelas, a freshman wide receiver to the Leopards senior who is on the verge of setting Lafayette's all-time records for reception and yardage. True freshmen don't always get a lot of playing time on College Hill, but between injuries and his obvious talent and ability, the 6-foot-2, 180-pound graduate of Colts Neck (N.J.) High School is making an early mark with Lafayette. In four games he's caught six passes for 40 yards, looks like a secure punt returner, and has shown flashes of formidable ability. "Tim has strong hands and he's a great possession receiver," said Roberts at Tuesday's weekly football media luncheon before Saturday's trip to unbeaten Harvard. "He's fast and he runs good routes for a freshman. A lot of freshman don't run great routes because they could just get open. Tim runs crisp routes. He has a lot of promise." After all, Vangelas has learned from the best.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Vangelas catching on
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When Tim Vangelas first began running pass routes against his new Lafayette College teammates, he did the same thing he had done for a couple of years at Colts Neck (N.J.) High School. "I would just run straight ahead," he said of his high school style, which worked out very well for him -- 54 catches for 1,041 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior year alone. The problem was, when he did that same thing against the collegiate cornerbacks, "I would just run and I wouldn't be able to get open," he said. "I wondered, what's going on?" Vangelas learned the hard way while attending several weeks of informal workouts before the start of summer camp. Fortunately, during that time, he also had a chance to meet Mark Ross and Justin Adams, who went through the same kind of initiation years earlier.

FOOTBALL: Leopards aren't alone with their injury troubles
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani hasn't had much to smile about since the beginning of September, but he said Tuesday that he "chuckled" when he read in The Morning Call that his long-time coaching friend and adversary Dick Biddle of Colgate had shifted Nazareth High grad Adam Bridgeforth from offense to defense. I guess it's still true that misery likes company. Tavani and Biddle could do a lot of commiserating if they weren't so busy trying to find out how to figure out why all these bad things are happening to them. Colgate is 1-5, Lafayette 1-4. Both have played very difficult non-league schedules, and both have had an inordinate number of injuries to disrupt things. I've already devoted more words to the Leopards' problem than many people care about, but it's true.

Monday, October 14, 2013

MEN'S SOCCER: RV grad making impact off field
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Marc Narducci
Alec Golini has enjoyed great success in soccer, first as The Inquirer's South Jersey player of the year in his senior season at Rancocas Valley, and now at Lafayette College. Golini has saved his best work for off the field, helping others nowhere nearly as fortunate. A senior and one of the team captains at Lafayette, Golini is the founder and executive director of Athletes C.A.R.E., a nonprofit organization that stands for Creating Abundant Relief Effort. That's right: He founded an organization - no small feat considering all the paperwork, time, and perseverance needed. In a little less than a year, his organization has a little less than $15,000. With the money raised, his organization is able, among other things, to buy canned food items and clothing for shelters and food pantries.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team can't keep up with Princeton in the second half
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Judging from the talent levels on display at Princeton Stadium Saturday, it's not very obvious that the Ivy League has anything to fear from its Patriot League rivals adding football scholarships. Whatever model Princeton uses to procure players works just fine, based on the evidence available from the Tigers' 42-26 defeat of Lafayette Saturday. It became fairly obvious pretty quickly that the Leopards were outmanned. Princeton's overall depth dazzled while the Tigers ran bodies out all over the field with little discernible dropoff in ability. Meanwhile, depth is the one thing the Leopards just don't have. Lafayette's top players -- Ross Scheuerman, Mark Ross, Jared Roberts, Mike Boles, a few others -- equal the Tigers' but then the difference really starts to show. In part, it's why the score went from 21-20 Princeton at the half to the uglier final. And when injuries force the Leopards to go deep down the depth chart, the difference is all too obvious.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

FOOTBALL: Injuries are secondary problem for Leopards
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani didn't want to mention any names, but he admitted on Sunday that some Lafayette football players whose high school resumes include experience on defense but who are now playing on offense may be pressed into emergency service at their former positions this week. No fewer than seven defensive backs have missed varying amounts of playing time for the Leopards. Four of them were not available at all for Saturday's game at Princeton, and three others left the game at some time after being shook up - one went out, came back in and then went out a second time. After a 42-26 defeat that dropped Lafayette to 1-4 for the season, Tavani said, "We had a number of injuries in the secondary and we're running short of people there and that wasn't helping us any. We're down to two safeties and two corners."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette FB notebook: More on injuries and other stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The 2013 season is quickly slipping away, but the truth is, Lafayette is still 1-0 in the only thing that really counts - the Patriot League race. The Leopards will close out the non-conference schedule this weekend at Harvard, and if they can get through this one without further damage and also get some players back in time, there's still a chance to make some waves.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team can't keep up with Princeton in the second half
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
For one manic, back-and-forth half, Lafayette College's football team battled Princeton University practically on even terms today. But there wasn't anything even about the second half as the Tigers pulled away from the mistake-prone Leopards for a 42-26 win on a perfect fall afternoon for football in front of 7,494 fans at Princeton Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Leopards fall 42-26 at Princeton
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
PRINCETON, N.J. -- You probably wouldn't think the difference in a 42-26 football game could be two plays, but that might have been the case for Lafayette College in its loss to Princeton on Saturday. A bad decision to throw a pass instead of running for an easy first down resulted in a Princeton interception that set up a short field for one touchdown, and a fourth-and-5, 29-yard pass completion led to another score as the Tigers broke away from the pesky Leopards twice in the third quarter and won their third straight game to put a damper on the start of the Leopards' four-game road show. Lafayette, which came into the game as a decided underdog, surprised the fast-playing Tigers and piled up 172 yards of offense in the first quarter while running out to a 20-11 lead on the strength of tailback Ross Scheuerman.

Friday, October 11, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College facing formidable foe in Princeton defensive end Caraun Reid Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
It's not every Saturday that Lafayette College faces off against a returning All-American, much less a very likely future professional football player. But that will be the case Saturday at Princeton when the Leopards meet the Tigers (1 p.m.) and their fearsome senior defensive end Caraun Reid.

