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Welcome to "Lafayette News Stand," a daily listing with links to newspaper and electronic media stories from around the country on the Leopards.

While we'll try to have most stories to you early each morning, be sure to check back throughout the day as we add links at all hours when we find them.

We hope you enjoy the links to some of today's top stories below, and let us know via e-mail if there are any other stories you think we should feature.

Monday, November 24, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th: cleaning out the notebook
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson

 
FOOTBALL
Bond between Lafayette's Zweizig, Jeannot reaches far beyond football field
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Want to know how special the Lehigh-Lafayette game is? Ask the coaches
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, November 23, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Zach Zweizig's epic story too strange for fiction, but makes for a dazzling reality
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Yankee Stadium Hosts 150th Football Game between Lafayette and Lehigh
New York Sports Examiner/ By Howard Goldin
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette rallies around Zweizig in huge win over Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

FOOTBALL
Rivalry 150 goes to Lafayette, 27-7 over Lehigh
Associated Press/ By Ralph Russo
 
FOOTBALL
Historic football rivalry runs wild in Yankee Stadium
MLB.com/ By Paul Casella
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Ross Scheuerman ends dazzling career on highest possible note
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Zach Zweizig does what seemed impossible in win over Lehigh
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette football team runs past Lehigh in 150th Rivalry game at Yankee Stadium
The Express-Times/ By Greg Joyce
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh showed unity in taking a risky idea and turning it into something special at Yankee Stadium
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Jim Finnen, the 'Voice of God', will be heard at Yankee Stadium on Saturday
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
 

Friday, November 21, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry reaches 150 on big stage
Associated Press/ By Ralph Russo
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th: 10 keys to the 2014 version of the most-played rivalry in college football
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Will Lafayette play Lehigh at Yankee Stadium without its top two QBs?
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Why Lafayette will beat Lehigh in the 150th rivalry game at Yankee Stadium
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th edition just as big despite both teams' losing record
The Express-Times/ By Greg Joyce
 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

FOOTBALL
Can Lafayette avoid the pitfalls that plagued it all season when it faces Lehigh at Yankee Stadium?
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Former MVPs Marsh and Stambaugh still can remember their part in "The Rivalry"
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th is finally here, and it's time to make some memories
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh need to "keep breathing" to be at peak for at Rivalry 150, TV analyst says
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th: Controlling the emotions could be half the battle
The Express-Times/ By Greg Joyce
 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FOOTBALL
Rivalry Earns Its Pinstripes - 150th Meeting Between Lehigh and Lafayette Is Set for Yankee Stadium
The New York Times/ By Mitch Goldich
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team downs Princeton in home opener
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette men's basketball team pulls away from Princeton, wins home opener
The Morning Call/ By Stephen Miller
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Ross Scheuerman leaves a legacy of toughness, togetherness and talent on the football field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th to get CBS Sports Network's best shot
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College graduate Mark Holtzman helped bring Rivalry 150 to his work place: Yankee Stadium
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football teams through the years (Photos)
The Express-Times/ Alyssa Passeggio
 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh got early start in the challenging process of lighting the Empire State Building
The Express-Times/ By Tony Rhodin
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette running back Ross Scheuerman leaving a lasting legacy
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette running back Ross Scheuerman leaving a lasting legacy
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette excited for 150th meeting with Lehigh
WFMZ-69
 
FOOTBALL
Jim Finnen caps 50 years with Lafayette College football in 150th game against Lehigh
The Express-Times/ Tom Hinkel
 
FOOTBALL
Many Lehigh, Lafayette students making a weekend of it for 150th rivalry game
The Express-Times/ Lynn Olanoff
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry memorabilia through the years (photos)
The Express-Times/ Alyssa Passeggio
 

Monday, November 17, 2014

FOOTBALL
Empire State Building to salute Lafayette-Lehigh 150th game, schools tweet
The Express-Times/ Tony Rhodin
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football uniforms through the years (Photos)
The Express-Times/ Alyssa Passeggio
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette-Lehigh 150th game didn't take much selling to be a sellout
The Express-Times/ Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

FOOTBALL
Easton rallies ahead of Lafayette-Lehigh 150th football game
The Express-Times
 
FOOTBALL
A half-century later, Lehigh-Lafayette rivals, best friends, will take the football field once again
The Morning Call/ By Dan Sheehan
 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

FOOTBALL
Cedar Cliff grad named honorary captain for Lafayette Rivalry game against Lehigh
The Patriot-News/ By Mark Pynes
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette women's basketball team looking to launch from distance
The Morning Call/ By Stephen Miller
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team ready for bounce-back season
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College women's basketball team believes it has the right mix
The Express-Times/ Tom Hinkel
 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Getting to know Lafayette's senior women's basketball captain Emily Homan
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team prepping for Friday's season opener at Robert Morris
The Express-Times/ Tom Hinkel
 

Monday, November 10, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College plans community pep rally at Easton Farmer's Market a week before 150th game with Lehigh University
The Express-Times/ Tony Rhodin
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh firing up fans with host of festivities
The Morning Call/ By Dan Sheehan
 
FOOTBALL
Little time off for Lafayette College football coaches during bye week
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette thrived with change of pace offense
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team tops Colgate as time expires
The Express-Times
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette tops Colgate 19-16 on last-second field goal
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College defense on the spot against Colgate's devilish option Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FOOTBALL
Injuries playing major role in Lafayette's disappointing season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lehigh Valley products helping Colgate football team
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Zack Mazur one of last men standing on injury-plagued offensive line
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

FOOTBALL
Trophy's departure will be a teaching moment for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team falls to Bucknell in overtime
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
FOOTBALL
Bucknell rallies to defeat Lafayette 27-24 in overtime
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette, Bucknell offer a tale of two rushing defenses Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

FOOTBALL
Late Lafayette coach Gamble remembered at homecoming
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette seniors want to go out as winners
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Monday, October 27, 2014

FOOTBALL
Loss to Holy Cross leaves Lafayette playing for pride
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College losing the battle at the line of scrimmage, and losing football games because of it
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's frighteningly bad first half ensures an unhappy football Homecoming
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette falls to Holy Cross, 24-14
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, October 24, 2014

FOOTBALL
Holy Cross at Lafayette: 5 keys to the game for the Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Patriot League reveals women's basketball favorite, preseason honorees
The Express-Times
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette College men's basketball team focusing on defense and rebounding
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette's Seth Hinrichs and Lehigh's Tim Kempton named to Patriot League Preseason All-League Team in men's basketball
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
MEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette, Lehigh men's basketball teams hope experience equals wins
The Morning Call/ By Stephen Miller
 
FOOTBALL
Reinhard: Internet can't totally replace personal touch in recruiting
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College defense facing major challenge in Holy Cross' Peter Pujals
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette football notes: Quarterback Drew Reed likely to start Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Ben Jeannot, seniors want to make last stand at home a success
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Phillip Parham a small but 'real tough' defensive back
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Monday, October 20, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette searching for consistency
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FOOTBALL
Harvard defeats Lafayette for ninth straight win
The Boston Globe/ By Craig Larson
 

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette falls to Harvard, 24-14, on big plays
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College falls victim to big plays in loss to Harvard
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette at Harvard football: 5 keys to the game for the Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College gets a hand from an old friend to land promising wide receiver Matt Mrazek
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College facing nemesis Harvard in final non-league football tuneup
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

FOOTBALL
Can Lafayette football team stop vaunted run game of ranked Harvard?
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Monday, October 13, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Tavani not pleased despite win over Georgetown
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College showed fight and determination in gritty win over Georgetown
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, October 11, 2014

FOOTBALL
Scheuerman, Lafayette overcome adversity to beat Georgetown
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College makes just enough plays to hold off Georgetown
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Friday, October 10, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Brandon Bryant a 'little maniac' on the football field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College facing a football statistical puzzle against Georgetown Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FOOTBALL
Cleaning out the Lafayette football notebook
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Searfoss, Bryant step into starting roles for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Blake Searfoss took an unusual route to being a Division I quarterback
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Monday, October 6, 2014

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette women's basketball program adds former Olympic coach
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
 
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Lafayette women's basketball staff adds Hall of Famer Theresa Grentz, former U.S. Olympic coach
The Express-Times
 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team seeks better effort after loss to Fordham
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, October 3, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette Leopards rammed by Fordham's offense in 42-18 loss
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette at Fordham football: 5 keys to the game for the Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Seth Hinrichs of Lafayette College named Patriot League Men's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 
FOOTBALL
Patriot League should just say no to Friday night college football
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette football could take ground route to defeat nationally-ranked Fordham
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Shane Black happy to be back after battling injuries last season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette's pass defense on high alert for Fordham air raid
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Monday, September 29, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette kicking game coming together
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College punter Ryan Forrester recovers from tough game to deliver the goods
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette showed grit in win over Wagner
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College took Wagner's best shots but Leopards were last team standing
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette pulls away from Wagner for 35-23 win
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team finds spark late to beat Wagner
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

FOOTBALL
Liberty High School graduate Stephon Font-Toomer rocking ball carriers for Wagner College
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's advantage on the ground could produce home football win
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College quarterback Drew Reed finding going tougher as a sophomore
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Reinhard: Lafayette trying to minimize mistakes, breakdowns
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College to have new kicker in place for Saturday's home game with Wagner
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Inexperienced offensive line paving the way for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's second-half collapse opens door for William & Mary win
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
William & Mary uses big second half to top Lafayette 33-19
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, September 19, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College seeking to knock off another nationally-ranked foe in William & Mary
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team preparing for true test vs. W&M
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette's Coach Tavani looking forward to getting players back from injuries
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Chris Brockman a perfect fit for new role
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Monday, September 15, 2014

FOOTBALL
Jim Finnen reflects on a half-century behind the microphone at Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

FOOTBALL
Leopards look to shore up third-down offense
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's win over Robert Morris looked terrific on stat sheet, perhaps less so from the sideline
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College football team crushes Robert Morris in home opener
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College crushes Robert Morris 50-3
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, September 12, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College to honor public address announcer Jim Finnen at halftime of football game against Robert Morris
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College wants to take advantage of rare home game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette tight end Keller catching on
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Reinhard: Leopards shouldn't forget the last time they faced RMU
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's new-look defense catches eye of Robert Morris coach John Banaszak
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Monday, September 8, 2014

FOOTBALL
Reinhard: Breaking down Lafayette's season-opening loss
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette football coach says 'we beat ourselves'
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette drops season opener to Sacred Heart
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, September 5, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's wide receivers facing task of replacing a legend
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College safety Jared Roberts hoping to keep hamstring horror at bay
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette learns lessons on penalties by doing push-ups
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College's Ross Scheuerman wants to run down another Patriot League championship
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette football poised for another run?
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Five questions for Lafayette football entering 2014 season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Friday, August 29, 2014

FOOTBALL
College football 2014: Our crystal ball looks at Big Ten, Patriot League and Centennial Conference
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

FOOTBALL
150th Lafayette-Lehigh game at Yankee Stadium has become a big, big deal
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

FOOTBALL
Football 2014: Lafayette College preview
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette College quarterback Drew Reed likely heading for season to remember
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

FOOTBALL
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani gives team a 'C' after scrimmage
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Paul Reinhard: Cleaning out the notebook after Lafayette's Media Day
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
Lafayette College to honor Harry Gamble during 2014 football season
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

FOOTBALL
Zweizig surprises many with appearance at Lafayette football camp
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

FOOTBALL
Questions aplenty for Leopards'
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 
FOOTBALL
REINHARD: Tavani, Leopards prepared for heat of Fisher Field turf
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
 

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."

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

GENERAL: In Memoriam: Former Lafayette Coach Bill Lawson
Inside Lacrosse/ By Terry Foy
News of longtime Lafayette coach Bill Lawson's death traveled quickly last weekend and left behind a wake of deep sadness. He was returning home from the Army Lacrosse Camp, where he'd been a mainstay for nearly four decades. Aside from his long and wildly varied career leading the Leopards (in addition to lacrosse, Lawson coached tennis and swimming), it was his time at the well-known Army Camp -- with its impressive list of alumni -- that introduced Lawson to so many in the lacrosse community.

GENERAL: Remembering A Lacrosse Great: William Lawson
LaxAllStars.com/ By John Moser
Lacrosse lost a great ambassador, and representative of the game, this past weekend. Bill Lawson passed away Saturday afternoon in a car accident on Route 78 in Clinton, NJ, as he was heading to his home in Easton, PA. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him. Coach Lawson was 79 years old, always coaching, and always making people he knew feel important to him. In today's competitive environment, with our heavy emphasis on wins and losses, conference championships, and recruiting, we sometimes miss the great coaches of men that our sport produces. Bill Lawson was one of those coaches. Coach Lawson was never known for his fancy offense or stoic defense. He was not a great innovator, or a renowned tactician. He won many accolades for coaching, but most were about the man, and not the record.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

GENERAL: Lafayette College coach remembered fondly by colleagues and former players
The Express-Times/ By Lynn Ondrusek
William "Bill" Lawson did more than just coach students in tennis, swimming, diving and lacrosse at Lafayette College. He taught them that no matter what comes at them in life, they'll come through it fine, said former fellow coach Jim Daily. Lawson, 79, died Saturday after his car crashed on Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County. He veered off the right side of the highway, then swerved left across three lanes before his Toyota Corolla was struck on the driver's side by a westbound Subaru, police said.

GENERAL: Lafayette's Bill Lawson was more than a coach
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette College sports community took a major hit on Saturday when long-time coach Bill Lawson died as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident on Route 78 in New Jersey. Lawson was the Leopards' tennis and swimming coach when I first met him in the 1960s, when I took over the Lafayette football beat. I don't think I ever wrote about him as a coach because we didn't cover a lot of college tennis and swimming -- or lacrosse, when he became the college's first head coach in that sport in 1972. But I know I had some great times with him and his wife, Peggy, at some football tailgating parties, and over the years Bill and I shared lots of laughs. That was easy to do with Bill, because he genuinely enjoyed laughing.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

GENERAL: Fatal Interstate 78 accident victim is longtime Lafayette College lacrosse coach
The Express-Times/ By Douglas B. Brill
The winningest lacrosse coach in Lafayette College history died in a car crash this afternoon on Interstate 78 in Hunterdon County. William Lawson, 79, of Easton, was driving west at 2:54 p.m. when he veered off the right side of the highway in Clinton Township, New Jersey State Police spokesman Sgt. Adam Grossman said. Lawson then swerved left across three lanes before his 1999 Toyota Corolla was struck on the driver's side by a westbound Subaru, Grossman said.

Monday, June 17, 2013

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Adding to Family's Lafayette Athletic Legacy, PDS Alum Linville Led Leopards Women's Lax
Town Topics (Princeton, N.J.)/ By Bill Alden
For Cammie Linville, being around Lafayette College sports produced some indelible childhood memories. "Growing up, I was always at Lafayette, going to soccer games and dressed up in Lafayette stuff," said Princeton native Linville, whose mother, Cindy, played lacrosse and field hockey at Lafayette and father, Jud, starred for the men's lax team. "My grandfather was always going to soccer games, he was a big supporter of that program. He was a soccer player and captain when he went to Lafayette." When Linville matured into a lacrosse star at Princeton Day School, she was initially hesitant to follow in her family tradition.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE: Sparking Lafayette Women's Lacrosse Turnaround Former Hun Star Godfrey Eclipses 200-Point Mark
Town Topics (Princeton, N.J.)/ By Bill Alden
As Addie Godfrey joined the Lafayette College women's lacrosse program in 2009, she had no delusions of grandeur. "When I committed to Lafayette in the fall of my senior year in high school, I knew I was not going to a top 10 team that was going to be playing for an NCAA championship," said former Hun School standout Godfrey. "I was committing to a challenge. I dedicated myself to getting it back to where it was 10 years ago." Emerging as a go-to scorer for the Leopards, Godfrey's dedication helped the program progress to the point where it made the Patriot League tournament this spring in her senior season.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

GENERAL: Lafayette College continues renovations to Kirby Sports Center
The Express-Times
Renovations inside Kirby Sports Center were taking place this morning at Lafayette College. The renovations, which are scheduled to be completed by Aug. 1, will include a new video board, new bleachers, renovated floor and new paint scheme. View a gallery of the renovations being worked on today at the top of the post.

BASEBALL: Nationals trade Henry Rodriguez to Cubs for Ian Dickson; option Nate Karns to Harrisburg
The Washington Post/ By James Wagner
The Nationals traded right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for right-hander Ian Dickson. After three years of hoping Rodriguez would develop into a dominant and consistent power arm in their bullpen, the Nationals have finally and completely parted ways with him. The Nationals designated Rodriguez for assignment on June 4 and had 10 days to complete a trade, release him or place him on waivers. The Cubs took on the 26-year-old inconsistent fireballer and the Nationals acquired Dickson, a 22-year-old and 6-foot-5 pitcher in the lower rungs of the Cubs' minor league system.

BASEBALL: Former Lafayette College pitcher Ian Dickson traded to Washington Nationals
The Express-Times
Former Lafayette College pitcher Ian Dickson was traded to the Washington Nationals for right-handed reliever Henry Rodriguez. Dickson, a 35th round pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 2011 draft, posted a 6.68 ERA in 35 innings this season for the Cubs' Class A affiliate Kane County.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

FOOTBALL: Villanova the perfect answer to the Patriot League football scheduling conundrum
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Carolyn Schlie Femovich would like to make Frank Tavani's job easier. No, the Patriot League commissioner doesn't have a game plan to beat Lehigh and she isn't recruiting 4-star defensive ends for Tavani's Lafayette Leopards. But she may be able to help when it comes to putting together a football slate.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

TRACK & FIELD: Lafayette College's Rachel Pena has an athletic skill set made for the hammer throw
The Express-Times/ By Bruce Buratti
Rachel Pena is putting the hammer down on the rest of the Patriot League. A junior at Lafayette College, Pena will be one of the marquee performers in the Patriot League Track and Field Championships to be held Friday and Saturday at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus. The defending league champion in the hammer throw, Pena is once again peaking for the postseason. Last spring, the Ridgefield Park (N.J.) graduate placed third in the college hammer at Penn Relays with a throw of 183 feet. That earned her the No. 1 seed in the field for the following week's Patriot League championships and Pena rode it to the title. Her winning throw carried out to 180-6. This season is following a familiar scenario. Pena took fifth last weekend at the Penn Relays, throwing a personal best 188-9. Pena's Penn Relays performance earned her the Patriot League's Female Field Athlete of the Week award.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Justin Adams showed off his skills all over the field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
There seemed to be several Number 4s on the field Saturday during Lafayette College's Maroon and White spring football game at Fisher Stadium. There was the 4 running loose down the field to catch a 66-yard touchdown pass, the day's longest play. There was the 4 making defenders miss on short out routes and picking up crucial yards to keep drives alive. There was the 4 blocking like a lineman on outside running plays. And there was the 4 holding for kicks and running back punts. Lots of different tasks, but there was just one number four -- wide receiver Justin Adams.

FOOTBALL: Jon Gruden, the QBs and more from Coach T
MCall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The other day I mentioned a briefing between Lafayette offensive coordinator Mickey Fein and a bunch of guys who call themselves the Quarterback Club. It was kind of a reunion for some of them, particularly a group organizer Gary Uzelac referred to as "that Royal Flush from '78 to '82." The guys actually got more than they bargained for. Not only did they get insight from Fein; they also had a celebrity run-in with Jon Gruden, who was in Easton to watch his son, Deuce, a rising sophomore who is bidding for playing time at running back, compete in the Maroon and White game. Hal Hocking got a couple of photos on his smart phone and he emailed them to me today. I was hoping he would be able to do it immediately on Saturday so I could include them in that blog, but that didn't work out. No big deal. Here they are. You need to know that I covered Lafayette football from 1968 through 1977 -- the Harry Gamble and Neil Putnam days -- so I saw a couple of these guys during their heyday.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College shows off an explosive offense in Maroon and White spring football game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Early on in Lafayette College's annual Maroon and White game came one of those moments that makes spring football such a half-full/half-empty affair for Leopard fans. On the second play of this morning's game, running back Ross Scheuerman went off tackle, darted through a hole and rolled 57 yards for a touchdown. "A little sneak preview of the fall," Scheuerman said. Lafayette certainly hopes it is just that on offense, but perhaps not so much on defense, which lost the scrimmage 40-33, with the defense scoring via stops, three-and-outs and turnovers in front of a pretty good crowd on a windy but sunny day at Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Offense makes big plays in Lafayette spring football game
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette offensive coordinator Mickey Fein met with a group of former Leopard quarterbacks prior to Saturday's Maroon and White football game, he took them through his 11-play script for the start of the intrasquad scrimmage. Less than an hour later, the Lafayette offense executed part of the plan perfectly and Ross Scheuerman raced 57 yards on the second play of the controlled event to score a touchdown that set the Maroon team on its way to a 40-33 victory in Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Who benefits from Leopards' spring FB 'game'?
MCall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The photograph above shows just a portion of the special crowd that gathered in the South grandstand of Fisher Stadium about an hour before the start of Lafayette's Maroon and White football game. More people were making their way from the Bourger Varsity Football House as I took the photo. Coach Frank Tavani had told me several days ago that about 150 prospective football recruits -- high school juniors who would undoubtedly love to be chosen to receive one of those $250,000 merit-based football scholarships Patriot League teams are now permitted to give -- and family members would be attending the final practice of the Leopards' spring camp. These are not official visits, mind you, but some of the players have been invited by Lafayette coaches and others have come strictly on their own to have a look at the place.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

FOOTBALL: Leopards trying to find more touches for 'underused' Greg Kessel
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Greg Kessel returned to college after winter break, stepped on the scale and saw some record high numbers - 2-4-8. No problem, he thought. Business as usual. While many people look for lower numbers from the scale in the early months of a new year, Kessel had no problem with hovering near the 250 mark. After all, some extra poundage, combined with the strict strength training regime in the Lafayette College weight room, might serve him well for his senior year as a Leopard fullback. Then, however, Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani and running backs coach Phil Hallahan approached the East Stroudsburg-South graduate with a new challenge. After playing in 31 of 33 games during his first three years at Lafayette as a fullback, he was asked to take part in an experiment as a tailback during spring camp. The Leopards already have a proven quantity at the position - rising junior Ross Scheuerman - but a desire to make the total offensive package more productive could mean opportunity for another running back.

FOOTBALL: Catching up with the Leopards at spring "halftime"
MCall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When I sat down with Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani before the start of spring camp, we spent some time in the "war room," which includes a huge personnel chart. One of the things that caught my eye was the depth at the running back spot -- seven guys, led, of course, by Ross Scheuerman. I know that two of those seven are new recruits -- Kyle Mayfield of North Penn High and Adin Greenfield of Miller Place, N.Y. Still, that left five for the spring camp. So, imagine how surprised I was on Saturday to see only three guys suited up at TB -- Scheuerman, Greg Kessel, who may or may not be at that position in the fall (see my story in the print edition of The Morning Call) and Deuce Gruden.

Friday, April 5, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College set to host 11th annual Spring Golf Invitational
The Express-Times/ By Karl Gilbert
The 11th annual Lafayette Spring Invitational will be played this upcoming Sunday-Monday at Northampton Country Club. Hosted by the Lafayette College golf program, the tournament was previously held at the former Center Valley Club before moving to Northampton CC last year.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College linebacker Colton Kirkpatrick ready for some real live action
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Watching Lafayette College's football team bang heads during an intense and physical practice Tuesday afternoon -- especially so for a session with no pads -- the thought came to mind that these Leopards are prepared for some real action. Certainly junior linebacker Colton Kirkpatrick is. "It's good to see that aggression out there," he said. "That's how we get prepared for the season. The whole point of football is to be aggressive, and you're always trying to make plays, but you do have to hold back a little, even though that's hard. They are your own guys, after all." Lafayette's offense is fortunate that Kirkpatrick isn't going full speed against them. The 6-1, 225-pound Carlisle, Pa., resident emerged last fall as one of the Patriot League's most physical and aggressive defenders.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College basketball standout Jay Mottola
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Page 67 of Lafayette College's 2012-13 men's basketball media guide shows a picture of Jay Mottola shooting a foul shot in Madison Square Garden. The high-arching shot reached its apex at the top of the backboard when the photo was taken. When the ball came down, it settled cleanly through the net. At the top of the page the word "TRADITION" appears in bold letters. Why all the fuss over a simple foul shot? Well, simply put, it might have been the single biggest free throw in Lafayette's storied history. It broke a tie with three seconds left and gave the Leopards a victory over Virginia in the first round of the 1972 National Invitation Tournament. Mottola, a senior point guard in '72, was the spark plug on one of Lafayette's best teams ever.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

FOOTBALL: It didn't feel like spring at Fisher Stadium Thursday
MCall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Ross Scheuerman ran once to the right, then once to the left on the first two plays of Thursday's 80something-play Lafayette football intra-squad scrimmage in Fisher Stadium. He spent the rest of the day -- which felt very little like spring football weather -- as a spectator. That was expected, because there is no question about Scheuerman's importance to the Leopards' chances for success in the fall. But with the rising junior sitting out, the battle for No. 2 was played out with passion. Four running backs were shuffled in and out during the afternoon, and if you're wondering whether the players thought it was important for them to be seen, consider the fact that both Marcellus Irving and Greg Rabb left the scrimmage with what seemed like day-ending injuries. But, neither one was satisfied to call it a day, and both not only returned, but made some strong points for themselves later in the scrum.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Joey Ptasinski provides a big spark off the bench for Lafayette College men's basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Throughout the Patriot League season, Lafayette College men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon has said his team essentially has six starters. Sixth man Joey Ptasinski backed his coach's word in Wednesday night's league championship game against Bucknell. With the Leopards desperately in need of a spark, the sophomore guard scored 15 second-half points to turn a potential blowout into a tight contest. As fate would have it, Ptasinski's heroic efforts weren't enough as the Leopards ultimately dropped a 64-56 decision to the top-seeded Bison.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team focusing on strength, simplicity in spring practice
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Lafayette College's spring football season, which gets under way this afternoon at Fisher Stadium, will be very different in one way and not at all in another. For the first time, coach Frank Tavani will wrap the 15 practices allowed by the NCAA around the school's spring break -- five practices from today to March 21, then nine more from April 2 to April 19 before the spring game on April 20.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bucknell University men's basketball team defeats Lafayette for 2013 Patriot League title
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Mike Muscala remembers the feeling he and his teammates had at the end of last season. The Bucknell University men's basketball team came up short of consecutive NCAA tournament bids, losing by five points to Lehigh on the Bison's home court in the Patriot League championship game. The Bison did everything in their power to return to the league final, and Wednesday's 64-56 win over Lafayette in front of 3,645 fans at Sojka Pavilion helped atone for any shortcomings from a year ago.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Johnson to be Lafayette's "biggest fan" from now on
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
LEWISBURG -- As Bucknell's players waited on the court at Sojka Pavilion for the chance to get their hands on their Patriot League trophy Wednesday night, Tony Johnson stood on the sideline in a long embrace with teammate Dan Trist. The Lafayette senior then made his way down the bench and hugged every teammate after his team's 64-56 loss to Bucknell in the Patriot League championship game. "I just realized my time here is done and I wanted to wish them all the best [because] whether you were No. 1 or No. 13 on our team, they mean more to me than the world," Johnson said. "I just wanted to make sure I thanked them. From here on out, I'll be their biggest fan."

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette has no answer for Muscala, Bucknell
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
LEWISBURG -- Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon knew it. So did everyone in a Leopards uniform. Doing something about it turned out to be another futile attempt to control Bucknell's Mike Muscala. The senior center scored 14 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, including a left-handed hook that fueled the decisive run in Bucknell's 64-56 victory in Wednesday's Patriot League championship game at Sojka Pavilion. Bucknell (28-5) won its second title in the last three years, fourth overall, and set a school and league record for wins in a season. The Bison find out their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday. Lafayette's season likely ends at 19-15, though its streak of futility in Sojka continues. The Leopards are 0-15 vs. the Bison in the building.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football team springs forward
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When you watch Lafayette College's 2012 football highlight film, you come away with one puzzling question: How did this team lose six games? The Leopards had four rushing plays of more than 50 yards, five pass plays of 40 yards or better, pass interception returns of 59, 42 and 37 yards. They picked off a single-season-record 22 passes -- by 11 different players. "That's an 8-3 football team that we let get away," Lafayette coach Frank Tavani said recently of the 2012 Leopards, who moved a step closer to that fine line between winning and losing seasons, but left Fisher Field last Nov. 17 with their fifth straight loss to their archrival, Lehigh, and a third straight sub-.500 season. That means that, for the first time since 2001, Tavani's second as the head coach, a Lafayette senior class is faced with the prospect of going through a four-year career without a winning season.

FOOTBALL: Are you ready for some Lafayette football?
MCall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Well, it may not seem much like September, but on Fisher Field, a bunch of incredible hulks will be running around with helmets on this afternoon as spring "camp" begins. Coach Frank Tavani and I had a long talk recently about camp and a bunch of other things. Here are some things to get you back into the football mode.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team prepping for Patriot League championship game against Bucknell
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Bucknell University's Sojka Pavilion has been a "House of Horrors" for the Lafayette College men's basketball team. How bad has it been? Well, the Leopards are 0-14 in Sojka since the 4,000-seat multi-purpose arena opened in 2003. Lafayette hopes to reverse the trend tonight when it travels to Lewisburg, Pa., to play Bucknell for the Patriot League championship. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. and the game will be televised by the CBS Sports Network.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bucknell, Lafayette Patriot League men's basketball fact box
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Who: Lafayette Leopards at Bucknell Bison. What: Patriot League men's basketball championship. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Where: Sojka Pavillion, Lewisburg, 4,000.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette has grown into a championship-caliber team
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Bryce Scott received a welcomed surprise when he walked into the Kirby Sports Center last Saturday for a final shootaround before the Patriot League semifinal against Lehigh. His mother, Darcy, made the unexpected cross-country trip from El Dorado Hills, Calif., to see the freshman guard play. He responded with 12 points and stellar defense as the Leopards earned their third trip to the tournament final in the last four years. Scott's development this season, particularly defensively, has been a pleasant surprise for coach Fran O'Hanlon. Lafayette (19-14) is 11-3 since Scott was inserted into the starting lineup on Jan. 19 and takes a seven-game winning streak into today's championship game at Bucknell (27-5). Tipoff from Sojka Pavilion is at 7:30 p.m., with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette's Tony Johnson, Bucknell's Mike Muscala are Patriot League's best
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
A moment before the first drill of Monday's late-morning practice, Bucknell's Mike Muscala grabbed the other six players in the rotation for a quick lecture about the importance of focus leading up to today's Patriot League championship game. "I walked away, looked at one of my assistants and said, 'This is awesome,' " Bison coach Dave Paulsen said. "It took a while, but it is what is needed." Muscala is an underappreciated superstar and a reluctant vocal leader, but he has recognized the need for his guidance this season. Similarly, Lafayette guard Tony Johnson has finally received the message from coach Fran O'Hanlon and teammates that his shot is needed as much as his steady, calming influence. "Tony is a maestro at the point guard position," Paulsen said. "And he doesn't miss." There is little coincidence that Bucknell and Lafayette are the league's two best teams right now because they have the two best players -- by a wide margin. The two collide at 7:30 p.m. for the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bryce Scott is having a blast for the Lafayette College men's basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The unmistakable smile on Bryce Scott's face is a true reflection of his passion for life. The talented Lafayette College freshman is excelling on the basketball floor, and his vibrant expressions are a strong indicator that he's having a very good time doing it. "No matter what you ask him, everything is always `tremendous,'" Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon said. "If you say `How's that sandwich?' `Tremendous.' He's so positive. If you asked him how his coach is, he'd probably say `tremendous.' He's certainly a joy to be around." The 6-foot-2 Scott, who can play either guard position, is gearing up for the biggest game of his career Wednesday night when the Leopards play Bucknell for the Patriot League championship at Sojka Pavillion in Lewisburg, Pa. Game time is 7:30 p.m. and will be televised on CBS Sports Network. A win over the top-seeded Bison (27-5) would catapult the No. 2 Leopards (19-14) into the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2000.

Monday, March 11, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: After a slow start, Lafayette College men's basketball team peaking at the right time
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
Just because you are shooting well, doesn't mean you are playing well. That was one of the messages coming from Lafayette College men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon and his staff as they watched a young squad stumble to a 1-6 start to the 2012-13 season. Defense, rebounding and protecting the basketball were all going to be critical components to the equation if the Leopards were going to right the ship. O'Hanlon knew he liked the makeup of this team, but admitted he had some doubts after watching them turn the ball over 27 times in a 60-55 loss at Monmouth.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team advances to Patriot League final with 82-69 victory over rival Lehigh
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team had come too far to see its season end against its biggest rival on its home court. Point guard Tony Johnson continued his late-season tear with 24 points this afternoon to lead the Leopards to an 82-69 victory over Lehigh in a Patriot League semifinal before a capacity crowd of 3,500 at Kirby Sports Center. The second-seeded Leopards (19-14), who've won seven straight, advance to Wednesday's league title game 7:30 p.m. at top-seeded Bucknell. The Bison defeated No. 4 Army 78-70 in Saturday's other semifinal. The winner receives an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette completes trifecta, beats Lehigh in Patriot League semifinal
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette freshman Bryce Scott took a look at the dwindling number on the shot clock late in the second half of Saturday's Patriot League semifinal. With a Lehigh defender draped on him, Scott chucked up a long jumper. It missed everything. But Leopards teammate Tony Johnson retrieved the ball as he dove out of bounds and tossed it back to Joey Ptasinski, who also had to heave up a heavily contested jumper because the shot clock was all but expired. No problem, because teammate Levi Giese fought to secure the rebound off the back iron and was fouled. Giese made both free throws, his only points of the game, but it was that kind of determination that had such an impact on the outcome. Johnson was stellar again with game highs of 24 points and eight rebounds, but it was a collective effort to win the battle of the boards and loose balls that propelled Lafayette to the championship game for the third time in the last four years with an 82-69 win at the Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette (19-14) swept the three-game season series from Lehigh for the first time in 13 years and advanced to play at Bucknell (27-5) in Wednesday's title contest at 7:30 p.m. Bucknell beat Army, 78-70, in Saturday's other semifinal.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tony Tony Tony does it again as Lafayette three-peats Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
As the buzzer sounded signaling the Lafayette and Lehigh players back onto the floor following a timeout, Tony Johnson glanced at the Leopards fans and smiled. If you looked at the senior point guard just long enough, you could see him -- ever so slightly -- nod at the crowd. It was that composure and presence, things coach Fran O'Hanlon saw in him in high school, that kept the game from slipping away from Lafayette, which had its 16-point lead sliced to five in the final minutes of their 82-69 victory in Saturday's Patriot League Tournament semifinals at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh men's basketball teams square off in Patriot League tournament semifinal
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Levi Giese admitted he's been nervous this season. The Lafayette College senior forward and co-captain has had every right to be. Giese and classmate Tony Johnson were the only returning starters from last season's squad that faced the tough task of replacing a pair of graduated 1,000-point scorers in Ryan Willen and Jim Mower. "We knew we were playing some tough teams in the beginning of the season, but there were a lot of guys who had to learn their role after we lost three starters," Giese said. "It's a great feeling when you're playing in a semifinal and you started 1-6. We worked hard and we're glad we can see the benefits of that." The second-seeded Leopards (18-14) have grown by leaps and bounds this season and their current six-game win streak has the squad one win away from competing for the Patriot League championship. Standing in their way, though, is rival and third-seeded Lehigh (21-8) in today's semifinal that will be broadcast nationally on CBS Sports Network. Tipoff is 2:06 p.m. from Kirby Sports Center.