FOOTBALL: Can '13 Leopards remember Sept. 17, 2011?
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I took a quick look at the Lafayette Sports Fan Forum this morning to see what the guys were talking about in advance of the Lafayette-Princeton game, and the last posting, which must have gotten "Pards Rule" up in the middle of the night, was a simple four-worder: "Two words: PENN 2011" So, I wondered, what's he getting at? I'm not an instant-recall kind of guy. I don't remember every detail about every game I've ever seen. But this one got my attention. Wow! If the Leopards, who go into this game as two-touchdown underdogs to the Tigers, have it in them and can use that Penn game as motivation, it would be a really interesting afternoon in Princeton Stadium.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College defense will be kept busy by Princeton University's ever-changing looks
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
DeOliver Davis will be viewing a lot of movies this week. No, the Lafayette College senior cornerback didn't get a Netflix subscription for a present or take a bunch of DVDs out of the library. He's just part of a Leopard defense presented with the challenge of stopping Princeton University's wacky high-speed offense when the teams meet 1 p.m. at Princeton on Saturday.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Brandon Hall writing poetry with his play
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
As an English major at Lafayette College, Brandon Hall knows how to write poetry off the field. And he's starting to create some on-field poetry as well. The senior tight end enjoyed his best game of the season in last week's 31-7 demolition of Bucknell. Hall made three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown while blocking up a storm for a Leopards rushing game that produced a season-high 193 yards capped by a 78-yard touchdown run by Ross Scheuerman. "That felt really good that we finally did a good job in the running game," said Hall, a 6-foot-7, 244-pound Shaker Heights, Ohio, resident at Tuesday's weekly football media luncheon ahead of the Leopards' Saturday afternoon visit to Princeton (2-1). "We did a good job grinding out four or five yards a carry with Ross all day and we knew if we kept it up he'd break one. All we had to do was try and keep up with him to celebrate with him in the end zone." It was the kind of moment Hall may have described eloquently in his class work, where he said Professor Lee Upton's creative writing course is especially stimulating.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's White in a rush for more playing time
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Tyrus White recorded 22 quarterback sacks and was credited for a pair of safeties in the final year of his football career at Cedar Grove High School in Decatur, Ga. He came to Lafayette as a 185-pound defensive end, and he admitted that "it has been a struggle" to get his 6-1 body big enough to make more of an impact on the FCS level. So, he's been classified mainly as a pass-rush specialist. On Saturday, the 215-pound junior lit the fire for the Leopards when he sacked Bucknell quarterback R.J. Nitti and forced a fumble that was recovered by linebacker Ben Aloi at the Bison 2-yard line. One play later, Lafayette had a 7-0 lead en route to a 31-7 Patriot League-opening victory.

FOOTBALL: A Lafayette football notebook: Forrester honored
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
We were trying on Saturday to remember the last time Lafayette held a team to under 100 yards of total offense in a game. I should have remember it. It was my first game back on the beat as a freelancer, and it was in a torrential rain at Marist. The Red Foxes were limited to 95 total yards - 37 rushing and 58 passing - by a defense led by linebackers Andy Romans and Mark Leggiero and defensive end Luke Schade. Maurice White had 212 yards rushing on 29 carries and scored twice.

Monday, October 7, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette eases frustration with win over Bucknell
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football trainer Matt Bayly walked up to head coach Frank Tavani during practice last Wednesday and made a simple suggestion: "Don't you think maybe we should back off a little bit? Bayly was understandably concerned about the possibility of injury because the Leopards, practicing in helmet and shoulder pads, were seriously getting after one another. "Other than taking someone to the ground, you're talking a very physical practice," Tavani said Sunday when asked about that midweek session. "People were practicing angry; there was a lot of frustration on the field; they were tired of losing." So, Tavani had a direct answer for Bayly.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

FOOTBALL: Catching Up With: Lafayette College receiving great Phil Ng
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Phil Ng stopped playing football a while back, but the 1989 Lafayette College graduate never really got away from the sport. He's still all over the Leopard record book for his prowess as a receiver. Ng is tied with current Leopard senior Mark Ross for third all-time in catches with 152. Ng is fourth all-time in yards with 2,111; has the No. 2 single-season yardage mark at 1,048 (1988) and still holds the single-season touchdown catch record with 13, also in 1988. And Ng was on hand Sept. 7 when Ross broke his record for career receiving TDs -- it had been 19 before Ross' TD catch in the opener against Sacred Heart.

FOOTBALL: Cleaning out the Lafayette football notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani said Sunday that while it may be the goal of every one of his players to grade out at 100 percent every week, "a more realistic grade is around 80." For the first time this season, the average scores of the five interior offensive linemen - the tight end is not included - graded out at 80 for the performance in Saturday's 31-7 league victory over overmatched Bucknell.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team's smothering defense shuts down Bucknell
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When the final yardage count is one Lafayette College player 280, the entire Bucknell University squad 80, the result on the scoreboard could only go one way, a way the Leopards hadn't seen in almost a year. A win. Behind junior running back Ross Scheuerman's career day and a smothering defense, Lafayette posted a 31-7 Homecoming laugher over a completely overmatched herd of Bison in front of 7,814 delighted fans at Fisher Stadium in the Patriot League opener for each team.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette snaps losing streak with win over Bucknell
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Ross Scheuerman gained more rushing yards on one play Saturday than Bucknell had given up on average in its first three games of the season. The biggest chunk of his 188 rushing yards and 257 offensive yards overall came on a situational play that had been pretty much unproductive all year - a third-and-one - and one of the smallest chucks came on the goal line, where Lafayette had come up empty too often in other games. A career day by the junior tailback and the best day of the season by far by a defense that forced Bucknell to punt a Patriot League record 13 times combined to get the Leopards out of a deep hole they dug for themselves in three straight losses and carried them to a 31-7 Patriot League victory before a homecoming crowd of 7,814 at Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: 5 things to like about Lafayette's first FB win of 2013
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Quickly, here are five things I liked about Lafayette's 31-7 league-opening victory over a Bucknell team I actually felt bad for at different times in the game.

FOOTBALL: Former Lafayette College assistant Bob Heffner doing a 'super' job now at Northwestern University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Bob Heffner should be a little frazzled right now. The former Lafayette College football assistant, now at Northwestern University, has seen players he's responsible for splashed all over Sports Illustrated in full-page, wow-look-at-all-that-purple spreads. He's coaching a team that will play its biggest regular-season game in, well, some veteran Northwestern fans say ever, tonight when No. 4 Ohio State (5-0) visits the No. 16 Wildcats (4-0), with ESPN's College GameDay crew on hand to boot. But Heffner, in his fifth year at Northwestern, says it's pretty much the same as any weekend around the Wildcats.

Friday, October 4, 2013

FOOTBALL: Bucknell-Lafayette: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani talked about the Bucknell football team at Tuesday's media luncheon, he made reference to "that running back we all saw" in his assessment of the Bison defense. "That running back" is Keshaudas Spence of Sacred Heart. He gained 168 yards on just 18 carries in the Leopards' season-opening 26-26 loss to the Pioneers. Spence carried 27 times for 126 yards last week and scored a touchdown as SHU shut out Bucknell 16-0. Sacred Heart is the only common opponent to date for Lafayette and Bucknell, and the biggest difference is the way the Bison controlled the SHU running game. Sacred Heart had 154 yards on the ground on 42 plays against Bucknell. Against Lafayette, the Pioneers rolled to 322 rushing yards on 44 plays.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College facing a dramatic showdown in its Patriot League football opener
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Hey, area football fans, there's a new movie opening Saturday on College Hill you'll want to catch! It's called "Fort Lafayette: The Rescue." In this thrilling action-packed Western, can General Frank Tavani's rapidly dwindling band of gallant warriors, besieged and recently winless, be saved from certain defeat from a Bison stampede when the cavalry comes riding over the range with desperately needed reinforcements? Or will it be too late for Tavani and Troop Leopard? Find out Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Darius Glover making his mark on the stage as well as the gridiron
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Darius Glover would like to play the villain that disrupts Bucknell's offense Saturday afternoon when the Bison take on Lafayette at Fisher Stadium. After all, the Lafayette College senior defensive tackle has experience being the heavy -- on the stage, that is.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football team use bye week to get healthier
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette College football team opened the 2012 season with a starting linebacker corps consisting of Ben Aloi, Mike Boles and Kasheem Hill. They played just three games as a trio. Lafayette won all three. The Leopards lost in the fourth game, which Aloi did not start, and then the group was broken up when Aloi suffered a torn ACL in practice and Hill was suspended indefinitely for an off-field infraction. Aloi is back at full strength and starting again, along with Boles. And this week, when Lafayette opens its Patriot League schedule against Bucknell at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Fisher Stadium, Hill will be available after being reinstated during the Leopards' bye week, and although he may not start, he's likely to see considerable action at the strong-side linebacker spot along with Tyler Robinson.

FOOTBALL: Remember the Bison's last Fisher visit? Ugly, ugly, ugly
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Were you there? If you were among the hardy souls that braved the elements at Fisher Stadium for that Lafayette-Bucknell Snow Bowl on Halloween weekend of 2011 (Oct. 29, to be exact), I'm sure you'll be telling grandchildren about it for years. I'l never forget those machines begining to clear off the FieldTurf surface mid-afternoon and continuing right up until game time. The yard lines were barely visible during the first half, but conditions actually improved as the game went on.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College basketball assistant Pat Brogan
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Like anyone else, Pat Brogan's world has not been exempt from adversity. Life may have thrown him a few unforeseen sucker punches, but Brogan's always managed to land on his feet. A former Lafayette College men's basketball player, Brogan was abruptly cut from the squad as a sophomore. Years later, Brogan came back to College Hill as an assistant coach and one day was involved in a near-fatal bicycle accident.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College seeking the confidence to win close football games the way Lehigh University does
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Frank Tavani likes to say that when his Lafayette Leopards play at Franklin Field, they walk with the legends that still haunt the University of Pennsylvania's ancient, storied house -- legends such as Chuck Bednarik, Ed Marinaro, Norm Van Brocklin, Dick Kazmaier, Sonny Jurgensen, Jim Brown and more. Lafayette could have added a legend to that list Saturday night, though not one likely to be featured in the Penn media guide. It would have been a legend about a sophomore quarterback with no significant game experience leading his team on a rally to erase a three-touchdown Penn lead and give the Leopards a stunning victory.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette has work to do during bye week
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani thought a couple of days ago about how his Leopards would spend their bye week, chances are he didn't envision having to get a new quarterback ready to take full control. But when woozy starter Zach Zweizig was pulled out of Saturday night's game after taking a five-sacks beating in the first half against Penn, the plans for this week changed -- at least slightly. Andrew Dzurik replaced Zweizig in typical next-man-in fashion and got some good baptism by fire despite coming up short as Lafayette dropped its third straight game of the season, 27-21, to the Quakers at Franklin Field. Now, with some time off facing Zweizig, Dzurik becomes the focus as Lafayette begins two weeks of early-season damage control and preparations for the start of its Patriot League season Oct. 5 against Bucknell.

FOOTBALL: If this was the finale, shame on Penn, Ivies
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The tentative Lafayette football schedule for the 2016 season that is listed in the media guide lists Sept. 24 as an open date. I don't have access to the 2016 schedule for the University of Pennsylvania, but if the Quakers still have that same date unreserved, athletic directors Bruce McCutcheon of Lafayette and Steve Bilsky of Penn need to get their heads together and do what makes the most sense: fill in the blank.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team's furious late rally falls short to Penn
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Once Lafayette College's football team got going tonight at Franklin Field against the University of Pennsylvania, the Leopards looked like pretty darned good football team. Backup sophomore quarterback Andrew Dzurik, tossed into a very difficult spot against the preseason Ivy League favorites with junior starter Zach Zweizig sidelined with a concussion, led a fourth-quarter rally that gave the Leopards a chance to win the game. But the Leopards had dug themselves too deep of a hole with some immense early struggles, and their furious rally fell short as the Quakers held on for a 27-21 win in their season opener.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette rally comes up short against Penn
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
PHILADELPHIA -- For three quarters Saturday night, one team on the Franklin Field turf looked like it was playing its first game of the season. That team was not the University of Pennsylvania. The Quakers rolled up 302 yards of offense and limited Lafayette to 86 yards in the first 45 minutes, but the winless Leopards played like trapped animals in the final 15 minutes and nearly made up the difference before falling 27-21.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Penn: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The last two rushing touchdowns scored by Lafayette against Penn were by quarterbacks? Zach Zweizig got the Leopards' first score last year on a four-yard run, and that was the first Lafayette TD on the ground since Brad Maurer scored from 25 yards out in 2006. In the last five meetings, Lafayette's highest rushing total against the Quakers was 105 yards in 2011? The other totals were: 59 in 2008, 91 in 2009, 19 in 2010 and 102 last year. I mention that, of course, because the Leopards rushed for an average of just 101.5 yards in their first two games of this season.