Friday, March 8, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Home is where the heart is for Lafayette College men's basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
For the Lafayette College men's basketball team, Kirby Sports Center provides more than just the friendly confines of a home court. Most of the time, it means victory. The Leopards are 13-3 at home this season and an unbeaten 7-0 at home in the history of the Patriot League tournament. Second-seeded Lafayette (18-14) hosts rival and No. 3 Lehigh (21-8) at 2:06 p.m. Saturday in the semifinals.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh Patriot League men's basketball semifinal closing in on a sellout
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
The Patriot League men's basketball semifinal between Lafayette and Lehigh scheduled for 2:06 p.m. on Saturday at Kirby Sports Center is closing in on a sellout, according to Lafayette athletics ticket manager Jason Cichowicz. "We have a few hundred remaining at this point (5:30 p.m. today)," Cichowicz wrote in an email. "We will have very limited (if any) available at the door depending on sales this evening." The ticket office inside Kirby Sports Center will re-open at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. Tickets can also be purchased online at goleopardstickets.com.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette trying for three-game sweep of Patriot League rival Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette-Lehigh, Rounds 1 and 2, played out differently in different locations in 2013, but the results were the same. So, too, was the reason for the Leopards' victories in those games. "Defense and rebounding," Mountain Hawks senior Holden Greiner said. "That's the recipe for success against Lafayette." Lehigh is hoping to make something of that recipe in the third meeting this season when it visits Lafayette in today's Patriot League tournament semifinal at 2 p.m.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team trounces Holy Cross in Patriot League quarterfinal
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Fran O'Hanlon obviously doesn't have a short memory. When asked about his team's recent dominance over Holy Cross, the veteran Lafayette College men's basketball coach succinctly replied: "Years ago, they beat us all the time. It goes in cycles." The Leopards continued their firm grip over the Crusaders Wednesday night as sophomore guard Seth Hinrichs scored 20 points and senior point guard Tony Johnson added 19 to spearhead a 77-54 victory in a Patriot League quarterfinal at Kirby Sports Center. It was Lafayette's third win over Holy Cross (12-18) this season and the fourth straight season the Leopards (18-14) have knocked the Crusaders out of the league's postseason tournament.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette clicks at both ends of floor, routs Holy Cross
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Holy Cross' De'Vaughn Reid picked Lafayette's pocket near midcourt with nine minutes left in Wednesday's Patriot League quarterfinal. Reid appeared to have an easy path to a fast-break layup in a game in which Lafayette had put away much earlier in the half. But Seth Hinrichs, known for his shooting touch from 25 feet in, raced back and rejected Reid's layup. Lafayette teammate Tony Johnson saved the rebound and the Leopards raced the other way. Bryce Scott ended up with the ball a few feet from the basket, but opted instead to find the trailing Hinrichs. Fittingly, Hinrichs swished the 3-pointer. Lafayette's combination of effort and execution at both ends put away Holy Cross early, with the 77-54 final not indicative of how dominant the Leopards were. Hinrichs finished with 20 points and Johnson continued his torrid stretch with 19 as the Leopards won their sixth consecutive game and third in a row this season over the Crusaders. Lafayette (18-14) hosts Lehigh (21-8) in Saturday's semifinals. Lehigh rallied past Colgate 71-64 in another tournament quarterfinal.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team to play Holy Cross in Patriot League quarterfinal
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team has pretty much had its way with Holy Cross recently. The Leopards ended the Crusaders' season each of the past three years and already own two victories over Holy Cross this season. Lafayette hopes to continue its success against Holy Cross tonight when the Patriot League teams meet in a league tournament quarterfinal round game at Kirby Sports Center. Tip-off is at 7. Lafayette (17-14 overall, 10-4 league), the second seed, defeated the No. 7 Crusaders (12-17, 4-10) 63-53 on Jan. 23 in Easton. In the rematch in Worcester, Mass., the Leopards rallied from a 13-point second half deficit and prevailed 79-76 on Tony Johnson's pull-up 3-pointer from beyond the key with two seconds left.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh women's basketball teams prepare for 2013 Patriot League tournament
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
The 2013 Patriot League women's basketball tournament gets under way on Thursday at the sites of the four top seeds - Army, Navy, American and Holy Cross. This means that local entrants Lafayette and Lehigh will be taking to the road in pursuit of a spot in the March 16 final. Holy Cross coach Bill Gibbons, who has been at the helm for all 23 Patriot League seasons, believes that the recipient of the autonomic bid in to the NCAA tournament could come from an unlikely source.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette's Tony Johnson not passing on many shots now
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Tony Johnson takes an outlet pass and pushes the ball up the court, weaving his way around defenders. He sees teammates Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski sprinting into position on each side of him. Instinctively, he gets the ball to the shooter with the hotter hand at that particular moment. "They are the two best shooters I've ever been around," Johnson says. When Johnson sees 6-foot-9 post player Dan Trist hustling in transition, there is little doubt that the Lafayette point guard is going to reward his mate with the ability to finish the break. Johnson is a pass-first point guard, among the best the Patriot League has ever seen. He has passed the ball, however, to a fault.

Monday, March 4, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College point guard Tony Johnson is closing out his career with a flourish
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The 2011-12 men's basketball season was rough on Tony Johnson. Back and foot injuries limited him to 12 games. Instead of sulking, the senior point guard from Folsom, Calif. proceeded to do the next best thing this season. He's cramming two years worth of production into one season. Or, maybe even one month. Simply put, Johnson has been the catalyst for Lafayette College's rise to the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Patriot League tournament. The Leopards (17-14 overall, 10-4 league) play seventh-seeded Holy Cross (12-17, 4-10) in a quarterfinal game 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: All-Patriot League men's basketball awards announced
Mcall.com Varsity Blog/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette senior point guard Tony Johnson and Lehigh forward Holden Greiner were named to the all-Patriot League first team Monday. Bucknell's Mike Muscala and Cameron Ayers along with Army's Ella Ellis were others on the first team, as voted on by the eight head coaches.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team defeats American to secure second seed for Patriot League tournament
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team is riding a wave of confidence into the postseason. The Leopards have already taken out Patriot League favorites Bucknell once and Lehigh twice. Longtime nemesis American University was up next for the Leopards in today's regular season finale at Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette continued its torrid late-season surge as senior point guard Tony Johnson scored 22 points to spark an 80-72 victory over the Eagles before an announced crowd of 3,033.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette stays hot, beats American in Patriot League regular-season finale
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon has seen his team take significant steps forward throughout the four months of this season. American's Jeff Jones, frankly, has as many questions as answers right now. That was evident during Saturday afternoon's Patriot League regular-season finale at the Kirby Sports Center. Senior Tony Johnson continued his torrid play with a game-high 22 points, including six consecutive free throws late, and four other teammates reached double figures as Lafayette led for almost all of its 80-72 victory over American. Lafayette (17-14, 10-4) secured the No. 2 seed with the win and hosts No. 7 Holy Cross (12-17, 4-10) in Wednesday's quarterfinals at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lehigh, Lafayette women hoping for Patriot League coronation
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette and Lehigh are forever married by location, residing a mere 17 miles from each other in the Lehigh Valley. Entering the final week of the Patriot League women's basketball season, the Leopards and Mountain Hawks are connected in the traditional sense of the centuries-long institution. They have combined to have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tony Johnson continues hot streak to lead Lafayette College men's basketball team past Lehigh
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
When you think of great NCAA basketball performances, Bill Walton's 44-point explosion in the 1973 NCAA final immediately comes to mind. Tony Johnson turned in his own highlight reel show on another big stage this afternoon. The senior point guard was 10-for-12 from the floor and tied his career high with 29 points as the Lafayette College men's team rallied for a 79-71 victory over Lehigh before a near-capacity crowd of 3,433 at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tony Johnson, Lafayette torch Lehigh with big, second-half run
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Tony Johnson walked into the Kirby Sports Center media room after Lafayette rallied from 10 points down in the second half to beat rival Lehigh on Sunday afternoon and couldn't help but let out a quick observation. "Wow" is all that he said as he scanned his surroundings. That summed the impression of every one of the 3,433 fans in attendance after the senior point guard dazzled the Mountain Hawks to the tune of 29 points on 10-of-12 shooting to go with four assists and two steals. It continued an incredible stretch in which he has hit a pair of game-winning shots and been a dominant offensive force in Lafayette's three-game winning streak, including Sunday's 79-71 thriller which vaulted the Leopards into second place in the Patriot League. "Never in my life," Johnson said of being in a rhythm like he's in right now. Johnson's point total equals his career high, but most importantly, it gave Lafayette (15-14, 8-4) the regular-season sweep of Lehigh (18-8, 8-4) and the tie-breaker edge for second place. Both are two games behind Bucknell with two games left.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Youthful Lafayette College men's basketball team constantly gaining confidence, experience
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
This is how the Lafayette College men's basketball roster reads -- Sr., Jr., So., So., Fr., So., Fr.,So., Jr., Sr., Fr., Fr., Fr. The Leopards are heavy with underclassmen and have only two seniors -- Tony Johnson and Levi Giese -- and the team's inexperience and youth certainly showed early this season. Lafayette started 1-6, 3-8 and 5-10, before entering Patriot League play at 7-10 overall. The Leopards have hit their stride at one of the most important parts of the season, winning for the sixth time in eight games after defeating rival Lehigh 79-71 before a season-high crowd of 3,433 this afternoon at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tony Johnson is lighting it up for Lafayette College men's basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Fran O'Hanlon knew all about Tony Johnson's reputation before he ever played a game for the Lafayette College men's basketball team. "Tony is such a clutch performer," said O'Hanlon, the longtime coach who directed the Leopards to Patriot League titles in 1999 and 2000. "He did it in high school and he's doing it now." Johnson, the Leopards' senior point guard, has been in the proverbial zone lately. The 6-foot point guard from Folsom, Calif., has hit the winning shot in the Leopards' last two games -- victories over Bucknell and Holy Cross. "Without a doubt, he's just a terrific point guard," O'Hanlon said. "He enjoys the moment of the big stage." Johnson returns to the big stage at noon today when Lafayette hosts Lehigh in a Patriot League showdown. The game will be televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College, Lehigh University men's basketball teams set for Patriot League showdown
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Flash back to January 27. The Lafayette College men's basketball team shoots 70 percent (21-for-30) in the second half and shocks heavily favored Lehigh 78-57 at Stabler Arena. What could the Leopards possibly do for an encore? "We have to play the same, if not better, on defense," Lafayette senior forward Levi Giese said. "It's an important game for us, but it's important to them as well." The Leopards would like to prove the first meeting wasn't a fluke while the Mountain Hawks seek revenge today when the longtime rivals clash in a Patriot League showdown at Kirby Sports Center. Tipoff is noon.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team edges Holy Cross 79-76
The Express-Times/ By Jennifer Toland
Senior guard Tony Johnson had the ball in his hands late in Lafayette's game against Bucknell last Saturday, and Leopards coach Fran O'Hanlon decided that's exactly where he wanted it, so he didn't call a timeout. The strategy worked as Johnson buried the winning pull-up jump shot with 4.5 seconds remaining. Lafayette was in a similar situation tonight at Holy Cross - tie score, clock winding down, ball in Johnson's hands. "I was going to call timeout because I had (sophomore forward) Seth (Hinrichs) on the bench," O'Hanlon said, "but Tony had the ball and I thought there's no better person to have the ball in his hands. At the end of the day, it's either going to be overtime or us winning the game." Johnson sank a 3-pointer with 3.5 seconds left and the Leopards swept the regular-season series from Holy Cross with a 79-76 victory at the Hart Center in Worcester, Mass.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team upsets Bucknell 63-62
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Tony Johnson remained cool as a cucumber this afternoon. For a few fleeting moments, the Lafayette College senior guard simply flashed back to his childhood days on the playgrounds of Folsom, Calif. Johnson dribbled the length of the court and drained a pull-up jumper in the lane with 4.5 seconds remaining to lift the Leopards' men's basketball team to an exhilarating 63-62 Patriot League victory over Bucknell before a crowd of 3,244 at Kirby Sports Center. The dramatic win, coupled with Lehigh's 64-60 loss at Colgate, pulls the Leopards (13-14 overall, 6-4 league) to within two games of first place Bucknell (21-5, 8-2) and Lehigh (18-6, 8-2) in the league standings.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tony Johnson, Lafayette finish off first-place Bucknell
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Tony Johnson pointed out all of the little plays his teammates made in the second half of Saturday's game to help Lafayette come back from 11 points down against Bucknell. There were plenty. Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski hit key shots in combining for 34 points. Levi Giese's defensive effort on Bison center Mike Muscala in the second half slowed down the league's player of the year in waiting. On and on. But with the game's outcome hanging in the balance, Leopards coach Fran O'Hanlon kept things simple by putting the ball in Johnson's hands. The senior captain's transition drive and finish got Lafayette within a point with 50 seconds left, and then he hit the game-winning pull-up jumper with 4.5 seconds remaining to give Lafayette a 63-62 victory in front of a large crowd at the Kirby Sports Center. It also kept Lafayette (13-14 overall, 6-4 PL) alone in third place in the Patriot League, one game clear of Army, which beat Navy.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Bucknell surrenders 16-point lead, loses in OT
The Daily Item (Sunbury, Pa.)/ By Tom Hinkel
LEWISBURG -- In a season of ups-and-downs, blown leads and big comebacks, Saturday night's Patriot League contest at Sojka Pavilion with Lafayette might be the toughest game to recover from for the Bucknell women's basketball team. In a four-way battle for the final home first-round game in the upcoming Patriot League women's basketball tournament, the Bison built a 16-point halftime advantage against the Leopards. However, Lafayette rallied in the second half, getting a tough runner at the buzzer from Alicia Manning to send the game into overtime, and then scored five quick points to start overtime to seize control in a 66-61 Lafayette victory.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team drops 85-68 Patriot League decision to Army
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Everything seemed to be going right for the Lafayette College men's basketball team. The Leopards were coming off a 23-point road win at Navy and were returning to the friendly confines of Kirby Sports Center, where they've been virtually invincible lately. Sounds like a recipe for success, right? Think again. The Leopards fell victim to hot shooting Army tonight and subsequently dropped an 85-68 Patriot League decision before 1,071 stunned observers. Lafayette (12-14 overall, 5-4 league) had won four of five coming into the game and saw its eight-game home winning streak abruptly snapped. The game was eerily similar to the Leopards' 77-54 loss at Army on Jan. 16.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Defense no longer a mystery in Lafayette men's basketball
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Fran O'Hanlon wondered aloud from his cushy office chair as he watched tape of Lafayette freshman Bryce Scott when the guard was at El Dorado Hills (Calif.) High School. "Can this kid play defense?" O'Hanlon asked. The 18th-year Leopards coach had no idea at that point, but still recruited Scott. He did the same with fellow freshman Zach Rufer and current sophomores Seth Hinrichs and Joey Ptasinski. While many other mid-major college coaches watch clips of prospective recruits on their computers, all are in the dark when it comes to projecting star high school players to the next level -- especially on the defensive end. "That's the tough part about recruiting," O'Hanlon said. Most players recruited to play at the Division I level are offensive stars in high school. Scott, Rufer, Hinrichs and Ptasinski were no different. But O'Hanlon had the same concern about all of them. His question about them wasn't answered until recently, when Lafayette won four of five games to position itself alone in third place in the Patriot League at 5-3. Those players have been instrumental in the surge, including a three-game stretch in which the Leopards allowed the fewest combined points against Division I foes since 1965 -- when O'Hanlon was a stellar player at St. Thomas More High in Philadelphia.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College sophomore center Dan Trist out indefinitely with ankle sprain
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Lafayette College sophomore center Dan Trist is out indefinitely with a right ankle sprain, according to Assistant Sports Information Director Mark Mohrman, who confirmed the report after speaking with men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon. Trist injured his ankle with about 10 minutes remaining in Saturday's 70-47 win at Navy. The 6-foot-9 Trist, Lafayette's second leading scorer at 12.9 points per game, missed three games earlier this season with a left ankle sprain.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team crushes Navy
The Express-Times/ By David Driver
Joey Ptasinski is starting to get hot. And he was very economical with his shots tonight as he scored a game-high 15 points on just six shots from the field as Lafayette defeated Navy 70-47 in a Patriot League game in Annapolis, Md. "I have to work on that free throw. It is killing me," joked Ptasinski, who made 4 of 6 shots from the field and 3 of 4 from the foul line. He was 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Ptasinski came off the bench to score 10 of his points in the first half. It was the fourth win in five games for Lafayette, which got 13 points from Dan Trist and 12 points and 10 boards from Seth Hinrichs. Tony Johnson had eight points, five assists and just one turnover.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team takes league-leading Navy to wire in overtime loss
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
The Lafayette College women's basketball team came into today's Patriot League showdown with Navy winners of three straight and brimming with confidence. Despite coming up on the short end of a 60-52 overtime setback to the league leaders at Kirby Sports Center, the Leopards left with some confidence, too.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette nearly upsets first-place Navy
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
When Alicia Manning walked off the court alone after a live TV interview, she drew her own personal applause. Every single clap the senior Lafayette guard received was deserved. Making her first start of the year on senior day, Manning pumped in a season-high 10 points in 23 minutes. She came into Saturday's game against Navy having averaged just 1.3 points per game in 5.1 minutes per contest. "The energy was great," she said. "The girls I was with on the floor were positive. We played our hearts out. I couldn't ask for more." Except for one thing. "I just wish we got that win," Manning said. Long scoring droughts in the first and second halves plus 13 turnovers in the last 25 minutes hurt the Leopards in their 60-52 overtime loss to first-place Navy at Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette (10-13, 3-5 Patriot League), which had won three consecutive conference games, went 4:54 without scoring in the first half and then 6:07 in the second half, giving Navy (14-9, 7-1) the chance to make up for getting no points from their bench and for having shot just 23.1 percent in the opening stanza.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Red-hot Lafayette College women's basketball team looks to continue winning ways
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
Heading into the final week of winter break last month, the Lafayette College women's basketball team was 0-3 in the Patriot League with a long road trip to Holy Cross staring it in the face. None of the Leopards was having much fun and the vision of finishing in the top four in the league seemed like a pipe dream. Coach Dianne Nolan decided to try some new things -- starting with a lineup change. A visit from an old friend and applying some statistical analysis also have played a role in the Leopards running off three consecutive wins to end the first half with a respectable 3-4 league mark.

Friday, February 8, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team set for second half of Patriot League play
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
There are no stones left unturned by the midpoint of the Patriot League men's basketball season. Each team has played one another once and essentially knows the ins-and-outs of every opponent. "It's the second half of the year and it's about making adjustments," Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon said. "They've seen us, we've seen them, and it's about who makes the better adjustments." Lafayette College opens the second half of league play Saturday with a trip to Annapolis, Md., for a 7 p.m. game against Navy. The Leopards (11-13 overall, 4-3 league) are alone in third place, two games behind first place Lehigh and Bucknell (each 6-1 league).

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette College field hockey team signs five student-athletes to Class of 2017
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Goalkeeper Katelyn Arnold, of Southern Lehigh, is one of five student-athletes signed by Lafayette College field hockey first-year coach Jennifer Stone to the Class of 2017. Arnold was a four-year letterwinner and captain with the Spartans. She had a 0.13 goals against average and a .930 save percentage her senior season, and was a PIAA first team All-State selection her final three seasons.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's first scholarship class of football recruits could make immediate impact
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The 20 young men who signed national letters of intent today to attend and play football for Lafayette College will be forever known as the school's "first scholarship class." That may prove a high burden to live up to, but the ten offensive players, nine defensive players and one special teamer look to have the ability to make a difference quickly.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette gets commitments from 20 football recruits
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani sent two of his coaches on a four-day hunting trip to Colorado late last year. The "targets" were a Denver-area quarterback and a defensive lineman from one of the top high school leagues in that vicinity. But as long as they were there, the Leopard coaches went knocking on doors -- about half a dozen schools per day each.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette FB recruiting: some more things to think about
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Twenty-four days ago, I was lying on a Lehigh Valley Health Network operating-room table under "deep hypothermic circulatory arrest" (clinically dead) for 90 minutes while a couple of super-talented medical "athletes," heart surgeons Ray Singer and Gary Szydlowski, performed some major open-heart surgery. So, when my wife, Betty, told my granddaughter-in-law Vanisia Yost on Wednesday that I was writing some kind of Lafayette football stories for The Morning Call, Vanisia said, "What? The other day he said it wiped him out to fold a couple of pieces of wash."

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette opens football season at home for first time since 2010
The Morning Call
A home opener for the first time since the 2010 season and a match-up with Colonial Athletic Association member William & Mary highlights Lafayette's 2013 football schedule released by the school Tuesday afternoon. The Leopards welcome Sacred Heart on Sept. 7 for the first meeting between the two since 2001, and the start of a home-and-home series with the Pioneers, who were 2-9 last fall. A week later, William & Mary visits for the second game of a four-game series between the two schools that began last year when Lafayette came back from Williamsburg with a 17-14 victory.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Patriot League expansion means more headaches for coaches
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Back in 1988, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's basketball tournament was held in Westchester County, N.Y. Third-seeded Fairfield, coached by Dianne Nolan, had to beat No. 2 Holy Cross, coached by Bill Gibbons, then No. 1 La Salle, which was led by guard Kelly Greenburg. Nolan's club overcame both obstacles to earn the school's first MAAC title and NCAA Tournament berth. Three years ago, Nolan came to Lafayette, a Patriot League school. That meant butting heads again with Gibbons, who is now in his 28th season at Holy Cross.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette upsets American in final 2 minutes
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
Dianne Nolan got her players thinking on Friday when she told them how long it had been since Lafayette's women's basketball team had won three Patriot League games in a row. "One girl shouted out that she was 4. Another one said she was 7," the Leopards coach recalled. "Then I got goose bumps all over." Those same goose bumps returned Saturday afternoon when Lafayette upset American 49-47 on Maddie Peabody's pull-up jumper with the shot clock winding down at the 1:37 mark, giving the Leopards their first three-game conference winning streak since they won four in a row from Feb. 15-27, 1998.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's basketball team's furious rally falls short against American
The Express-Times/ By Harvey Valentine
Wins against American University have been incredibly hard to come by for the Lafayette College men's basketball team in recent years. The Leopards' latest loss likely ranks among the most bitter defeats during this stretch. After an abysmal first half, the Leopards staged a furious comeback from a 17-point second-half deficit and briefly took the lead before falling short in a 68-64 Patriot League loss at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team rolls to 69-40 win over Colgate
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Defense! Defense! Defense! It's the one common denominator that has exemplified the recent resurgence of the Lafayette College men's basketball team. Tonight was more of the same. The Leopards held Colgate scoreless for two long stretches and rode Seth Hinrichs' 24 points to a convincing 69-40 Patriot League victory before 2,470 spectators at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette shuts down former Fran O'Hanlon recruit's Colgate basketball team
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Colgate's offense has some Fran O'Hanlon principles in it. a lot of motion, screening and cutting. Not a big surprise considering Raiders coach Matt Langel was recruited by O'Hanlon, who was in his final season at Penn before coming to Lafayette for the 1995-96 season. But, for r now, there is a world of difference in how the two programs' offenses are being executed. Lafayette shot 50 percent from the field, regularly getting open looks by all of its players, and coasted to its third consecutive victory, 69-40, Wednesday night at the Kirby Sports Center.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team routs Lehigh at Stabler Arena
The Express-Times
Levi Giese scored 17 points and Seth Hinrichs posted a double-double to lead Lafayette to a 78-57 victory over archrival Lehigh today, handing the Mountain Hawks their first Patriot League loss this season and snapping their five-game winning streak. Hinrichs finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Leopards (10-12, 3-2), who ended a five-game skid in the series, while Dan Trist had 14 points and Tony Johnson and Joey Ptasinski also scored 13 each.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette outhustles, outplays Lehigh in rout, 78-57
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette's Tony Johnson is widely recognized as the Patriot League's best point guard. His decision-making, defense and unselfishness are the textbook definitions of the position. During Sunday's game at rival Lehigh, Johnson had plenty of help in all aspects.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team beats rival Lehigh 78-57
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Something wasn't right this afternoon at Stabler Arena. Despite a season-high 3,279 in attendance to watch the Lehigh University men's basketball team host rival Lafayette, something was missing. Whether it was a hangover from the Mountain Hawks' gritty road win at Bucknell on Wednesday night or the team was just due for a bad game. Either way, the visiting Leopards made them pay, rolling to a 78-57 Patriot League victory.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette routs Lehigh in impressive fashion
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette ended recent futility against rival Lehigh in dominating fashion. Levi Giese was dominant at both ends of the court and the Leopards ended a five-game losing streak to Lehigh with a 78-57 win Sunday afternoon at Stabler Arena. Lehigh (14-5 overall, 4-1 PL) got within six on the first basket of the second half, but Lafayette (10-12, 3-2) never got flustered. Tony Johnson's left-handed finish pushed the cushion to 20 (60-40) with 8:21 left. The Mountain Hawks never made a serious run again. Lafayette's win creates a logjam in the league standings. Bucknell and Lehigh are tied at 4-1, with Lafayette a game behind, four teams at 2-3, followed by 1-4 Navy.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women end lengthy Patriot League losing streak
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Danielle Fiacco and Emily Homan have been sick all week. The entire Lafayette program has been sick of losing. Fiacco and Homan felt pretty good after Saturday afternoon's game with rival Lehigh. A win is a great healer. Fiacco and Homan combined for 30 points, 17 rebounds and six blocked shots as Lafayette ended a 13-game Patriot League losing streak with a convincing 68-52 victory at the Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lehigh University men's basketball team set to host rival Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Drive and kick. A ball handler runs toward the basket, is collapsed in on by defenders and passes the ball out to a teammate for an open shot. It sounds simple enough, right?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team earns 63-53 victory over Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team is mastering the art of winning at home. Now, if only the Leopards could steal a couple on the road. Guards Seth Hinrichs and Bryce Scott each scored 16 points and point guard Tony Johnson added 15 tonight as Lafayette captured its seventh straight game at Kirby Sports Center with a 63-53 Patriot League victory over Holy Cross. Lafayette (9-12 overall, 2-2 league), which scored the first five points and never trailed, hasn't lost at Kirby since dropping a 72-53 decision to Ivy League favorite Princeton on Nov. 24. The Leopards are 1-10 away from home and play Lehigh at Stabler Arena at noon on Sunday.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Early, first-half, second-half runs carry Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
Even though it was just the fourth league game of the season, the first four minutes of each half Wednesday told the story of a team pushed by sense of urgency. Lafayette's men's basketball team scored 14 of the game's first 18 points and then 13 of the first 17 in the second half, which carried the Leopards to a 63-53 win over Holy Cross at Kirby Sports Center. Having lost two of its first three Patriot League games, the Leopards (9-12, 2-2 PL) couldn't have afforded to fall further behind the Crusaders (10-9, 2-2) in the standings. Lafayette, which dropped its previous two games, both of which were on the road, sits in a tie for third place with Holy Cross and American.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

FOOTBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh football coaches discuss how scholarships changed the recruiting process
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Patriot League football coaches visit recruits armed with two major selling points: a chance to play college football and an opportunity to receive a great education. Now, league coaches and their assistants are able to draw on another weapon from their quiver. Beginning in 2013, Patriot League football programs are able to award up to the equivalent of 15 athletic financial aid awards each year to incoming student-athletes, including transfers. The total may not exceed 60 equivalencies in any year (beginning in 2016). "It's not a magic wand by any stretch," Lafayette College coach Frank Tavani said. "It doesn't mean you're going to win every battle, but I think we're in a lot more battles. Now you're hearing from places you might not have gone to in the past and it's easier when you have that to offer."

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's woes at Bucknell continue in loss
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
LEWISBURG -- Lafayette's Dan Trist quickly went to checked on Bucknell's Mike Muscala as a timeout was called with 8 minutes, 54 seconds left in Saturday night's Patriot League game. Trist had delivered an inadvertent elbow to Muscala's throat a few seconds earlier. By that time, Muscala had choked most of the life out of Lafayette, despite having one of his worst shooting nights of the season. Muscala finished with 27 points and 15 rebounds as Bucknell improved to 3-0 in league play with a 66-51 victory at Sojka Pavilion. Lafayette is now 0-14 all-time at Sojka Pavilion and 1-10 this season on the road. Bucknell is 7-0 at home this year.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team drops 77-54 Patriot League decision to Army
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team thought it had ended its road woes with last week's historic victory over Penn at the Palestra. As fate would have it, the Leopards fell right back into their road funk tonight. Senior forward Ella Ellis dropped in 23 points and the Leopards never got much rhythm going on offense in dropping a 77-54 Patriot League decision to Army at Christl Arena. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Lafayette (8-11 overall, 1-1 league), which won its first road game of the season after eight losses in last week's 85-83 victory over the Ivy League Quakers. The task doesn't get any easier for coach Fran O'Hanlon's crew. The Leopards play at league favorite Bucknell on Saturday night.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women's shooting woes continue in loss to Army
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette coach Dianne Nolan has seen it in practice on a consistent basis. Shot up. Shot in. Shot up. Shot in. However, in the first two Patriot League games of the 2013 season, it's been a return to what she's seen in her previous two seasons: Shot up. Miss. Shot up. Miss. Lafayette went 8 minutes, 30 seconds without a field goal after tying the game midway through the second half and shot just 20 percent from the field in the final 20 minutes of a 63-43 loss to Army on Wednesday night at the Kirby Sports Center.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team can't overcome slow start in loss at Navy
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
If someone had told Lafayette women's basketball coach Dianne Nolan that the Leopards would hold Navy's Jade Geif without a field goal for the first 32 minutes of their Patriot League opener, she probably would have liked her team's chances. While Lafayette did a great job of shutting down Geif, the Patriot League preseason Player of the Year, the Midshipmen used a combination of long-range shooting and the transition game to seize control early in a 62-44 victory today at Alumni Hall.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team captures Patriot League opener against Navy
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
As Tony Johnson goes, so goes the Lafayette College men's basketball team. The senior point guard directed a second half run that snapped the Leopards out of the doldrums this afternoon and paved the way for a 64-47 victory over Navy in the teams' Patriot League opener at Kirby Sports Center. Sophomore guard Seth Hinrichs led Lafayette with 22 points. Johnson, who had six assists and three steals, and sophomore guard Joey Ptasinski added 14 points each. It was the seventh straight home win for the Leopards (8-10 overall, 1-0 league) and third straight overall.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Johnson, Hinrichs do their thing in win over Navy
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
With a 12-point cushion 2 minutes, 30 seconds into the second half, it seemed like the perfect time to give Lafayette point guard Tony Johnson a breather. If only. It was chaotic and messy while Johnson was on the bench, and the Leopards' comfortable lead dwindled to two courtesy of Navy's 10 consecutive points.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Patriot League assessment entering league play
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Less than an hour before the start of the Patriot League men's basketball season and only one thing is clear: Bucknell is a huge favorite, thanks to C.J. McCollum's broken foot. The rest is up to interpretation. Here is mine:

Friday, January 11, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: The future is now for Lafayette College women's basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
In her third season as women's basketball coach of Lafayette College, Dianne Nolan is the first to admit -- with Patriot League play starting on Saturday -- it is now `put up or shut up' time. The signs of progress are there. After posting a 19-41 record in Nolan's first two seasons, Lafayette sits at 7-8 through an early season stretch that provided a solid test.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team set to begin Patriot League play
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team, a work-in-progress for much of the season, is beginning to find its way just in time for the Patriot League portion of its schedule. The Leopards (7-10) carry a two-game winning streak into Saturday's 2 p.m. league opener against Navy (6-10) at Kirby Sports Center.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

FIELD HOCKEY: Jennifer Stone named head field hockey coach at Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Jennifer Stone, an assistant field hockey coach at Lafayette College the previous six seasons, has been promoted to head coach, Lafayette Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon announced today. Stone will replace Andrew Griffiths, who resigned as head coach in December to take over as head coach at national power Old Dominion. Lafayette is coming off one of its best seasons ever, a 17-3 campaign that saw them go undefeated in conference play (7-0), earning its second consecutive Patriot League championship. The Leopards received the league's first at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to No. 5 Maryland 2-0 in the opening round.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball ends 86 years of futility against Penn at the Palestra
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Fran O'Hanlon wanted to make Lafayette College men's basketball history, have the Leopards snare their initial road win of the season and have his friends pay for their cheesesteaks. The Leopards and their head coach accomplished all of those goals and more by ending 86 years of futility against Penn in the Quakers' legendary Palestra with a thrilling 85-83 win tonight in front of 2,805 fans.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Penn comes up just short, as Lafayette prevails
Philadelphia Daily News/ By Dick Jerardi
Penn had not won a game since Nov. 28. Penn had not played a game at the Palestra since Dec. 8. Penn had never lost a game at the Palestra to Lafayette. Penn trailed Lafayette by 15 points with 7 1/2 minutes to go at the Palestra. With 3 minutes to go, it was tied. With 3 seconds to go and his team trailing by two points, Penn's Steve Rennard, the lone starter on the floor, was wide open on the left wing beyond the three-point arc. He set his feet and took his time. Lafayette is now 1-22 against Penn at the Palestra. "I didn't think we deserved to win the game," Penn coach Jerome Allen said. The Leopards won it, 85-83.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette makes history at the Palestra
The Morning Call
PHILADELPHIA -- Tony Johnson's 25-point effort led Lafayette's offensive attack, as the Leopards held off Penn's late charge in an 85-83 victory on Tuesday night at The Palestra. The senior was one of six Leopards to score in double-figures as the team connected on 61 percent shooting from the field. The victory for Lafayette was the program's first ever against Penn at The Palestra, ending a 22-game losing streak to the Quakers in Philadelphia. Lafayette's first meeting with Penn at The Palestra was a 27-16 loss on Jan. 19, 1927. The win also marked Lafayette's first road win (1-8) of the year as the team improved to 7-10 overall.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: O'Hare's position change sparks Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
When Dianne Nolan got done dissecting it all, there was a change screaming to be made. The Lafayette women's basketball coach saw a need for an added threat on the perimeter, somebody willing to take more shots, especially from 3-point land. Instead of inserting a new face, she flip-flopped two of her guards -- she decided to have Brya Freeland spend more time playing the point and wanted Jamie O'Hare to slide into the two spot. The changes are still in their infancy, but all signs are pointing to Nolan having made the right call. O'Hare needed only a half to set a career high -- she scored 14 in the first 20 minutes -- and ended up with a game-high 18 to help Lafayette cruise by Brown, 56-32, at Kirby Sports Center. The 5-foot-6 freshman also grabbed eight rebounds, outdone only be her 6-foot-7 counterpart, Danielle Fiacco (12 rebounds).

Thursday, January 3, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team peaking at the right time
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
As long as I live, I'll never be able to figure out this wacky world of college basketball. New Jersey Institute of Technology came into Kirby Sports Center on Wednesday night with presumably one of its best teams in years. the Highlanders' resume included four close losses to Big East teams (Providence, St. John's, Seton Hall, and Villanova), all by 10 points or less. On the surface, a trip to Easton to play little Lafayette almost looked like a soft spot on the Highlanders' schedule, especially after they trounced the Leopards 78-58 last season in Newark, N.J. Lafayette obviously had other ideas. The Leopards asserted themselves from the get-go and coasted to an 83-66 (it wasn't that close) victory. Sophomore Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards (6-10) with 21 points and senior Tony Johnson followed with 15 points and seven assists.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team defeats NJIT 83-66
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
When the calendar flips over to January, that means the Patriot League basketball season is just around the corner. The Lafayette College men's team gave every indication it's ready for league competition during tonight's 83-66 dismantling of New Jersey Institute of Technology at Kirby Sports Center. Sophomore guard Seth Hinrichs led the Leopards (6-10) with 21 points. Senior point guard Tony Johnson scored 15 points, all in the first half. Senior forward Levi Giese added 10 points. Lafayette plays Penn at the Palestra on Tuesday before hosting Navy in the league opener on Saturday, Jan. 12.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tony Johnson's shooting sparks Lafayette's decisive win
The Morning Call/ By Jeff Schuler
New Jersey Institute of Technology presented an opportunity for Lafayette senior guard Tony Johnson midway through the first half of Wednesday's game. The Highlanders gave Johnson space. Space to shoot, something he doesn't always take advantage of. However, the Leopards captain drilled consecutive 3-point shots to turn what was a back-and-forth game into a decisive victory. Johnson scored 11 consecutive Lafayette points in that pivotal stretch, and Seth Hinrichs scored a game-high 21 points to lead Lafayette to an 83-66 win at the Kirby Sports Center.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Twenty-five years ago: The night Lafayette slayed Notre Dame
The Morning Call/ By Jeff Schuler
Until last March 16, when the Lehigh men's basketball team upset powerhouse Duke in the NCAA Tournament, the biggest upset in local college basketball history took place in a jam-packed Kirby Field House on the campus of Lafayette College 25 years ago Friday.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College men's basketball standout Brian Ehlers
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Brian Ehlers brought a distinct skill-set to the basketball floor. The former Lafayette College standout was undoubtedly one of the best guards to ever play on College Hill. At 6-foot-4, Ehlers had the size of a small forward but the skills to play either guard position. Ehlers was a dangerous 3-point shooter, but also had a good mid-range jumper and possessed the strength and athleticism to take it to the rim. Ehlers, who graduated from Lafayette in 2000, is the school's third all-time leading scorer with 1,836 points. Upon graduation, Ehlers pursued a career in professional basketball.

Monday, December 10, 2012

TRACK & FIELD: Jarrel Bobb and Devin Smith of Lafayette College named Patriot League Track and Field Rookies of the Week
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Freshmen Jarrel Bobb and Devin Smith of Lafayette College captured the men's and women's Track and Field Rookie of the Week awards at Lehigh University's Fast Times Before Finals competition.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team pulls out 72-70 victory over Sacred Heart
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
In the biggest spot of his young career, Bryce Scott released a shot that looked something like a knuckleball. The freshman guard is forever grateful that his ugly shot had a beautiful ending. Scott hit a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining to lift the Lafayette College men's basketball team to a thrilling 72-70 victory over Sacred Heart this afternoon at Kirby Sports Center. Lafayette (4-8) trailed 70-69 with under 10 seconds remaining when point guard Tony Johnson found Scott alone on the right wing. Scott let go a line drive shot that went cleanly through the rim to give the Leopards the lead.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women finally got that signature win
Mcall.com Varsity Blog/ By Tom Housenick
It has only been three seasons, but has felt like much longer for Lafayette women's coach Dianne Nolan. The Leopards are 22-46 under Nolan (at left), who has done her best to change the culture surrounding the program. Perhaps, Nolan's club has turned a corner. Lafayette beat Pittsburgh last Saturday afternoon. The Panthers are not the class of the Big East, but they are a Big East program.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team looking to build on big win over Pittsburgh
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
Since being hired as the Lafayette College women's basketball coach in 2010, Dianne Nolan had been searching for that signature out-of-conference win that demonstrates the program is pointed in the right direction. The Leopards have come close on a few occasions, hanging with Big East opponent Seton Hall earlier this season in a 60-54 loss in East Orange, N.J. and taking Pittsburgh into overtime last December in a 74-69 road setback. Heading in to the 2012-13 campaign, a 64-57 win over East Carolina in the consolation of the 2011 Terrapin Classic was probably the most impressive outing to date. A nice victory, for sure, but not really one that makes people take notice. Lafayette changed all of that on Saturday, however, when it led wire-to-wire in a 68-65 win over Pittsburgh at Kirby Sports Center.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team rallies for 61-58 victory over St. Francis (Pa.)
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
An opponent desperate for its first victory can be a dangerous foe. Just ask the Lafayette College men's basketball team. The Leopards had all they could handle against winless Saint Francis (Pa.) tonight before coach Fran O'Hanlon's crew pulled together at the end to eke out a 61-58 victory at Kirby Sports Center.

BASEBALL: Former Lafayette pitcher Kevin Reese to play in Australian Baseball League All-Star game
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Former Lafayette College pitcher Kevin Reese has been selected to play in the Australian Baseball League's All-Star Game on Dec. 16 at Melbourne Ballpark. Reese is one of 11 members of the Melbourne Aces chosen for the game. Reese will suit up for the World All-Stars, which includes players from the United States, Korea and Japan. They'll oppose a team of all-stars from Australia.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette erases 15-point deficit, wins it in final minutes
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon knelt on the floor and buried his face in his hands with 50 seconds left in the first half Tuesday night after the Leopards made a steal only to turn the ball over a couple seconds later. It was one of nine give-aways in the opening 20 minutes, and was just cause for O'Hanlon's dissatisfaction and the Leopards' nine-point halftime deficit. It took almost an hour longer, but O'Hanlon finally had a reason to smile when the final buzzer sounded. Lafayette erased a 15-point, second-half deficit, grabbed its first lead of the game with 2:18 remaining and hung on for a 61-58 victory over St. Francis (Pa.) at Kirby Sports Center.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team uses zone defense to beat Delaware, 63-60
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
The Lafayette College men's basketball team knew it would have trouble guarding Delaware's Devon Saddler in one-on-one situations. The Leopards understood that center Jamelle Hagins would dominate inside like he has all season. In an effort to deal with the Blue Hens' top weapons, Lafayette implemented a zone defense. The strategy paid off as the Leopards forced 18 turnovers and maintained a halftime lead en route to a 63-60 victory over Delaware in front of 1,079 fans tonight at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette zones its way out of five-game losing streak
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette planned to play zone as much as it could Wednesday night in an attempt to neutralize the athleticism and skill of Delaware's Devon Saddler and Jamelle Hagins. Saddler and Hagins came as advertised, but the Leopards' defense was better than expected, even for coach Fran O'Hanlon, who stuck with the zone look for 40 minutes. Lafayette built a 20-point lead and held on, needing to wait until the final seconds ticked away before coming away with a 63-60 victory at the Kirby Sports Center.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women doomed by turnovers, poor shooting
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Only Maddie Peabody took a token layup in warmups while her teammates watched from the bench before the second half of Tuesday night's game. Fitting for a Lafayette team that shot just 31 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes against visiting Rider. The long halftime speech about poor shooting and turnovers worked temporarily. The Leopards made their first two shots at the beginning of a 10-point run. But, alas, it was short-lived. The same mistakes that plagued the hosts showed up again throughout the rest of the second half of a 68-64 loss at the Kirby Sports Center.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

FOOTBALL: Q&A with Bruce McCutcheon: the whole thing
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I talked with Lafayette athletic director Bruce McCutcheon recently about the 150th Lafayette-Lehigh game, which will be played in Yankee Stadium in 2014. Some of the interview appears in today's Morning Call as a Newsmaker Q&A. A longer version appears on the Call's website. However, because a couple of questions were left out of the online version, too, I have decided to post the entire interview here.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh FB: It ain't broke, doesn't need fixing
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The 100th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for 2015. Maybe the folks at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway should consider moving the greatest spectacle in racing to Pocono Raceway. Preposterous? Absolutely.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

FOOTBALL: Newsmaker Q&A: Bruce McCutcheon
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The 150th edition of the Lafayette-Lehigh football series, the most-played rivalry in all of college football, will be played Nov. 22, 2014 in Yankee Stadium in New York City, officials from both colleges announced last week. Lafayette athletic director Bruce McCutcheon has been intimately involved in the planning process. He is the subject of this week's Q&A.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team stifled by Princeton
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The frustration of the Lafayette College men's basketball players was evident this afternoon as one shot after another clanked off the rim. The Leopards never were able to conquer Princeton's stifling defense and subsequently dropped a 72-53 decision to the Ivy League favorites before a crowd of 1,544 at Kirby Sports Center.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's basketball team gives valiant effort in 83-74 loss at Maryland
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
To measure the progress of a young Lafayette College men's basketball team, head coach Fran O'Hanlon is looking beyond the wins and losses. A quartet of Barclays Center Classic games against LIU-Brooklyn, Kentucky, Morehead State and Maryland practically assured the Leopards a losing record heading in to December. But the way his squad performed in a 83-74 loss at Maryland tonight gave O'Hanlon and his squad hope for the future, despite suffering a third road loss on a five-day southern swing.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh believe Yankee Stadium a good fit
The Morning Call/ By JD Malone
The last time the Lehigh-Lafayette football game was played outside of the Lehigh Valley, in 1891, the Mountain Hawks steamrolled the Leopards 16-2 in Wilkes-Barre. No offense to the Diamond City, but this time the schools are reaching a little higher. As Bruce McCutcheon, Lafayette's athletic director, and Joe Sterrett, Lehigh's dean of athletics, traded ideas about how to celebrate the schools' 2014 matchup -- the 150th in the series -- big places with big corporate names came up: Lincoln Financial Field and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. All were too big. Other collegiate venues, which offered more seats than Fisher Stadium's 17,000, felt wrong. The allure of one location proved too strong, much as it has for many a baseball player: Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh coaches endorse taking 150th game to the Bronx
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
The way Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani sees it, he may be losing a home game but gaining a "once in a lifetime experience." The veteran Leopards boss and Lehigh coach Andy Coen both gave a verbal thumbs up to the announcement that was made just prior to the start of Saturday's Lehigh-Lafayette game that the 150th meeting in college football's most-played rivalry will take place at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014. The surprise announcement ended months of speculation, but will not likely receive unanimous approval from alums and fans who consider the game to be a Lehigh Valley treasure that should stay in the Lehigh Valley.

FOOTBALL: Zweizig 'really inspired me,' Lafayette's Tavani says
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I have not spoken with Zach Zweizig since the death of his father, but based on everything I know now, I have to say it was amazing that the emotionally drained Lafayette quarterback was able to focus long enough on the task to lead the Leopards on a 75-yard drive for their third touchdown in the first quarter against Lehigh on Saturday. He hooked up with freshman Jamel Smith on passes of 20 and 9 yards, and finally, on a first down at the Lehigh 27, he lofted one to Lafayette's 2012 offensive MVP, Mark Ross, who made another of those tough catches for a touchdown. Zweizig didn't play again until the third quarter, and he scrambled for 12 yards on one play and completed another pass that came up a yard short of a first down. Coach Frank Tavani elected to punt from the Lafayette 33. Zweizig never returned.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

FOOTBALL: Yankee Stadium move for 150th game a real positive for Lafayette College, Lehigh University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The decision to move the 150th version of the Lafayette-Lehigh football rivalry to Yankee Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014 is a positive step for the rivalry and both programs. Moving the game to a such a big stage is fully appropriate for such a landmark game in college football's most played rivalry. The Leopards are showing magnanimity and unselfishness by moving their game from Fisher Stadium to Yankee Stadium; it does mean that the Lafayette class that graduates in 2015 will only host one game at Fisher, which is less than ideal, but the excitement of playing in Yankee Stadium should make up for that.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Mark Ross makes all the plays he can against Lehigh University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
After Lafayette College's fifth straight loss to archrival Lehigh University Saturday at Fisher Stadium, the Leopards talked about not making enough plays. And they were right. Lafayette left interceptions, score-saving tackles, wide-open screen passes and one-more-block-for-a-big-play runs all over the field in a 38-21 loss. That was especially so after the first quarter when the Leopards scored all of their 21 points. But one Leopard who made almost every play he could was junior wide receiver Mark Ross, who caught nine passes for 118 yards and two circus catches for touchdowns. It was his seventh 100-yard-plus receiving game of the season, an increasingly-darkening season in which Ross has been of the shining light despite the Leopards' 0-4 close to finish 5-6.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh will play 150th meeting in football at Yankee Stadium
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Lafayette College will host the 150th meeting in college football's most-played rivalry against Lehigh University at Yankee Stadium on Nov. 22, 2014. Lafayette president Daniel H. Weiss and Lehigh president Alice Gast made the announcement this morning at the annual President's Brunch before the 148th meeting between the two programs at Fisher Stadium in Easton.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh to turn 150 at Yankee Stadium
FoxNews.com
A special venue for a special game. Lafayette College announced Saturday it will host the 150th football meeting with Lehigh University in 2014 at Yankee Stadium. College football's most- played rivalry will be held Nov. 22. The announcement preceded the 148th renewal at Lafayette. Lehigh won, 38-21, but Lafayette still holds a 76-67-5 series lead.

FOOTBALL: Five reasons why Lafayette College will defeat Lehigh University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The easy tasks never fall my way. Right next to me on this page my colleague Michael LoRe gets to tell you why the 9-1 Lehigh team that has won four games in a row in the series against Lafayette will defeat the 5-5 Leopards, who enter today's game on a three-game losing streak. That's simple enough. I could do it in one sentence, and I will.

FOOTBALL: Yankee Stadium to host Lafayette-Lehigh game
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
The 150th football meeting between Lehigh University and Lafayette College will be played at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, the colleges announced Saturday, hours before the annual rivalry was scheduled to kick off at Lafayette's Fisher Stadium in Easton.

FOOTBALL: Pre-game pump ends in hard reality for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette defensive tackle Rick Lyster dropped off the line of scrimmage and picked off a Michael Colvin pass on the second play of Saturday's Lafayette-Lehigh game, I thought maybe this was going to be one of those magical afternoons. Three plays later, the Leopards converted that turnover into a touchdown. I was sure that meant something special. I had this quick flashback of an early-season game against Penn and dared to wonder if it might be that kind of game. And minutes later, when Lafayette countered Lehigh's first big salvo (a 75-yard touchdown pass play) with a methodical 75-yard touchdown drive of its own, I thought about a 56-49 2009 victory over Colgate and wondered if this might be that kind of memorable shootout. After nearly 50 years in this business - full-time or freelance - I should have known better.

FOOTBALL: A statement victory for Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette played like anything but a wounded fighter in the first 15 minutes Saturday afternoon in Fisher Stadium - 21 points and 170 yards of total offense. But in the span of less than four minutes of the second quarter, Lehigh's defense delivered two big shots to the Leopards' midsection and, it seemed, softened them up for the rest of the day.

Friday, November 16, 2012

FOOTBALL: Getting a lead could be key for Lafayette vs. Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
In 2009, Lehigh came into the 145th game in college football's most-played rivalry with a 3-7 record and was hanging its hat on the fact that it had lost five games by seven points or less. Things could have been so much different, they said. Lafayette was 8-2 and almost a lock for a second Patriot League spot in the FCS postseason tournament. Win and play on. Leopard quarterback Rob Curley had a great season, but his final pass was the one he'll remember forever -- it was picked off by Lehigh linebacker Al Pierce in the end zone in overtime to preserve a 27-21 victory and crush Lafayette's playoff dream. Could a win for 5-5 Lafayette today against 9-1 Lehigh be payback for the Leopards?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh football rivarly: Leopards rely on turnovers, Mountain Hawks strive for playoffs
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
The turnover battle and whether the Lafayette College football team has won or lost it during any given game has dictated the 2012 season for the Leopards. In games in which the Leopards hold the advantage in the turnover battle, Lafayette is 5-0. When the team has more turnovers than its opponent, it's resulted in a Leopards loss.

FOOTBALL: Both sides still have much to play for in 148th Lafayette-Lehigh game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette senior defensive tackle Jason Marshalek doesn't want there to be another such Mountain Hawk group of gridiron alums. "No one on our team except the coaches knows what it's like to beat Lehigh, and that's all the motivation you need; it adds so much more to the game," Marshalek said. "Winning would erase some painful memories, from past years as well, give us a winning season and give us a lift going into the offseason."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football in search of redemption
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Undisciplined became a buzz word in Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani's vocabulary during the 2012 football season. On the field, the Leopards gave away at least three games with performances that seemed to defy explanation. "We played a terrible first half of football" while falling behind Robert Morris 28-7, Tavani said. After losing to Princeton, he said, "That's probably as frustrating as it's been in terms of total lack of execution." And after a debacle against Georgetown he said, "There have been a lot of times during my 13 years as head coach that I've been very displeased, but that probably moved into first place." Missed tackles and blocks, blown assignments and a recurring problem with pre-snap penalties -- 27 of them -- disrupted the flow over and over again.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College sophomore Dan Trist makes quick progress on the basketball floor
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Dan Trist had more than the typical adjustment period when he first arrived at Lafayette College for the 2011 fall semester. After all, not every student-athlete selects a school half a world away from home. The Sydney, Australia, native rolled the dice when he chose to attend Lafayette on a basketball scholarship. The 6-foot-9 sophomore forward is beginning to reap the benefits of his decision. Trist poured in a career-high 30 points in Monday night's 98-94 overtime win over Northeast Conference preseason favorite LIU-Brooklyn.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team suffers 73-34 loss to Villanova University
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
In Friday's opener, the Lafayette College women's basketball team rallied from a 12-point halftime deficit to defeat Loyola Chicago. There was no comeback in the cards for the Leopards on this night. Villanova surged to a 29-point halftime lead and the Big East Conference representative rolled to a 73-34 victory at Kirby Sports Center.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Leopards doomed by Villanova's perimeter game
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
Dianne Nolan had her team alter its defense multiple times in hope of containing Villanova's outside game. She tried what seemed like a million ersonnel combinations, too. She was even forced to have her leading scorer, 6-foot-7 center Danielle Fiacco, take a seat for more than half the game. The changes helped some in the second half, but by then, the damage was done. Villanova built a 29-point halftime lead courtesy of seven first-half 3-pointers and cruised by Lafayette 73-34 in a non-league game Wednesday night at Kirby Sports Center.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Ross opening eyes with his hands
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Every time he walked on the field at Hopewell High School, Mark Ross was reminded of excellence. The field is named after Tony Dorsett, a Hopewell grad who went on to win a Heisman Trophy at Pitt and had an outstanding NFL career with the Dallas Cowboys. But when you ask Ross about his high school career, he says modestly, "I was the go-to receiver, but we had a good running back, so we ran a lot." That running back, Rushel Shell, gained 2,740 yards and scored 35 touchdowns in what was Ross' senior season, and Shell is now a freshman running back at Pitt.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Mark Ross would trade in his stats for a win over Lehigh University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Mark Ross brings the stats. Glorious stats. The Lafayette College junior wide receiver keeps moving up the Leopards' all-time receiving lists. He now has 115 career catches (ninth), 1,615 career yards (10th) and 17 career touchdowns (second) after a 10-catch, 122-yard performance last week at Fordham. This season, Ross has 66 catches (second-best in Leopards history) for 912 yards (third-best) and eight TDs. He ranks second in the Patriot League in receptions and yards per game, and has six 100-yard receiving games this fall. Ross also owns gaudy stats in the classroom. The economics major from Aliquippa, Pa., owns a 3.6 grade point average and was one of a league-high three Leopards named to the Capital One Academic All-District II team this week.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Zach Zweizig stands tall despite suffering a terrible loss
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Whatever else Lafayette College sophomore quarterback Zach Zweizig accomplishes in his career on College Hill, his performance over the last few days in impossible circumstances should stand as pure heart and courage in face of the worst kind of adversity. Zweizig, who comes from West Lawn, Pa., outside of Reading, found out Thursday that his father, Jonathan, had suffered a stroke, a stroke that with its complications proved fatal late Sunday night.

Monday, November 12, 2012

MEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette College men's soccer team to face Virginia in first round of NCAA tournament
The Express-Times
The Lafayette College men's soccer team will travel to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the University of Virginia at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Leopards (9-7-4) qualified for the field of 48 teams with a 2-0 win over American in the Patriot League championship game on Sunday.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team defeats LIU-Brooklyn 98-94 in overtime
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Tonight was Dan Trist's coming out party at Kirby Sports Center. The sophomore forward opened the game with a wing jumper and didn't let up until he had scored a career-high 30 points to lead the Lafayette College men's basketball team to a 98-94 overtime victory over LIU-Brooklyn. Trist, a native of Sydney, Australia, easily surpassed his previous career high of 16 points set in Friday night's 76-65 loss to St. Francis (N.Y.).

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Trist's career-high 30 carries Lafayette over LIU-Brooklyn
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
Two big men hovered over Dan Trist on the low block. The Lafayette forward had no business making the shot. Somehow, though, the sophomore muscled the ball into the hoop despite being fouled and then made the and-1 to give the Leopards a two-point lead with 38.6 seconds to go in regulation. LIU-Brooklyn wound up tying things up a few seconds later, forcing overtime, a stretch during which Trist continued his dominance. In the all-important extra five minutes, Trist tossed in six of Lafayette's nine points and the Leopards came from behind to win 98-94 at Kirby Sports Center on Monday.

FOOTBALL: Father of Lafayette College QB dies
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Jonathan Zweizig, father of Lafayette College quarterback Zach Zweizig of Reading, passed away over night in Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Philadelphia. He was 56. Jonathan Zweizig suffered a stroke on Thursday night. He was self-employed as a day trader, and he formerly worked as a stock broker in the World Trade Center in New York.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette College field hockey season comes to an end with NCAA tournament loss to Maryland
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Anna Dessoye and Jill Witmer scored on Saturday afternoon as the defending national champion Maryland Terrapins ended Lafayette College's field hockey season with a 2-0 victory in a NCAA first round playoff game at the University of Connecticut. Maryland (17-5) will play the host Huskies at 2 p.m. today for a berth in the Final Four. Lafayette (17-3), the reigning two-time Patriot League champion, became the only school in league history to get a NCAA tournament at-large bid. The Leopards' losses were to Top 10 teams Penn State, Princeton and Maryland.

MEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette College men's soccer team captures Patriot League title with 2-0 win over American
The Express-Times
Kyle Scharfenberg scored off a corner kick 20 minutes into the match and Peter Adubato scored in the 67th minute as Lafayette College defeated American 2-0 for its second straight Patriot League tournament championship and seventh overall.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Seton Hall edges Lafayette 60-54 in women's basketball
The Express-Times
Brittany Morris scored 23 points and Tabatha Richardson-Smith added 15 as the Seton Hall women's basketball team beat Lafayette 60-54. Lafayette went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 31 early in the second half on a jumper by Kristan Liddle, but Seton Hall pulled away to a 45-35 lead and never relinquished the advantage the rest of the way.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette turns its focus to rivalry game with Lehigh
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
If it was all about the numbers -- or, maybe, if it was about all the numbers -- Saturday's Lafayette-Fordham football game might have had a much different result. Consider: first downs, Lafayette 23-9; passing yards, Lafayette 369-150; total offense, Lafayette 449-340; offensive plays, Lafayette 81-52; time of possession, Lafayette 38:13-21:47. But when the clock read 00:00, the only numbers that counted were: Fordham 37, Lafayette 26.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College can't finish what it started in tough loss at Fordham
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College did not finish what it started on the football field this afternoon in the Bronx against Fordham. The Leopards started out with a real bang (a 49-yard flea-flicker on their first offensive play) and, despite surrendering several big plays, led by three at halftime. But the Rams cranked up the big-play machine and buried the the Leopards under a blizzard of interceptions and clutch plays and rolled to a 36-27 win, the Leopards' third straight loss, in front of 5,128 fans at Fordham's Jack Coffey Stadium.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team drops opener to St. Francis (N.Y.) 76-65
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Patience is a virtue. Patience is a trait veteran Lafayette College men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon needs to have a significant amount of early on this season with a young squad. The Leopards got in an early hole and couldn't rally, dropping a 76-65 season-opening decision to St. Francis (N.Y.) in front of 1,217 fans Friday night at Kirby Sports Center.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Losing streak no more for Lafayette women
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
Danielle Fiacco grabbed the last of her game-high 15 rebounds on Friday night at Kirby Sports Center and glanced up at the ceiling with a look of relief on her face as the final whistle sounded. This one was a long time in the making. Lafayette's women's basketball team carried a nine-game losing streak into the 2012-13 season, but made sure it didn't balloon to 10 when it climbed out of a 10-point first-half deficit and beat Loyola-Chicago 62-51 in its season opener.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men fall in opener as Allen grad helps St. Francis (NY)
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
Tony Johnson, plagued by injuries most of last season and this preseason, gave everyone at Kirby Sports Center a pleasant surprise when he was announced as part of Lafayette's starting lineup for its season opener against St. Francis (NY) on Friday night. He and his teammates didn't get the nicest of greetings, though, from the Terriers. Lafayette, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half, cut the lead to eight multiple times, but it lost 76-65 to a faster, more athletic St. Francis team in a game that started an hour and a half late (10 p.m.) because of a scheduling issue in a women's volleyball game earlier in the day at Kirby Sports Center.

FOOTBALL: Fordham beats Lafayette 36-27 in football
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
BRONX, N.Y. -- Pass interceptions, which have been a positive signature in a Lafayette football season fraught with other problems -- many of which have nothing to do with football -- did in the Leopards on Saturday in Jack Coffey Stadium. Fordham, trailing 20-17 at the half, used three picks to account directly or indirectly for 17 points in the second half as the Rams defeated Lafayette 36-27 to at least temporarily deny the losers one of only two remaining goals in a season that is suddenly embarrassingly unfulfilling.

Friday, November 9, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team ready for a new beginning
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Rebounding should not be a problem this season for the Lafayette College women's basketball team. Putting the ball in the basket is a different story. "We're a solid rebounding team," Leopards coach Dianne Nolan said. "Shooting was our Achilles heel last year." Lafayette will attempt to shake off the cobwebs when it opens its season at 6:30 tonight against Loyola Chicago at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team opens season against St. Francis (N.Y.)
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team faces a familiar opponent when it hosts St. Francis (N.Y.) in the season opener at 8:30 tonight at Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards defeated the Terriers 79-73 last season in Easton. Tonight's game will be preceded by a 6:30 p.m. women's game between Lafayette and Loyola of Chicago.

MEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette College men's soccer team advances to Patriot League tournament final with 1-0 win over Colgate
The Express-Times
Second-seeded Lafayette used an Alec Golini first-half goal to defeat No. 3 Colgate in a Patriot League semifinal in Washington, D.C. Midway through the first half, Golini ran onto a loose ball at the top corner of the penalty area and fired a low, left-footed blast into the far side of the net. Goalkeeper Nathan McDonald made three saves en route to his eighth shutout of the season, including the Leopards' last three games. McDonald made a diving stop of Colgate's Dan Matthews with less than 10 minutes remaining to preserve the clean sheet.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women hoping to get offensive this season
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Dianne Nolan knew it was time to make significant changes after Lafayette finished the 2011-12 season with nine consecutive losses, including a first-round exit in the Patriot League tournament. The Leopards coach put it on her returning players to come up with a theme for the offseason, something usually reserved for the coaching staff. Reflection and time away from the game after an 8-22 season allowed the players to get creative and re-energized.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Young Lafayette men could produce late-season surprises
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick
Joey Ptasinski, Seth Hinrichs and Dan Trist were thrust into significant playing roles last season as freshmen. That was the easy part. Now as sophomores, they are going to be asked to be production leaders on the court, thanks to the graduation of Lafayette's top three scorers from the 2011-12 season. Throw in the uncertainty surrounding returning point guard Tony Johnson's health and a lot will be put in their laps.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College seeks a winning season with a win over Fordham
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The philosophy at Lafayette College after bad football losses is to move immediately forward and not to linger over the negative results. That took a little bit longer than usual after last week's astounding and astonishing 65-41 loss at Colgate, however.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette field hockey gets NCAA Tourney berth
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick
Lafayette College's field hockey team will be packing its bags at least one more time. Ranked 13th in the country, the Leopards (17-2, 6-0 Patriot League) received at at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament on Tuesday night. Lafayette, which won its second consecutive Patriot League title this year, faces No. 6 Maryland (16-5), the defending national champion, in the first round on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the University of Connecticut.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Maxim Ngolla starting to feel at home on offensive line
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College may be playing an away football game Saturday at Fordham, but sophomore guard Maxim Ngolla will be right at home. "My house, in Nyack, N.Y. is, if traffic's good, half an hour away," said Ngolla at the Leopards' weekly media luncheon Tuesday. "I'm going to have a lot of people at the game. I love to have people supporting me, my old coaches, my friends; that brings more excitement to the game for me." Ngolla's parents were among the many New York City-area residents to be hammered by Superstorm Sandy.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette, Fordham didn't expect to be in this position
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette College football team outscored its opponents 35-0 in the first quarter of the first three games of the season and won all three games. The Leopards haven't scored a point in the 90-first-quarter minutes of the six games since that early stretch -- in fact, they scored first in only one of those games (and won it, too) and have slipped back to the point where coach Frank Tavani now is relegated to talk of a two-game season. While it's reality that only two games remain for the Leopards, it's a pretty good bet that a winning season isn't what he envisioned being his focus after his team started so strongly, or even when it was 5-2 a couple of weeks ago.

Monday, November 5, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College can still accomplish two major goals on the football field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College entered this football season with three major goals. One, win the Patriot League for this first time since 2006. Two, beat Lehigh for the first time since 2007. And three, post a winning season for the first time since 2009. After Saturday's lunatic 65-41 loss at Colgate in which there were 56 first downs, 1,297 yards of offense, four 100-yard-plus rushers and almost no semblance of any kind of organized defense, the Leopards (5-4) are left singing Meat Loaf's old hit song - "Two out of three ain't bad."

Sunday, November 4, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's defense swamped by never-ending flood of Colgate yardage
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
There was no way Lafayette College had any right to be anywhere close to winning Saturday afternoon's Patriot League football at Colgate's Andy Kerr Stadium. The Leopards surrendered 531 yards rushing and 755 yards of total offense, both Patriot League records. Colgate never punted, led by 21 in the second quarter and by 17 at the half. Lafayette didn't start slowly; it simply didn't start at all in the first 16 minutes of a game as completely dominated by one team -- Colgate -- as it was possible to do so.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette looks to rebound after shoot-out loss to Colgate
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani said the first telephone call he got on Sunday morning was from Lehigh coach Andy Coen. Coen was calling to inquire about the status of Lafayette linebacker Dion King, who was taken to the hospital by ambulance Saturday after being injured in the third quarter. After being examined for a possible neck injury, he was able to leave the hospital in Hamilton, N.Y., and return to Easton. "That demonstrates the class of this league," Tavani said Sunday. "We battle hard, and nobody battles harder than us and Lehigh, and first call I got was from Andy asking about our guy. Andy knows. We have a great relationship. When times weren't so good for him starting out, I was one of his biggest supporters for all the right reasons, too." Maybe Tavani's second call should have been from Southern Cal Coach Lane Kiffin. The two of them could have done plenty of commiserating.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Colgate FB: The rest of the story
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
You're pretty much grasping at straws when you try to get a handle on what took place in Andy Kerr Stadium on Saturday. I addressed some things in a column in Monday's print edition, and here's a smattering of stuff that didn't make it there.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette College field hockey team wins second straight Patriot League championship
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Deanna DiCroce had both goals including a penalty stroke in overtime today as Lafayette College's field hockey team captured the Patriot League championship with a 2-1 victory over American at Rappolt Field at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex in Forks Township. It was the second consecutive title and ninth overall for the Leopards (17-1), who advanced to the title game with Friday's 4-3 overtime win over Colgate. DiCroce, the league's offensive player of the year, also scored a goal in that game.

FOOTBALL: Colgate breaks record in win over Leopards
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
HAMILTON, NY - When someone mentioned Colgate's 755 yards of offense being a Patriot League record, Lafayette coach Frank Tavani said, "I heard somebody say it's a world record. I don't know; it might be." And before leaving the press box at Andy Kerr Stadium on Saturday, long-time Colgate media guru Bob Cornell said, "I thought you were covering football, not track." A 65-41 game will elicit those kind of comments. No sense trying to take it too seriously - unless, of course, your livelihood depends on it.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Colgate: the scoring drives and other stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
It was impossible to get the 16 point-producing drives of the Lafayette-Colgate game into my game story in the print edition , so her are the notes I made throughout the game. Colgate drove 68 yards on eight plays on its first possession, scoring on a 27-yard pass from McCarney to Chris Looney. The Raiders converted a fourth-and-2 on the drive when McCarney ran for three yards. Colgate fashioned another 68-yard drive that took just four plays - the first a 40-yard keeper by McCarney - and ended with McCarney's four-yard run. McCord got his first TD on a two-yard run that capped a 76-yard, eight-play drive. The big play was a 25-yard pass from McCarney to Ryne Morrison on the final play of the first period.

Friday, November 2, 2012

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette College survives in overtime, advances to Patriot League field hockey championship
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's field hockey team enjoyed hosting the Patriot League Tournament so much this afternoon that the Leopards decided to extend their time on the field. "We just want to keep it exciting," junior Haley Keenan said. Perhaps a bit too exciting, as the Leopards, ranked No. 12 nationally and the top seed in the tournament, needed Keenan's overtime goal to hold off a spirited and determined challenge from No. 4-seeded Colgate 4-3 on a blustery and chilly Rappolt Field in Forks Township. The win moved the Leopards (16-1) into today's final against second-seeded American, which defeated third-seeded Bucknell 4-0 later Friday afternoon.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Colgate: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani said that, for the first time in his career, he got no sleep as he began putting together the plan that will give the Leopards a chance at putting the brakes on the runaway train that is the Colgate offense. "You have to change it up and give them some different looks," he said. "As I discussed with our defense early in the week, you can have answers on the board for everything they do -- and I have very bright coaches. The bottom line is, you have to be able to execute the stuff that is on the board and there's only so much preparation time. So, you'll spend, as every staff does, an inordinate amount of time looking at every possible scenario and then come to the realization that you can only be able to execute less than a quarter of it. That was my direction to the defense, and offense, you can only expect to execute what you have been able to put enough time into preparing. Can you practice it? Can you be efficient?

FIELD HOCKEY: Warren Hills graduate Aimee Smith helping Lafayette College toward Patriot League title
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When Lafayette College's 12th-ranked field hockey team opens the Patriot League tournament today against Colgate, it will be playing for more than itself, said Leopards junior midfielder/forward Aimee Smith. "We're representing all of Lafayette's teams," said Smith, a Washington Township (N.J.) resident and Warren Hills Regional High School graduate. "We want to be an inspiration for all the other Lafayette teams and for the school. People overlook small liberal arts colleges. We want to show we can be competitive with anybody." The Leopards have done so to date. They enter the league tournament at 15-1 overall, unbeaten in the league and will host No. 4 seed Colgate (4-12) at Rappolt Field at Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex at noon today. American and Bucknell play in the ensuing semifinal. The championship game will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Rappolt Field.

FOOTBALL: Cold Lafayette College football team facing red-hot Colgate in Patriot League showdown
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Preparing for Colgate University's high-octane option offense always makes for a very different week of practice for Lafayette College's football team. But Superstorm Sandy turned the Leopards' preparations for Saturday's Patriot League showdown in Hamilton, N.Y. into the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

FOOTBALL: Tavani is defending Leopards' young O-line
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Five players on the Lafayette football team have been maligned at times this season -- not necessarily individually, but collectively-- for the ineffectiveness of the Lafayette offense. But head coach Frank Tavani said Thursday, "I wouldn't want to be facing them a year or two years from now, because they have memories and that'll be their time and turn." That group in question is the offensive line -- the biggest guys on the team and the group that is invariably noticed only when something bad happens. A false start. A holding penalty. A quarterback sack. A blocked kick. You get the idea. The O-line has frustrated Tavani and offensive line coach Stan Clayton over and over again during Lafayette's 5-3 season to date, but when an advocate is needed, Tavani is the first to step forward.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Colgate FB: Some pregame notes
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
In a story in The Morning Call last week, Kris Kent, a Nazareth High graduate at now a sophomore weak side linebacker for Colgate, said, "Our offense has been phenomenal and it has been fun to watch. Now it's up to our defense to see if we can hold teams under 40 points, considering the way our offense has been playing." Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani referred to that comment when we talked on Sunday, and he did it again during a telephone conversation Thursday - and in a clip I saw on Channel 69 television, too. When I brought up how often he seems to be sharing that quote and asked if it was displayed prominently in the locker room of the Bourger Varsity Field House, he said, "It's been floating around everywhere. I'm not quite sure how that happened." Sure, Frank, certainly you don't know. Just like President Obama didn't know about that terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team needs to mend its youthful ways for home stretch
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team is suffering from a familiar malady. Adolescence. No, not in the literal sense -- most of the Leopard players are past adolescence -- but in the figurative sense. The Leopards are a very young team as college football teams go. They have inexperienced, or untested, or both, players manning key spots, such as the offensive line, usually staffed by tested veterans. There are sophomores and freshmen, who most college coaches want kept safely on the sideline, all over the field. What this results in is the typical highs and lows of adolescence -- highs like seven interceptions against Penn and a stirring rally at Yale and lows such as the mysterious first half of futility at Robert Morris. Then there was Saturday's appalling 20-17 loss at home to Georgetown in which for the first time this season, Lafayette put two halves of football together -- two bad ones. It was the kind of performance that gets most adolescents grounded. The Leopards coughed up seven turnovers, committed 10 often mind-numbing penalties and executed as poorly as a hangman who could only tie slip knots.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette coach Tavani loses sleep over Leopards' loss to Georgetown
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani has this rule concerning a previous Saturday's Lafayette College football game -- win or lose, players and coaches are to set that game aside 24 hours later. But when it comes to difficult or touchy decisions, the 13th-year head coach allows himself some extra time. "You don't want to make any knee-jerk reactions on anything, but I generally give it another 24 hours after the first 24 hours before I make some decisions," Tavani said Sunday with regard to his team's devastating 20-17 Patriot League loss to Georgetown. "We'll see, and you can read between the lines on that any way you want." Tavani said he got no sleep Saturday night, part of it being spent watching the game film with offensive line coach Stan Clayton and another part wide awake in his recliner at home, unable to reconcile how the Leopards had gone from winning back-to-back games to turning the ball over seven times against the Hoyas.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette FB: A Top 10 list of plays that hurt vs. the Hoyas
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
So many botched plays that, with a different result, might have made a difference in Lafayette's Saturday night's 20-17 Patriot League loss to Georgetown. Here's my personal Top 10 list.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team stumbles in sloppy loss to Georgetown
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team had no right to be in tonight's Patriot League game against Georgetown at Fisher Stadium. The Leopards committed seven turnovers, had 10 penalties and played sloppy, inefficient and uninspired football most of the night. But the fact that the Leopards were somehow still in the game at the end, and lost anyway, made the loss all the worse. The Hoyas' 20-17 triumph knocked the Leopards (5-3, 2-1) out of a share of the league lead and continued their strange hex over Lafayette -- Georgetown (4-5, 1-2) has beaten the Leopards three times in a row.

FOOTBALL: Leopards fumble away win to Georgetown
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The sixth turnover of the game proved to be the backbreaker for Georgetown, which stunned Lafayette for the third straight year 20-17 Saturday night and dropped the Leopards from the unbeaten ranks in the Patriot League. A fumble by Rodney Gould was recovered by the Hoyas' Stephen Atwater and set up a 61-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a two-yard touchdown run by Nick Campanella. The big play on the touchdown drive was a 25-yard pass from freshman quarterback Kyle Nolan to Jamal Davis on a fourth down - Davis' only catch of the game. Lafayette got the ball for one final time with 48 seconds to play, but Andrew Shoop's third interception of the game - made by the Hoyas' Cameron Gamble - put the period on the end of Lafayette's modest two-game winning streak and also ended Georgetown's three-game losing streak.

FOOTBALL: Frank Tavani: There will be accountability, and it starts here
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani came to Saturday night's postgame press conference by himself. Because I didn't have a chance to do much with what he said on deadline, yet think it was well worth telling, here are some highlights (or lowlights) from his chat. "First off, my decision to not bring any players to this. I apologize to you guys. It's a team loss; I represent the team and I take full responsibility for one of the most awful displays of lack of execution I've been involved with. Obviously, I didn't do a very good job coaching."

Friday, October 26, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Georgetown: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Georgetown football coach Kevin Kelly had nothing but superlatives to describe Kyle Nolan, who last week became the fourth different quarterback used by the Hoyas this season. Nolan, who is 6-5, 225 pounds, is a true freshman and, Kelly said, "He gave us a spark. He ran extremely well, he ran the offense to perfection as a freshman and he threw the ball extremely well. We're very happy with his performance and hopefully we can build on that from last week." The Hoyas lost the game to Colgate, but they did score 35 points against the Raiders.

Friday, October 26, 2012

FOOTBALL: Jamel Smith and Lafayette College teammates hungry for a win over Georgetown
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Sometimes the evidence doesn't match the rhetoric around football teams. Lafayette College's football staff and players say they don't like to look back and don't want to live in the past. So when it comes to this Saturday's Patriot League game with Georgetown at Fisher Stadium (6 p.m. kickoff), one might think the Leopards wouldn't dwell on their two straight heartbreaking losses to the Hoyas. They say they aren't, except that coach Frank Tavani mentioned that Georgetown's recent success against Lafayette "has frustrated us" about three times in the first three minutes of his address at the Leopards' weekly media luncheon on Tuesday. And the veteran players remember the way they felt, too, after the bitter losses.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team beginning a new season
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Fran O'Hanlon has begun this season the same way last season ended -- without a healthy point guard. The veteran Lafayette College men's basketball coach confirmed that senior point guard Tony Johnson was out indefinitely with a foot injury. It's the opposite foot that Johnson broke that caused him to miss the latter part of last season. "We're hoping it's not too extensive," said O'Hanlon, who's beginning his 18th season on College Hill. "We'll find out in the next day or two. We're hopeful that he's going to be fine."

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Alex White giving the defensive line a boost
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Every college football team can use midseason reinforcements. Fatigue, bumps and bruises and the wear and tear of a long season can slow down even the hardiest of football players. And the idea of having fresh legs to rotate in, especially on the offensive and defensive lines, appeals to coaches looking for any edge they can get. So Lafayette College fans may well be seeing more of junior defensive lineman Alex White as the season goes on. Saturday's Family Weekend date with Patriot League foe Georgetown (3-5, 0-2 PL) at Fisher Stadium (6 p.m. kickoff) is next up.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette looks to limit pre-snap penalties
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Football teams are generally forgiven for mental errors in the opening game of the season, so not much was made of it when Lafayette was guilty of three pre-snap penalties in its Sept. 8 victory at William and Mary -- two for delay of game, the third for an illegal shift. But the Leopards are seven games into the season, and the problem of giving the opponent free yards is at what you might consider epidemic proportions. They were guilty of five -- yes, five -- false starts at Yale, but still managed to win the game 20-10; and in last Saturday's 30-13 Patriot League victory over Holy Cross, they were whistled for three more false starts and one delay of game.