Friday, September 20, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Penn: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The last two rushing touchdowns scored by Lafayette against Penn were by quarterbacks? Zach Zweizig got the Leopards' first score last year on a four-yard run, and that was the first Lafayette TD on the ground since Brad Maurer scored from 25 yards out in 2006. In the last five meetings, Lafayette's highest rushing total against the Quakers was 105 yards in 2011? The other totals were: 59 in 2008, 91 in 2009, 19 in 2010 and 102 last year. I mention that, of course, because the Leopards rushed for an average of just 101.5 yards in their first two games of this season.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

FOOTBALL: Penn begins football season Saturday against Lafayette
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Marc Narducci
For Penn quarterback Billy Ragone, it never felt so good to be hit. A fifth-year senior, Ragone was lost in the ninth game last season when he suffered a dislocated left ankle. In the first week of September, coach Al Bagnoli made sure that Ragone took some hits in practice. "It was good being hit," Ragone said. "Now that it's out of the way, I am happy and ready to move on." Penn will open its season Saturday at 6 p.m. by hosting Lafayette (0-2) at Franklin Field. The Quakers are the defending Ivy League champions and have captured three of the last four league titles.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Tyler Robinson loves the football atmosphere in Easton
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Tyler Robinson isn't from the Lehigh Valley, but football-wise he might as well be. "The community in Easton and the people at Lafayette in general are very supportive of football," said Lafayette College's senior starting strongside linebacker. "Reminds me a lot of home, where the football team was the pride of the high school." Robinson's from Dublin, Ohio, near Columbus (itself known for a bit of football) and played for Coffman High School, a program with a terrific following, long history of success and even an impressive Web site.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

FOOTBALL: Ivy League's distaste for football scholarships may sunder scheduling ties with Patriot League
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
One of college football's more sensible scheduling arrangements is starting to come apart. And it's not hard to guess why. The Patriot League now gives football scholarships. The Ivy League does not. That's starting to have an impact on historic, long-running rivalries. This Saturday marks the final game scheduled between Lafayette and Penn, who have played 89 times since 1882; only Lehigh and Bucknell have met the Leopards more often.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team needs to learn lessons from William & Mary rout
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Jimmye Laycock couldn't hide his satisfaction. The veteran William & Mary football coach, in his 34th season at the helm of the Tribe, thoroughly enjoyed his team's 34-6 beatdown of Lafayette College at Fisher Stadium Saturday night. "This team beat us last year down at our place, and this year we came up here and beat them, and it was not close," he said. "So I feel pretty good about it." He had a right to. The Tribe very much looked like a team that will make noise in a loaded Colonial Athletic Association this fall.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette and Penn in 90th meeting
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
If you want to raise Frank Tavani's blood pressure and get him riled up, ask him a question about those nonscholarship Ivy League football teams. "The fact that we're giving scholarships is no difference, I hate to tell you, than what they've been doing under the guise of need-based aid," Tavani said Tuesday. ... "I don't have a doctor's degree, but when you give money over demonstrated need and call it institutional discretion, I call it scholarship." Tavani's winless Lafayette team will meet Al Bagnoli's University of Pennsylvania Quakers at 6 p.m. Saturday in Philadelphia. It will be the 90th meeting between the two schools. Lafayette has longer rivalries with only Lehigh (149th coming up) and Bucknell (91). At this point, the Leopards and the Quakers have no meetings set for the next few years. In fact, as of now, Lafayette has only one Ivy team on its 2014 schedule (Harvard), two on for 2015 (Princeton and Harvard) and one on for 2016 (Princeton).

FOOTBALL: Tavani takes the Leopards back to 'old school'
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I kind of wish I could have stuck around for Lafayette's practice on Tuesday afternoon. Coach Frank Tavani was stoked already at the media luncheon earlier in the day. The coach was asked whether it was any consolation for him to know that the two teams that have defeated the Leopards this season are getting attention in the FCS polls. William & Mary's 155 points rank 30th in The Sports Network's weekly poll, in which Sacred Heart got just one point. In the coaches' poll out Monday, the Tribe was be 29th, and again, Sacred Heart has one vote. "Not at all," Tavani said. "We dug ourselves a huge hole and we have to find a way out. We're ready. I'm not down. We got beat by a good football team. It will be a lively practice today; I just had a heckuva workout from Coach (Brad) Potts and I'm ready to go." After lunch, I asked him what he meant exactly when he talked about a lively practice. He laughed.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

FOOTBALL: First half the whole story for in Lafayette's loss to William & Mary
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette had eight offensive possessions in the first half on Saturday night in its nonleague football game against William and Mary, but it scored points -- a field goal -- on only one of them. "We probably couldn't have played a lot worse," Leopards coach Frank Tavani said Sunday. "We handed it over." A 27-3 deficit after the first 30 minutes was too much for the Leopards, who lost 34-6 and are now 0-2 for the season. They go on the road for the first time this weekend to meet Penn, the defending Ivy League champion and the 2013 preseason pick, at Franklin Field next Saturday night. After Saturday night's game, Tavani called it one of the worst halves of football he's seen in his coaching career on College Hill. No wonder.

FOOTBALL: Five thoughts on Lafayette College's 34-6 loss to William & Mary
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
1. Sometimes the other team is just better. Without excusing any of Lafayette's misplays and mistakes in the 34-6 loss, of which there were quite a few, William & Mary brought a much-superior squad athletically and physically to Fisher Stadium Saturday and usually that's the winning squad. Lafayette was fairly physical, but the Tribe was overwhelmingly so. William & Mary's speed on the defensive perimeter, as Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani noted, "contained" the Leopards very well. "West Virginia had trouble running on these guys," he said. It would have required an exceptional effort on the Leopards' part to win, and they did not get one.

FOOTBALL: William & Mary football team dominates Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When a football team's best play is the kickoff return, it's in trouble. That was the case for Lafayette College on a very long night at Fisher Stadium as William & Mary established its dominance early and never looked back en route to a 34-6 non-league rout of the Leopards (0-2). Sophomore cornerback Matt Smalley impressed on kick runbacks with an average well over 25 yards a try but the problem was Smalley had too many chances as the explosive and exceptionally athletic Tribe (2-1) avenged a 2012 defeat by Lafayette. Tonight's loss was Lafayette's sixth in a row dating to last season. The Tribe, who had lost 17-14 to the Leopards last September in Williamsburg, Va., made sure they'd be on the winning side of the ledger this time by a dominating and opportunistic first half after which they led by 24 points.

FOOTBALL: Cleaning out the Saturday-Sunday notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
On Lafayette's third offensive play of the game on Saturday night, quarterback Zach Zweizig found 6-7 tight end Brandon Hall in the middle of the field for a 21-yard gain. I swore I could almost hear the guys from the Lafayette Sports Fan Forum screaming, "FINALLY!!! Something to cheer about." Well, maybe those guys who made the trip to Fisher Stadium liked it, but the pitch-and-catch didn't even get a post on the game thread. For me, it was among the top three offensive highlights of the game. Hall, who was sidelined the first week of the season due to a troublesome bone bruise just above the ankle, practiced in "blue" during the week, which means he had no contact. I thought the fact that he made the play at the start of the game showed something.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette falls to William and Mary, 34-6
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Michael Graham wasn't looking for much on William and Mary's first offensive play Saturday night. He wound up with 55 yards. The Tribe, pinned down at its own 1 after a 39-yard Lafayette punt, went with the safest of plays, a quarterback sneak. Graham, stacked up in the middle, bounced to the outside and nearly went the distance. His run gave William and Mary the spark it needed to put together a 99-yard drive for a touchdown midway through the first quarter.