FOOTBALL: Leopard updates: Jamel Smith and Andrew Shoop
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
After earlier punt returners allowed William and Mary kicks to roll dead at the Lafayette 5- 7- and 1-yard lines in the season opener, the Lafayette coaches decided it was time for a drastic measure. Enter Jamel Smith. A year ago, Smith was a 162-pound running back at New Egypt, N.J., High School. His college choice came down to Lafayette, Lehigh, Holy Cross and Monmouth. He hit it off with Lafayette recruiter and offensive line coach Stan Clayton, and by coming to Lafayette he would be given the opportunity to become a wide receiver. He was hoping to earn a spot on the travel team with the Leopards, and he did. He had no idea he would be called on to play in his first college game. Smith fielded William & Mary punts and had returns of 12 and 16 years in the fourth quarter of the Lafayette victory. Of the 10 punts that have been returned since then, Smith has nine of them, giving him 11 for the season for 98 yards.

Monday, October 22, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College has a clear path - if a rugged one - to Patriot League football championship
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Three teams stand atop the Patriot League football standings. There's no surprise about two of them -- Lehigh and Colgate. The 8-0 Mountain Hawks last lost a league game in the Truman Administration, so it seems, and the Raiders (4-3), behind the 'McAttack' of quarterback Gavin McCarney and running back Jordan McCord (who have run for 1,619 yards between them) run one of the most productive offenses in the nation. And then there's the third team tied at the top of the league standings -- Lafayette. The Leopards were picked second-to-last in the league preseason poll -- "higher than I would have picked us," said Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani at the time -- and hadn't finished above .500 since 2009. With a tiny senior class and inexperienced and youthful players starting all over the field, the thought was that if Lafayette managed a .500 season it'd count as a success on College Hill. No longer.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

FOOTBALL: Clutch score puts Leopards onto path of victory
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Holy Cross was doggedly clawing its way back from a 16-point hole in the second half Saturday night in Lafayette's Fisher Stadium. First, it drove 75 yards for a touchdown. It marched to the Lafayette 25 and 31-yard lines on its next two possessions, only to miss 42- and 48-yard field goals that would have made it a one-possession game with plenty of time to play. Lafayette was faced with a dilemma of its own after moving to the Crusaders' 28, where it was faced with a fourth-and-two. With 9:06 remaining in the game, Leopards coach Frank Tavani called a timeout. A gamble? Not exactly.

FOOTBALL: Cleaning out the Lafayette football notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
This and that about Lafayette-Holy Cross - and a couple of other Eastern games. Maybe Andrew Shoop is going to be able to give us some kind of Rob Curley impersonation before this season is over after all? The Leopards' senior quarterback had a game about which no one can complain - 20-for-28 for 235 yards and two touchdowns, and a running touchdown of his own. He is now averaging 242.6 yards passing per game has a 9-2 touchdowns-to-interceptions ratio and has not thrown a pick in two games - he did hit one Holy Cross defender on the hands Saturday night, but he got away with it. It's pretty amazing to think he's had two weeks in which he could not practice and he's still been on his game enough to complete 63.3 percent of his passes.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

MEN'S LACROSSE: Edward Coombs Memorial Tournament: Lafayette has high hopes under new coach
Phillylacrosse.com/ By Chris Goldberg
Armed with a new head coach and a fresh attitude, the Lafayette men's lacrosse team spoke about optimism today at the inaugural Edward Taylor Coombs Fall Ball Tournament at Hatboro-Horsham. Jim Rogalski, a former Drexel assistant who had success most recently as head coach at Scranton, has taken over a Lafayette team that went 3-10 last year and 5-21 in the past two seasons.The team's top returning scorers, sophomore attackmen Brian Bock (Spring-Ford) and Cory Scheuerle (St. Joseph's Prep), are expecting the Leopards to make a major step forward this year.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College in sync in (almost) every phase of the game in win over Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Three out of four was plenty good enough for Lafayette College's football team this afternoon. The Leopards' winning formula under head coach Frank Tavani has been run the ball, stop the run, win the turnover battle and limit penalties. Lafayette applied the first three principles to perfection in a 30-13 Patriot League win over Holy Cross in front of a Homecoming crowd of 8,521 at Fisher Stadium. The Leopards (5-2, 2-0 PL) ran for 174 yards, held the Crusaders (1-6, 1-2) to 47 on the ground and grabbed two interceptions while not turning the ball over. OK, the penalty battle was tied at 4 and Lafayette's were of the pre-snap kind that infuriates Tavani - usually.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette tops Holy Cross 30-13 in front of Homecoming crowd
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani called it "sneaking up from the bottom." Vaughn Hebron said, "I don't really think we care if people talk about us or not." Mike Boles said, "We just saw today as two-sixths of the championship; we're playing one game at a time." And Mark Ross said, "I like to be the underdog; people don't expect you to do big things." All four of them know the Lafayette football team has not yet hit its full stride, but on Saturday, the under-appreciated Leopards may have thrown their helmets in the Patriot League ring when they took care of the Holy Cross issue by defeating the Crusaders 30-13 before a Homecoming crowd of 8,521 in Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Holy Cross postgame comments
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The football "family" at Lafayette is getting bigger all the time. Coach Frank Tavani made special mention Saturday of the support his team - and other Lafayette sports teams - have been getting from the student body this year. But this time, the support thing went to a new level. Signs all over the campus during the week called for a "blackout" at the Holy Cross football game, and while the Fisher Stadium grandstand was not in total compliance, most of the students seemed to have gotten with the program.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College to undergo a $1.7 million renovation to Kirby Sports Center
The Express-Times
The basketball area of Lafayette College's Kirby Sports Center will undergo a $1.7 million renovation that will be finished for the start of the 2013-14 academic year. The F.M. Kirby Foundation, which was responsible for the building's initial construction in 1972 and for a $35 million transformation in 2000, is funding the renovation to the arena.

Friday, October 19, 2012

GENERAL: Lafayette's Kirby Sports Center slated for renovations
The Morning Call
The arena in Kirby Sports Center at Lafayette College in Easton is set for a $1.7-million renovation slated to be finished for the start of the 2013-14 academic year. The F.M. Kirby Foundation, which was responsible for the building's initial construction in 1972 and for a $35-million transformation in 2000, is funding the renovation to the arena.

FOOTBALL: Don't let Crusaders' 1-5 lull you to sleep; this will be a war
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The preseason prospectus for Holy Cross football proclaimed the following for the Crusader defense: "As for the defense, the Crusaders have six starters back on a unit that should be one of the top defenses in the Patriot League." At this point, that has not happened for Coach Tom Gilmore's team. Holy Cross has allowed 184 points in its first six games - just over 30 a game, and 10 points per game more than were allowed in 2011, when the Crusaders were 4-2 in the league and 6-5 overall. Two opposing teams scored more than 50 points - Harvard, one of only four remaining unbeaten teams in the FCS, had 52, and Colgate, which right now seems to be setting itself up as a serious championship contender got 51 last week.

FOOTBALL: LOCAL COLLEGE PREVIEW: Holy Cross at Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Crusaders have won last three games in Easton and four straight overall by a total of 18 points, including some strange twists at the end. Crusaders' offense ran up 35 last week at Colgate; defense has allowed 184 points. Stop Houghton and Mistretta. Leopards snapped two-game losing streak last week at Yale. Today is Homecoming and begins a stretch of five straight league games. 'Pards have won every game in which they have won the turnover battle. Can't let the outcome hinge on a last-minute score.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's defense a monster for the opposition to tame
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
John Loose, mad scientist? "I always picture him in a lab coat and glasses," said Lafayette College junior linebacker Dion King of his defensive coordinator. "Working on Frankenstein or something like that." Or one of his infernally complex defenses. "When I first came here (the defense) was like another language, like it was Chinese," King said. "I thought I'd never get this. It was the hardest defense I have ever seen."

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette College field hockey flying up the national rankings
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
If last weekend, indeed, represented a preview of the Patriot League tournament for Lafayette College's nationally ranked field hockey team, the Leopards can book their tickets to the NCAA Division I tournament. Lafayette, ranked No. 11 in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll, defeated Patriot League rival Bucknell on Saturday and Rutgers on Sunday by 2-0 scores.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

FOOTBALL: For Lafayette LB Brockman, an emotional week
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The second tackle of Chris Brockman's college football career was an 11-yard sack of Bucknell quarterback Brandon Wesley on the next-to-last play of the Sept. 22 game, helping to preserve Lafayette's 20-14 victory over the Bison. In Texas, Brockman's grandfather, James Newton, watched the NBC Sports Network national telecast of the game -- the first time he was able to see his grandson in action. He recorded the game, copied it to a disk and made up a special DVD case for it. He was never able to present the game video to Chris because, less than three weeks after being diagnosed with cancer and having surgery to have it removed, he passed away Oct. 8 when, as Brockman said Tuesday, "he couldn't recover from the surgery." His grandfather's death jolted Brockman's world.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Dion King surprised even himself
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When someone told Dion King (with Greg Kessel in photo at right) that he had 13 tackles in Lafayette's win over Yale last Saturday, King's reaction was, "Who, me?" "I was shocked," King said Tuesday. "I thought they had the wrong Dion King, I can't lie." No one was putting him on. King, a junior who had played in only one game in his first two years, started at strong-side linebacker against the Bulldogs, and he had 10 unassisted tackles and three assists. That's a full day's work no matter how you look at it.

Monday, October 15, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team overcame several obstacles for win at Yale
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team cleared more than one hurdle Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl with a 20-10 win over the Bulldogs. One hurdle came in snapping a two-game losing streak and avoiding letting the season start to slip away. At 4-2 (1-0 Patriot League) and heading into the meat of Patriot League play, the Leopards boosted their confidence and put a spring in their step heading into Saturday's homecoming tilt with Holy Cross (1-5, 1-0). Lafayette also equaled last season's win total of four, so the recovery from the depths of 2010's 2-9 nightmare continues. The Leopards overcame adversity to defeat the very talented if extremely young Bulldogs. The Leopards trailed for most of the game, were outgained 392-315, lost the time of possession battle by eight minutes and converted just 5 of 14 third downs and still won.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette gets passing grades at mid-season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The halfway point is here. Lafayette (4-2) broke a two-game losing streak with a 20-10 victory over Yale on Saturday to equal last year's win total. The grades for the first six games are in. Let's get right to them.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette takes care of business in win over Yale
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- As if trying to rediscover its football mojo was not enough to occupy the minds of Lafayette football players this week, the team was rocked by the deaths of two grandparents and three good friends of Leopard players in the same time span. "It stuns you," coach Frank Tavani said Saturday afternoon. "But at some point it puts everything back in perspective about what we're doing and how fortunate we are, giving thanks for being able to play." Lafayette players and coaches, who have stressed the importance of family through a couple of difficult weeks on the field, grieved with their brothers in the locker room and then went out on Saturday and took care of business on the field as they defeated Yale 20-10 to get back on the right track heading into the Patriot League schedule.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette leads the nation in interceptions with 15
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The four interceptions Lafayette recorded in Saturday's 20-10 victory over Yale gives the Leopards three more than their nearest competitor in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistics. They now have 15 for the season. Pretty impressive stuff for just six games. In fact, no Frank Tavani team has ever had 15 in an entire season - the most was 11 by the 2002, 2005 and 2007 teams. But the 2012 Leopards have a long way to go to reach the school record for picks in one season. The 1986 team had 27. Mike Joseph, the current color commentator for the Lafayette Sports Network telecasts of the Lafayette games, had three in one game that year. That's the school record, and it's held by seven players. Joseph also holds the school record at 19.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette hands Bulldogs fourth straight loss
New Haven (Conn.) Register/ By Chris Hunn
The great duos make fine art by knowing how to finish each other's moves. Astaire and Rogers dancing, Rodgers and Hart writing songs that will live forever, Abbott and Costello making people laugh -- and Lafayette College's Andrew Shoop-to-Mark Ross combining to drive daggers into the high hopes of opposition football teams.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's dazzling duo helps lift Leopards over Yale
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
NEW HAVEN -- It turned out to be a story of missed opportunities for the Yale football team. The Bulldogs failed to put any points on the board after marching to the Lafayette 25-yard line on the game's opening drive and Eric Williams threw back-to-back interceptions later in the quarter. That was just the beginning. It only worsened for the Bulldogs, who dropped their fourth straight game Saturday with a 20-10 loss to Lafayette in front of 9,118 at the Yale Bowl.

FOOTBALL: Leopard family: Together in life and death
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani often likens the handling of college football players to parenting, but in his 36 years in the business, he's never had a week quite like then one that ended Saturday with a victory over Yale. Freshman linebacker Chris Brockman of Richmond, Tex., and freshman quarterback Louie Pappas of Tarpon Springs, Fla., both lost grandparents with whom they were very close; a good friend of junior defensive end Jake McTighe of Butler was beaten to death in Pittsburgh; a friend of junior cornerback Randall Logan of Atlanta passed away and a friend of freshman linebacker Bobby DePietro was killed when, while taking down a tree with his grandfather, father and brother, the tree fell on him.

Friday, October 12, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Yale: Shoop or Zweizig ... Varga OK to play
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Question: Who said this: "If they told me I had to go play in bubble wrap today, I'd have worn bubble wrap"?
Answer: Lafayette quarterback Rob Curley.
Question: When did he say it?
Answer: Following Lafayette's 31-14 victory over Yale on Oct. 3, 2009 in the Yale Bowl.
Question: What as the context of the statement?
Answer: Curley had taken a vicious hit the previous week against Penn and wasn't given much chance of playing against Yale. Even my gameday box on Saturday morning said he would be out. Little did we know, however, that, thanks to the Friends of Lafayette Football, he had been fitted with a more shock-absorbent helmet to protect him.
Question: How did he do?
Answer: Curley was 20-for-28 for 241 yards and two touchdowns in the Leopards' first win ever in the iconic Yale Bowl. So, what does all that have to do with Saturday's Lafayette-Yale game in the Yale Bowl?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College freshmen have to grow up quickly on football field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
As the leaves start to turn colors on the trees and October heads toward Halloween, there's a message for Lafayette College's first-year football players from their coaching staff: "We can't be freshmen any more," said linebacker Mark Dodd. "We have to come ready to play." Few freshmen have come to College Hill more ready to play than Dodd, who enters Saturday's game at Yale coming off an impressive performance against Princeton. The freshman from Wheeling, W. Va. posted 5.5 tackles, including half a sack, against the Tigers in a 35-14 loss. With junior Tyler Robinson very doubtful for Saturday with an injury, Dodd may well be seeing even more time.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Crosby is center of attention
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When the Lafayette offense breaks the huddle and moves to the line of scrimmage, most players have one job. Pat Crosby, on the other hand, is the master multi-tasker. "It's almost an afterthought," Crosby said Tuesday when it was suggested that it's a wonder that he finds time to make a block. Crosby, a 6-4, 300-pound junior center from Sudbury, Mass., said that while his fellow big men on the O-line may already know in their heads what a play calls for, it is up to him to "reconfirm for everybody" based on what he sees on the spur of the moment.

FOOTBALL: Dodd, Swerdlow and lots of other Leopard stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Mark Dodd has not yet had an important final exam in the classroom at Lafayette College, but he had one on the football team's meeting room last week. And because he passed it with flying colors, the 6-2, 220-pound freshman middle linebacker from Wheeling, W.Va., Dodd, who thinks another middle linebacker, Baltimore's Ray Lewis, "is pretty impressive ... insane," earned himself a lot more playing time last Saturday during the Leopards' non-league game with Princeton. Dodd is behind junior Mike Boles on the depth chart, "and I watch him and figure my assignment on what he's doing." Boles is worth emulating. The 6-3, 230-pound junior, is Lafayette's leading tackler with 39.

Monday, October 8, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's football team needs to remember where it stands
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
After Saturday night's depressing and demoralizing loss to Princeton University, Lafayette College's football team needs to remember where it is -- in several ways. First of all, the Leopards stand in first place in the Patriot League, tied with Holy Cross. If Lafayette wins the remaining league games, starting with the Crusaders on Oct. 20, it will win the league and go to the FCS playoffs. It's certainly true that if Lafayette (3-2 overall, 1-0 PL) plays the way it did in the first half against Robert Morris or the second half against Princeton, the Leopards will not be in first place in the league for very long.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

FOOTBALL: Mistakes costly for Lafayette in loss to Princeton
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When Ethan Swerdlow's 48-yard punt went out of bounds at the Princeton 14-yard-line with just under four minutes remaining in the first half on Saturday night, it appeared that Lafayette had the Tigers right where it wanted them. On first down, Leopard linebacker Colton Kirkpatrick sacked Princeton quarterback Connor Michelsen for a seven-yard loss. Second-and-17. A Michelsen pass, intended for Stan Wilkinson was incomplete, but on the play, Lafayette's Kyni Scott was called for pass interference. Instead of third-and-17 at the 7, Princeton had first-and-10 at the 22. Eight plays later, Akil Sharp went through a gaping hole on the left side from the Lafayette 10, putting the finishing touches on a nine-play drive that broke a scoreless tie and started the Tigers to a 35-14 victory over Lafayette.

FOOTBALL: This and that on Lafayette-Princeton FB
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
This and that after a Sunday chat with Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani: ANDREW SHOOP - The Leopards' quarterback, who did not play Saturday night against Princeton, is expected to meet with the doctor Monday (today). Coach Tavani said he had no inclination at all about Shoop's problem until he got a phone call from the college's health office at around 3 p.m. last Tuesday. Shoop had attended practice on Sunday after the Robert Morris game, and on Monday night, he watched Princeton film with offensive coordinator Mickey Fein. He reported for practice on Tuesday and told the team trainer about "some symptoms and other things" that resulted in the trainer referring him to the health office. He was given a doctor's excuse to miss classes and he was ordered to spend two days in a room with no or low light. Tavani didn't see him until he showed up for the team meeting on Friday night. It's possible that Shoop had an adverse reaction to the hit on Saturday night but chose not to report it.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

FOOTBALL: Five Questions: Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani discusses a quarter-century with the Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
What Frank Tavani thought was merely a courtesy interview for a Lafayette College assistant football coach back in 1987, has turned into more than a quarter-century up on College Hill. In his 13th season as head coach of the Leopards, Tavani has experienced the highs of Patriot League championships in 2004 and 2006 as well as the lows of a 6-16 combined record the last two seasons.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team suffers all-around domination by Princeton University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
What Princeton University accomplished to roll over Lafayette College 35-14 tonight's football game in front of 6,821 fans at Fisher Stadium covered pretty much every part of football. And what the Tigers (2-2) didn't do, the Leopards (3-2) managed to do to themselves.

FOOTBALL: Princeton routs Lafayette, 35-14
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
On the first offensive play of Saturday night's Princeton-Lafayette football game, Leopard cornerback Kyni Scott stepped in front of Tiger receiver Tom Moak for what looked like a quick interception return for a touchdown. The ball went off his hands and fell incomplete. Maybe the Leopards should have known right then and there that this was going to be another cruel night in what was pretty much a cruel week overall. For the second time this season, Lafayette had lost its offensive leader, quarterback Andrew Shoop, to "concussion-related symptoms." For the second time this season, a starting player was issued a disciplinary suspension -- this time linebacker Kasheem Hill, who was "indefinitely" sidelined for a violation of team rules.

FOOTBALL: Shoop, 2 LBs out for Lafayette-Princeton game
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
For the second time this season, quarterback Andrew Shoop will not be in his starting spot when Lafayette (3-1) tries to bounce back from its first defeat when it takes on Princeton (1-2) in Fisher Stadium. Shoop, who missed the Penn game while serving a suspension for violation of team rules, will be out this time for "concussion-like symptoms" that showed up this week. At the same time, two starting linebackers will not play - Kasheem Hill has been suspended "indefinitely" for a violation of team rules, and Ben Aloi is out for the remainder of the season after tearing an ACKL in practice.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Princeton: Some pregame notes, quotes
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Which Lafayette team is going to show up at Fisher Stadium tonight? Will it be the totally focused one that played at William & Mary to start the season? That would be the one that came out fired up with smething to prove -- and then proved it. Or, maybe the opportunistic one that got all those turnovers from Penn? No way you can anticipate a seven-interception performance, but it was something to watch. The one Coach Frank Tavani does not care to see again is the one that sleep-walked its way through much of the first half against Robert Morris last weekend, digging for itself a hole so large that, when the Leopards did finally snap out of it, they used so much energy getting back into the game that they didn't have enough to finish it.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team wants to charge up its running game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Fixing a sputtering running game, according to Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani, "isn't any one thing, it's a number of things." And you can bet that the Leopards have been working on every one of those numbers and more this week as Princeton comes to Fisher Stadium on Saturday night for what could be a key moment in the 3-1 Leopards' season. Win, and momentum has been regained from the 31-28 loss at Robert Morris; lose and doubts creep in after a strong start. Kickoff is 6 p.m.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

FOOTBALL: Nobody has dominated Lafayette College in football quite like Princeton
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College faces its historic football arch-nemesis this week. No team the Leopards still currently face has thoroughly dominated its all-time series with Lafayette quite the way Princeton, which invades Fisher Stadium for a 6 p.m. kickoff Saturday, does. The Tigers and Leopards have been playing since 1883, a total of 46 games. Lafayette has won four (with three ties.)

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Jared Roberts makes big things happen in the secondary
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Jared Roberts spent last season watching his friends playing football for Lafayette College while he sat with a hand injury. It wasn't fun. "There aren't words to describe it, sitting there, knowing you could help the defense, thinking of being out there, watching game after game," Roberts said. This season, Roberts has switched from watching to doing, and what the sophomore safety has been doing has been remarkable.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

FOOTBALL: Smallish receiver coming up big for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette football media guide lists wide receiver Rodney Gould at 5-10, 170. An updated roster in the game notes has him at 155, and he says he's 160. Suffice it to say, he's not an imposing physical specimen. "I'm not particularly strong, either, but I'm fast," he said on Tuesday. "I ran a 4.37 [40-yard dash]; that's my edge." But when it was suggested that, "You know you're not going to be a pro football player, right?" he shot the questioner a how-dare-you look, then said, "I mean, it's still a shot. I'll never count myself out of that." "You really still want to play more?" Gould was asked. "Definitely; if the opportunity presents itself, definitely," he replied. That should give you some indication about the self-confidence that flows through the undersized body of the fifth-year senior from Fort Washington, Md. But that doesn't say it all.

FOOTBALL: 'Professor' Tavani lets media into the mind of a coach
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Every football coach in America has his own way of stating the simple three-pronged method of winning games: run the football, stop the run and win the turnover battle. Those of us who write it or broadcast it can find the formula extremely boring - until we see for ourselves how true it is week after week. Lafayette averaged only 100 yards per game rushing, gave up an average of 165.5 ypg rushing and was minus-12 on turnover ratio in 2011, and we all know how that turned out. So this year, it was only natural that the emphasis would be placed on that rudimentary formula. After four games, the Leopards are averaging just 77 yards per game, giving up an average of 121 ypg and, thanks to those seven pass interceptions against Penn, have a plus-8 turnover ratio. They are 3-1. Only the offensive running attack has failed to improve, and during the weekly media luncheon, Coach Frank Tavani was asked a couple of pointed questions about that phase of the game.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College should bottle second-half success versus Robert Morris
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani said after Saturday night's bitter 31-28 loss at Robert Morris that the Leopards might well learn more from losing the game than if they'd rallied to win. If so, one lesson is obvious: bottle that second-half effort and make it last entire games.

Monday, October 1, 2012

FOOTBALL: Rough start resulted in long ride home for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The first loss of the season for the Lafayette football team Saturday night at Robert Morris was a two-sides-of-the-coin situation. Consider this: The Leopards defense allowed the underdog Colonials 285 yards of offense in the first half -- and then shut them down with only 101 in the second. Lafayette quarterback Andrew Shoop was 19-for-27 for 214 passing yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in the second half -- but 6-for-11 for only 54 yards and two picks in the first two quarters. At one point of the first quarter, Lafayette was being outgained by RMU 118-2 -- but in the third quarter, the Leopards outgained the Colonials 127-11. The comparisons -- contrasts, really -- don't stop there, but the only thing anyone saw when the clock hit zero was that the Leopards didn't do the job they traveled clear across Pennsylvania to do and that their three-game season-starting winning streak was broken.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

FOOTBALL: Cleaning out the Lafayette FB notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Getting Lafayette's first football loss of 2012 out of my system so I can move on to Princeton, a home game that will, unfortunately not have the significant student following of the Penn game because Lafayette students will be on fall break. It is Community Night, though, so maybe the town will be the 12th man. That would be a welcome difference. As I sat in the press box of Joe Walton Stadium at halftime of Saturday night's Lafayette-Robert Morris game, trying to make sense of all the craziness that left the Leopards 21 points behind, my mind went back to something Coach Frank Tavani told me a week earlier after the Leopards beat Bucknell for their third straight victory. Sure, he said, the win was the bottom line, "but we have to execute better because, eventually, it will catch up with you." It caught up to the Leopards on Saturday night.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

FOOTBALL: Furious Lafayette College rally falls short as Leopards suffer first football loss to Robert Morris
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football players were at a loss about why they played such a dismal first half tonight against Robert Morris University. "I couldn't tell you why -- we just came out flat," said sophomore free safety Shane Black after the Leopards dropped a bitter 31-28 non-league decision in front of 3,524 fans at Joe Walton Stadium in Moon Township, Pa., on a 33-yard field goal by Greg Langere with 19 seconds left in the game. "That wasn't us out there in the first half," said wide receiver Mark Ross, who set career highs in catches (13) and yards (151); the number of catches tied the Leopard single-game record held by Mark Layton (Penn, 2010). Those first-half impostors, whoever they were, cost Lafayette a chance at its first 4-0 start in 24 years. Robert Morris (1-3) roared out to a 28-7 halftime lead and it could have been worse.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's three-game win streak comes to a halt
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
MOON TOWNSHIP - Almost before it knew what was happening, the team that came into Saturday night's game as the FCS national leader in turnover ratio became a victim of the same. And for the first 30 minutes, the Lafayette team that won its first three games was nowhere to be found. Without making any halftime changes in the game plan, the Leopards charged all the way back from a 21-point deficit to tie the game but they could not get over the hump and saw their three-game winning streak come to a screeching halt with a 31-28 loss to previously winless Robert Morris. A 33-yard field goal by Greg Langer with 19 seconds to play will always be remembered as the dagger, but the story of this game was formulated a lot earlier. This was a classic ambush.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Robert Morris: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
This is Joe Walton Stadium, probably the nicest looking 3,000-seat facility I have ever seen and the ssite for today's first-ever meeting between Lafayette and Robert Morris. As you can see, all the seating is on one side of the field, although a small set of bleachers has been put into the end zone on one end in hopes that the Homecoming Day game, which will also feature postgame fireworks -- and, I'm sure the Leopard coaches are hoping, some in-game fireworks, too. I got a look at the place on Friday afternoon, when we were also able to watch the Colonials go through their short practice. Lafayette did not practice here because a suitable time could not be arranged with the Robert Morris people. The Leopards, following their bus ride of about six hours from Easton, got their land legs back on the Moon High School field, just a hop, skip and a couple of jumps away from the university campus.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Ross wants to celebrate own homecoming at RMU
Beaver (Pa.) County Times/ By Eric Hall
No offense to the Colonials, but Mark Ross wants to crash Robert Morris' homecoming party Saturday. His mom is off to a good start. The Lafayette wide receiver from Hopewell wants to win the game, of course. But he and his family and friends are working on a takeover of Joe Walton Stadium. His mom, Tamara, purchased 50 tickets from Robert Morris, Ross said, and a few of Ross' teammates pitched in their unused allotment. He's nearing 100 tickets, and hasn't yet answered all the requests.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Ryan Gralish has come a long way as a placekicker
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
From Mars to Moon via Easton. That's the path Lafayette College's freshman placekicker Ryan Gralish will have made when he steps on the field at Joe Walton Stadium at Robert Morris University 6 p.m. Saturday when the Leopards meet the Colonials in football for the first time. Gralish is a graduate of Mars Area High School, located about 30 minutes away from Robert Morris in Moon Township, Pa., both outside of Pittsburgh. In between, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder has won the Leopards' placekicking job and already has posted impressive accomplishments. After Gralish won the starting spot after the opener at William & Mary, he was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week after going 4-for-4 on point after touchdown kicks in a defeat of Penn. He also booted two field goals, from 46 and 26 yards, in last week's win over Bucknell. It's surprising, then, that Lafayette had so little competition for his services when he was at Mars.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Brandon Hall writing up a successful formula at tight end
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
One of these days, Brandon Hall's name may be up there after the word "By" in the newspaper. "I'm taking a journalism class right now," said Lafayette College's starting tight end. "I know it's a kind of a tough business right now, but I have been enjoying the class." For now, Hall's name will stay in this part of the article as the Leopards junior has been enjoying a very successful start for Lafayette football. The Leopards take a 3-0 mark into Saturday night's non-league game at Robert Morris and will try to go to 4-0 for the first time since 1988. Hall has been a key contributor to the early season success.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College facing second 'monumental' football coach of the season
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
For the second time this season, Lafayette College will take the field against a football team whose coach already has a building named after him. In this case it actually is the field, as the Leopards meet Robert Morris University Saturday (6 p.m.) at Joe Walton Stadium, named after the only coach the Colonials have ever had. Walton, 76, founded the program at the university of 5,000 students just west of Pittsburgh in 1993 and has a 105-82-1 record in 19 seasons. Walton was the head coach of the New York Jets from 1983 to 1989 and played for the Washington Redskins and New York Giants from 1957 to 1963.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette freshman kicker Gralish off to solid start
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
It was uncharted territory for Lafayette freshman Ryan Gralish. His first collegiate field goal attempt. His longest try in a game -- ever. "My leg felt pretty heavy as I was standing there waiting to kick," Gralish said on Tuesday. "I was definitely nervous, but I knew I had prepared enough and had kicked the ball thousands of times. I thought if I did the same thing I always did, I'd be able to make it." A perfect snap from Morgan Donohue; a perfect hold from Andrew Shoop; good blocking up front, and, finally, a 46-yard kick that would have been good from 56 sailed through the uprights to give Lafayette a 10-0 second quarter lead en route to its 20-14 Patriot League victory over Bucknell Saturday afternoon in Lewisburg. Lafayette, which won its third straight game, had moved, with the aid of two 15-yard penalties against Bucknell, to the Bison 19, but a three-yard loss and a sack pushed the ball to the 29, where it was fourth-and-20. Too far for a gamble and too close to punt. Lafayette coach Frank Tavani elected to go with Gralish, even though he knew the freshman had not had the greatest pregame warm-up.

FOOTBALL: RMU's Joe Walton: Leopards are "a step up"
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When's the last time you heard someone say this about Lafayette football: "We're in a step up to play somebody like Lafayette." That was Robert Morris University Coach Joe Walton's comment during a telephone conference with Lehigh Valley media on Tuesday. The Colonials opened the season with North Dakota State, the 2011 FCS champion and definitely on another level. "They have a very, very good team; I'd be very surprised if they don't win it again this year," Walton said of NDSU. RMU's second game was against Albany, the defending Northeast Conference champion that, after this season, will move to the Colonial Athletic Association. Albany won 35-14, and Walton said, "We didn't have all our people we normally would have" because of injuries sustained in the opener. A step up? Maybe, although RMU has had lots of success in the NEC over the years - six championships. Is a Patriot League team a step above the NEC? We can only note that RMU has played Bucknell twice and lost each time. The last time was in 2009, when Bucknell won by three points. In that same season, Lafayette defeated Bucknell by 21. Make of it what you will.

Monday, September 24, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Andrew Shoop comes up a winner on a critical Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Andrew Shoop said it was "just another Saturday," but it wasn't, not quite. There was too much going at Bucknell University's Christy Mathewson Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon for it to be a normal game day for Lafayette College's senior quarterback. Saturday marked Shoop's return to the Leopard lineup after being suspended for a game and losing his captaincy for violating team rules. While Leopards coach Frank Tavani never hesitated to hand Shoop's starting job back to him and said Shoop handled himself well through the suspension week, there's always a potential when such events occur to leave an unpleasant and long-lasting stain on a season. Not this time. There wasn't the slightest evidence during the game that there was the tiniest hangover from any off-field issues as Shoop led the Leopards to a 20-14 win to take the Patriot League lead and keep Lafayette (4-0) unbeaten.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

FOOTBALL: Catching Up With: Bill Russo reminisces on his career as head football coach at Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Bill Russo did not have a difficult choice to make when deciding what line of work to pursue for a professional career. "They say if you're a lousy football player," maybe you'll make a better coach," the 5-foot-9 Russo said. "I was a midget, but I just loved the game, and sports in general." It's a good thing Russo went with his gut feeling. The 1969 Brown University graduate distinguished himself with a long and successful run as Lafayette College head football coach. Russo was 103-98-4 and won three league championships on College Hill from 1981-99. Russo must have impressed somebody as a football player, too. The former linebacker is a member of Brown's Athletic Hall of Fame.

FOOTBALL: A final look back at Lafayette-Bucknell
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
So, you weren't impressed with Lafayette's running attack -- that's really a bad description of it -- against Bucknell on Saturday, eh? What's not to hate about 11 net yards on 31 plays! Just when it looked like maybe the Leopards' young offensive line -- no seniors in the group -- might be maturing faster than expected, the Bison rip it to shreds with 13 tackles for loss (four QB sacks) and five other no-gain stops. If you think you're baffled and upset, imagine how Leopard Coach Frank Tavani and offensive line coach Stan Clayton feel. I got into some of it in my game followup in the print edition, but because I know so many people are asking, I thought I'd hit it here, too.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette is finding ways to win
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette offensive line coach Stan Clayton likes to grade his players' game film before leaving for home the night of a game. Head coach Frank Tavani knew that, so not long after the Leopards' buses returned home from Bucknell on Saturday, Tavani decided to have a look for himself, too, even though he admitted Sunday that "it's not my favorite thing to do after a win." Why? Well, despite a 20-14 Patriot League victory over the Bison to put its overall record at 3-0, Lafayette wound up with only 11 net yards rushing on 31 plays. Four Bucknell sacks of Lafayette quarterback Andrew Shoop had an impact on that number, accounting for 24 negative yards. So, too, did nine other tackles for loss. Then there was also the fact that the Bison packed nine defensive players near the line of scrimmage on almost every play to deny the run.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College showing 2012 a very different football season than the recent past
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The difference between Lafayette College's football team being unbeaten and leading the Patriot League in September 2012 and what happened in September 2010 and 2011 may not be huge -- but it's making a big difference for the Leopards.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

FOOTBALL: Shoop leads Lafayette over Bucknell in football
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
LEWISBURG - Andrew Shoop said he had 100 to 120 friends and relatives from his Danville, Montour County, home in the stands at Christy Mathewson Stadium on Saturday, but the 57 brothers he had on the sideline -- and some 30 more not in uniform -- figured a lot more in the final analysis of his return to his leadership role with the Lafayette football team.

FOOTBALL: Opportunistic Lafayette topples Bucknell
The Daily Item (Sunbury, Pa.)/ By William Bowman
LEWISBURG -- Before Andrew Shoop could even answer the question, his head coach, seated at the other end of the table, was already nodding his head with an answer of his own. Thanks to a defense that forced three more turnovers, Lafayette was in position to put Bucknell away a couple of times on Saturday in the Patriot League opener for both teams. But the Leopards left some points on the field, giving Bucknell one last chance at the win at Christy Mathewson-Memorial Stadium.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College wide receiver Mike Duncan follows unusual path to College Hill
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Mike Duncan is your basic non-typical Lafayette College football player. The sophomore wide receiver's slender build might, at first glance (and second for that matter), allow him be mistaken for a soccer or baseball player, at 6-foot-1 and 180 (maybe) pounds. "I hope he ate two chicken sandwiches today," Leopard head coach Frank Tavani said at the weekly media luncheon. On a team filled with players from the Mid-Atlantic region and the South, Duncan is from Missoula, Mont.

FOOTBALL: A couple of midweek Leopard notes
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
We had Bucknell Coach Joe Susan on a conference call at Tuesday's media luncheon. While the depth chart in the weekly notes for the Bison lists Jeremiah Young, Charles Thompson and Justin Shangold at running back, Coach Susan said, "we're planning on using (Tyler Smith) this Saturday." Smith, the 5-9, 195-pound senior from North Penn High in Lansdale led the Patriot League in rushing last year with 795 yards, and a good chunk of that -- 212 yards on 42 carries -- came in the snow at Fisher Field as Bucknell ripped the Leopards 39-13. He had just five carries for 19 yards in the 2012 opener against Marist and sat out last week's Delaware game with an ankle injury.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's young linebacking corps looking like a major strength
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
As Lafayette College prepares to open its Patriot League football season at Bucknell University on Saturday, no position on the field may offer more of a surprise -- a pleasant one to Leopards fans, much less so to the Bison offensive staff -- than Lafayette's linebacker corps and its role in the team's 2-0 start. "As a group they are getting better and better no matter who's in the game," Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani said. What looked like a potential weakness due to lack of game experience a month ago now appears an athletic and dynamic area of strength thanks to the attacking and aggressive mindset of linebackers such as junior outside starter Kasheem Hill and inside reserve Colton Kirkpatrick, who have already made big plays for the Leopards.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

FOOTBALL: Duncan's development key for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Mike Duncan went to summer camp between his junior and seniors years at Big Sky High School in Missoula, Mont. Check that, Duncan went to six camps. Each was just one day, and he and his dad, Rodger, hit all of them in less than two weeks -- and something like 2,500 miles from home. They went from Dartmouth to Penn to a number of open sessions. And, because he received an email inviting him, he also stopped at Lafayette. "I wanted to go to a good academic school, probably for engineering, I was thinking, and I still wanted to play Division I football," Duncan said Tuesday. "So, other than Stanford out west, which was kind of a stretch, it was mostly Ivy League and Patriot League schools that had both."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani confirms return of Andrew Shoop
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College head football coach Frank Tavani confirmed today that senior Andrew Shoop will be the starting quarterback for the Leopards' Patriot League opener Saturday at Bucknell University. Shoop had been suspended for last week's Lafayette victory over the University of Pennsylvania for "a violation of team rules," according to Tavani. The incident, details of which have not been made available, also cost Shoop his tri-captaincy of the Leopards (2-0). Seniors Darius Safford and Rick Lyster will serve as co-captains for the remainder of the season.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College defense's turnover show proves a real hit
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
If there's one statistic that captures the difference between Lafayette College's 0-2 start in 2011's football season and 2-0 in 2012, it's turnovers. Last year, the Leopards forced a total of 12 turnovers, just over one a game. In 2012, after just two games, Lafayette has 10 takeaways, including a startling eight, including a school-record tying seven interceptions, in Saturday's 28-21 defeat of the University of Pennsylvania at Fisher Stadium. It's not likely the Leopards will average five forced turnovers a game the rest of the season, but it's obvious that this defense has taken enormous strides from last season.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette turns tough situation into a positive
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Zach Zweizig will "more than likely" be back on the sidelines when Lafayette opens its Patriot League football season Saturday at Bucknell, but the Leopard coaches and players learned a lot about the sophomore quarterback that should come in handy in the future. Zweizig, who played his high school football at Wilson West Lawn and was somewhat of a surprise to Lafayette recruiters when he was still uncommitted less than two weeks prior to 2011 National Signing Day, started his first college game Saturday in place of suspended Andrew Shoop. Zweizig threw for two touchdowns and ran for one as the Leopards - with the help of seven pass interceptions and a fumble recovery -- defeated Penn 28-21 for their second straight victory. As tough as the week was for Tavani and the Leopards after the suspension decision was reached on Tuesday, the head coach couldn't resist looking at the silver lining in the whole scenario on Sunday.

FOOTBALL: Shoop speaks, special teams, injuries, etc.
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When writing my Lafayette football followup for the Monday print edition of The Morning Call, I emailed Andrew Shoop and asked if he was interested in commenting about his suspension for the Penn game. He graciously consented and sent me the following, which was received too late to be used with the print story. The statement, along with the Monday-paper article, will constitute the end of the story for me. I, like Andrew, Coach Frank Tavani and, I'm sure, everyone else connected with the program, want to move on. I have respected and will respect Shoop and I understand fully the importance of forgiveness and a second chance. He deserves both.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football steps out, up, and in to down Penn, 28-21
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Stepping in, stepping out and stepping up. That theme summed up Lafayette College's remarkable and wildly entertaining 28-21 win over the University of Pennsylvania in front of 8,376 fans Saturday night at Fisher Stadium. Stepping in -- as in stepping in front of Penn passes -- provided the primary fuel for the victory as the Leopard secondary hauled in a school record-tying seven interceptions (five in the first half), two by senior co-captain Darius Safford, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College intercepts seven Penn passes en route to 28-21 win
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's secondary made a primary contribution to tonight's 28-21 football win over the University of Pennsylvania at Fisher Stadium. The Leopards needed every big moment they got from their defense, as senior starting quarterback Andrew Shoop was suspended for the game for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Shoop was replaced by sophomore Zach Zweizig, who made his college debut in the home opener. Zweizig finished 13 for 20 passing for 134 yards and also ran a for touchdown.

FOOTBALL: Stand-in QB, 7 interceptions pace Leopards
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The guy usually responsible for picking up his Lafayette College teammates let them down instead. The Leopards of 2010 and 2011 probably would have been ripped apart by the adversity. But not this bunch. Starting quarterback Andrew Shoop was serving a one-game suspension for a violation of team rules. But an outstanding relief effort by Zach Zweizig and a record-tying seven pass interceptions by the defense enabled Lafayette to defeat Penn 28-21 Saturday night. Coach Frank Tavani said the Fisher Stadium crowd showed a school spirit "that was unparalleled in a long time."

FOOTBALL: Penn struggles early, can't rally in 28-21 loss to Lafayette
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Mike Tony
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette wasted no time turning its home opener into a party, handing Penn a loss to start the season for the second year in a row. The Leopards (2-0) dropped the Quakers, 28-21, at Fisher Field, ending Penn's first three drives with interceptions.

Friday, September 14, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Penn: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When I talked with Freedom High grad Zack Mazur at Tuesday's media luncheon, the conversation eventually came around to offensive line coach Stan Clayton. Mazur said Clayton was one of the main reasons why he chose Lafayette over the likes of Lehigh, Princeton Penn Holy Cross and Colgate. "I didn't want to go too far away from home, so a lot of the schools fit that, and from being with the coaches (during his visit to Lafayette), I loved Coach Clayton and wanted to learn from him." I asked Mazur what it was like when, in the middle of a practice, Clayton will bark out, "63, get out of there!" when he does something wrong. I always think I would probably cower at the rebuke, but Mazur said, "It makes you want to do it right so you don't get yelled at. It's not really yelling, it's more coaching; it's not how he's saying it, it's what he's saying. He wants it done right and you have to get the job done."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's football win over William & Mary impresses Penn coach Al Bagnoli
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Al Bagnoli has been a head college football coach for 30 years, so the University of Pennsylvania coach knows what a strong effort looks like when he sees one. And Bagnoli, the dean of Ivy League coaches in his 21st season with the Quakers, saw one Saturday in Lafayette College's 17-14 season-opening win at William & Mary. "I want to congratulate Lafayette on a great win," said Bagnoli during a conference call at the weekly Lafayette media luncheon. "That's one of the best wins of (coach) Frank (Tavani's) tenure. To go down there and get a win like that over a scholarship team -- kudos to them."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Zack Mazur learning his trade quickly and thoroughly at right tackle
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Playing offensive line for Lafayette College this season comes with several built-in incentives to improve before the opposition even enters the picture, as sophomore right tackle and Freedom High School graduate Zack Mazur can tell you. Mazur is part of a rebuilt offensive line that was impressive in a 17-14 win at William & Mary to start the season and looks to continue to improve in Saturday's home opener versus the University of Pennsylvania at Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette win highlights a strong nonleague Saturday
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
It was a good Saturday for the Patriot League, which went 4-2 in nonleague games with the most impressive, of course, being Lafayette's win at Colonial Athletic Association power William & Mary. Lehigh coach Andy Coen, whose team beat Central Connecticut State to go to 2-0, took note of the Leopards' win in hostile territory and other wins recorded by league members. "I was thrilled to see Lafayette beat William & Mary," Coen said. "I thought it was a great win for the league, particularly as we're moving forward with the scholarship model.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's James Coscia will have plenty of support in Saturday's home football opener
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College football fans heading to Fisher Stadium for Saturday night's home opener against the University of Pennsylvania from the Poconos may want to leave extra time for the James Coscia fan caravan. "I have lots of close family in the area and a lot of friends coming so I'll have a pretty good fan section," said Coscia, an East Stroudsburg South graduate. And he wants to reward his fans. "I'd love to get a sack for them," said Coscia, a sophomore defensive end who will be playing his first game at Fisher when the Quakers arrive for a 6 p.m. kickoff. Coscia may have more fans than he knows, attracted by his impressive debut in last week's thrilling 17-14 win at William & Mary. And given Coscia's versatility he could please that fan base with a sack and an interception -- after all, he posted a pass breakup and quarterback hit in his first college game.

FOOTBALL: Frank Tavani, Penn's Al Bagnoli speak out
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The Patriot League's decision to go to merit-based scholarships for football beginning with the class of 2013 is almost certainly going to have some kind of effect on the league's relationship with the Ivy League. So while we had Penn Coach Al Bagnoli on the phone on Tuesday, I asked him if he thought Penn will want to continue to play Lafayette in the future. "Our schedule this year, certainly, we are the only ones in our league playing three scholarship teams -- Lafayette now scholarship, Villanova has been on our schedule forever and we picked up William and Mary," he said. "Far and away, we have the most daunting non-league schedule of in our league. It's an issue we're going to have to look at and ask, 'Is it in our best interest to play three scholarship teams, two scholarship teams or one scholarship team.' It's hard to answer. It's a variable none of us thought about when we put together these schedules, which might have been five or 10 years ago. Kudos to the Patriot League. I think they are very progressive, and that allows them to open their schedule a little bit and play some other people and feel good about doing that. It puts the Ivy League out there isolated and our league is going to have to make some philosophical decisions on how we approach scheduling -- what do we do, where do we go, who do we align ourselves with, etc, etc. The issue needs to be discussed. There are no answers."

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Smedley enjoying senior season on pitch at Lafayette
The Trentonian/ By Joe O'Gorman
As her senior season began, Lauren Smedley felt both the joy of another chance to take the soccer field with her teammates while also understanding this is her final season at Lafayette. "It's bittersweet," said Smedley, the former Peddie star. "You want to go out with a great season and at the same time you don't want it to end." Smedley, the two-time Patriot League Goaltender of the Year, is Lafayette's career leader in shutouts. She's already bagged a Goaltender of the Week honor this season. Smedley is sporting a 0.80 goals against average and an .844 save percentage with three shutouts. The former Falcon has 23 career shutouts. Over the years, her toughest critic has been herself. But at the same time she brings a definite confidence to the field.

FOOTBALL: Local linemen helping Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette's Tahir Basil said Tuesday he "felt like a proud father out there" as he watched offensive tackle Zack Mazur work on William & Mary defensive linemen during the Leopards' season-opening victory Saturday night in Williamsburg, Va. Basil, a senior who is a returning starter at defensive end, figures he had something to do with getting the inexperienced Mazur ready for his first collegiate start. And Mazur agrees. Basil, Mazur and James Coscia, who also made his first start on Saturday, were guests at Lafayette's weekly media luncheon; and while all are now well into the preparation for Saturday's 6 p.m. home opener against Penn, they were all still basking in the afterglow of a 17-14 victory over W&M, the Leopards' first opening-night win since 2009. Mazur, a 290-pound Freedom High product and Coscia, a 6-3, 240-pound defensive end and East Stroudsburg South grad, are members of a talented sophomore class that has brought some new life into the Lafayette program, which is coming off back-to-back losing seasons. Both were two-way starters for their high school teams but spent most of last year sitting. Coscia played in nine games as a freshman at Lafayette but had just five tackles. Mazur saw action in only one game in 2011.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team follows in historic footsteps with win at William & Mary
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Once again Lafayette has conquered in Virginia. In 1781, it was Lafayette College's namesake who ran Lord Cornwallis to ground at Yorktown and made possible the great triumph there that assured the United States' victory in the Revolutionary War. Saturday's 17-14 Leopard win at William & Mary in Williamsburg, just minutes from Yorktown, perhaps won't make such a powerful impact in world history but head coach Frank Tavani made sure his team knew whose footsteps they walked in on the trip south.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football posts 'best win in a while' at William & Mary
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Saturday brought a good omen to Lafayette College's football team. The Leopards won their opener, 17-14 over host William & Mary, in a storm-rocked and heavily-soaked Zable Stadium. The omen? The Leopards hadn't won their opener since 2009 -- also the last time they posted a winning season. Whether Lafayette enjoys a winning season remains to be seen but the Leopards should surely enjoy an impressive road win over a quality foe top get the 2012 campaign underway. "That was the best win we've had in a while," Lafayette coach Frank Tavani said.

FOOTBALL: 'Hungry' Leopards get their fill in win over William and Mary
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
"Why do you want to open up with another powerhouse?" people asked Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani for months concerning the Leopards' season-opening opponent, William and Mary. And after the Tribe played Maryland tough before losing 7-6 on Sept. 1, the skeptics added things like, "You'll kill the kids." Tavani wasn't gloating when he mentioned those things late Saturday night after the Leopards, accorded minimal respect after a two-season run of 6-16, outplayed W&M on both sides of the ball and opened the season with a victory for the first time since 2009 with a 17-14 decision that was not as close as the score would indicate. But he did say of the victory, "That's the best one in a while, and we've had some great ones." Vaughn Hebron, who scored the Leopards' first touchdown, put it simply after the game: "I think we wanted it more than they did - I KNOW we wanted it more."

FOOTBALL: Cleaning out the Lafayette-W&M notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
This year marks the fifth season of my second stint as the Lafayette football beat writer for The Morning Call. The last two years have not been a lot of fun for either the Leopards or the guys who report on them. But I've seen some impressive things, too. That 2008 victory over then-No. 14 Liberty -- in Lynchburg, no less -- stunned not only the Flames, but all the FCS world. And in 2009, the overtime win over Penn, the first win ever over Yale, the first win ever at Harvard and that Rob Curley aerial circus in the 56-49 win over Colgate will be remembered for a long time.

FOOTBALL: Tribe Falls to Lafayette in Home Opener
Williamsburg Yorktown Daily/ By Rob Turner
The William and Mary football team fell to Lafayette, 17-14, in its home opener on Saturday evening at Zable Stadium. Much of the contest was played in steady rain, as lightning forced an hour and twenty-minute delay late in the first quarter. While the inclement weather hampered both teams' offensive production, Lafayette (1-0) outgained the Tribe (0-2), 301-197, and controlled the time of possession by nearly 14 minutes (36:58-23:02).

Saturday, September 8, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-W&M game day report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
WILLIAMSBURG -- Rain is still in the forecast, but you wouldn't know it now. Hot sun is BRUTAL. Maryland led Temple 26-0 at one point today. Last week W&M held Md to 7 pts. What does this mean? White shirts and black pants for the Leopards; green shirts and gold pants for the Tribe. And it's getting cooler in the press box because clouds are moving in. Talked to Andrew Anastor on Friday night. He is here filming the game for the coaches. Anastor says he is running the stairs at Fisher and the rehab is going well after four months. "I'll be ready to go in the spring," he said. Good news.

Friday, September 7, 2012

FOOTBALL:Long wait over, Crosby eager to show his worth
The Boston Globe/ By Marvin Pave
Pat Crosby worked diligently to get back onto the football field last fall at Lafayette College, earning a pair of starts at center in late October. But his return from off­season shoulder surgery proved to be a major challenge, so after the Leopards' 39-13 loss to Bucknell on Oct. 29, the former Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High stalwart was shut down for the final three games of a 4-7 season.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-W&M: A scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. -- Finally. It seems like we've been waiting forever for the Lafayette season to begin. No more. So, here are some notes to get you ready for the Leopards' game at 7 p.m. today in Zable Stadium.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Jason Marshalek ready to take on all comers at defensive tackle
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Jason Marshalek wants to take on everybody he can on the football field. And not one at a time, either. "I love the role of taking on two blockers at a time," the senior Lafayette College defensive lineman said. "If I can take on two or three blockers at a time it gives our linebackers a chance to run through free." Opposing offensive coordinators may not always grant Marshalek his wish, though, because with a defensive line as deep and talented as Lafayette's, choosing who among the three seniors to double team may be impossible. There's Marshalek, a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder who lines up at nose tackle and was the Leopards' Most Improved Player in 2011. There's 6-2, 280-pound Rick Lyster, a powerhouse defensive tackle who won second-team All-Patriot League honors. And there's 6-2, 260-pound Tahir Basil, speedy and explosive at one end.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College more than ready to get football season under way
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
After spring practice and summer workouts and training camp and a bye week to start the season, Lafayette College's football players want the real thing badly. "When you think about it we've just been hitting each other since the end of last season," said junior left guard Brad Bormann, a Hunterdon Central graduate, at Tuesday's media luncheon. "We're excited just to unload on somebody else. A lot of preparation has gone into that pressure cooker that gets under way Saturday night."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Andrew Shoop, always a leader, now a polished quarterback, too
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
It may have taken time for Andrew Shoop to master the intricacies of playing quarterback. It may have taken time for Shoop to harness his comprehensive athletic ability to the discipline and mental demands of playing quarterback. It's actually still taking time for Andrew Shoop to become the ultimate practice player for playing quarterback. But the Lafayette College senior tri-captain and quarterback knew leadership the minute he stepped on the field.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette feeling the electricity heading into season opener
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
"I'm pumped up; I'm chomping at the bit," Lafayette College quarterback Andrew Shoop said Tuesday. "Honestly, the fever pitch has reached the place where it is contagious for everyone," offensive guard Brad Bormann said. "The electricity is palpable; you can feel it." "Any time you have a month of going against each other, your friends across the line, that gets a little old, and we're looking forward to seeing a green jersey," head coach Frank Tavani said. All the Leopards are on the same page on this one. Bring on William and Mary. Lafayette will try to snap a two-game season-opener losing streak when it travels to Williamsburg, Va., on Saturday to take on the Tribe (0-1) at 7 p.m. in Zable Stadium.

Monday, September 3, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football team wants to get back to winning ways
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani really had his positive game face on on Feb. 4, 2009, when he said in a college news release that some extra hard work by his staff "helped us put together one of the best Lafayette football classes in recent history." That kind of rhetoric is not uncommon on National Letter of Intent Day. The problem was, and Tavani didn't make a big deal of it at the time, that the class consisted of only 17 players. That small class, and one the year before, were the products of drastic cutbacks in financial aid because of weakened economic conditions.

FOOTBALL: Five questions for Lafayette football
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Who's got their back? - For the first time in a long time, Lafayette enters the season without at least one returning starter at linebacker, a position that has churned out some outstanding talent during the Tavani era. But it seems that no position has gotten better reviews during summer camp than the linebacking corps; and if the Leopards are to shore up a rushing defense that allowed an average of 165.5 yards per game last year and 173.2 ypg in 2010, some of those first-time starters and their backups are going to need to step up. The man in the middle, junior Mike Boles, is listed at 6-3, 230, but he may be closer to 240 and has been a rock at the position. He is a two-time letterman who blocked a punt last year against Penn. Fellow juniors Ben Aloi, another two-time letterman who played in all 11 games last year, and Kasheem Hill, who also played in every 2011 game, have had strong summer camps. Sophomore Colton Kirkpatrick and freshmen Chris Brockman (on the two-deep) and Mark Dodd have made an impression.

FOOTBALL: Basil diving into his senior season at Lafayette
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The entry on Twitter that day was: "Double back-flip off the high dive just what the doctor ordered before my first full practice after the Eid tomorrow." It came from Lafayette senior defensive lineman Tahir Basil, who is a Muslim and who missed the first two weeks of practice because he was observing the month-long Ramadan, which is considered the most sacred month on the Islamic calendar and which includes a sunrise-to-sunset fast each day. Every year, some part or nearly all of Ramadan has fallen during Lafayette's summer football camp. For three years, Basil observed Ramadan, but also continued to practice, albeit at a weakened level. The fast, combined with the hot summer weather, resulted in weight losses of between 15 and 20 pounds. Coach Frank Tavani decided this year to hold Basil out of the portion of summer camp that coincided with Ramadan.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Ethan Swerdlow may take on double duty in kicking game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
A kicking guru from 3,000 miles away may make a huge difference for Lafayette College's football team this fall. Leopard fans found out last fall that John Matich can produce solid punters. This fall they may find out if Matich is equally adept at teaching placekicking. Matich runs The Kicking System, a kicking academy based in San Diego, and one of his star pupils is Lafayette College senior punter and placekicker Ethan Swerdlow. "I still see John when I go home," said the 5-foot-11, 195-pound Swerdlow, a resident of La Jolla, Calif. "He helps with technique, films me, narrows parts of my technique to focus on, gives me his personal experience. He makes me a better kicker." Swerdlow made a pretty good punter for Lafayette in 2011. He was named to the first-team All-Patriot League team as a punter, averaging 39.6 yards a punt with 10 fair catches, 13 kicks downed inside the 20 versus just three touchbacks and no blocked punts.

Monday, August 27, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette's Delaney, Willen continuing their careers overseas
Mcall.com Varsity Blog/ By Tom Housenick
A pair of Lafayette graduates are going to continue playing basketball. Guard Rob Delaney and forward Ryan Willen have signed professional contracts with Denmark's Aalborg Vikings. "I think it's tremendous for Rob and Ryan," Leopards coach Fran O'Hanlon said. "They will be able to continue their playing careers and it will be a great cultural opportunity as well. They've worked so hard over the past four years and I'm glad to see them continue playing together, which is pretty cool for them." Delaney and Willen are excited at the chance to play professionally, but the decision-making process was not an easy one for Delaney.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Mark Ross enters season as a man to watch among Patriot League wide receivers
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Mark Ross' cover has been blown. Ross came into Lafayette College's 2011 football season cloaked with the cover of anonymity. As a freshman wide receiver in 2010, he didn't even step on the field. So when Ross won a starting job in the offseason with a spectacular spring performance, he was still pretty much an unknown to the Patriot League. Not for long. The 6-foor-3, 215-pound Hopewell High School graduate earned second-team all-league honors and led Lafayette in virtually every receiving category with a spectacular sophomore season. He hauled in 49 catches for 703 yards and nine touchdowns, and his 73-yard TD against Penn represented the longest play from scrimmage of the season for the Leopards.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

FOOTBALL: Five Questions: Sports broadcaster Gary Laubach discusses the upcoming football season
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
For this week's Five Questions, sports columnist Brad Wilson sits down with Gary Laubach, sports director and broadcaster with RCN who can also be seen on the Lafayette Sports Network. Laubach provides play-by-play for Lafayette College football and basketball.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College defensive end Tahir Basil taking major steps forward
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Beware the empty tables, Lafayette College football fans. Tahir Basil took a big personal step this summer. And now the senior defensive end wants to help his Lafayette College football team take big steps forward this fall. "If we play to the level of our talent, we can be a great defense," said the 6-foot-2, 260-pound senior from Philadelphia. Basil, 22, enjoyed a great moment in his life when he got married in June to a longtime friend.

Friday, August 24, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College cornerback Kyni Scott hopes to leave injury-filled past behind
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Beware the empty tables, Lafayette College football fans. Kyni Scott wants one thing from this Lafayette College football season: to stay healthy. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior cornerback wasn't healthy in 2011. He played in two games and then disappeared with an ankle injury. "Injuries come with the game; accidents happen you could say, but it was really frustrating," the Middletown, N.Y. resident said. "Sophomore year I got injured (an ankle, missing four games). Then last year I got hurt again, I had a slow recovery, and just when when I started feeling good I got hurt again and lost a whole season." As the Leopards prepare to open their season Sept. 8 at William & Mary, there might be no Lafayette player more ready to get on the field and hit somebody than Scott.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football's drought of seniors may stand in way of improvement
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Beware the empty tables, Lafayette College football fans. Usually, at the Leopards' football Media Day activity, the Wilson Room of the Pfenning Alumni Center bursts at the seams with burly senior football players ready to meet the press. Not on Wednesday. The Leopards seniors didn't fill two tables -- even with two underclassmen boosting the count. It was so bad some food was even left over. There's a senior shortage on College Hill, and many of the challenges that lie ahead for the Leopards this season can be explained by the relative lack of seniors.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani hopes to find strength in (small) numbers
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College may have fewer senior football players than in almost any other season, but coach Frank Tavani isn't worried. "This is as small a senior group as we have had, but it's the strongest leadership group we have had," said Tavani at Lafayette's annual Media Day on College Hill. Tavani praised his senior tri-captains -- defensive lineman Rick Lyster, cornerback Darius Safford and quarterback Andrew Shoop -- for leading extra workouts and offering special inspiration to the Leopards, who are coming off a 4-7 season in 2011. Junior wide receiver Mark Ross, Lafayette's leading receiver last season (49 catches, 703 yards) agreed that the seniors are special.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Lyster putting in extra work in hope of successful football season
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The 21/2-hour scrimmage ended and the Lafayette football players met with their respective coordinators, then began shedding their pads as they headed for the locker room and a welcome shower Wednesday afternoon. Except for Rick Lyster. The Leopards senior and one of three captains stopped at the goal line and the south sideline. Without uttering a word or shedding even his helmet, the 270-pound defensive tackle ran from one side of the field to the other, then back ... again and again. By the time he finished, he had completed eight over-and-back 50-yard gassers. That's 800 yards' worth. Removing his helmet and pausing only after a comment from an onlooker, Lyster said, "I have to get in shape." And then he headed for the sleds on the practice area behind the north grandstand for still more extracurricular work. "He is unbelievable; he does that every day," Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani said later. "We have to get after him to back off a little bit."

FOOTBALL: Leopards meet the media, scrimmage
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
During the luncheon part of Lafayette's Media Day, I asked offensive coordinator Mickey Fein for an assessment of that group after the first two weeks of camp. "We're right where I thought we would be," he said. "We have some stuff we still have to clean up and that's what camp is all about. But we're excited about the way (QB Andrew) Shoop is playing. He's a senior guy who really understands what is going on now and has great leadership skills. He undertands what the game is and what we're having him do."

FOOTBALL: Football 2012: Lafayette College preview
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
If either the old saw about winning with seniors in college football, or its variant, winning with experience, is true, then victories may be few for Lafayette College this fall. The Leopards enter their 131st season of football with just 15 seniors on a preseason roster of 97 athletes. They return only 10 starters and 34 lettermen from 2011, both numbers the lowest in the Patriot League (lettermen tied with Lehigh). Then again, after an occasionally inspiring but more often frustrating 4-7 (1-4 league) season, maybe not returning many veterans isn't such a bad thing. The Patriot League preseason poll put the Leopards fifth of the six teams, which Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani disagreed with, but not in the way one might think.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College center Pat Crosby has high goals for rebuilt offensive line
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The message from on high has been received loud and clear down in the trenches. Lafayette College head coach Frank Tavani wants to run the football more effectively than in recent seasons. "You know me, run the ball and stop the run and you win." Tavani said. On the offensive side, Lafayette didn't run the ball very efficiently in 2011. The Leopards managed just 3.0 yards a carry and just barely over 100 yards a game (100.5) -- not winning numbers under Tavani's formula. Junior center Pat Crosby says that is going to change this season, which opens Sept. 8 at William & Mary.

Monday, August 20, 2012

FOOTBALL: Sunday evening with the Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The guys on the Lafayette Sports Fan Forum woke me up on Sunday. I read some of their comments from Lafayette football practices -- who was practicing and who wasn't -- and figured maybe it was time for a return trip to Fisher. Upon checking the practice schedule, I noticed they were to be in full pads, which, I figured, meant I'd see some live hitting. Surprise! I was greeted by guys in helmets, and soon learned that after a pretty spirited scrimmage session on Saturday, and after nine straight days of camp, Coach Tavani had decided it was time for a break. So, Sunday morning was a pool session, which is always good for aching bodies, and the under-the-lights session was pretty much of a teaching time, or at least, a time for review of all that has already been put in. Still, it was interesting. Here are comments I spoke into my recorder during the practice.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette College field hockey eating, training right to defend Patriot League title
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's field hockey team has its eyes set on repeating as Patriot League champion and enjoying an NCAA tournament run, fueled by a secret and highly unusual elixir. Chocolate milk. Now, the Leopards don't sit around and wash down bags of chocolate chip cookies with gallons of brown moo. But at the right time, it's perfect.

Friday, August 17, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College linebacker Mike Boles holding the fort in the middle
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
One look at the Lafayette College football depth chart on defense shows where the biggest concern lies for the 2012 season. Defensive line? Three starters back. Secondary? Plenty of experience. Linebacker? Not one starter returning. It's probably fair to say that as the linebackers go, so goes the Leopard defense. Since Lafayette plays a 4-3 defensive set, eyes instinctively turn to the man in the middle to set the tone. Meet Mike Boles, 6-3, 230 pounds, a junior from ... Winter Park, Florida? Quite the contrast to chilly College Hill.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's newly bulked-up Ross Scheuerman ready to take a pounding -- and dish more out
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Ross Scheuerman has a message for Patriot League linebackers: Look out. Last year's frail freshman has become one very solid sophomore. "The first thing I wanted to do after the (2011) season as to put on weight and get bigger," said the Lafayette College sophomore tailback after a rugged session of preseason live contact Thursday afternoon. "I needed to be bigger to take all those hits from linebackers and defensive ends. I want to deliver some hits this season." In 2011 at this time, if you saw Scheuerman away from the football field, the only thing you'd think of him delivering was a pizza.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

FOOTBALL: Plenski (Class of 2009) steps in for Gatto at Bristol
Bucks County Courier Times
Leo Plenski will be the head football coach at Bristol High this year. Plenski will take over for George Gatto, who is on medical leave. Plenski is a 2005 Bristol graduate and played collegiately at Division I-AA Lafayette. He has been an assistant at Bristol the last two seasons. Plenski, Gatto and Bristol athletic director Greg Pinelli could not be reached for comment. Gatto spent 22 years as the Warriors head coach in two different stints. He has a career record of 135-116, including a 3-7 record last year.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

FOOTBALL: Leopard Law, injuries and other camp stuff
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Doesn't EVERYBODY tweet? Until recently, my answer to that question was an unequivocal "No." I have, however, come to learn that the only way to keep in touch with some people is through that social media giant, Twitter. I figured if Mario Andretti could do it, so could I. He is, after all, older than I am -- by six weeks. I don't have a lot of "followers", even though the number has catapulted to 12 in the last few days. I also am not much of a follower myself, with only 24 names on my list. Recent technology in the hands of a 72-year-old can be a dangerous thing. And so it was that I was checking out the latest gab on Friday morning prior to going to Lafayette for the first full-team practice of 2012 summer football camp. Six entries got my attention.

Friday, August 10, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette players hoping this is the year they get it right
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette College quarterback Andrew Shoop retweeted an interesting quote one day before the start of summer football camp: "Sometimes you have to fall from the mountain to realize what you are climbing for." The Leopards went from three straight Patriot League titles (2004-6) and an 8-3 mark in 2009 to 2-9 in 2010 and have been trying to regain their footing ever since. Shoop, who took over the starting job last season and is now one of three 2012 captains, is hoping this will be the year that Lafayette gets it right and once again becomes a perennial championship contender in the league. With that goal as the "what you are climbing for," the Leopards took to the Fisher Stadium turf on Friday for the first day of summer camp an entire team. And when the three-hour session had ended, Shoop, a Danville High grad, was back on Twitter, writing, "One practice down. Feelin good, but it's only day one. Gotta keep gettin better."

Saturday, August 4, 2012

FOOTBALL: 2012 Chicago Bears Training Camp: Q & A with Blake Costanzo, Bears LB/ST
BleacherReport.com/ By Jake Perper
Blake Costanzo came into the NFL in 2006 as an undrafted rookie with the New York Jets. He spent 2007 on the practice squad in New York before moving to Buffalo and appearing in three games for the Bills. In 2008, he made 15 special teams tackles, and forced two fumbles in 16 games for Buffalo.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Coaching basketball comes naturally for three members of Williams' family
Columbus (Ga.) Ledger-Enquirer/ By Joseph Myers
The hope of many fathers is that their children will not only follow in their footsteps, but be able to do even better than they did. Columbus High boys basketball coach George Williams is no different in that respect and his sons, Pershin and Donovan, are well on their way to making their own mark as basketball coaches. Pershin is starting his fourth season as an assistant coach at Georgia Southern in Statesboro, while Donovan is entering his third year as an assistant at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

FOOTBALL: Special-teamer Costanzo feels right at home
ESPNChicago.com/ By Michael C. Wright
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Chicago Bears linebacker Blake Costanzo certainly appreciates his new team's appreciation for special teams. "If they didn't, I wouldn't have a job," Costanzo said. "So it's awesome to come here and have them put an emphasis on (special teams) and value it the way they do." Knowing they'd potentially lose Pro Bowl special-teams ace Corey Graham in free agency, the Bears targeted Costanzo, who was coming off a strong 2011 campaign with the San Francisco 49ers. In addition to the 17 stops made on special teams, Costanzo made four more in the playoffs, while playing a role (forced fumble and fumble recovery) in San Francisco's victory over the New Orleans Saints.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

FOOTBALL: Patriot League should pick up football expansion, scheduling challenges that lie ahead
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
With the years-long debate over football scholarships finally over, the Patriot League can move ahead toward grander and greater accomplishments. That was the message delivered across the board from league coaches and athletes at the annual media day Wednesday at Green Pond Country Club. League executive director Carolyn Schlie Femovich reviewed Lehigh University's remarkable success in 2011, talked about more TV games for the league and said that "scholarships are a huge step for our league." The question is, steps leading to where? Perhaps a grander and greater football league, for one.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College captains vow to make Patriot League preseason football poll prediction incorrect
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's senior tri-captains didn't much like being picked fifth of six teams in the preseason Patriot League football poll at the league's media day Wednesday at Green Pond Country Club. "I don't read a lot into that stuff," said defensive tackle Rick Lyster with a scowl as fierce as his usual impact on opposition ball carriers. "We still have to play the games, and we're going to prove them wrong." On the other hand, Leopard head coach Frank Tavani was (sort of) flattered. "It's higher than I would have had us, the way we have played the last two seasons," Tavani said. "Bucknell shouldn't be behind us, they beat us last year."

FOOTBALL: Safford, Lafayette motivated by Patriot League preseason balloting
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Darius Safford looked at the press release announcing the Patriot League pre-season all-league selections and noticed immediately that something was missing. His name. The Leopards' senior cornerback and tri-captain isn't likely to forget that. "I try not to get caught up in that, but I feel I'll use that as extra motivation to prove to everybody that I can be the best corner in this league," the 5-10, 185-pound Douglasville, Ga., native said during the league's annual football media day at the Green Pond Country Club on Wednesday. "That's going to be my drive ... to be the best I can be." Lafayette, coming off back-to-back 1-4 league records and winner of just six of 22 games overall in those two seasons, didn't get a lot of respect as the league selected a preseason all-star team for the first time ever.

FOOTBALL: Patriot coaches busier, but happier with scholarships
The Morning Call/ By Keith Groller
Frank Tavani said he hasn't been able to take a vacation, but he's not complaining. That's because for the first time in his 12 years as Lafayette College's football coach, Tavani, like most of his counterparts in the Patriot League, has scholarships to offer to recruits. That has made for an accelerated timetable, increased competition and a more intense workload for the staffs. Ever since the league's Council of Presidents voted in February to allow merit aid beginning with the class entering school in the fall of 2013, coaches have been running around like lottery winners wanting to give money away. But at the same time, they're going the extra mile to make sure the right people are being rewarded. "It's certainly been a different process, one that has consumed my summer," Tavani said. "I've been so busy with it because of the evaluation process. We've had these prospect camps ... two more coming up for a total of six. We've had over 400 kids at those camps.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

FOOTBALL: Penn State's Bill O'Brien brings powerful message to Lauren's First-and-Goal Camp
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
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Bill O'Brien's words rang out louder than the powerful storm that had just swept across Lafayette College's Metzgar Athletic Fields and delayed his talk to the 2,105 young football players attending the annual Lauren's First and Goal camp. Penn State's new football coach hardly talked about the sport per se, quite appropriate at a camp dedicated to raising money for Lauren's First and Goal, a foundation named after Lauren Loose, the daughter of Lafayette defensive coordinator John Loose and his wife Marianne. Lauren, 14, has been fighting brain cancer and related disorders for almost her entire life; the foundation raises money for research and to support families living with pediatric cancer.

FOOTBALL: Lauren's First and Goal enlists football in the fight against pediatric brain cancer
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Mike Donnelly looks at Lauren Loose and doesn't see a fragile, chronically ill 14-year-old girl. He sees a survivor who has inspired thousands of people to help fight pediatric brain cancer at the football camp that bears her name. "Lauren is tougher than all the coaches, all the players at the camp," said Donnelly, the Muhlenberg College head football coach and a longtime friend of the Loose family, of Forks Township. That's an awful lot of toughness, for thousands of scholastic football players and college coaches will flock to Lafayette College's Metzgar Athletic Complex today for the annual Lauren' First and Goal football camp. Lauren Loose, 14, is the daughter of John and Marianne Loose and sister of Grace Loose; John has been the defensive coordinator for Lafayette football for 13 years. Lauren was born with Neurofibromatosis type I, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow along nerves. Since she was 9 months old, she has battled brain tumors and a succession of rare blood diseases, strokes and vision problems -- and fought them cheerfully.

FOOTBALL: Lauren's First and Goal camp strikes personal chord for Penn State's O'Brien
The Morning Call/ By Mark Wogenrich
John Loose and Bill O'Brien met through football but developed their friendship, as many fathers do, talking about their kids. Their stories, though, often were more difficult to tell than most. "In some ways," O'Brien said, "we're kindred spirits." Of all the public appearances O'Brien has made since becoming Penn State's head football coach, the most personal came Sunday at the Lauren's First and Goal Foundation football camp. It also was the first with a bone-marrow registry table alongside a helmet-safety exhibit. Eight years ago, John Loose, defensive coordinator of the Lafayette College football team, and his family began the Lauren's First and Goal Foundation to support brain tumor research and cancer services. Loose and his wife Marianne named the foundation for their now-15-year-old daughter, a pediatric cancer survivor who has undergone surgery and chemotherapy to treat brain tumors much of her life.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FOOTBALL: Leopards shifting players on the O-line
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani and I talked about offensive linemen before the start of his team's spring camp, I asked him if there was a three-position guy in the group to take the place of Matt Welch, who started games at center and guard last season and also saw some time at tackle. "I don't think you're going to see another Welch, nor do I want to see a guy do all three," Tavani said, pointing out that when recruiting offensive linemen going forward, coaches will be looking for taller, heavier players -- "more tackle-like, so they can be moved inside rather than taking inside guys and moving them outside (to tackle, creating a possible negative mismatch) like we had to do with Welch." Well, it now seems the Leopards may have another Mr. Versatility in Freedom High product Zack Mazur. He was the second-team center on the pre-camp depth chart. When Andrew Anastor suffered a season-ending knee injury, Mazur was moved to the tackle spot; and when I talked to Tavani on Wednesday, he said there was a good chance that Mazur, who at 6-4, 290 is taller and heavier than Welch, will, indeed, be learning all three positions.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

FOOTBALL: An impressionistic look at Lafayette College football from a spring practice
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
A half-dozen impressions from watching a session of Lafayette College spring football practice ... The offensive line is getting a total retooling after left tackle Andrew Anastor's season-ending injury. The right side tandem of Hunterdon Central graduate Brad Bormann, a junior guard, and sophomore left tackle Luke Chiarolanzio is switching to the left side. Experienced depth is in short supply and this is a spot where true freshman will make a difference in the fall.