Friday, September 13, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's William and Mary scouting report -- and more
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
William and Mary's football team spent a lot of time last week remembering Lafayette. The Tribe opened its 2013 season Aug. 31 with a hard-fought, but too-little 24-17 defeat at the hands of FBS opponent West Virginia. A year ago, W&M came up short against FBS Maryland 7-6 in its opener. "We were thinking, 'This is the best team on our schedule. We'll blow everybody else out,'" Tribe defensive end Mike Reilly told David Teel of the Daily Press about last year's reaction to the Maryland loss. For its second game of 2012, Coach Jimmye Laycock's team faced Lafayette, and the Tribe not only did not blow out the Leopards, it dropped a 17-14 decision to the underdog Patriot League opponent.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College facing perhaps toughest test of season in William & Mary
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The difficult task facing Lafayette College's football team Saturday when William & Mary makes its first trip to Fisher Stadium can be summed up in one statistic: The Tribe scored more points against West Virginia in week one than Oklahoma -- yes, the Sooners -- scored in week two. OK, one more point (17-16) but it illustrates how good the Leopards will have to be to post their first win of 2013 Saturday (6 p.m.).

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Dion King making the most of his switch to safety
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Perhaps it makes perfect sense that Dion King would end up playing free safety for Lafayette College's football team. After all, it paired the senior from Douglassville, Ga., up in yet another way with his chief amigo, junior free safety Jared Roberts. "Me and Jared are roommates," King said on Tuesday at Lafayette's weekly football media luncheon. "We always compete and try to one-up each other ... (but) we also have a dynasty intramural basketball team; we've been the best intramural team the last three years." King and Roberts showed why they are one of the top safety teams in the Patriot League in Saturday's bitter 26-24 loss to Sacred Heart in the Leopards' season opener. They combined for 18 tackles (10 by Roberts) and made plays all over the field. Roberts had an interception and two pass breakups while King made a clutch fourth-quarter third-down tackle to set up Lafayette's final drive that put the Leopards ahead, if briefly.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

FOOTBALL: Zach Mazur, Lafayette football team want to take positives from loss into major challenge this week
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Zach Mazur looked back at Lafayette College's final offensive possession of Saturday night's 26-24 loss to Sacred Heart and saw what the Leopards could look like all the time. "That's how we can play all the time if we execute," said the junior right tackle and Freedom graduate of the 4-play, 72-yard drive that led to tailback Ross Scheuerman's 12-yard TD with 2:02 left to play and briefly put the Leopards ahead at 24-23. "Early on we had a lot of substitutions on the line because of injuries (the Leopards lost two right guards, Skyler Lash and Maxim Ngolla, in nine plays) we lost a little cohesion but once we got comfortable with each other it got better. The drive produced a fast score in all of 68 seconds. "Maybe a little too fast," said the 6-foot-4, 296-pound Mazur, as the Pioneers had enough time to march for a game-winning field goal on the final play to hand the Leopards a tough loss.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's King considers defense his kingdom
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
You might call Dion King a hybrid. Lafayette's defensive coordinator, John Loose, may not use that exact term, but King fits the definition. "Coach Loose tells me I might be a step too slow for safety and just a little too small for outside linebacker, but he says, 'You're just a good football player,' " King, a 6-1, 203-pound senior, said Tuesday. What that means is, it's hard to keep him off the field. King practiced at linebacker, safety and even cornerback during summer camp. He was listed on the first-game two-deep chart as the starter at strong-side linebacker, but when safety Anthony Loyacona developed some back spasms and could not start, King was moved to free safety at the last moment. He did a solid job on Saturday night, even though Lafayette came out on the short end of a 26-24 score against Sacred Heart. King had four tackles and four assists.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Dion King says he'll rest his tweeting thumbs this week
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Dion King said he woke up last Friday morning to a couple of text messages from his friends. That's no big deal for a college kid, but the subject of the messages caught King off guard.

Monday, September 9, 2013

GENERAL: Lafayette College holds memorial service for longtime coach Bill Lawson
The Express-Times
About 700 people gathered in Lafayette College's Kirby Sports Center on Sunday afternoon for a memorial service to honor the late coach Bill Lawson. During his 37 years at Lafayette, Lawson served as a coach of swimming and diving, tennis, and most notably, lacrosse, until 2002. Even after officially retiring, Lawson was a full-time assistant lacrosse coach at Lehigh, Lafayette, and DeSales for five, three, and three years, respectively. Lawson, 79, died July 13 after his car crashed on Interstate 78 in Clinton Township.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's football team needs hearts of steel to recover from heartbreaking loss
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football players must be made of steel. Tempered and hardened steel at that, given their response immediately after a heartbreaking, bone-crushing season-opening 26-24 loss to Sacred Heart Saturday night in front of 6,238 disappointed Leopard fans at Fisher Stadium. "I don't think (the loss) will affect us going forward," junior tailback Ross Scheuerman said. Senior wide receiver Mark Ross, whose 11-catch, 156-yard performance left Sacred Heart coach Mark Nofri reaching for superlatives, agreed. "We can't dwell on this," said Ross, who became the all-time Leopard leader in career touchdown receptions (20) with his third-quarter 7-yard TD grab. "We'll watch the film and move on to William & Mary (this week's opponent)."

FOOTBALL: Five thoughts on Lafayette College football's season-opening loss to Sacred Heart
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
1. The run defense must improve quickly. Lafayette won't win many games giving up multiple 100-yard rushers, 7.3 yards-per-carry and 322 net rushing yards. It's true that the defense stiffened in the red zone, but poor tackling allowed Sacred Heart to bite off huge chunks of yardage to get inside the Leopards' 20.

FOOTBALL: Goal-line offense ... the penalty ... the kick ... a sad ending
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
So much had been made in the preseason about the experience on Lafayette's offensive line. Five starters returning ... all of them stronger than ever because of their weight room regimen ... even some virtual guarantees by the players that the running game was going to make a difference. So, when the Leopards came up with a first-and-goal at the Sacred Heart 7 in the first period against Sacred Heart on Saturday night, then second-and-goal at the 2 later, Coach Frank Tavani made up his mind. Even though Sacred Heart had allowed only eight yards rushing the previous week, Lafayette was going for six points, not for three.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team sunk by late field goal in opener with Sacred Heart
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football season couldn't have started in more electrifying fashion. But the Leopards wound up being shocked as a 42-yard field goal at the buzzer by Alec Finney -- a ball that just barely cleared the bar on his first career attempt -- negated a Leopard rally and gave Sacred Heart a 26-24 stunner of a win tonight at Fisher Stadium. Ross Scheuerman's 12-yard touchdown run with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter had put the Leopards (0-1) ahead 24-23. The game started in thrilling fashion with sophomore cornerback Matt Smalley taking the first kickoff of the Leopards' season, bursting like an express train through a gaping hole in Sacred Heart's coverage and going 98 yards for a score. It was a Lafayette record for longest kickoff return.