Friday, April 6, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football dealing with injuries
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard (Subscription Required)
It was the final play of the first meaningful scrimmage of Lafayette College's spring football "camp," and it provided cause for both celebration and concern. Jared Roberts, a promising rising sophomore safety, leaped into the air and made an acrobatic interception, then ran it back for a defensive touchdown that had the guys in maroon jerseys jumping and screaming. But while trying to chase down Roberts, another rising sophomore, 6-6, 315-pound offensive tackle Garrett McNally, hit the Fisher Stadium surface and writhed in pain. The result: a broken arm. In a moment, all his fellow O-linemen quietly gathered around him in a show of support. That was Saturday morning. On Tuesday, the Leopards reached the halfway point of the 15-session camp, and coach Frank Tavani said that despite several setbacks -- almost all to the offensive line -- they would not be deterred in their effort to pack as much learning and teaching as possible into the into the period that is culminated by the April 21 Maroon and White game.

FOOTBALL: Lots is happening at the Leopards' spring 'camp'
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
A light mist fell; the temperature was 39 degrees. Coach Tavani was wearing gloves - and I should not have left mine in the car. It was spring football, but it felt like November. Where were all those warm days made the end of winter feel more like the beginning of June? Gone. I went over the Fisher on March 31 to gather some information for a halfway-point feature on the Leopards' spring "camp." I talked with the team's three captains - quarterback Andrew Shoop, defensive tackle Rick Lyster and defensive cornerback Darius Safford - but you'll have to wait until later for some of the info I gathered. Too many other things on my plate right now - including some time with my great-grandchildren, Janielle and Jarius, who will probably keep the old guy plenty busy. But because I have a story in the print edition, I thought I'd at least leave you with a couple of random observations based on what was the Leopards' first extended scrimmage of the 15-practice spring camp. So, here goes.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football opens spring practice
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard (Subscription Required)
"Leave it like you found it." That may not yet be the Lafayette football team's 2012 official motivational slogan, but don't be surprised if head coach Frank Tavani adopts it because it was he who said earlier this week that that's pretty much the attitude of the Leopards' senior class. The 2009 Leopards were 8-3 and came within one play -- an overtime interception against Lehigh on a play which had touchdown written all over it -- of a possible at-large berth in the FCS playoffs. But the Leopards plummeted from there to 2-9 in 2010 and inched back up to 4-7 in 2011.

FOOTBALL: Are you ready for some Leopard football?
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
In the span of one week, Frank Tavani became a grandfather for the first time, played his first round of golf in two years and stayed away from the office four consecutive evenings. But lest he become too accustomed to a life apart from X's and O's, the Lafayette College football coach returned from "my version of spa week" and was thrust right back into the round-the-clock business of coordinating the Leopards' 15-session spring football "camp" that begins this afternoon on Fisher Field.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FOOTBALL: Bears sign veteran linebacker Blake Costanzo
Chicago Tribune/ By Brad Biggs
The Chicago Bears targeted Blake Costanzo '06 because they realized Corey Graham would probably not be returning. And they successfully landed the veteran linebacker Tuesday night, adding him to the mix as a top special teams player. He finished second on the San Francisco 49ers with 17 tackles on special teams this past season, and added four more in postseason competition. He came up big in the 49ers' playoff upset of the New Orleans Saints, forcing one fumble on special teams and recovering another.

Friday, March 9, 2012

FENCING: NCAA fencing comes to Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Tim Shoemaker (Subscription Required)
Lafayette fencing coach Tom Gauntner had a simple question when he made a call to an NCAA office asking where this year's Mid-Atlantic South Regional in fencing would be held. He wanted to know because Drew University, the long-time host, was unable to host this year. After a few days, Gauntner received an answer. It wasn't what he was expecting, but he was certainly happy with it. For the first time in 17 years, Lafayette College will host an NCAA event of any kind when the NCAA Fencing Mid-Atlantic South Regional will be held Saturday at Kirby Sports Center. Action starts at 8 a.m.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team loses 79-52 to Bucknell in Patriot League semifinals
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Three games. Three double digit losses. The Lafayette College men's basketball team again proved to be no match for Bucknell today as the Bison received 18 points each from forwards Mike Muscala and Joe Willman and coasted to a 79-52 Patriot League semifinal playoff victory before 3,823 orange-clad fans at Sojka Pavillion.

Friday, March 2, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette-Bucknell Patriot League Tournament men's basketball semifinal fact box
The Express-Times
This is a rematch of last year's final, won by Bucknell 72-57. ... Bison are 13-2 at home this season and 97-31 all-time at Sojka Pavilion. ... Lafayette hit tournament-record 69 percent from 3-point range (13-for-19) in quarterfinal win over Holy Cross.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette in Patriot semis for third year in a row
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick (Subscription Required)
About the Leopards: Advanced with an 84-76 win at Holy Cross in Wednesday's quarterfinal. Senior Rob Delaney scored a career-high 25 points and the club made 23 of 29 FTs to hang on. ... Are trying to make the PL final for a third consecutive season, but haven't won a title since winning back-to-back crowns in 1999-2000. ... Coach Fran O'Hanlon will be coaching in his 30th tournament game, one behind former Bucknell coach Pat Flannery for the league mark. O'Hanlon also has won 15 tournament games, fourth behind Flannery, Jones and former Holy Cross coach Ralph Willard. ... Never trailed against Holy Cross and set a tournament record for 3-point percentage (68.4 percent, 13 of 19). Delaney was 5-for-5 from deep. ... Ryan Willen (14.5 ppg), Jim Mower (13.0) and Delaney (9.6) are the top scorers. Willen is tops in rebounding at 5.3 rpg. ... Are 7-10 on the road this season. ... Are 14-14 all-time in tournament games.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's basketball team beats Holy Cross to advance to Patriot League semifinals
The Express-Times/ By Jennifer Toland
Lafayette had knocked Holy Cross out of the last two Patriot League Tournaments, and in Wednesday night's quarterfinal at the Hart Center, the Leopards delivered another blow. Senior Rob Delaney scored a career-high 25 points to lead the fifth-seeded Leopards to an 84-76 win over the fourth-seeded Crusaders. Lafayette (13-17) will play at top-seeded Bucknell in a semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Bucknell defeated eighth-seeded Navy. Holy Cross finished 15-14 for its first winning season since 2008-09. The Leopards, one of only two teams to beat the Crusaders at the Hart Center this season (Harvard was the other), have won three in a row in the building.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Deluge of treys dooms Crusaders
Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette/ By Jennifer Toland
WORCESTER -- Riding a six-game win streak, the Holy Cross men's basketball team had a lot of confidence going into the Patriot League Tournament, and good reason to believe it could make some postseason noise. In last night's quarterfinal against Lafayette at the Hart Center, the Crusaders stormed back from a 14-point first-half deficit to tie the game with 11 minutes to play. Then, after falling behind by 10, they staged another furious rally over the last two minutes to close within three, but the Leopards held on for an 84-76 victory. Fifth-seeded Lafayette (13-17) will play at top-seeded Bucknell in the semifinals at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. At 15-14, fourth-seeded Holy Cross finished with a winning record for the first time since 2008-09.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Emily Homan of Lafayette College named Patriot League Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
With the Patriot League playoffs right around the corner, the Lafayette College and Lehigh University women's basketball teams are each reaping the benefits of their hard work during the regular season. Lafayette freshman forward Emily Homan was honored as the league's rookie of the year.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette, Lehigh basketball: Hawks seek history while Leopards' Homan is top rookie
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick (Subscription Required)
Lafayette is hoping history repeats itself. The Leopards (12-17) are trying to make a run from back in the pack to a third consecutive championship game appearance. Their journey starts at 7 tonight at Holy Cross (15-13), site of the beginning of last year's improbable run.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's basketball teams gears up for Patriot League playoffs
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
It's the time of year when college basketball teams can forget about their past troubles and gear up for league and conference postseason tournaments. The Patriot League men's quarterfinals get under way at 7 p.m. Wednesday night when fifth-seeded Lafayette plays at No. 4 Holy Cross and No. 2 Lehigh hosts seventh seed Colgate. The other first round matchups are sixth seed Army at No. 3 American, and eighth-seeded Navy at top-seed and defending champion Bucknell. For teams like Navy, which went 0-14 in league play, it's a new lease of life.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: All-Patriot League Honors Announced
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Lafayette senior forward Ryan Willen (14.6 ppg, 5.3 rebounds per game) was a first-team league all-star and was named Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Junior forward Gabe Knutson (12.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg) of Lehigh and Lafayette junior point guard Tony Johnson (8 ppg) were named second-team all-stars. Knutson and Lafayette senior guard Rob Delaney (9.1 ppg) joined Willen on the academic all-league team. Guard Seth Hinrichs (8.6 ppg) and forward Dan Trist (5.8 ppg) of Lafayette were named to the all-rookie team.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team falls short in loss at American University
The Express-Times/ By Harvey Valentine
On its first visit to American University's Bender Arena since its last-second win in last year's Patriot League semifinals, the Lafayette men's basketball team appeared as if it might produce another fantastic finish this afternoon. The Leopards fell behind by 20 points late in the first half but slowly chipped away during the game's final 22 minutes. Three times in the final 1:19 the Leopards got to within five, but each time American responded and ultimately held on for a 76-69 Patriot League win. Lafayette finished the regular season in fifth place at 7-7 (12-17 overall) and travels to fourth-place Holy Cross (9-5, 15-13), where it won 54-43 on Jan. 19, for a quarterfinal playoff game Wednesday night. Holy Cross won at Lafayette 70-63 on Feb. 15.

Friday, February 24, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette's Delaney goes from walk-on to captain
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick (Subscription Required)
Rob Delaney was goofing around with some of his friends on the Lawrenceville Prep (N.J.) quad in late May 2008, when a call on his cellphone disrupted the fun. Williams College coach Dave Paulsen was on the other end. By this point, Paulsen was the former Williams coach, but Delaney had no idea about that. Paulsen called to inform Delaney, one of his top recruits, that he accepted a job at Bucknell. Delaney, already uncomfortable with his decision to commit to Williams, saw the call as an opening to go with what his heart and mind had been telling for the last six months. He backed out of Williams and wound up as a summer sign-up at Lafayette. He was offered the chance to walk on for coach Fran O'Hanlon's Leopards, but given no promises.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team ends three-game losing streak by defeating Colgate
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
How dialed in were the Lafayette Leopards from long distance Wednesday night in an 84-67 Patriot League men's basketball win over Colgate? Well, on their way to sinking a season-high 18 3-pointers, senior Nick Petkovich scored a career-high 21 points on 7-for-9 shooting from beyond the arc in his final game in Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette beats Colgate from long range in men's basketball
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick (Subscription Required)
First, the good that came from Lafayette's home finale Wednesday night. Freshman Seth Hinrichs scored a career-high 22 points, including the Leopards' first 17 points of the second half, and equaled his career best with four steals. Senior Nick Petkovich had a career-high 21 points on 7-of-9 shooting from 3-point range. And senior Jim Mower had his best game in a while with 17 points, making his last six shots from the field. It all added up to a great response to Sunday's players-only meeting as Lafayette ended a three-game losing streak with an 84-67 victory over Colgate at Kirby Sports Center. Now the bad. First, Lafayette (12-16, 7-6) likely is to make the long trek next week to Holy Cross for the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals, regardless of what happens in Saturday's regular-season finale at American.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: C.J. McCollum's 22 points leads Lehigh past Lafayette in Patriot League men's basketball
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Perhaps Brett Reed should have more faith in his team. Coming off its biggest win of the season, the Lehigh University men's basketball coach actually feared a letdown prior to Saturday's Patriot League game against rival Lafayette. Reed's worries quickly subsided as C.J. McCollum scored 22 points and John Adams added a career-high 14 points to go with 10 rebounds to spark the Mountain Hawks to a convincing 72-53 victory before 2,914 fans at Stabler Arena.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lehigh University women's basketball team beats rival Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Both teams needed to stop the bleeding. The Lehigh University women's basketball team came into today's contest against rival Lafayette College on a three-game losing streak and losers in four of its last five, while the Leopards had lost five straight and seven of eight. The Mountain Hawks were able to temporarily clot their struggles with a 57-47 Patriot League victory in front of 1,108 at Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lehigh men, women sweep season series from Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick (Subscription Required)
Justin Maneri and John Adams have had spotty careers at Lehigh, thanks injuries and inconsistency. Contributions in one game, not play the next. Healthy and energetic, the two give coach Brett Reed reliable-effort options every night. Fittingly, on Senior Day at Stabler Arena, Maneri and Adams had performances to remember. Maneri tied his career high with nine points and had a career-best two steals. Adams had a career-high 14 points and a game-high 10 rebounds for his second career double-double. Their contributions led to Lehigh's convincing 72-53 victory Saturday over rival Lafayette.

Friday, February 17, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College vs. Lehigh University men's basketball capsule
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
This shapes up as a key battle as both teams are jockeying for playoff position with three regular season games remaining. Lafayette fell into a fourth-place tie with Holy Cross by virtue of Wednesday's 70-63 home loss to the Crusaders. Lehigh pulled into a second-place tie with American on Thursday when C.J. McCollum drained a 3-point buzzer-beater against Bucknell, which was previously unbeaten in league play.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

FOOTBALL: Scheuerman motivated by his Rookie success at Lafayette
Examiner (Monmouth, N.J.)/ By Wayne Witkowski
It's a different experience over the winter months for Ross Scheuerman. The former Allentown football and wrestling star has been doing his off-season conditioning work as a freshman on Lafayette College's football team instead of competing in wrestling as he has the past four years for his high school wrestling team, the last two as a state place-winner. Scheuerman has plenty of motivation behind himas he prepares for spring workouts. Coming off a superb freshman season in which he was moved early in the season from the kickoff return team to the starting backfield, Scheuerman was a candidate receiving votes for the Jerry RiceAward, given by The Sports Network for the Freshman of theYear in the Football Championship Sub- Division.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Holy Cross men's basketball team hangs on for 70-63 Patriot League victory over Lafayette
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Rebounding drills likely will be a focal point in practice today for the Lafayette College men's basketball team. The undersized Leopards were clobbered on the boards Wednesday night and subsequently dropped a 70-63 Patriot League decision to Holy Cross before 2,211 spirited fans at Kirby Sports Center. The backcourt tandem of Devin Brown and Justin Burrell led the Crusaders with 18 and 16 points, respectively. Holy Cross owned a commanding 46-26 margin on the boards, including a 14-8 edge on the offensive glass.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette can't rebound from slow start
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick (Subscription Required)
Nick Petkovich had an open look at a 3-pointer from the right corner with 27 seconds left in Wednesday night's game. The Lafayette senior's attempt went in the cylinder, rolled around, rose up and fell out. Like many of the Leopards' previous attempts from beyond the arc, it was a good shot that needed to go in but didn't. Thanks to cold shooting and a huge rebounding deficit, Lafayette came up short on Senior Night at the Kirby Sports Center, losing 70-63 to Holy Cross. The Leopards (11-15 overall, 6-5 Patriot League) dropped into a fourth-place tie with the Crusaders (12-13, 6-5), who have put together their first three-game winning streak of the season.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team falls to Bucknell, 65-54
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
The Lafayette College women's basketball team stormed out to a double-digit first half lead but could not hold on in a 65-54 loss to Bucknell at Kirby Sports Center. The Bison had erased most of a 14-point Leopards' lead in the final seven minutes of the first half and carried that over with a 22-8 run to start the second half. The sequence continued a pattern of offensive droughts coming out of intermission for coach Dianne Nolan's club.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bucknell University downs Lafayette College in men's basketball
The Express-Times
Center Mike Muscala scored 24 points and made all 12 of his free throws to pace Bucknell to its 10th straight Patriot League victory, a 90-78 win over Lafayette tonight. Bucknell (20-6, 10-0) held a 38-32 halftime edge, then scored the first nine points of the second half. The Leopards could get no closer than eight the rest of the way.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Scoring drought stymies Leopards
The Morning Call/ By Mandy Housenick (Subscription Required)
With the officials having missed a media timeout, Lafayette coach Diane Nolan used one of her own at the 14:48 mark of the second half with the hopes of quashing Bucknell's run. Give Nolan credit for trying to get things straightened out early in the second half, a time during which the Leopards have struggled, and on Saturday watched as 14-point first-half lead was trimmed to just one early in the second half. It was the Bison, however, who thrived after the timeout, and rattled off a 15-0 spurt that carried it in its 65-54 win at Kirby Sports Center.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team cruises to win over Navy
The Express-Times/ By Barry Miller
It's about this time most seasons when the Lafayette College men's basketball team begins to work out the kinks and polish its game for a Patriot League run. The Leopards weren't as sharp as coach Fran O'Hanlon might have hoped today but still rolled to a workmanlike 62-41 victory over outmanned Navy at Kirby Sports Center. The bench, in particular senior Nick Petkovich and freshman Seth Hinrichs, provided a big lift for the Leopards (10-13 overall, 5-3 league). One of Lafayette's goals is to earn a home game in the league playoffs, so winning home games, especially the ones the Leopards are expected to win, goes a long way toward that mission.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

FOOTBALL: Is this Leopards' corner-turning football class?
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard (Subscription Required)
Lafayette defensive coordinator John Loose really got my attention on Wednesday afternoon when, during a chat with Matt Panto as part of the college's extensive Leopard coverage of National Letter of Intent Day activities, he said, "Rarely are you ever beaten by a player you didn't get. It's the players you get that beat you." In a flash, my mind went to a Hazleton High kid named Nate Eachus. Lafayette wanted him very badly, but he wound up at Colgate. For three years, he ate the Leopards' lunch on one afternoon each fall, piling up 599 yards rushing against them. Injury kept him out of the Lafayette game in 2011 - and the Leopards won. I figured Loose was giving us that old positive spin on the day when kids are making official the commitments they have verbally made earlier. He really didn't mean that, I thought. Did he? I couldn't get that comment out of my head, and maybe the 71-year-old brain doesn't work as quickly as it used to. But I think I finally got it.

FOOTBALL: Chester's Sakowski ready to sign with Lafayette
Times Herald-Record (Middletown, N.Y.)/ By Justin Rodriguez
Kyle Sakowski's visit to Lafayette over last weekend began with a sit-down with defensive backs coach Doug McFadden. McFadden told Sakowski, a star free safety at national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep (N.J.), that he expects a lot of him. On Sakowski's best days, the coach would expect even more from him. At that point, it basically was a done deal -- Sakowski, of Chester, was headed to Lafayette. He verbally committed to the Patriot League school on Tuesday night and will sign his letter of intent on Wednesday.

FOOTBALL: `Difference maker' Crawford signs with Leopards
The Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)/ By Jay Monahan
WILKES-BARRE - Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani was as blown away by GAR's Darrell Crawford, as the rest of the Wyoming Valley Conference had been for the past four years. Needless to say, he felt compelled to lure him away from his Patriot League rivals. Crawford announced his intentions to play at Lafayette Wednesday, signing a national letter of intent. "Next year, I'll continue my athletic and academic career at Lafayette College," he announced, in front of an assortment of family and coaches inside the GAR library. The multi-talented athlete chose the Leopards over Patriot League-foes Lehigh and Colgate on a full scholarship. Temple also made an offer for him to play football at the FBS level. Crawford made his decision following an official campus visit to Easton last week.

FOOTBALL: Carrollwood Day School's Deuce Gruden signs to play at Lafayette
The Tampa Tribune
It's still dark outside at this hour but there's a small crowd of family and friends gathered in the school's main lobby for senior quarterback Deuce Gruden. And that family includes his mother, Cindy, and a famous dad, former Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden. Also on hand were grandparents Jim and Kathy Gruden. They were here to see something they all knew would happen one day, the signing of a college scholarship by Deuce. Despite his 5-foot-6, 175-pound frame, the Patriots' quarterback, linebacker and any-other-position-needed Gruden is headed to Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. And mom and dad couldn't be prouder.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College welcomes deep football recruiting class of 30 signees
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
To the casual football fan, one name leaps out from the Lafayette College football class of 2016 announced by head coach Frank Tavani today on national signing day: Jon 'Deuce' Gruden II, son of the Super Bowl-winning coach who is now an ESPN analyst.

FOOTBALL: Northwestern's Ben Snyder among 30 Lafayette recruits
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard (Subscription Required)
Back-to-back losing seasons don't have to be a deterrent to building a successful college football program.

FOOTBALL: Deuce Gruden commits to Lafayette
Tampa Bay Times/ By Joey Knight
Carrollwood Day two-way standout Deuce Gruden has committed to Lafayette following a visit last weekend to the Easton, Pa., school.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

FOOTBALL: Triton's Keller opts to play tight end at Lafayette
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Phil Anastasia
It wouldn't be quite right to say that Brian Keller changed his mind after sleeping on his decision. He hardly closed his eyes on Monday night. "I could tell you every paint chip on my ceiling," said Keller, a senior at Triton. Keller had committed Monday afternoon to Lehigh on a football scholarship. By Tuesday morning, he had changed his mind and committed to Lafayette. "They are both great schools, great football programs with great coaches," Keller said. "It [going to Lehigh] just didn't feel right. When I decided to switch to Lafayette, it felt like a weight was off my shoulders."

Sunday, January 29, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Charles Hinkle's 23 points lead American past Lafayette in men's basketball
The Express-Times/ By David Krauss
Charles Hinkle downplays his go-to status on the American University basketball team. But Eagles' coach Jeff Jones says the senior forward is stepping into his role just fine. "He's doing a great job for us," Jones said after Hinkle scored 23 points in leading American to a 69-61 win over Lafayette on Saturday. "When there's void or a need for someone to step up, he's done it." Hinkle, who came into the game averaging 19.1 points, scored 11 points in the first half as American took a 35-28 lead. Then after Lafayette rallied to go ahead 44-43 six minutes into the second half, Hinkle capped a 12-0 run, first with a jumper, then with his fourth and final trey of the day and the Eagles were up 11. Lafayette never got closer than four the rest of the way.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette shoots poorly in loss to American
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Charles Hinkle understands that when American needs a basket, the senior swingman is going to be a primary option. With the Eagles clinging to a five-point lead late in Saturday afternoon's Patriot League game at Lafayette, Hinkle worked his way open for a decent look at a 3-pointer in front of the American bench. Hinkle's shot hit the far iron. Perhaps in earlier games this season, that would have signaled the end of the possession. But as the first half of league play is coming to a close, American coach Jeff Jones is seeing that an another option perhaps is developing. Sophomore Tony Wroblicky worked in position to grab Hinkle's miss and put it back to keep Lafayette at bay. American eventually won 69-61, thanks to 23 points from Hinkle and a career-high 13 from Wroblicky.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Fran O'Hanlon becomes winningest men's basketball coach in Patriot League history as Lafayette defeats Colgate
The Express-Times
Ryan Willen scored 18 points and Lafayette used a big edge in free throws to beat Colgate 82-76 tonight in the Patriot League. With the victory, Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon became the winningest coach in Patriot League history. O'Hanlon's 235 wins put him past Bucknell's Pat Flannery (1994-2008) on the league's all-time list.

Monday, January 23, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lehigh University and Lafayette College men's basketball teams could meet in Patriot League semifinals
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
We're slightly more than one-third of the way through the Patriot League's regular season. And here's one unbiased opinion on where the teams will finish. Defending champion Bucknell (15-6 overall, 5-0 league) is a clear-cut favorite to capture the top seed and home court advantage throughout the postseason tournament. The Bison solidified their status as the league's strongest team by knocking off Lehigh 68-61 at Stabler Arena last Wednesday.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: C.J. McCollum leads Lehigh University men's basketball team past Lafayette College, 90-76
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
At some point early in the second half on Sunday afternoon, C.J. McCollum decided to turn on a switch. The junior guard scored 19 of his 26 points in the final 20 minutes to spark Lehigh University's men's basketball team to a 90-76 Patriot League victory over Lafayette before a crowd of 3,124 at Kirby Sports Center. The victory enabled the Mountain Hawks (15-6 overall, 3-2 league) to tie last season's win total and pulled them into a third place tie with Lafayette (8-12, 3-2) in the league standings.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: McCollum, Lehigh put Lafayette on tilt
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
PS3 and Wii players likely don't remember their forefathers -- the Pinball Generation. Instead of being in rec rooms and basements using controllers in front of TVs, pinball wizards walked to bowling alleys and pool halls with a pile of quarters and dollar bills. They pushed buttons and gently nudged the machine in an effort to maneuver a ball around a course of rubber-band scoring areas and gutters. If one nudged too hard, the machine went on tilt and the game was over. The Lehigh men's basketball team plays a modern-day version of pinball. Junior C.J. McCollum plays the role of the bouncing ball. McCollum maneuvers himself all over the floor to find those scoring areas. When the Mountain Hawks are at their best, they force opponents to overcommit defensively to stop McCollum and his teammates get golden scoring chances. Such was the situation Sunday afternoon against rival Lafayette. After the teams bounced back and forth with 11 ties and 13 lead changes for the first 231/2 minutes, McCollum found all the scoring areas during a couple of seven-point spurts. Then, his teammates took advantage when the Leopards paid too close attention to McCollum. The result was a 90-76 victory at Kirby Sports Center.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

FOOTBALL: San Francisco 49ers' Blake Costanzo a fine poster boy for Lafayette College football
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
The Lafayette College football team is in the midst of one of its on-campus recruiting weekends and could coach Frank Tavani ask for better timing? How many other Patriot League programs can point to today's National Football League conference championship games and declare "This can be you!" Blake Costanzo, Lafayette Class of 2006 and San Francisco 49ers reserve linebacker, spearheads the most intense special teams unit in the NFL. Last week, Costanzo forced a fumble and recovered a fumble in the 49ers' victory over New Orleans.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team hosts Lehigh University
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team has been somewhat of an enigma lately. The Leopards have gotten off to horrific starts in Patriot League road games against Navy and Holy Cross before rallying in the second half for victories. Lafayette (8-11 overall, 3-1 Patriot League) hopes to put two good halves together when it plays arch-rival Lehigh at 2 p.m. today at Kirby Sports Center.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Kelly Peterson's return sparks Lehigh to win over Lafayette in women's basketball
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
One day after being physically cleared to play, Kelly Peterson scored a career-high 17 points to lead the Lehigh women's basketball team past rival Lafayette, 68-55, on Saturday night at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Peterson's return sparks Lehigh women
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Kelly Peterson thought for a split second as a rebound was coming in her general direction. She wondered, with her left hand wrapped after breaking the same bone that teammate Emily Gratch broke in a scrimmage before the season, if it was worth the risk to fight for that board with Lehigh comfortably ahead against rival Lafayette well into the second half of Saturday night's game. She scored a career-high 17 points, including a 3-pointer during a first-half run that gave Lehigh the lead for good en route to a 68-55 victory at Stabler Arena.

Friday, January 20, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team overcomes shooting woes to beat Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Jennifer Toland
Holy Cross has been a pretty tough team at home this season, but on Thursday night Lafayette was a very unwelcome visitor. The Leopards overcame a horrible first half (19 percent shooting from the field) and a 10-point halftime deficit to bury the Crusaders, 54-43, at the Hart Center. The victory was No. 234 for longtime Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon, who tied former Bucknell coach Pat Flannery for all-time wins as a Patriot League coach. O'Hanlon will have a chance to break the mark when the Leopards host rival Lehigh on Sunday. Lafayette (8-11 overall, 3-1 league) remained in a tie with American for second place in the Patriot League standings. Holy Cross (8-10, 2-2) lost for just the second time at home this season. The other defeat was to nationally-ranked Harvard.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

FOOTBALL: Costanzo's intensity epitomizes 49ers
The Morning Call/ By Nick Fierro(Subscription Required)
By all rights, Blake Costanzo should not have a position listed next to his name on the San Francisco 49ers roster, because all the LB label does is typecast him unfairly. In reality, the Lafayette College graduate is every player and all players. "He'll play fullback for you, he'll play linebacker, anything that you need him to do [on the scout teams]," rookie head coach Jim Harbaugh said. "He's been a great addition, just another example of this team, these guys affecting each other." On gamedays, Costanzo is anything but a linebacker. He's simply a special teams ace, one of the best in the league and one of the reasons the 49ers are on the brink of their first Super Bowl berth in nearly two decades. As a Pro Bowl alternate, he anxiously awaits a break for a free trip to Hawaii. But first, he'd like to make a stop in Indianapolis, site of Super Bowl XLVI.

FOOTBALL: Tavani will keep on clawing at Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard(Subscription Required)
I was pretty certain that I would be devoting the top of this update to more on the contract extension for Lafayette College head football coach Frank Tavani, a move I happen to like a lot because I believe the Leopards are on the threshold of contending again for the Patriot League championship and I think Tavani is good for the football program and for the college as a whole. After 13 years as an assistant coach, during which time he accumulated three championship rings, he easily could have elected to look for a brighter pasture when Bill Russo was cut loose following the 1999 season. After all, who would want to be the head coach at Lafayette, where the entire future of the sport was teetering on the brink of either demotion or obliteration? Tavani wanted it. And, he got it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

FOOTBALL: Tavani to stay at Lafayette through 2015
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard(Subscription Required)
Frank Tavani has seen the Lafayette football program go from the bottom to the top of the Patriot League several times over the past quarter-century. After winning only four of 21 games in his first two years at the helm, Tavani coached the Leopards to three straight league titles in 2004-06. If last year's 4-7 record -- following the 2-9 of 2010 -- was an indication that another revival is in the works, news out of Lafayette on Wednesday confirmed that Tavani will again lead the charge. Tavani's contract has been extended by one year, to Dec. 31, 2015, which means he will be the Leopards' head coach throughout the careers of the players he hopes will join him on national signing day, Feb. 1. Reached by cellphone as he and defensive coordinator John Loose were returning to Easton after a busy recruiting day in the Lancaster-Harrisburg area, Tavani admitted that the timing of the announcement couldn't have been better.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Holy Cross clobbers Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Tim Shoemaker(Subscription Required)
Holy Cross women's basketball coach Bill Gibbons said he was not surprised that his team left College Hill with a Patriot League win over Lafayette. But the margin of victory -- a 75-61 win at Kirby Sports Center -- did have the 27-year coaching veteran feeling much better than he thought he would.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team defeats Bucknell University
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Danielle Fiacco had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Emily Homan added 13 points and 14 boards to lead Lafayette to its first Patriot League win. Homan's layup, which broke a 41-41 tie, put the Leopards ahead to stay with 4:42 remaining.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette-Bucknell men's basketball rivalry has withstood the test of time
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
It was great to see the fans show up at Kirby Sports Center on Saturday, wasn't it? The largest crowd of the season, 2,515, was on hand to see a couple longtime rivals, Lafayette and Bucknell, square off in men's basketball. As fate would have it, the partisan Leopards crowd went home disappointed as the defending Patriot League champion Bison walked off the floor with a convincing 79-65 victory. But the Lafayette-Bucknell rivalry in general supersedes wins and losses. It represents the best in collegiate athletics. The programs have a genuine respect for each other that goes back decades.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team drops 79-65 Patriot League decision to Bucknell University
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team had visions of March Madness dancing through their heads again on Saturday afternoon. The defending Patriot League champion Bucknell Bison stampeded onto College Hill and handed the Leopards an old-fashioned 79-65 butt-kicking before 2,515 energetic fans at Kirby Sports Center. Bucknell (13-6 overall, 3-1 Patriot League) dealt the Leopards (7-11, 2-1) a 72-57 loss in last season's championship game in Lewisburg, Pa. Saturday's game was very similar in nature. Six-foot-11 center Mike Muscala, the reigning Patriot League Player of the Year, tormented the Leopards by scoring a season-high 27 points. Muscala was 9-for-13 from the floor and made all nine of his free throw attempts.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men have no answer for Muscala, Bucknell
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Mike Muscala's last visit to Lafayette's Kirby Sports Center wasn't a pleasant memory. The Leopards banged and bruised Bucknell's star center at every turn. Then a sophomore, the 6-foot-11 center didn't take kindly to the contact. The Leopards got under his skin, limiting the All-Patriot League player to just 10 points and eight turnovers in 34 minutes in the Bison's overtime win. A year later, the reigning PL player of the year thrived on the physical style of play. Muscala scored a season-high 27 points and six players scored during a decisive run to start the second half of Bucknell's 79-65 victory Saturday afternoon.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team beats Army, 75-63
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Rob Delaney provided the punch. Tony Johnson was the spark. Levi Giese added the dagger. Delaney scored a career-high 19 points, Johnson made his season debut off the bench and Giese was clutch down the stretch as the Lafayette College men's basketball team beat Army 75-63 in a Patriot League game on Wednesday evening at Kirby Sports Center.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women's basketball team falls late to Army
The Express-Times/ By David Krauss
Baskets by Anna Simmers and Meagan Doucette in the final 14 seconds pushed Army to a 44-43 victory over Lafayette in women's basketball on Wednesday night. Lafayette's Danielle Fiacco scored 11 points and had 12 rebounds for her fifth double-double of the year. She also had five blocks. Madeline Fahan also had 10 boards for the Leopards.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Johnson makes long awaited debut in Lafayette's win over Army
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Tony Johnson's first two turnovers weren't sitting well with him. By the time he made his third in what amounted to only eight first-half minutes, he was raging inside. "I was thinking a lot [about it]," Lafayette's point guard said. Regarded as arguably the Patriot League's best point guard, Johnson expects more from himself. The junior pre-season All-league pick, playing his first minutes since missing the first 16 games because of a back injury, took his first step toward looking like his old self in the final seconds of the first half against Army on Wednesday. With just more than 10 seconds left on the clock, Johnson gave the ball away for the third time. But seconds later, Johnson stole it back and had just enough time to race to the basket for his first bucket, one that gave the Leopards all the momentum in what turned out to be a 75-63 Lafayette win at Kirby Sports Center.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette freshmen starting new trend
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Lafayette men's basketball coach Fran O'Hanlon was asked during a recent media luncheon to talk about the two players seated to his left. Seth Hinrichs was the player closest to O'Hanlon, who is known for his sharp wit. The veteran coach said Hinrichs' defense was real bad when the freshman first started practicing this season. But O'Hanlon said that Hinrichs was making progress, "... his defense now is just bad," the coach said. Laughter erupted in the college's Pfenning Alumni Center conference room. Even Hinrichs managed a closed-mouth smile. The Minnesota native is able to take things in stride a little better these days because he has surpassed his own expectations before Patriot League play began.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College basketball standout Tony Duckett
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Tony Duckett earned a reputation as one of the top clutch players in the history of Lafayette College men's basketball. When the game was on the line, the ball routinely wound up in the capable hands of No. 14. More often than not, the talented Leopards guard delivered when he was most needed. Since his graduation in 1985, Duckett hasn't shied away from any of his endeavors in the business world.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team opens league play with win
The Express-Times/ By Rich Dubroff
Fran O'Hanlon doesn't want to depend on one player. Tonight, the Lafayette coach was happy that someone -- Ryan Willen -- took over the game in the final few minutes. Willen scored 10 points in the final 3:02 and lifted Lafayette past Navy, 65-63, before 1,986 at Alumni Hall in the Patriot League opener for both teams. With the game tied at 57, Willen converted a three-point play with 1:55 remaining to give the Leopards (6-10, 1-0 league) the lead and they barely held on.

Friday, January 6, 2012

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Seth Hinrichs and Emily Homan strong out of the gate for Lafayette men's and women's basketball teams
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
To watch Lafayette College freshman guard Seth Hinrichs play the first 15 games of his collegiate basketball career one would be hard-pressed to reconcile it with the self-described young Minnesota lad with a slight temper. Playing with composure that blends nicely with the senior-laden Leopards' starting lineup, Hinrichs is averaging 11 points and 3.4 rebounds as Fran O'Hanlon's squad prepares to begin Patriot League play Saturday at Navy.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College women's basketball team rallies late in first half to turn back Columbia
The Express-Times/ By Bruce Buratti
Back to back baskets by reserve Kristan Liddle led a 20-7 run over the final eight minutes of the first half, wiping out a nine-point deficit and propelling Lafayette to a 53-45 win over Columbia this evening in a collegiate women's basketball game in Easton. The game was the final one before the Leopards (6-9) enter Patriot League play.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team drops 78-73 decision to University of Pennsylvania
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Fran O'Hanlon took a backseat to one of his former pupils on Wednesday night. University of Pennsylvania men's basketball coach Jerome Allen and his scrappy Quakers invaded Kirby Sports Center and walked away with a hard-fought 78-73 victory over O'Hanlon's Lafayette Leopards before an announced crowd of 2,037. Allen was a star player at Penn when O'Hanlon was an assistant there under former coach Fran Dunphy.

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Penn bench comes to the rescue; Liddle helps women storm back to beat Columbia
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Penn coach Jerome Allen learned a long time ago, maybe from Lafayette counterpart Fran O'Hanlon, who was at Penn when Allen starred from 1991-95, that you're in trouble if you keep doing the same things and expecting different results. Allen called that the definition of insanity. For a large chunk of Wednesday's game at Lafayette, Allen's starters were driving him crazy with an inconsistent defensive effort.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Patriot picks: Lehigh men, American women
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
LAFAYETTE MEN
On its side: Excellent perimeter shooting, led by Jim Mower.
Working against it: Rebounding.
Keys to success: The health of Tony Johnson, the league's premier point guard. Back problems have kept him out all season. Getting something from fellow junior Levi Giese also would help.
Predicted finish: Fifth.

LAFAYETTE WOMEN
On its side: Front court play.
Working against it: Outside shooting, inexperienced guards.
Key to success: Perimeter play.
Predicted finish: Sixth.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Forty years of progress
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Dianne Nolan and several of her fifth-grade friends stormed into the monsignor's rectory at St. Mary's Grammar School in Gloucester City, N.J., and demanded they be allowed to form a girls basketball team -- something almost unheard of 50 years ago. The monsignor relented, but said the practices would be at 6 a.m. Sunday mornings in the basement on a tile floor area used for bingo and musical performances. Sleeved tunics and wool kilts with belts were the standard girls uniforms of that time. The rules of the game in the early 1960s were different from the boys game. It was 6-on-6, with two rovers, two stationary guards who couldn't move past half court and two stationary forwards who could just shoot and rebound. Players were allowed to take only three dribbles at a time.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Panthers attack to win in OT
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/ By Paul Zeise
Pitt played host to Lafayette in a non-conference game Saturday that was expected to be nothing but a tuneup for the start of the Big East schedule. Instead, the Panthers found themselves in a fight with the Leopards, one Pitt almost didn't survive. The Panthers trailed by as many as 15 points but showed a lot of character in battling back for 74-69 victory in overtime in front of a crowd of 1,531 at the Petersen Events Center. Pitt coach Agnus Berenato said it wasn't exactly how she had things scripted, but it was another teaching moment for her young team.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

GENERAL: Lauren's First and Goal gives another $143,000 to pediatric cancer research, support of families
The Express-Times/ By Tony Rhodin
Lauren's First and Goal Foundation, an Easton-based charity, is giving more than $143,000 this year to pediatric cancer research, patient services and families living with the disease, according to a news release this morning. The charity, which raises money via a summer football camp at Lafayette College's Metzgar Fields among other events, has given away more than $1 million since 2004.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette Women's Basketball team beats East Carolina 64-57
The Express-Times
Freshman Emily Homan got her first career double-double with 26 points and 12 rebounds, to lead Lafayette past East Carolina 64-57 in the consolation game of the Terrapin Classic at the University of Maryland.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team defeats Monmouth University 69-54
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Levi Giese is slowly working his way back into the rotation for the Lafayette College men's basketball team. The junior forward re-injured his ailing ankle in the season opener against LaSalle and didn't suit up again until playing one minute against Vanderbilt on Dec. 21. The 6-foot-9 Giese saw much more extensive action in Wednesday's 69-54 victory over Monmouth at Kirby Sports Center. Giese made a 3-pointer, grabbed three rebounds, had one block and one steal in 13 minutes.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men get healthy with rout of Monmouth
The Morning Call/ By Tom Housenick(Subscription Required)
Tony Johnson remains in street clothes on game days and fellow junior Levi Giese has played a total of just five minutes before Wednesday night. Most of Lafayette's pain at this point in the season is physical. For Monmouth, Lafayette's opponent, much of its anguish is mental. "Our guys don't believe they should win," Hawks first-year coach King Rice, a former North Carolina standout guard, admitted. "They just don't. I feel bad for them in some areas, because as 20-year-old guys you should be confident just as guys." The Leopards didn't feel bad for the Hawks, scoring the game's first seven points and never trailing in an easy 69-54 victory at the Kirby Sports Center.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

FOOTBALL: Costanzo not crazy, but he plays with screw loose
The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.)/ By Lowell Cohn
Blake Costanzo and I are both so proud. Costanzo was named an alternate to the Pro Bowl. He is the only NFL player from little Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. And, to the best of my knowledge, I am the only sports columnist from Lafayette College -- certainly the only one in the Bay Area. So, this semi-honor to my homie is highly exciting to both of us Lafayette Leopards. Maybe they should put up a statute on campus of Costanzo tackling someone right next to the statue of the Marquis de Lafayette -- or maybe tackling the old Marquis himself. I caught up with Costanzo, a special-teams player supreme, Wednesday in the Niners locker room.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette's Fiacco sees fur in her future
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Tom Housenick
A cat was brought into Hopewell Animal Hospital in Hopewell Junction, N.Y., last summer after a fight with another animal. The feline's fat became so infected that the foul odor was enough to knock out a horse. It didn't bother Danielle Fiacco one bit. She stood in the corner of the operating room eating an apple as Dr. Jerry Scheck worked on the injured cat.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

FOOTBALL: Costanzo -- A special guy from Jersey
San Francisco Chronicle/ By Eric Branch
Last year, when he played with the Browns, Blake Costanzo furnished his apartment with a futon mattress, a television and ... nothing else. This season, the 49ers' special team standout has splurged. He's rented a recliner for the place he shares with practice-squad wide receiver Joe Hastings. "Yeah, he still just has a mattress on the floor," Hastings said. "For a couple weeks, we had no furniture. No dinner plates. Literally, nothing. If you look at our apartment, you wouldn't think we played in the NFL." The bare-bones lifestyle is fitting. Costanzo is now making a $700,000-a-year living thanks to his ability to get by on very little. Not blessed with eye-popping size or speed, Costanzo, 27, a thrice-waived, five-year veteran from non-scholarship Lafayette College, has improbably become one of the NFL's top special-teams players. Two years after he was selected to SI.com's All-Pro team, Costanzo is bidding to earn a trip to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu this season. Entering today's game at Arizona, Costanzo leads the 49ers with 13 special-teams tackles and has 21 "knockdowns," according to special-teams statistics compiled by the coaching staff. No other Niner has flattened the opponent more than 10 times.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team shocks Penn State on the road, 61-57
The Express-Times
Seth Hinrichs and Jim Mower tallied 14 points each and Lafayette held off a late surge to beat Penn State 61-57 tonight. Nick Petkovich added 13 points off the bench for the Leopards (4-5), who hit nine 3's and stymied Penn State's offense.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Seeing Spots
Centre Daily Times (State College, Pa.)/ By Jeff Rice
UNIVERSITY PARK -- For one of the first times this season, Penn State men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers talked about his former Boston University squads after the game. "When we missed shots, we grinded," Chambers said. "We didn't let missed shots affect our effort, our free-throw shooting." The implication was that his current squad wasn't able to shake off a night of dismal shooting like the Nittany Lions had Wednesday. Chambers confirmed as much in his next breath. "We've got to get there," he said. "We're just not there yet." That was evident throughout in a 61-57 loss to Lafayette in the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State (6-4) dropped its second straight home game and lost to a Patriot League team for the first time in 26 games by shooting 29 percent in the second half and 33 percent for the evening. The Nittany Lions buried only three of their 23 3-point attempts. Leading scorer Tim Frazier missed all 12 of his shots from the field and finished with three points.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lions fall to Lafayette 61-57
The Daily Collegian (State College, Pa.)/ By Stephen Pianovich
Jermaine Marshall grabbed a rebound and looked up the floor, wanting to make a play with Penn State trailing by two with 20 seconds left. But Lafayette's Nick Petkovich snuck behind Marshall and stole the ball, and the Leopards (4-5) stole a win on the road, downing Penn State 61-57 on Wednesday night in the Bryce Jordan Center. Tim Frazier, the Lions' leading scorer, was held to just three points and went 0-for-12 from the field in the loss. Penn State also shot 13 percent from beyond the arc and turned the ball over 13 times.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women's basketball team hangs tough in 65-57 loss to St. Joseph's
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
The growth and development of the Lafayette College women's basketball team is occurring in direct proportion to the emergence of the Leopards' young players. Freshman point guard Brya Freeland is the latest star to begin shining brightly and the Pasadena, Md. native scored a career-high 21 points to help Dianne Nolan's squad hang tough against Atlantic 10 foe St. Joseph's tonight. In the end, the Hawks' quickness and balanced attack were too much as the guests walked away with a 65-57 victory at the Kirby Sports Center.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette holds off Penn State 61-57
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Seth Hinrich and Jim Mower tallied 14 points each and Lafayette held off a late surge to beat Penn State 61-57 on Wednesday night. Nick Petkovick added 13 points off the bench for the Leopards (4-5), who hit nine 3's and stymied Penn State's offense. The Leopards led by as many as 10 in the second.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team stymied by Princeton University's size, defense in second half
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The one thing that Lafayette College couldn't do against Princeton University in Wednesday night's men's basketball game was get too far behind. "Against Princeton, when you fall behind by 10 it feels like you're behind by 20," Leopards' coach Fran O'Hanlon said. "You have to keep the score tight." So when impressive 6-foot-8 Tiger freshman Denton Koon stole the ball and went in for a dunk to give Princeton an 11-point lead with 7:28 left in the game, the Leopards were pretty much done. The Tigers wound up winning 69-54 in front of 1,542 fans at Jadwin Gym, scoring a startling 43 points in the second half, a most un-Princeton-like number.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Tigers cruise by Leopards
The Trentonian/ By Joe O'Gorman
PRINCETON -- During the preseason, if there was one definite Mitch Henderson liked about his team it was the way it played defense. Looking to shake the effects of a slow start to the season, Princeton used its defensive intensity as the catalyst for a very potent offense. Princeton turned up the heat on the defense and erupted in the second half to take a 69-54 win over Lafayette last night on Carril Court at Jadwin Gymnasium in a non-conference game. The win lifts the Tigers, who are not home again until January 8, to 3-5 on the season. Lafayette falls to 3-4. It is the Tigers' third straight win over the Leopards.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Hummer leads 2nd-half charge
The Daily Princetonian/ By Luc Cohen
With a 43-point second half due to nine Lafayette turnovers, the men's basketball team overcame a poor shooting performance in the first half to blow out the Leopards 69-54. After defeating the Leopards (3-4) by double digits in each of their past three meetings, the struggling Tigers (3-5) passed a litmus test of sorts with the win, suggesting that perhaps they are not so far behind where they would like to be at this point.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette men's basketball team can't pull off comeback win against Delaware
The Express-Times/ By Rich Dubroff
Jim Mower always wants the ball at the end of the game. With Lafayette down by three and a second left, Mower had a clean look at the basket and let it fly from 40 feet. Off the rim it went, and Leopards' chance for a comeback ended. With 12 minutes to play, and Lafayette down by 14, a comeback looked unlikely. But, the Leopards rallied for a tie with just under a minute left. It wasn't good enough, and Delaware escaped with an 81-78 win before 1,609 at Bob Carpenter Center on Saturday in Newark, Del.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Saddler's pass keys Hens' win over Lafayette
The News Journal (Delaware)/ By Kevin Tresolini
NEWARK -- Devon Saddler scored a career-high 32 points, and Delaware needed all of them Saturday afternoon at the Carpenter Center. But as Saddler rehashed a hard-fought 81-78 nonconference basketball win over Lafayette, the last of his three assists brought the biggest smile to the sophomore guard's expressive face. Saddler's many offensive talents require defensive attention, and when he had the ball in a tie game in the final minute, Leopard defenders did the smart thing and collapsed on him. Saddler also had the right idea, passing to true freshman sharpshooter Kyle Anderson, whose 3-pointer with 30 seconds left gave Delaware a lead it never relinquished in a win that brought relief and satisfaction.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Mower's career night leads Lafayette
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Jim Mower missed a 3-point shot less than two minutes into the second half and committed a turnover with 5:35 left. That's all the Lafayette senior did wrong in the final 20 minutes of Tuesday's game against visiting Farleigh Dickinson. It will take a lot more than one sentence to summarize all that he did right. Mower scored a career-high 37 points, including a school-record 10 3-pointers, to lead the Leopards to an 85-74 come-from-behind victory at the Kirby Sports Center. His trey from the left wing at the 15:23 mark of the second half gave him 1,000 career points. Mower scored 28 of his 37 in the second half as Lafayette rallied from eight down with 16:25 left to improve to 3-2 this season.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Jim Mower scores 1,000th career point to lead Lafayette College men's basketball team to 85-74 win over Fairleigh Dickinson
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
It was a night to remember for Jim Mower. The senior guard exploded for a career-high 37 points, including the 1,000th of his career, tonight to lead the Lafayette College men's basketball team to an 85-74 victory over Fairleigh-Dickinson at Kirby Sports Center. Mower set a school record by draining 10 3-pointers, breaking the previous mark of nine held by Andrew Brown. He was 10-for-13 from behind the arc and 12-for-16 overall. Mower became the 38th player in Lafayette's history to score his 1,000th point when he hit a 3-pointer to pull the Leopards (3-2) within 51-49 with 15:23 left in the game.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette wastes no time getting back to work
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
A 6 a.m. workout session for a college football team whose next game is more than nine months away may seem unnecessary -- unless your name happens to be Frank Tavani. "I'm sure we've got some kids who will be [complaining] and moaning, but those are the kids I want to identify," the Lafayette College coach said Sunday about the strength and conditioning session his Leopards will have in Fisher Stadium Monday with coach Brad Potts. "It'll be an evaluation session as much anything and it's also a wakeup call that we're not wasting any time. Plus, we want to see who's with us and who isn't. I want the guys who are 100 percent with the program. Guys that aren't and have issues and complaints, the malcontents, can go do something else; don't come around." For Tavani, Monday marks the start of the 2012 season; and after losing to archrival Lehigh for the fourth straight year on Saturday to finish 2011 at 4-7, putting that aside can't happen soon enough. Tavani will be there at 6 o'clock, too, on the treadmill in the Bourger Varsity Football House and looking out the window as his players get back to work.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette FB notebook: The season ends
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Just a couple of quotes from a chat with Coach Tavani this afternoon. While the senior class on the 2012 football team currently has just 15 players, Coach T said three other players have been cleared for possible medical red-shirts. They are linebacker-co-captain Ben Eaton, wide receiver Rodney Gould and defensive tackle Andrew Holmes. "It's an option they have; whether or not they use it, we probably won't know until mid-January," Coach Tavani said. "Right now they are working on lining up internships. That's all part of it. The league is very clear; they are not just taking a semester off train for football and come back for a redshirt year. The rules and regulations of it are that you have to have a plan that is going to better you academically. Most times they're able to get a paid internship, which obviously generates a little bit of income while they are on personal absence from school for a semester. More importantly, the job experience is good for the resume. In spring, they re-notify the school that they are coming back for their eighth semester of financial aid. We aid for eight semesters, so they have to drop out of school for the spring semester (of 2012).

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team drops 76-70 decision to Wagner College
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College men's basketball team had more than enough opportunities to take control of Saturday's night's game against visiting Wagner. The Leopards never quite recovered from a dreadful start, however, and subsequently dropped a 76-70 decision before 1,846 supportive fans at Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards and Seahawks have met in each of the last six seasons with each team winning three. Lafayette leads the overall series 5-3.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football notebook: Ross Scheuerman says he knows what the rivalry's all about now
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Ross Scheuerman, meet the most-played rivalry in college football. Scheuerman, Lafayette College's promising freshman tailback, earned the honor of starting in the backfield in Saturday's 147th renewal of the Leopards' ferocious battle with archrival Lehigh University. "At the beginning of the game my nerves were locked in, and I was pumped up to play in the rivalry," said Scheuerman, who ended an impressive first campaign for Lafayette with 539 rushing yards and 1,402 all-purpose yards after rushing for 51 yards in Saturday's 37-13 loss to the Mountain Hawks. "Then it became just like another football game. It was a great experience. All the older guys were telling me what it would be like and I figured out what (the rivalry) is all about today." The 6-foot-1, 190-pound frosh is a leading contender for Freshman of the Year in the Patriot League, and he said Saturday was a learning experience.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

FOOTBALL: Rivers heats up to spark Wagner College past Lafayette, 76-70
Los Angeles Times/ By Mike Hiserman
Harvard and Yale have "The Game," and Stanford and California tried to take it a step further by calling theirs "The Big Game." Bigger still -- at least in terms of longevity -- is a series called simply "The Rivalry." Saturday in Bethlehem, Pa., Lehigh and Lafayette universities played football for the 147th time, college football's most-played and longest uninterrupted series.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Rivers heats up to spark Wagner College past Lafayette, 76-70
Staten Island Advance/ By Cormac Gordon
EASTON, Pa. -- Much has been made of the five new players on Wagner's roster this season, and there's no doubt the added depth has made a measurable difference even this early in the season. But when a double-digit Seahawk lead had melted to one slim point late in the second half Saturday night at Lafayette, it was last season's Mr. Clutch, Latif Rivers, who came to the rescue in a 76-70 win that lifted Wagner to 3-1 on the season.

FOOTBALL: O'Neil, other seniors lose the game, but leave with pride in tact
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
When Ryan O'Neil trotted onto the Goodman Stadium turf midway through the third quarter Saturday afternoon, I knew it was not just for one or two plays, as he had done earlier in the game. I knew - and I know he knew, too - that this time, the game was his the rest of the way. I don't know how he felt, but I know I felt terrible for him. "What a shame for the senior to have to play under these circumstances," I wrote in my running blog on the game. This was not the way a career should end for a guy who has put in as much blood sweat and tears as O'Neil has, only to have his starting spot wrested from him and having to be a leader-cocaptain from the sidelines.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh game day: The 147th
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
I'm not sure there is anything left worth say in advance of this game, so we'll keep it brief. You couldn't have a better November day than this one ... temperature in the 40s, sun shining, a pretty good wind from the south. The most surprising thing to me to this point is that no Lafayette player showed his face on the Goodman Stadium turf until one hour before game time. That seemed considerably later than usual.But we don't want to make too much of that in a game like this, where the least difference in approach can be construed to be motivational. These players don't need motivation. Even though they talk about one game at a time, I'll bet they've been reading about each other for about three months. Lafayette is wearing silver pants today, a first for them -- Coach Tavani called them "a throwback." Maybe a throwback to a year in which the Leopards posted a big victory over Lehigh? Who knows?

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Lehigh football notebook: Mountain Hawks not looking past Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani looked at last week's agonizing loss at Holy Cross, a 29-24 defeat where the ups and downs of the Leopards summed up their 4-6 season so far and saw positives coming into what he called the Leopards' bowl game. "Despite the frustration of that game, I am proud of these young men," Tavani said. "We came back from 13 points down to take the lead. I don't think I have ever been involved with a team that has this much fight, fighting down to the end, right to the wire again and again. Our seniors have held the team together and I think things are going in the right direction, we just have to play a little better."

Friday, November 18, 2011

FOOTBALL: Difficult, but not impossible for Lafayette
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
When I told my tennis buddies I had to write about how Lafayette could defeat Lehigh today, they had some quick answers. Send Chris Lum on vacation. Quarantine the Lehigh defense. Hire the official who made that controversial overtime call in the New Hampshire game. Not a single sign points to the Leopards winning. The No. 1 total offense in the Football Championship Subdivision vs. the No. 75 total defense. The No. 7 rushing defense in the FCS vs. the No. 99 rushing offense. The disparity between the two teams goes on and on. So, why suggest Lafayette can win? Because in 1999, a Lafayette team with a 4-6 record faced a Lehigh team that was 9-1 en route to a Patriot League title. Down by just two points, the Leopards drove from their own 17 to the Lehigh 36, where Matt Salvaterra saved the 14-12 victory with an interception with 80 second left.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football notebook: Stats, quotes, etc.
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
It's hard to believe it has been more than three months since I sat in the Fargodome as Lafayette opened the football season against a team that would go on to become No. 1 in the country for a couple of weeks. The Leopards' defense played toe-to-toe with the North Dakota State offense for nearly all of the first half, but the Bison flexed its muscles in the second half and pulled away for a 42-6 victory. As far as I'm concerned, that game was the only one all year in which Lafayette was totally outclassed. Sure, there were a couple of other lopsided games, but they were not as much a matter of the opponents' strength as they were Lafayette's own stumbles - three turnovers and 16 penalties against Harvard and seven turnovers against Bucknell, for example.

FOOTBALL: Why the Lafayette College football team beats Lehigh University in the teams' 147th meeting
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
I enjoy a real challenge. Which is good, because I'm the one that is here to make the case the Lafayette College Leopards can pull off one of the most startling upsets in the entire FCS this season against sixth-ranked Lehigh University at Goodman Stadium on Saturday. Talk about a challenge; what I face is nothing compared to what Lafayette does. But my friend and colleague Michael LoRe, writing next door to me here, has the considerably easier task of telling why an 9-1 team loaded with a galaxy's worth of stars and stacked with the most impressive set of statistics since Bill James and Billy Beane invented 'Moneyball' will defeat a 4-6 Lafayette team that has lost three straight games to the Mountain Hawks. I am sure Michael will do a terrific job, but where's the challenge in that? It's much more fun to say why the Leopards will emerge from Goodman Stadium with a shocking, season-making triumph that will go down in history, as Lafayette coach Frank Tavani likes to tell his players happens every time the arch-rivals meet.

FOOTBALL: Lehigh University hosts Lafayette College in college football's most-played game
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
Colin Newton has a 2007 Express-Times article hanging on his refrigerator. The headline in big, bold letters reads: "4-Peat." While the Lehigh University Class of 2008 went 0-4 against rival Lafayette College, Newton, a senior outside linebacker, and his classmates have yet to lose to the Leopards and they look to keep it that way. The No. 6 Mountain Hawks host Lafayette in the 147th meeting of college's most-played game at 12:30 p.m. at Goodman Stadium on Saturday.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

FOOTBALL: Second half of season salvaged respectability
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette lost its top two running backs within five days of the football season opener at North Dakota State. One of them, Jerome Rudolph, decided to retire because of recurring issues with concussions suffered last season. The other, Pat Mputu, was suspended for four games for violating team rules. He returned to play three games, but was suspended again, this time for a violation of class attendance rules. The Leopards' top returning wide receiver, Mitch Bennett, has not played since being hospitalized with a staph infection in his abdomen on the team's bye week.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Liberty High School and Lafayette College graduate Pete Carril receives Joe Lapchick Character Award
The Express-Times/ from the Associated Press
Pete Carril was working the room, shaking hands like he was running for office. It wasn't about politics. It was about coaching. Carril, Jim Phelan and Debbie Ryan -- all longtime college basketball coaches -- were presented today with the fourth annual Joe Lapchick Character Awards. The banquet room at Chelsea Piers on the Hudson River was packed with those who played for, worked with or just admired the recipients of an award named for the Hall of Fame coach from St. John's and the New York Knicks who has always been considered one of coaching's great examples of character. Almost 40 years after his death, Lapchick is still someone who is praised for what he did decades ago.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball team defeats St. Francis (N.Y.) College 79-73
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Former Marquette University basketball coach Al McGuire always said the best thing about freshmen is they become sophomores. Three freshmen on the Lafayette College men's basketball team have had their minutes increased because of injuries to juniors Tony Johnson and Levi Giese. One of the first year players, Joey Ptasinski, scored 12 points Wednesday night to spark the Leopards to a hard-fought 79-73 victory over St. Francis (N.Y.) before a crowd of 1,924 at Kirby Sports Center. Senior forward Ryan Willen led Lafayette with 20 points followed by seniors Rob Delaney with 14 and Jim Mower with 13. St. Francis (0-2) was coming off a 75-71 overtime loss to Big East representative Seton Hall on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

FOOTBALL: Freshmen, vets working well for Lafayetter
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Tom Housenick
Lafayette missed its first nine shots to start the second half of Wednesday night's game against visiting St. Francis (N.Y.). Who broke the streak? Freshman Joey Ptasinski stepped up with a 3-pointer. After St. Francis took its biggest lead of the game (five points) a few minutes later, who hit the shot to give Lafayette the lead again? Freshman Seth Hinrichs with a 3-pointer. Usually, freshmen and Leopards coach Fran O'Hanlon usually don't mix. But this year is shaping up to be an exception for the 17th-year coach. With two injured starters out indefinitely and graduation hits, O'Hanlon has had to turn to a trio of freshmen. It's early, but Ptasinski, Hinrichs and Australian Dan Trist have shown flashes of upperclassman brilliance. But with the game hanging in the balance, it was a more familiar formula. Senior captain Rob Delaney hit the third of three consecutive 3-pointers with less than six minutes left that allowed the Leopards to regain the lead. Senior captain Ryan Willen's 3-point play with 3:39 showing gave the hosts the lead for good en route to a 79-73 victory at the Kirby Sports Center.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Brandon Ellis set to face challenge of Lehigh University's powerful passing game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Brandon Ellis will be flying into the face of the storm Saturday afternoon. The Lafayette College senior plays cornerback and that means he will be in the first line of defense against sixth-ranked Lehigh University's awe-inspiring passing game Saturday at Goodman Stadium as the rivals meet for the 147th time in college football's most-played rivalry.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football notebook: Nov. 15
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
SIBLING RIVALRY - When you listen to Kyle Hayes talk about his sister, Meghan, the first thing you sense is an immense family pride. Meghan is a talented soccer player, a four-time all-league performer in high school. Kyle says Meghan was looking to continue her career at a college like Lafayette, but Lafayette didn't pursue her. So, she is now a sophomore defender on the women's soccer team at Seton Hall and she's having a great career.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Hayes wants to go out a winner
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Kyle Hayes doesn't need a game film. The moment is etched in his mind and he can bring it back at will. Lafayette quarterback Rob Curley is kneeling on the Goodman Stadium turf, his head in his hands after he threw an interception in overtime, allowing Lehigh to steal a 27-21 victory over the Leopards in 2009. Curley's worst moment -- and the finest for Lehigh linebacker Al Pierce.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette comes up short against Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani didn't leave his team any leeway for excuses after Holy Cross rallied for a 29-24 victory in Saturday's Patriot League game. The Lafayette College women fell victim to a clinic in Ivy League basketball on Monday night. Princeton, the two-time defending Ivy League champions, got 22 points from Niveen Rasheed and gradually pulled away for an 87-47 romp at Kirby Sports Center. The Tigers hold a 23-17 lead in the all-time series over Lafayette. Nicole Hung added 11 points for the Tigers (2-0) followed by Lauren Edwards and Alex Rodgers with 10 points each. Edwards, a senior guard, became the 19th member of Princeton's 1,000th point club on a 3-pointer with 12:46 left in the first half.

Monday, November 14, 2011

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Princeton turns it on to blast Lafayette in women's basketball
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Tim Shoemaker
Lafayette led by two points on an Emily Homan jumper 50 seconds into the game. The Leopards still led Princeton by a point with 13:50 left in the first half Monday night at Kirby Sports Center. But in the final 34 minutes of play, Princeton, the two-time defending Ivy League champion, played basketball the way Lafayette aspires to. The Tigers wound up leading by 20 points at halftime and continued to run, trap and shoot on the way to an 87-47 non-league win. Lafayette (0-2) is still getting adjusted to the system of second-year head coach Dianne Nolan, but Princeton (2-0) is playing like it wants much more than Ivy League recognition.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette now focuses on rivalry game with Lehigh
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette did not punt the ball Saturday afternoon at Holy Cross' Fitton Field. Corey Page of the Crusaders punted just once. Points were scored on seven of the eight possessions in the first half -- the only other one ended on a pass interception. Holy Cross executed successful fourth-and-one gambles on a pair of touchdown drives in the first half, and Lafayette scored on a fourth-down play with five seconds remaining in the half. Lafayette had 13-play and 11-play drives that produced no points; and Holy Cross had a 12-play drive that ended without a score. But in the end, a 15-play drive that included a pair of pass interference calls against the Leopards and a whole bunch of plays by Crusader quarterback Ryan Taggart added another bizarre chapter to the Lafayette-Holy Cross series.

FOOTBALL: Leopards' "out for the season" list is long
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
"Out for the season" can be one of the most discouraging phrases in sports. It doesn't matter whether the reason is something routine like a hamstring or a broken hand ... something more complicated like a torn ACL or chronic back problems ... something out of the blue like a staph infection in the abdomen or the discovery of a heart problem ... or a totally unexpected decision to retire. When an athlete is declared "out for the season" or, even worse, when a situation is deemed to be career-ending, it leaves a hole that is often not easily filled. No coach or team expects to get through a season with having players miss games for a variety of reasons. When those on the "out" list are starters, the problem grows. I have to wonder how many college football teams have been hit as hard as Lafayette has been hit this season.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette comes up short against Holy Cross
The Express-Times/ By Mike Scandura, Special to The Express-Times
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani didn't leave his team any leeway for excuses after Holy Cross rallied for a 29-24 victory in Saturday's Patriot League game. "I told our team and our staff I don't want to hear anybody talking about officials," Tavani said. "You start doing that and it's just making excuses. "What I want to hear about are the opportunities we had that we didn't take care of. You have to live with it. We've got a long ride home to get over it as best we can." Lafayette (4-6, 1-3) led 24-23 with 5:39 left in the game when Holy Cross (6-5, 3-2) commenced a 15-play, 97-yard drive that culminated with a seven-yard touchdown run by Eddie Houghton. When Ryan Taggart's two-point conversion pass was incomplete, Lafayette regained possession with 1:06 left. But the Leopards' drive ended when Ben Coffaro intercepted Andrew Shoop's pass in the end zone with 18 seconds left on the clock. What transpired during the Crusaders' game-winning drive is what prompted Tavani's post-game comments:

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Crusaders right ship with home stand
Worcester (Mass.) Telegram & Gazette/ By Jennifer Toland
WORCESTER -- Holy Cross' hopes of winning the Patriot League title ended with last week's loss at Lehigh, but don't think the Crusaders didn't have plenty to play for in yesterday's home finale against Lafayette. "We wanted to play for a winning season," HC senior linebacker C.J. Martin said. "We wanted to play our best and we talked about it all week -- we want to finish the season strong." Martin's fourth-quarter interception gave the Crusaders possession at their own 3-yard line and senior quarterback Ryan Taggart took over from there, leading HC on a 97-yard winning drive. Junior running back Eddie Houghton scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:06 left and the Crusaders held on for an exciting 29-24 win.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Chandler Fraser-Pauls to join Lafayette College men's basketball team
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Chandler Fraser-Pauls, a scholarship soccer player for the Lafayette men's soccer team, will join the Leopards men's basketball squad, SID Phil Labella confirmed. Fraser-Pauls did not dress in Friday's season-opening loss at LaSalle but should be available for coach Fran O'Hanlon in the coming weeks. Pauls, who was a 1,000 point scorer for The Pennington School, averaged nearly 20 points and 7 assists per game as a senior. His addition should provide some depth at point guard complementing to Rob Delaney and Les Smith. Pre-season All-Patriot League guard Tony Johnson is currently being held out of practices and games with a lingering back problem.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette comes up short against Holy Cross
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The heartbreaking blow didn't come with six seconds to play -- it was a whole minute earlier than in 2008. It wasn't delivered by some desperation heave; it was the product of an old-fashioned power football play right up the middle. There was no missed extra point, but a wide-left field goal led to a later decision that also backfired. There was one pass interference call that probably should have been made but wasn't, and at least other one that maybe should not have been called but was. In the end, it was another wild and wacky Holy Cross victory over Lafayette, this time by a 29-24 score on a touchdown with 1:06 remaining Saturday that gave the Crusaders four Patriot League wins in a row over the Leopards by a total of 18 points.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Holy Cross: The game-day report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
This is the new definition of beautiful: A near-50-degree day in Worcester, Mass., on Nov. 12. We have a pretty nice wind, but we'll take it. The wind is not wet. No snow, and an amazing-looking surface for this time of the year. And given the fact that my most recent momery of Fitton Field was a cold, rainy, muddy Saturday in 2009, this is almost too good to be true. It's an hour to game time and I'm watching Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani chat with Holy Cross head coach Tom Gilmore and Lafayette Sports Network sideline guy John Leone.The bus ride from Easton took four hours, and it was a piece of cake. I chatted with Mitch Bennett, who was just along for the ride. The fifth-year senior wide receiver and cocaptain, who is sidelined while recovering from an abdominal cyst surgery, told me he is now taking antibiotics orally rather than through an intravenous tube.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Slow start dooms Lafayette College in men's basketball opener at La Salle
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The best way for Lafayette College's men's basketball team -- a team without its point guard and depending heavily on three freshmen -- to get going in its challenging season opener at La Salle University would have been to keep the tempo reasonable, make good decisions with the ball and not let the athletic, aggressive Explorers get rolling early. The worst way would have looked pretty close to what actually happened as the Leopards struggled through a dreadful start and never really recovered in a 79-53 loss to La Salle in front of 2,322 fans at Tom Gola Arena. Lafayette turned the ball over on its first two possessions -- leading directly to La Salle (1-0) points -- and then missed two free throws. The hosts led 13-2 with 3:10 gone in the game, and the Leopards had a 4 to 1 ratio of turnovers to field goals.

Friday, November 11, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Holy Cross scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Who said it? "Everybody takes those things for granted like it's 1-2-3 kick and it's not." A: Lafayette Coach Frank Tavani talking about Davis Rodriguez's first PAT miss of the 2008 season - a point that became the difference in the Leopards' 27-26 loss to Holy Cross. Who said it? "There were missed coverages, missed blocks, missed tackles ... you can never blame a football game on one person." A: Coach Tavani again a year later after Rodriguez missed two PATs and Lafayette dropped a 28-26 decision to Holy Cross. Who said it? "I agree the style wasn't there, but this was one of those games where both teams were going to gut it out. I'm just glad we came through and made a couple of really, really big plays." A: Cross Coach Tom Gilmore speaking of his Crusaders' 37-27 win over Lafayette in a game that was dominated in so many ways by the Leopards. I picked Lafayette to win every one of those games, and I could have just as easily been 3-0 instead of 0-3 because the Leopards were right there every time.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Greg Kessel shows there's still a role for fullbacks in college football
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The fullback may be going out of style in college football, with the game's increasing emphasis on showy passing games, 37 or so receivers split to the right and one-back sets. But there's no danger of the fullback disappearing from Lafayette College's lineup any time soon -- even if the spot has a fancy name and a new role. "We look at (fullbacks) as H-backs, a new-fangled term, referring to part tight end/part fullback," Lafayette coach Frank Tavani said. "We use them as part tight ends, part offensive linemen, part wide receivers, sometimes on the wing. They have to be able to run the ball up the gut and then line up and put their hands down and block. We have three (Greg Kessel, Pat Creahan and Jake McTighe), all with good size and all very physical." So meet one of them: Greg Kessel, a 6-foot-1, 240-pound sophomore from East Stroudsburg South High School. Kessel has excelled in all the roles required of him and has become known to Leopards fans for his leaping over piles carrying the ball for first downs and touchdowns.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Former Lafayette College basketball player Deirunas Visockas resurfaces at Boston College
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
After an injury-plagued career on College Hill, Deirunas Visockas has resurfaced in the prestigious Atlantic Coast Conference. Visockas spent the past four seasons as a guard on the Lafayette College men's basketball team. He graduated last spring but still had a year of eligibility remaining and transferred to Boston College.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College graduate Joe McCourt has his Roman Catholic High School football team on the verge of a title
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Coaching football at Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia presents some unique challenges. And Lafayette College alum Joe McCourt is mastering them just fine -- well enough to have his team in Friday night's Philadelphia Catholic League Class AAAA championship against La Salle College High School.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College tight end Brandon Hall brings enthusiasm to the Leopards
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Brandon Hall has come off the Fisher Stadium turf feeling some pain the last several times Lafayette College has played football. But the 6-foot-7, 235-pound sophomore tight end has been perfectly healthy to play.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

FOOTBALL: Kessel makes the most of his chances
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette coaches send Greg Kessel and Pat Creahan into the game together, the two Lafayette sophomores invariably announce their arrival. "When we get to the huddle, we tell the linemen, 'OK, the fullbacks are here,'" Kessel said Tuesday. "They get a kick out of that." What they mean is, it's time to get to work. Usually grunt work. Fullback is never going to be a glamour position at Lafayette. But Kessel and Creahan have played in every game, and they are like American Express: Coach Frank Tavani would not leave home without them. They are physical bookends -- both are listed at 6-foot-1, 240 pounds. And it doesn't take a lot to make them happy.

FOOTBALL: Scanning the Lafayette luncheon notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Here are some of the highlight's of this week's Lafayette football luncheon WHO'S NEXT AT SAFETY? - Coach Frank Tavani would not rule out the possibility of Kyle Simmons playing this week at his strong safety spot, but he didn't sound all that positive, either. And Shane Black, who started in Simmons' place last week, is definitely out. "Shane Brady came in and I thought played very well," Tavani said. "He came up and tackled as well as anyone I've seen all year long. He's been chomping at the bit, playing his role on special teams and waiting for his opportunity. Evan (McGovern) has already had his game off so he can't take any more games off. I think we're pretty solid right now."

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Rob Delaney has climbed the depth chart during his men's basketball career at Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
Had Bucknell University not hired Dave Paulsen to be the Bison head basketball coach in May 2008, Rob Delaney likely would not be a senior captain at Lafayette College today. Delaney was set to join Paulsen at Williams College in Massachusetts and play for the Ephs' successful Division III program, but the coaching change persuaded Delaney to re-open his recruitment. "My high school coach called around and Coach O (Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon) needed another guy because they had some injuries in the program," Delaney said, referring to injury-plagued Deirunas Visockas. Delaney decided to join the Leopards as a walk-on. Minutes were sparse over the first two seasons, but the self-described late-bloomer tried to make the most of his limited opportunities. Hard work on and off the court -- coupled with the graduation of guards Jeff Kari and Michael Gruner in 2010 -- opened the door for increased playing time. Delaney kicked down that door with a strong showing in the preseason.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women in Phase 2 of Nolan's rebuilding project
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Tom Housenick
Senior tri-captains Melissa Downey and Sarah McGorry have spent large parts of their Lafayette careers in the starting lineup. Even fellow tri-captain Alexandra Serowoky, when healthy, has started nearly a third of the time. But in Year 2 of the Dianne Nolan Project, these tri-captains could be asked to be mentors more than players. Though a lot has to be worked out before Patriot League play rolls around in January, only one (Downey) is a projected starter. McGorry is going to play behind sophomore Danielle Fiacco and freshman Emily Homan. And, Serowoky, who hasn't played in a game since midway through the 2009-10 season because of knee problems, is a little further down on the front court depth chart.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette to start season without key starter
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Tom Housenick
Tony Johnson rarely saw snow growing up in Folsom, Calif., but the Lafayette junior has seen plenty in his first two-plus years on the Easton campus. If he wanted to see as much on the West Coast as he saw late last month, he had to go to Reno, Nev., or Lake Tahoe, Calif. "It's fun the first couple of times I was here," Johnson said of the snow. "But then it turns into slush, mud and it's kind of gross. Johnson rarely got hurt playing basketball at Folsom High, only in the summer leading into his senior year. The point guard is hoping he sees more snowstorms than Lafayette games from the bench while wearing street clothes. But it's starting to look like the latter. Left ankle and shin injuries were on-and-off issues during his first two seasons for the Leopards. Now an off-the-court workout led to a lower back problem that has Johnson sidelined for the first 4 to 6 weeks of the 2011-12 season.