FOOTBALL: Leopards lose on late field goal
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Matt Smalley gave Lafayette's football season a one-for-the-record-book start Saturday night - a 98-yard kickoff return touchdown that had the partisan Fisher Stadium fans delirious. But it was Alec Finney's first ever field goal attempt, an improbable 42-yarder as the clock ran out, that sent the same crowd home in shocked disbelief as Sacred Heart defeated Lafayette 26-24.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Justin Adams puts his mind to work on the football field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Justin Adams uses his head before every Lafayette College football game. This makes sense, given that the Leopards' junior wide receiver majors in psychology. But Adams doesn't use his knowledge on the opposition, but rather on himself. "It's more so within myself," said the West Amwell Township (Hunterdon County) resident, who will start, along with 2012 All-Patriot pick Mark Ross, at the receiver spot when Lafayette opens its season at 6 p.m. Saturday at Fisher Stadium against Sacred Heart. "It's about how to stay focused and stuff to motivate me before the game." Adams, who will also return punts for Lafayette, has played the game of football well enough to win a starting spot amid a talented bunch of receivers, even though he missed five games to injury in 2012. He wound up with four catches for 45 yards as a sophomore but was tremendously impressive in spring ball.

MEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette College's century of men's soccer tradition to be celebrated Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When Lafayette College's men's soccer program celebrates its 100th anniversary Saturday, it will be more than a get-together of old-timers, more than a pre-game ceremony and a few speeches, more than a non-league game against Quinnipiac. It will even be more than a gathering of friends. "It's like a family reunion," said Paulo Coelho, a 2003 Lafayette graduate who played midfield on two Patriot League championship teams and is currently the chair of the Friends of Men's Soccer. "We're a soccer program, but we're also a family. This is a momentous occasion for us." The family will gather on Metzgar Fields for an alumni game (11 a.m.), a pre-game tailgate (12:30 p.m.), the game (2) and a celebration of the 100th anniversary at 4:30 p.m. at Kirby Sports Center before the 6 p.m. football game.

FOOTBALL: Leopards' Chiarolanzio 'confident ... we can run the ball' against SHU
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Luke Chiarolanzio has been a starter on the offensive line since his freshman year in high school. He's always been a big kid, but he has not always been the beast he appears to be this year, his junior season at Lafayette. In fact, the 6-5, 300-pound left tackle from Florham Park, N.J., said that, as a high school freshman, he bench-pressed just 135 pounds. By the time he got to Lafayette, he had increased that lift to 275-285 pounds.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College hoping to unleash powerful ground game against Sacred Heart
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
In a college football age of explosive spread offenses, no-huddle aerial circuses and routine 400-yard passing days for quarterbacks, Frank Tavani hasn't lost faith in his more traditional style of offense. "It's no secret; I want to run the football," said the Lafayette College head coach at this week's football media luncheon. "I still think it's an important part of the game. If I run the ball 40-45 times, driving and controlling the ball and keep my defense on the field for the least number of plays, I'll win the game. Having your defense out there for 80 plays is not the way to win." So as the Leopards prepare for their season opener Saturday (6 p.m.) at Fisher Stadium against Sacred Heart, fans can expect a heavy dose of the ground game.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

FOOTBALL: Receiver Adams looking to make some noise for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
One of the big questions swirling around the Lafayette football program as it prepares for its season opener Saturday against Sacred Heart is: Who will step up as a complement to all-league wide receiver Mark Ross? Justin Adams had an answer for that question on Tuesday, but he put it in the form of another question. "My philosophy is, 'Why can't I be the No. 1 guy?' " the 5-11, 188-pound junior from West Amwell, N.J., asked. And, he wasn't kidding.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Ben Aloi wants to make up for lost football
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Ben Aloi will be back where he most wants to be when Lafayette College opens its 130th season of football Saturday night by hosting Sacred Heart at Fisher Stadium (6 p.m.). That would be starting at the WILL (weakside) linebacker in Lafayette's 4-3 defense. Aloi left that spot last September when he tore his ACL and missed the rest of the season. The 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior has been burning since to return to the field.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College defense ready to be tested by Sacred Heart running game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The good news for Lafayette College's football team is that Sacred Heart's rushing offense is one that is familiar to the Leopards, which could help when the Pioneers visit Fisher Stadium to open the 130th season of Lafayette football at 6 p.m. Saturday. The bad news is that it's familiar because Patriot League rival Colgate runs it, and the Raiders ran for 531 yards against the Leopards in 2012.

FOOTBALL: No nonsense ... and a wet, but winning SHU memory
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football Coach Frank Tavani told us Tuesday that six members - two each from among the freshman, sophomore and junior players - have been elected by their peers to serve on a leadership council that, along with the three captains, will meet with Tavani each Monday to discuss whatever issues might be relevant to either side. The council members are junior offensive lineman Luke Chiarolanzio and quarterback Zach Zweizig, sophomore linebackers Mark Dodd and Chris Brockman and freshman linebacker Duncan Sparks and wide receiver Tim Vangelas.

Monday, September 2, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's success hinges on not beating themselves in '13
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
"We blew so many games last year [2011] that the record should have been totally flipped and it wasn't." - Frank Tavani, Aug. 30, 2012. "If it was not for three bad halves of football, you're 8-3 and feel a lot better about yourselves." - Frank Tavani, March 3, 2013. Sour grapes? Pity party? How many other college football coaches whose teams have not met expectations try to rationalize away the reality with comments like those? However, there is so much corroborative evidence in support of Lafayette's football coach that you have to cut him some slack.

FOOTBALL: 5 questions facing Lafayette football in '13
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Can quarterback Zach Zweizig have a breakout year for the Leopards and take them with him on the road to redemption? Zweizig got his first career start last season when Andrew Shoop was suspended for one game. He got his second on a week in which, while Zweizig was resting a foot injury, Shoop suddenly shut himself down with concussion-related symptoms. His third came when coach Frank Tavani benched Shoop following a devastating league loss to Georgetown in which Shoop was intercepted three times and lost two fumbles. There is no such drama for Zweizig this season. The Wilson West Lawn High grad has been the main man under center since the start of spring practice.

FOOTBALL: For 21 Lafayette "survivors," one last chance to get it right
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I took a look at the Lafayette College football media guide for 2010 the other day. I don't even remember what took me there in the first place, but my eyes were opened when I looked at the incoming freshmen who were listed in that book. Thirty-five rookies are pictured in the book, and when head coach Frank Tavani announced 32 of them on National Signing Day, he said, "Our track record has been good with these larger classes." Before the start of that 2010 season, the Patriot League coaches and sports information directors picked the Leopards to finish second behind only Colgate. Coach Tavani was flattered, but knew that the pick was based in part on the success of the 2009 team, which went 8-3.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette College women's soccer team defeats Sacred Heart - See photos
The Express-Times
The Lafayette College women's soccer team topped Sacred Heart 3-2 today to stay unbeaten at 2-0-0. The Leopards received goals from Joanna Scotti, Kaelin King and Easton Area High School graduate Alyssa Finelli.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette FB opponents' update: Week 1
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I'd like to try to keep track weekly of how the Lafayette football opponents are doing. Here's the Week 1 report.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Greg Kessel making it big at his new spot
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Greg Kessel keeps getting closer and closer to the football. The Lafayette College senior played tight end at East Stroudsburg South High School. For most of his time on College Hill, Kessel played the thankless Tonto role of fullback to whichever Lone Ranger was starring at tailback. But now Kessel has the mask and the gun and the white horse. Well, kind of. The 6-foot-1, 248-pound is running as the No. 2 tailback behind junior Ross Scheuerman, whose 4.8 yards-per-carry average is 11th best in school history, as the Leopards prepare for their season opener Sept. 7 at home against Sacred Heart. Quite the change from the guy who just blocks.

Thursday, August 28, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's recruiting class grows by one
Mcall.com Varsity Blog/ By Tom Housenick
Jake Newman has been added to the Lafayette men's basketball roster for the 2013-14 season. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound guard played last season at The Hun School in Princeton, N.J.. He helped coach Jonathan Stone's club to the 2013 Mid-Atlantic Prep championship after playing four seasons of high school ball at White Rock Christian Academy in Surrey, British Columbia.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Army football: A happy memory
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The official announcement the other day of dates for two Lafayette-Army football games-- Oct. 15, 2016 and Oct. 6, 2018, both at Michie Stadium -- brought back to me a conversation I had a couple of years ago with Jim Farrell, who was visiting Fisher Stadium on Oct. 16, 2010 for a 70-year reunion of the undefeated 1940 Leopards. Farrell, who was a spry looking 92-year-old, had no trouble remembering that magical 1940 season, and he told me, "I remember we could run like hell. We led the country in offense." I think he meant rushing offense. Leopards' coach Frank Tavani would have loved hearing that.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

FOOTBALL: Football 2013: Lafayette College preview
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Kasheem Hill could really help Lafayette College's football team this fall. When he can play, that is. In four games in 2012, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound outside linebacker put on a dazzling display. He had an interception and five tackles against Penn, seven tackles and a sack against Robert Morris, and played such a powerful game at William & Mary that head coach Frank Tavani was still shaking his head over Hill's performance almost a year later.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Kasheem Hill can help defense - after paying price for bad decision
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College will renew its football rivalry with Army in 2016, according to head coach Frank Tavani.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's full-pads scrimmage shows team's talent developing on schedule
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
This morning, Lafayette College's senior football players donned coats and ties for their annual media day to tell the assembled area press about what a strong season they anticipated ahead. Then in the afternoon, all the Leopards put on full pads and helmets and went out and showed why they were so optimistic in an 80-play full-contact scrimmage.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College to renew football series with Army
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College will renew its football rivalry with Army in 2016, according to head coach Frank Tavani.

FOOTBALL: The cracked crystal ball takes a look at Big Ten, AAC and Patriot League football
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The biggest question here is whether Colgate will just outscore everybody and make any other factor in the league race completely irrelevant. Elusive quarterback Gavin McCarney runs coach Dick Biddle's read-option-ish offense almost to perfection and when the Raiders are hitting on all cylinders it's an awesome sight to behold (or terrifying if you are a defensive coordinator).

FOOTBALL: A hot day, and a good one, for Lafayette FB
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Morning Call photo journalist April Bartholomew took this shot of me at an earlier Lafayette practice and I think I'll use it with some of the blogs. I'm just an observer. The highest temperature I saw on my cell phone Wednesday was 88 degrees. The temperature on the FieldTurf of Fisher Field was at least 100 degrees, even though the surface was watered for about three hours earlier in the day. It was a perfect day for what Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani wanted to accomplish, and the Leopards spent two hours and more than 80 plays getting the job done.

FOOTBALL: Marcellus Irving, back from injury, tries to make in impact on Lafayette football
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Marcellus Irving took a handoff, started one way, cut back the other and ran for 20 yards on the first play of Lafayette's intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday afternoon in Fisher Stadium. "It felt great; it felt like freshman year all over again," the 210-pound senior tailback from Thornton, Delaware County, said at the end of the two-hour session. With good reason. Not only did he get the "start" when Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani elected to rest his top runner, Ross Scheuerman, but Irving made at least five nice plays while sharing time with four other tailbacks and giving notice of his desire for a piece of the action when the season begins Sept. 7. It was Media Day at Lafayette, and the scrimmage was what Tavani called "practice No. 17," the 13th straight day of summer camp for the Leopards.

FIELD HOCKEY & LACROSSE: Lafayette grads Godfrey, Valero continuing careers in England
The Morning Call
A pair of 2013 Lafayette grads who helped the Leopards' women's lacrosse and field hockey teams to the postseason last year are continuing their athletic and academic careers in England. Addie Godfrey and Emily Valeo will attend Durham University in Durham, England, this year, where Godfrey will compete with the women's lacrosse team and Valeo on the field hockey squad. Godfrey led the Leopards to their first appearance in the Patriot League women's lacrosse tournament since 2004 last year. The Princeton, N.J. native tallied 183 goals and 32 assists in her college career, and was named to the All-Patriot League first team twice and second team two occasions. Godfrey was also a two-time member of the Patriot League academic honor roll.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Doug McFadden's new job should increase chances that this fall will be a special football season
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Doug McFadden may have the keys to Lafayette College's first winning football season since 2009 in his hands. You could say they are very "special" keys at that. Leopard head coach Frank Tavani made a major change in his coaching staff this fall when he named McFadden special teams' coordinator, junking a system where multiple coaches handled differing elements of the kicking game. "Doug's really jumped into this new responsibility," Tavani said. "I am also going to get more actively involved with film, prep and scheme when it comes to special teams." McFadden, who is in his fifth season of coaching Lafayette's defensive backs, welcomes the addition to his duties.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Pat Crosby wants to keep football team focused on a Patriot League championship
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
For Lafayette College football tri-captain Pat Crosby, running 80-yard sprints at the end of a busy, drill-filled and demanding practice demands the kind of leadership and commitment necessary for success. "We've got to keep pushing even when it's hard," said Crosby, the Leopards' senior starting center, who ran eight such sprints at the close of Tuesday's practice with his teammates. "You have to be able to push yourself to the next level. Coach (Frank) Tavani wants us to be the best-conditioned team out there and sprints show some fundamental toughness. We always are going for something more in practice. We could have a 15-period practice and we'll do six 80s and then tack on two or four more. It's the same thing we have to do when a game goes to overtime - we have to perform." The end-of-practice sprints seem like something of a (strong) breeze to backs and receivers, but they are obvious burdens to the bigger men such as the 6-foot-4, 291-pound Crosby, a Sudbury, Mass. resident who was named a tri-captain last week by Tavani, along with senior guard Brad Bormann and senior cornerback Randall Logan.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Randall Logan ready to be team's defensive leader
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When Randall Logan heard that he had been picked as one of Lafayette College football's tri-captains for 2013, the senior cornerback was hit by two emotions at a time. "It definitely felt great to be chosen, and I was very honored," Logan said. "But to be honest, I was a little taken aback. There were 15 guys that fit the qualifications necessary to become captain. I was just blessed and honored they picked me." Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani and the coaching staff selected the tri-captains, and they made Logan, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound Atlanta resident, the sole captain on the defensive side of the ball, along with senior offensive linemen Pat Crosby and Brad Bormann. The Leopards opened training camp Friday and are preparing for the season opener on Sept. 7 at home with Sacred Heart. Logan said he doesn't feel too much pressure as the sole defensive captain; indeed Lafayette lacks experience on defense, with just four starters back and only one (middle linebacker Mike Boles) a senior.

Monday, August 12, 2013

FOOTBALL: Leopards-Owls FB: an in-your-dreams matchup?
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
One of those know-it-all message boards has struck again. And again, it was firing a blank. A "writer" named "owlfather", giving credit to a "Lafayette friend," started a thread entitled "'Super Secret' Temple opponent for 8/27/15" on owlsdaily.com and then identified the Thursday night game as "Lafayette at Temple." Images[2]Then he threw in this little dig: "Color me not excited. I guess it's a shade better than Fordham." The Owls play the Rams this season. "Owlfather's" posting was on Sunday morning, and it got plenty of attention. As of 1:17 p.m. Monday, the thread had 38 postings. Lafayette-Temple is an interesting Eastern regional pairing, to be sure. And we know that Patriot League teams are offering merit-based scholarships and can have enough scholarship athletes in the program by 2015 to make a game with a FBS team meaningful for all concerned. The only problem is, Lafayette athletic director Bruce McCutcheon told me Monday morning, "We don't have any agreement with Temple to play in 2015."

Friday, August 9, 2013

FOOTBALL: Randall Logan and other Lafayette camp notes
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Randall Logan is not likely to strike fear in the hearts of a lot of Patriot League receivers and ball carriers. He is, after all, only 5-foot-9 and weighs only 165 pounds. "Obviously, I'm not the biggest guy in the world," the Lafayette senior from Atlanta, Ga., told me recently, "so I'm not going up against a 250-pound fullback and try to hit him head-on." Don't mistake that as a sign of weakness or timidity, however.

FOOTBALL: Leopards looking to break string of losing seasons
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette quarterback Zach Zweizig weighed in at 232 pounds Friday morning, and he smiled broadly when that was mentioned to him. Although he undoubtedly lost several pounds during the first day of full-team practice in steamy Fisher Stadium, the 6-5 junior from Wyomissing said putting on weight was a priority for him this summer. "I was 215 going into last season, and at the end of the season I was only 199," Zweizig said. "I took a lot of hits last year and I knew I had to get stronger, so I gained more than 30 pounds." The Wilson West Lawn graduate spent his summer working on a neighbor's farm, baling hay and doing other chores, and also working with a contractor building homes. When he wasn't working, he was running early in the morning and in the evenings.

Friday, August 9, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College names 2013 football season captains
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team will be led two offensive linemen and a cornerback as the 2013 season gets underway. Seniors Brad Bormann, Pat Crosby and Randall Logan were announced as the team's tri-captains at a team meeting Thursday night. Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani and his coaching staff selected the captains.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

FOOTBALL: Black a defensive key for Lafayette football team
Stafford (Va.) Country Sun/ By David Driver
Shane Black started two games and played in six contests with the Lafayette football team in 2011. Last year the Mountain View High graduate made 10 starts and led the team in solo tackles with 40 and was second in total tackles with 73. "We're better with him on the field," said veteran head coach Frank Tavani. Black said Aug. 5 he will report for the start of practice on Aug. 8 but it will be a few weeks before he can take part in drills. He has been in a walking boot this summer while home in Stafford.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football players hope to prove preseason prediction wrong
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football players didn't much like being picked fourth in the preseason Patriot League poll that was released Wednesday morning. "We'll have a little chip on our shoulder," said senior wide receiver Mark Ross at the annual league media day at Green Pond Country Club in Bethlehem Township, Pa. "Really, who cares what about what people say now; all that matters is the end of the season." And the Leopards know where they want to be in November. Wednesday, July 31, 2013

FOOTBALL: Clearing the notebook from Media Day
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The No. 60 football jersey was slipped over the back of a chair at the Lafayette table at Wednesday's Patriot League Media Day program at Green Pond Country Club. It had real significance to only one attendee at the gathering - Frank Tavani, who now has a much-too-long title of Fred M. Kirby II `42 Head Football Coach. Wednesday was the 60th birthday for the 14th-year Leopard coach. Even the three Lafayette players on hand -- Mark Ross, Brad Bormann and Randall Logan -- didn't know that.

FOOTBALL: Discipline problems nagging Lafayette football
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Football defenses have had some pretty memorable nicknames over the years -- like Orange Crush, Crunch Bunch, Purple People Eaters, Steel Curtain. Offensive lines, not nearly so exotic. Hogs. Brad Bormann, who has started the last 17 games on the o-line at Lafayette, doesn't fit the stereotypical image you might get when you think of "hogs." Last year, he compiled a 4.0 grade-point average in the fall semester. His overall GPA for three years is only slightly below that, and when he's not in the trenches at Fisher Stadium or in a biology classroom working toward his major, you might find him volunteering at the Easton Area Senior Center, where, he says, "Over time, I have made some really tremendous friends down there."