Monday, November 7, 2011

FOOTBALL: 2 from Lafayette, 1 from Lehigh honored by league
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette may not have had as much success on the football field as players and coaches were hoping for at the start of the season, but when they win, the Leopards impress the people in the Patriot League. For second second time in three weeks, quarterback Andrew Shoop and running back-kick returner Ross Scheuerman have earned offensive player and rookie of the week honors, respectively, in the league.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College showed remarkable heart to come back against Colgate University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The last two weeks of football on College Hill show perfectly why men who make their living coaching 18-to-22-year-olds boast more gray hairs and stomach upsets than the average. Lafayette College's football team offered almost nothing sustaining hope for the immediate future in a disastrous loss two weeks ago to Bucknell. "That was a night to forget," Leopard coach Frank Tavani said. But then, a week later, Lafayette's players showed worlds of heart and guts to battle from behind after blowing a lead to knock off Colgate 37-24 in overtime on an emotional Senior Night. "Not many Lafayette alumni get to celebrate a win over Colgate," said Tavani, and he's right; the Leopards have beaten the Raiders only a dozen times in 55 years dating to 1906. "We kept telling the kids, it's not how you start, it's how you finish."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette coach Tavani not happy with Mputu
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
I violated a basic journalistic principle Saturday night. In the last paragraph of my Lafayette-Colgate story, I included a sentence I didn't want to see wind up on the proverbial cutting room floor. "Lafayette's Pat Mputu was suspended for the game for violating team rules pertaining to class attendance," I wrote. It was cut. Because the Leopards' 37-24 overtime victory over the Raiders got so hectic, words about players who did participate became far more important than dealing with one who did not. Make no mistake about it, however, the latest Mputu infraction is significant both to Lafayette coach Frank Tavani, whose integrity is being severely tested by the 19-year-old, and to Mputu, who is in serious jeopardy of seeing a college education that is certainly worth between $100,000 and $150,000 -- maybe even more -- go down the drain.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

FOOTBALL: Leftover notes from Lafayette-Colgate
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Cleaning out the notebook from Lafayette's 37-24 overtime victory over Colgate. LEOPARDS RUSH DEFENSE - Colgate rushed for 234 yards, with Jordan McCord, who filled in for injured Nate Eachus, getting 172 on 37 carries. Before you think what a poor job the Lafayette defense must have done, consider that 18 of McCord's plays gained 2 yards or less - five were for losses and four for no gain. His longest run was a meaningless 32-yarder on the final play of the first half. His next best was 16 yards. He was listed as the starting strong safety for the Raiders, but playing running back is nothing new. He rushed for 930 yards as a sophomore. He apparently did not play at all last season.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football team tops Colgate with dramatic finish, 37-24
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
As Mark Ross watched his Lafayette College teammate Darius Safford race down the far sideline with a 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to clinch a 37-24 overtime win over Colgate University on Saturday night, he began to pile up the superlatives.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

FIELD HOCKEY: Lafayette field hockey team defeats Bucknell to win the Patriot League Championship
The Express-Times
Deanna DiCroce scored two goals and Kristin Heaney broke a tie in the 40th minute as Lafayette defeated Bucknell 3-1 today in Washington, D.C., for its first Patriot League field hockey championship since 2002. Heaney's winning goal came less than three minutes after Mallory Smith of Bucknell tied the game at 1-1. Carolyn Cabrey, who assisted on Heaney's goal, was named tournament MVP. DiCroce, Emily Valeo and Brittany Blass of Lafayette were selected to the all-tournament team.

FOOTBALL: Leopards explosive in overtime win over Colgate
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Saturday night in Fisher Stadium began with a power outage that had nothing to do with the weather. An injured Nate Eachus, who has energized Colgate offenses for four years, did not make the trip from Hamilton, N.Y. The night ended with an explosion of power -- first a touchdown catch by a player who had been knocked out of the game twice, then a 100-yard interception return by another guy who had been burned earlier. When the smoke cleared, it was Lafayette 37, Colgate 24 in overtime -- a game that was every bit as wild as the 56-49 shootout the same two teams put on in the same stadium in 2009.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College, Colgate University both missing standout running backs tonight
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Both Lafayette College and Colgate University are missing key running backs for tonight's Patriot League game at Fisher Stadium. The Leopards' sophomore Pat Mputu, who has 212 yards this season and 2 TDs on 46 carries, has been suspended for violating team rules about class attendance. Junior Vaughn Hebron and freshman Ross Scheuerman will carry the load in the backfield for the Leopards (3-5, 0-2).

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Colgate: Eachus, P.Mputu, Simmons are out
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
That was then. This is now. I wonder if the Lafayette football team that plays here tonight will have as dramatic a turnaround as the field on which it plays. The Leopards were a frigid bunch a week ago in a 39-13 loss to Bucknell. Do I have to remind you of those seven turnovers, that non-existent running game that produced only 26 yards and that invisible defense that allowed Bison Tyler Smith to gain 212 yards rushing? Oops, I just did it. I hope the Leopards have been reminded of that performance over and over again this week, if not by a coaching staff that applies a 24-hour rule to such things, then by recurring nightmares of pass interceptions, fumbles and Smith yards after contact.

Friday, November 4, 2011

FOOTBALL: Final 3 games are precious to Leopards' Hayes
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Had the play taken place in a Big Ten or SEC game, we would still be watching it on ESPN highlights of last week's college football games. Lafayette wide receiver Kyle Hayes is on the ground, trying to make a difficult catch, and the ball bounces off his foot. An alert Bryce Robertson of Bucknell dives in and cradles the ball in his two hands just before it hits the Fisher Stadium FieldTurf surface. Instead of being a first down for Lafayette at when the game was still in doubt, it was Bucknell ball at the Lafayette 33-yard line. On the first play, Tyler Smith of the Bison runs off the left side, gets the corner and gallops the 33 yards into the end zone to give Bucknell a three-score lead.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Jason Marshalek faces the run-stopping challenge of the year Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Jason Marshalek knows what his job as a Lafayette College defensive tackle means this week: stop Nate Eachus. "He's gashed us the last few years," said the Leopards junior of Colgate University's powerhouse senior tailback. "A lot of our defenders have taken that personally. He's done it against us three years in a row and we'd like to stop him one time." Stopping Eachus can often mean stopping Colgate, which the Leopards (3-5, 0-2 league) need to do in Saturday night's Patriot League game and home finale at Fisher Stadium if they are to have any chance at a winning season in 2011.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette women's basketball picked for sixth in the Patriot League
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
The Lafayette College women's basketball team is picked to finish sixth in the Patriot League this season, according to a poll of coaches and sports information directors. American received 94 points and 11 first place votes followed by Lehigh with 83 points and three first place votes. Navy, the defending league champion, Bucknell and Holy Cross round out the top five. The Leopards, under second-year head coach Dianne Nolan, enter the 2011-12 season embracing the role of underdog and eager to set out to prove the doubters wrong.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

FOOTBALL: Leopards have toughest NCAA FCS schedule
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Nine of the 11 teams on the Lafayette College football schedule this year have records of .500 or better at this point of the season. That's why an NCAA listing shows that, through games of Oct. 29, the Leopards are tied with Rhode Island for the toughest schedule among Football Championship Subdivision teams with at least nine inter-division games when sorted on cumulative opposition.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Kyle Hayes hopes for positive highlights from this week
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Kyle Hayes likely will find himself on a highlight reel for one play from Saturday night's 39-13 Lafayette College loss to Bucknell. Unfortunately for Hayes, a Leopard senior wide receiver, he'll be featured on the Bison highlights. Hayes' part in Bucknell's Bryce Robertson's ninth interception of the season had to be seen to be believed. Had the play come in an Alabama, Stanford or Michigan game it would have been replayed for days on cable wrap-up shows. It's fine with Hayes that it's not getting a lot of air time.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College cornerback Kyni Scott will apply for medical redshirt
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College junior cornerback Kyni Scott will apply for a medical redshirt season after a persistent ankle injury refused to heal properly this fall, Leopards' head coach Frank Tavani said at today's weekly football media luncheon. "His ankle is just not right," Tavani said. Scott started seven games in 2010 for Lafayette and was being counted on as a key member of the secondary this season. In better news on the injury front, the Leopards may get senior offensive lineman Anthony Buffolino back for Saturday night's home finale with Colgate (6:06 p.m.) at Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Butler, Leopards focus on Colgate's Eachus
The Morning Call (Subscription Required)/ By Paul Reinhard
Leroy Butler's eyes lit up and a broad smile came across his face Tuesday when he was asked about his immediate reaction to the name Nate Eachus. "I want to hit him," the senior linebacker from Lafayette said about the record-setting Colgate running back who will make the final Lehigh Valley appearance of his storied career on Saturday night in Fisher Stadium. "That's the first thing I think of," Butler said. "He's an all-star. He's a competitor, and I'm pretty sure that he knows that, because he's Nate Eachus, a lot of people want to hit him." A lot of people have had a chance in the four years the Hazleton High School graduate has been in Hamilton, N.Y. And, a lot of people have not had a lot of success.

FOOTBALL: An upside down season in the Patriot League
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani had an 8-1 record against Georgetown and had won its last nine games against Bucknell going into this season, and we all know, don't we, how things turned out for the Leopards in 2011?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

FOOTBALL: Tavani calls on Lafayette seniors to provide leadership in final three games
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani used a very uncharacteristic phrase -- "I don't know" -- five times in less than a minute during his meeting with the media following Saturday night's devastating 39-13 loss to Bucknell. It wasn't that he really didn't know, because he was an eye witness to every one of the seven turnovers, every one of the six dropped passes by two of his best receivers, every one of the missed tackles and every one of the crazy bounces that combined to make the game one of the worst he can remember in his 35 years on College Hill. He wasn't aware Sunday how often he had used that phrase of utter bewilderment, but he said, "I'm not a magician. I don't think I've ever felt that way in my 12 years as head coach, and I'm not sure ever. It's just hard to explain."

FOOTBALL: The lows got lower for the Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I thought the Leopards hit bottom with the way the Harvard game ended, but I think they dug a little deeper into the hole of disappointment on Saturday night when they seemed to want to get things over with in the fourth quarter. It looked like they might be able to play themselves back into the game after scoring on Mark Ross' second touchdown pass of the night to pull within 12 points with more than 10 minutes remaining. And when the defense chipped in with a rare three-and-out, I was ready to see some more of that overcoming that Frank Tavani talked so much about in the past couple of weeks. But on the second play from the Lafayette 23, a Ryan O'Neil pass was intercepted by Bryce Robertson - his ninth of the season - at the Lafayette 33-yard line.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Ryan Willen hoping for healthy senior season at Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Ryan Willen must feel like the Bionic Man. A senior forward on the Lafayette College men's basketball team, Willen is healthy for the first time since his freshman season. Willen persevered through foot injuries his sophomore and junior seasons and also played with a herniated disk in his back last season. "Ryan couldn't play the way he's capable last year," Lafayette coach Fran O'Hanlon said. The 6-foot-8 Willen, a native of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, still averaged 10.4 points per game last season and scored his 1,000th career point in the Patriot League championship game loss to Bucknell. Willen talked to a few back surgeons and a neurosurgeon before deciding to hold off on surgery.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

FOOTBALL: Bucknell University football team rushes past Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
Lafayette College coach Frank Tavani knew all about Bucknell's opportunistic defense, which ranked second in the NCAA FCS in turnover margin at plus 2.13 per game. Tavani also was aware of the Bison's rushing defense, which was also second nationally at 72.6 yards per game. It was a surprise, however, that the Bison -- who averaged less than 92 yards rushing per game -- broke out a ground attack, led by junior tailback Tyler Smith, in a 39-13 Patriot league win tonight at snowy Fisher Stadium. Smith, who entered the game averaging a modest 46.5 yards per game, broke loose for a career-high 212 yards on 42 carries and two touchdowns. The Bison's trademark defensive attributes were on display as well. They recovered four fumbles -- two on special teams -- and also returned an Andrew Shoop interception 12 yards for a defensive score.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette Leopards fall in the snow
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
On a night that looked like something out of "White Christmas," Lafayette played a football game that wound up looking more like "Nightmare on Elm Street." The Leopards came off what coach Frank Tavani thought might have been their best practice week of the season and turned the ball over seven times. Bucknell, which got just two field goals out of six turnovers last week while losing to Holy Cross, got five touchdowns off the Leopards' gifts Saturday night and turned a close game into a 39-13 Patriot League rout. In its last two games, Lafayette began to show signs of improvement, but you might have to go a long time before you find another game in which the Leopards took so many steps backward.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Bucknell report -- a snow version
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I'm still sitting in my family room, watching the snow pile up outside and wondering when I want to head for Easton. I called Coach Tavani's office a couple of minutes ago. He's watching the Lehigh-Colgate game and waiting for a company named SportCare to arrive at Fisher Stadium to begin preparing the surface for the Bucknell game, which is set to begin at 6 p.m. SportCare is located in Bridgewater, NJ, and in Barnesville, and the company services Fisher Field several times a year to freshen the surface. "They do a great job," Coach T said. Coach T told me SportCare sprayed the FieldTurf surface on Friday with liquid calcium, but the snow started so early and has been so intense that the field is now covered.

Friday, October 28, 2011

FOOTBALL: Hebron ready to do his part for the Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Vaughn Hebron knows that running back by committee doesn't have to be a negative thing. He saw it work nicely during his freshman year at Lafayette. Maurice White was the main guy, but fellow seniors DeAndre Morrow and Tyrell Coon - and even sophomore Jerome Rudolph - took their turns making things happen as the Leopards put together an 8-4 2009 season. The situation isn't exactly the same this season because the Lafayette running back corps consists of a pair of juniors (Hebron and Alan Elder), a sophomore (Pat Mputu) and a freshman (Ross Scheuerman). But right now, it appears that Hebron is, at best, No. 3 on the list.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Vaughn Hebron helps Leopards ground game get into gear
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Vaughn Hebron's second debut of his Lafayette College football season did not come on the most promising of stages. But Hebron hit a high note right away -- and kept on doing so. Hebron, a junior running back, jogged on to the Fisher Stadium turf last Saturday afternoon against Fordham with the game tied at 14 and the Leopards taking over on downs at their 2-yard line. Getting out from under their own goalpost was imperative to keep Fordham from taking over in superb field position. The Leopards turned to Hebron. One play and 18 huge yards later Lafayette was on its way with a 98-yard drive that gave the Leopards the lead for good in a 45-24 win.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College facing an unusual challenge from turnover-minded Bucknell University Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College faces a football statistical anomaly when Bucknell University visits Fisher Stadium Saturday night in a key Patriot League for the Leopards. The Bison (4-4) have lost three games in a row despite owning a plus-17 turnover margin. They have 15 interceptions -- senior cornerback Bryce Robertson leads the FCS in picks with eight -- and have recovered 11 fumbles. Bucknell forced six turnovers last week against Holy Cross -- and lost 16-13.

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Bucknell University men's basketball team favored to repeat as Patriot League champion
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The defending champion Bucknell University men's basketball team is a unanimous preseason choice to repeat as Patriot League champion. The Bison, who return four starters, received 98 points in the voting done by the league's coaches and sports information directors. Lehigh, the 2009-10 league champion, was second with 82 points followed by Holy Cross (73), Lafayette (55), American (47), Colgate (44), Navy (34) and Army (15).

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Nate Dixon hoping to pump up the pass rush
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Nate Dixon will be starting in the injured Mike Grimaldi's place at defensive end Saturday night when Lafayette College hosts Bucknell University in a Patriot League football showdown. But Dixon's already walked in Grimaldi's shoes. "I feel badly for Mike; I know what it's like to have a season-ending injury," said the 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior, who saw his 2009 and 2010 seasons end with ACL tears in his knee in the sixth game (2009) and first game of 2010. He also missed his freshman season in 2007 with a head injury. "But all that's behind me now. Mentally it's tough to have missed all those games."

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Andrew Anastor settling in just fine in new home
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Life was treating Andrew Anastor just the way he liked in the fall of 2009. Anastor was a football player at a Division I-AA (FCS) program at Northeastern University. He was living in a city, Boston, that he loved. The Vineland, N.J. resident liked his dorm mates, teammates and had become a fan of the Huskies' legendary hockey team. What could go wrong? Just his whole world.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College loses starting defensive lineman Mike Grimaldi for season
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
While the last couple of weeks haven't been the worst of the football season for injuries for Lafayette College, the Leopards did suffer a significant blow this week. Two-year starting defensive end senior Mike Grimaldi suffered a season-ending knee injury in the win over Fordham Saturday. Senior Nate Dixon -- himself a survivor of two serious injuries -- will take Grimaldi's place.

Monday, October 24, 2011

FOOTBALL: 2 Leopards get Patriot League honors
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani talked about quarterback Andrew Shoop on Sunday, his first mention was not about his strong arm or his ability to scramble out of trouble. "He's a gamer, a winner," Tavani said of the Berwick High product who led the Leopards to a 45-24 victory over Fordham on Saturday. "He generates energy on the field and on the sidelines. He has great enthusiasm, and that's what your quarterback has to bring into the huddle. But he also has to bring that to the team on the sideline, and Andrew does it in practice the same way." Shoop, who started the season as the backup to Ryan O'Neil but got his chance when O'Neil suffered a concussion against Georgetown, was named the Patriot League's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Rams.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's resilience serving it well on the football field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College does not have a perfect football team -- yet. It does not have a championship football team -- yet. It doesn't even have a football team over .500 -- yet. But what the 3-4 Leopards do have is a resilient football team, and that ability to bounce back from debacles and disasters has served Frank Tavani's team well. Lafayette has flaws -- shaky special teams, lack of depth, a too-generous defense at times. But The Leopards are still in a position accomplish their goals for 2011 -- and not every college football team can say that heading into the final week of October.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

FOOTBALL: Practice pays off for Leopards' Hebron, Padia
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Pat Mputu had a 33-yard run on his second carry of Saturday's Lafayette-Fordham football game. Ross Scheuerman gained 29 and 16 yards during a series that led to a Lafayette touchdown early in the second quarter. To Vaughn Hebron, it probably looked like another long day on the sidelines while the two younger guys got all the work at tailback. That's how it was a week earlier against Yale. But when the Leopards were faced with a first down at their own 2-yard line, it was Hebron who lined up at tailback. He got the ball, too -- and broke through the left side for an 18-yard gain that got the Leopards out of the deep hole. Five plays later, at the other end of Fisher Stadium, Hebron got the ball again on second-and-goal from the Fordham 5. He bounced off a Ram defender and continued into the end zone to cap a 98-yard drive that gave Lafayette a 20-14 lead en route to a 45-24 victory.

FOOTBALL: Browsing through a Lafayette-Fordham notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Cleaning out the Lafayette-Fordham notebook before moving on to the meat of the Patriot League schedule. WIDE OPEN SPACES - Lafayette got wide receivers behind the Fordham secondary three times Saturday, and quarterback Andrew Shoop called that "the scariest throw in football." He connected with both Mark Ross and Kyle Hayes on 49-yard passes on plays where the Rams were completely fooled. "You drop back and see someone wide open and it's the one you don't want to miss," Shoop said. "Give credit to the guys on the outside; they get open, get to the spot. The guys up front protected me. I had the easy job putting it out there. I might have underthrown some balls, but at the same time you let the guys on the outside make plays for you. When you see a situation like that you have to want to make the big play." The third wide open pass was a gadget play on which Hayes, a former QB, took a lateral pass from Shoop and tossed to Greg Stripe, who lost the handle on it. "It's hard when you're wide open, harder on the receiving end, but as I said to Greg, he's made a lot of great plays for us here," Coach Tavani said. "I said, `You have to overcome that. Can't get you head down. You have to come back. Keep playing through it.'"

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College makes it all add up in win over Fordham University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Three big drives. Three big stops. It all added up to one very nice and very big homecoming win for Lafayette College, which piled up 523 total yards of offense en route to a come-from-behind 45-24 conquest of Fordham University in front of 5,567 fans at Fisher Stadium Saturday afternoon.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette defense stifles Fordham
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Many defensive coaches would be pulling out their hair after a game in which their troops gave an opposing team 565 yards. But when Lafayette assesses Saturday's 45-24 Homecoming victory over Fordham at Fisher Stadium, it will be the 12 yards the defense did not give up that count the most. Fordham gambled on fourth down four times in Lafayette territory - including at the 2 and 8-yard lines - and was turned away every time by the Leopards.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Fordham -- Leopards win 45-24
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Sorry to anyone reading this. I lost an entire game post -- but Lafayette wins this game 45-24 with 524 yards of offense -- and Fordham loses with 565 yards. The defense was fabulous, if you can say such a thing after giving up so much yardage. But three critical red-zone stops on fourth-down plays were the difference in this game, when Lafayette missed an extra point and a short field goal but also had great performances from Pat Mputu, 116 rushing yards; Andrew Shoop with 259 passing on 16-for-24. Ross 6 catches for 99, Hayes 4 catches for 98. Vaughn Hebron had 65 yards and two touchdowns in a game that put him right in the mix down the stretch. Fordham's Higgins passes for 413 yards on 32-for-52. Some leftover thoughts about the first winning streak since October-November of 2009 - and including the first 98-yard touchdown drive since the second possession of the 2009 Lehigh game, which was a 98-yard, 7:39 drive that ended with as Curley-to-Bennett pass:

Friday, October 21, 2011

FOOTBALL: Thinking out loud about Leopards-Rams
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
As Lafayette gets ready to go looking for its first winning streak of the season, here are some things to think about. A year ago, Blake Wayne was listed as the starting quarterback for Fordham coming into the Lafayette game, but he did not play because of an injury. For the year, he threw for 1,614 yards and six touchdowns. Now he's listed as the starter at Fordham's "S" position on offense. I won't be at all surprised if sometime during the game, the Rams run a reverse to Wayne, who then throws the ball deep down field. He has not thrown a pass this year, but that means nothing. He has 14 receptions for 124 yards.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Luke Chiarolanzio tackles early success on offensive line
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
It's not typical for a freshman to start as an offensive lineman in the Patriot League, or indeed any level of college football. The physical demands coupled with the mental toughness usually need time to develop. So it could be considered highly unusual that freshman Luke Chiarolanzio has held down the right tackle spot for Lafayette College since early in the season opener. But Brian Bowers isn't surprised.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's deep passing game to challenge struggling Fordham University defense Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Fordham University comes into Fisher Stadium for Lafayette College's Homecoming game Saturday (1:06 p.m.) trailing an inglorious cloud of statistics. The 1-5 Rams are near in the bottom of the Patriot League in all kinds of numbers, but one bothers Fordham coach Tom Masella the most. "We've been in some games but we couldn't get off the field on defense," said the sixth-year head coach. "We have not been able to make stops when we need them." Indeed, the Rams have allowed by far the highest percentage of third-down conversions -- 53.5 -- in the league. This comes as welcome news for a Leopard offense that has struggled to stay on the field -- Lafayette ranks just sixth in the league in third-down conversions (36.0).

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Blake Costanzo in middle of 'Handshake-gate' controversy
The Express-Times/ By Barry Miller
Ever since he strapped on his first football helmet, Blake Costanzo has had a knack for getting in the middle of the action. The former Lafayette College linebacker who is playing his first season with the San Francisco 49ers found himself in the middle of the NFL's biggest story last weekend -- labeled by some Handshake-gate. Controversy arose after 49ers first-year coach Jim Harbaugh celebrated a victory over the Lions by giving Detroit coach Jim Schwartz a hearty handshake and a slap on the back. Schwartz took exception to it, chasing and bumping Harbaugh as the teams headed for the locker rooms. The two had to be separated. At the postgame press conference, Harbaugh pulled Costanzo into the discussion. "I was just really revved up," Harbaugh said. "It was totally on me. I just shook his hand too hard. It was a kind of strong, slap kind of handshake. It's like what I've done with Costanzo and a few of the other guys." Costanzo, who is a dynamic special teams player, backed his coach 100 percent.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Rodney Gould finally healthy, on the field and loving every moment of it
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Rodney Gould's career statistics as a wide receiver for Lafayette College are also his 2011 statistics. Given that Gould is a senior, he might lead the team in patience, if not receptions. "Rodney waited his turn," Leopards coach Frank Tavani said. "We talk all the time about making the most of your opportunity when you get it. Rodney waited his turn for two years and it would have been easy to say this is not going to happen. But he stayed ready, didn't cry 'woe is me' and waited for his opportunity." And right now, Gould's making the most of it. He's caught three passes this season and enjoyed a breakout game in the 28-19 win over Yale on Saturday. Gould's two catches for 46 yards helped set up two Lafayette second-quarter touchdowns.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

FOOTBALL: Chiarolanzio leads young guns on Lafayette's offensive line
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Luke Chiarolanzio says his position coach "rags on me sometimes because he thinks I'm getting skinny," and when he tells his friends he weighs between 295 and 300 pounds, they often don't believe it, either. But to understand what Lafayette offensive line coach Stan Clayton really thinks, you need only know that he moved a 22-year-old, 325-pound senior three-year starter to a new position to make room for Chiarolanzio, who celebrated his 18th birthday 16 days before the start of summer camp and still looks, facially, at least, very much like a high school kid. He does not play like a high school kid, however. The Lafayette coaches noticed that immediately, and on the second offensive series of the season opener, Chiarolanzio trotted onto the field at right guard.

FOOTBALL: Rodney Gould: the true meaning of perseverance
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
You want to talk about perseverance? Consider Rodney Gould. Gould is a senior wide receiver on the Lafayette football team. Before this season, he did not play in a single varsity game. He suffered injuries to both shoulders -- one in practice, the other in an automobile accident. Before the Harvard game of this season, he did not have one catch for his career. He finally ended that drought with a five-yarder -- on the next-to-last play of the 31-3 Lafayette loss. But he never quit. Never even thought about quitting.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College used bye week effectively to prepare for key win over Yale University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team may have had a bye from competition the week of Oct. 8, but not from work. "For three days we went back into preseason camp mode," Leopard coach Frank Tavani said. "That really helped us mentally. I think the two-week bye served us well." That surely appeared to be the truth after Saturday's 28-19 Leopard defeat of Yale. Lafayette looked to be a team revived after what, by universal consensus among veteran Leopards fans and observers, was one of the team's worst defeats in recent memory two weeks earlier to Harvard.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Costanzo: What's big deal with Harbaugh's passion?
The Morning Call/ By Michael Blouse
Blake Costanzo is a passionate person. "Life's all about being passionate about what you love," Costanzo said with passion, of course. His enthusiasm is easy to see when he plays football. It is also easy to hear during a phone call. A former All-Patriot League linebacker at Lafayette College who is now a special-teams ace for the NFL's San Francisco 49ers, Costanzo wonders "what's the big deal" about rookie coach Jim Harbaugh letting loose with his emotions after San Francisco's intense 25-19 road victory over the previously unbeaten Detroit Lions on Sunday.

Monday, October 17, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette: A tale of two quarterbacks
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Andrew Shoop says wide receiver Mark Ross "never ceases to amaze me with the kind of balls he can catch." Shoop, Lafayette's junior quarterback, was talking about a play on which Ross, a 6-foot-3-inch sophomore, had to turn almost completely around while looking for the first-down marker and also staying inbounds Saturday night at Fisher Stadium. It was fourth-and-eight and Lafayette was trying to answer a Yale touchdown and regain momentum in the game after its lead over the Bulldogs dwindled to two points with still lots of time remaining. Ross snagged Shoop's pass for a critical first down at the Yale 21-yard line. Three plays later, Shoop tried to find Ross - or anyone else - on a third-and-five play. With no one open, Shoop took off on a scramble and dove forward at the end of the run to gain six yards and a first down at the Bulldog 6. Shoop seemed to be on a bit of a roll, but when the Leopards lined up for the next play, he was not at quarterback. Ryan O'Neil was.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

FOOTBALL: Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College football player and SID, Doug Elgin
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
It's been a long and enjoyable journey for Doug Elgin. After several stops as a Sports Information Director, the 1973 Lafayette College graduate has spent the past 23 years as commissioner of the St. Louis-based Missouri Valley Conference. The MVC was founded in 1907 and is the second oldest conference in the nation. Only the Big 10, which was established in 1894, has been around longer.

FOOTBALL: Mitch, Pat and other Leopard FB notes
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
leaning out the Yale notebook and starting one on Fordham: THE MITCH BENNETT STORY - It started out as back pain the day after the Harvard game. Instead of getting better, the pain got worse, despite pain pill and shots. He was examined by several doctors, even had an MRI that showed nothing. It appeared to be a muscular problem, spasms perhaps. Then a week ago, when all the mysteriouos symptoms persisted, a group of doctors conferred; and on Tuesday of last week, Bennett was admitted to the hospital, where he was to undergo a battery of tests. A pelvic MRI finally revealed an abscess between his hip and his pelvis. A big one that had developed a staph infection.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team bounces back with solid win over Yale
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Perhaps Lafayette College should change its football mascot to Cerberus, the three-headed dog of mythology. Because on Saturday night, the Leopards sprouted multiple heads at several key positions to baffle the one-headed Bulldogs of Yale University for a 28-19 non-league win in front of 4,872 fans at Fisher Stadium.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College dominates Yale University for second win of football season
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette's College's two quarterbacks, two running backs and horde of receivers proved too much for Yale University tonight at Fisher Stadium as the Leopards ran past the Bulldogs 28-19 to improve to 2-4 on the season. Andrew Shoop threw two touchdown passes, while Ryan O'Neil ran for one as Lafayette used both effectively at quarterback. At running back, Pat Mputu and Ross Scheuerman combined for 123 yards and a touchdown on a six-yard jaunt by Mputu, Lafayette's first rushing touchdown of the season.

FOOTBALL: Leopards return to winning ways
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette football team managed to get just 31 yards of offense in the third quarter Saturday night, and you could almost see a familiar black cloud forming again over Fisher Stadium in Easton. Yale scored on a 50-yard touchdown pass early in the final period, and a storm appeared imminent. But on the sidelines, coach Frank Tavani continued to preach the same sermon. "I must have said a hundred or 200 times [during then game], 'We're going to overcome it, no matter what happens,' " Tavani said after the Leopards hung together and weathered the storm to emerge with a well-earned 28-19 victory over Yale before a slim, but satisfied, crowd of 4,872. And overcome it the Leopards did.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Yale game day report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
A couple of pregame observations -- but first, the bad news. WHAT NEXT? -- As though this Lafayette team has not already been hit with virtually every conceivable football malady known to man, now this: the Leopards lost two starters during a BYE WEEK, and neither of them while even practicing. Wide receiver Mitch Bennett, who seemed poised to achieve all he expected from his fifth-year decision, is out because of a staph infection that was detected in his abdomen when he was given an MRI after a number of other reasons for his pain were ruled out. He spent some time in the hospital, and I don't really really have other details because I have not spoken with Coach Tavani. That will come later, but let's be thankful that he didn't play and sustain a hit that might have resulted in even bigger problems. The other starter out today is safety Evan McGovern, who was in an automobile accident while at home during the bye week. Greg Stripe and Mark Ross will get morew action in Bennett's absence, and sophomore DeOliver Davis replaces McGovern.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College missing two key starters for game with Yale University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College will be without senior starters Mitchell Bennett and Evan McGovern for tonight's game at Fisher Stadium against Yale. Bennett, the team's leading receiver (25 catches, 334 yards, 3 TDs) will miss the game with a staph infection that caused a cyst in his abdomen. McGovern, fifth on the team with 28 tackles, suffered injuries in an auto accident this week near his Harrisburg home. Senior Greg Stripe will replace Bennett and sophomore DeOliver Davis will start for McGovern.

Friday, October 14, 2011

FOOTBALL: Leopards' Basil: Where faith, football coexist
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
As I watched Tahir Basil at work during the Lafayette football team's spring game, jumping around wildly every time he made a big play, I predicted that he would be whistled for his share of celebration and taunting penalties during the regular season. His energy was amazing - his sack dance was over the top sometimes. Well, we're five games into the season, and the 265-pound defensive end has yet to be guilty of over-exuberance even once. He has only seven solo tackles and five assists, and his only recorded tackle for loss was for just one yard. When I talked to him earlier in the week, my first question was: Where is that guy who was all over the place in the spring? What happened?

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Tahir Basil hopes for better week on field than as fan
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Tahir Basil hopes the team he plays for has a better week than the ones he cheers for. The Lafayette College junior defensive end is a proud native of Philadelphia, and he's frustrated the Phillies are finished and the Eagles are struggling. "I cheer for every team we have and they were all talking about winning titles," said Basil at this week's Lafayette football media luncheon. "I almost went to the Phillies game (game 5 of the NLDS against St. Louis). I couldn't believe they couldn't score, and I couldn't believe Ryan Howard swung at that 3-0 pitch; he didn't need to swing at that." Lafayette finds itself at 1-4 entering Saturday's final non-league game of the season when it hosts Yale in no small part because of self-inflicted mistakes like swinging at a 3-0 pitch trailing by a run.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College facing Yale University team coming off 'best game in three years'
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Any Lafayette College football fan who went to Goodman Stadium on Oct. 1 to get an early view of this week's Leopards opponent, Yale University, didn't see the real Bulldogs, according to both Yale coach Tom Williams and Leopards boss Frank Tavani. "Any time you turn the ball over five times, you're going to lose the North Haven High School if you do that," said Williams of his team's 37-7 loss to the now-No. 8-ranked Lehigh University Mountain Hawks during a conference call with area media. "We did everything we could to lose the football game." Williams, whose team will meet Lafayette Saturday night (6:06) at Fisher Stadium, thinks Yale's most recent result -- a 30-0 whitewash of Dartmouth last Saturday -- is what his team really looks like.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Matt Welch moving around again on offensive line
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Matt Welch is on the move again. The Lafayette College senior offensive lineman started the Leopards' first five games at left tackle. He started six games in 2010 at right tackle. He played right guard as well. Now, when Yale University comes to College Hill on Saturday night for Lafayette's final non-league game, Welch will be the center of attention on the offensive line -- at center. If you're scoring at home, that leaves only one spot on the Leopards line the 6-foot-3, 305-pounder from Newtown, Pa. hasn't played. So, Matt, want to take a shot at left guard, just to complete the set?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's football team struggling with run of injuries
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
There's good news and bad news on the injury front for Lafayette College's football team this week. The good news, according to coach Frank Tavani, is that senior wide receiver Kyle Hayes is healthy and should start Saturday night against Yale University at Fisher Stadium. Hayes has been sidelined since the season opener against North Dakota State with a shoulder injury, The bad news is that seniors center Jake Crooks (knee) and tackle Anthony Buffolino (surgery) will miss the Bulldogs, and Tavani said junior cornerback Kyni Scott was likely done for the season.

FOOTBALL: Leopards seeing red in the red zone
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani doesn't subscribe to the notion that his Lafayette football team is opening a "second season" on Saturday when it plays host to Yale. The losses the Leopards suffered in four of the five games before last week's bye cannot be erased. "But I do know we blanked everything out, including our goal boards and everything else that's happened in the past [five games], and we're moving forward," Tavani said at Tuesday's media luncheon. "We have more games to play than we've played already and there are plenty of opportunities out there. We're only looking at one game. Not anything about having shot at the league; there's no mention of that. It's all about preparation for Yale and the improvement in areas we've had some issues with." A 1-4 team is bound to have its share of issues, and the one that stands out immediately when you look at the earlier part of the Lafayette schedule is all-around play within the red zone -- that area of the field from the 20-yard line to the goal line that owes its name to then-Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs, who supposedly coined the phrase during the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season.

FOOTBALL: Issues ... injuries... running backs ... etc.
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Looking back and looking ahead: Where do the Leopards go from here? Let Coach Tavani tell you. ISSUES--I: MISTAKES -- "It's a variety of issues; it's never just one thing.. Penalties, particularly presnap penalties, those things are always a killer, one of my all-time pet peeves. Some of that is frustration and a lack of focus due to frustration. Turning the ball over because of assignment mistakes, quarterback throws an interception in the red zone and everybody's wondering, 'Why did he throw the ball there?' It would be nice if the receiver ran the right route based on the (position of the) safeties ... should have been a post and he runs a corner and the ball has to be thrown and (the QB) doesn't have time to wait and see which way he's cutting."

GENERAL: Five Questions: Lafayette College's 'golden voice' Jim Finnen discusses career, recalls big games
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Jim Finnen, the golden voice of Lafayette College athletics, recently sat down with sportswriter Tom Hinkel. They discussed Finnen's own athletic career, how he came to be the Leopards' public address announcer and some of the most memorable games of his career.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Gallery: Lafayette-American women's soccer
The Express-Times
Lafayette faced American for a Patriot League match up at Metzgar Fields.

Monday, October 3, 2011

FOOTBALL: Cleaning out the Lafayette notebook
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Cleaning out the Lafayette football notebook before taking my own bye week: THE BUTLER DID IT -- Coach Frank Tavani, commenting on Leroy Butler's ejection Saturday against Harvard: "He got called on two late hits, which he argued, but there was no argument. He led with his head, helmet to helmet, and the official made the right call. On the last one, he was timing up his charge, the o-line twitched, he jumped and came through and said he didn't hear the whistle. He went into the unprotected holder head first; it could easily have bern a bad play where somebody got hurt and that's not the way we play. I think Leroy understands that now. It all means so much to him, and he was so frustrated. He just lost his poise. That's young people. It's more learning experience." THE APOLOGY -- Butler and cornerback Darius Safford will have a writing assignment to complete today. Coach Tavani said that Butler, who was ejecting in the fourth quarter on Saturday, and Safford, who came close to following Butler to the sidelines, "both will write letters of apology to the officials. That's part of my plan, along with some other things I won't mention. Some of that frustration came out in the end, but the two guys acted inappropriately, which is intolerable." Tavani said Safford "said something to the referee that was not very nice."

Sunday, October 2, 2011

FOOTBALL: Back to the drawing board for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Harvard football coach Tim Murphy had high praise for his defensive unit following the Crimson's 31-3 victory over Lafayette on Saturday. The offense? "Sporadic," he said ... "did what we had to do ... wasn't pretty all the time." The Crimson had only four more total yards of offense than Lafayette, but in at least one situational statistic, it was thoroughly dominating. Harvard had five offensive possessions that led to points against the Leopards. On one of them, the Crimson never faced a third down.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team loses 31-3 to Harvard University
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
The Lafayette College football team will not be making any luxurious trips to the Caribbean Islands over the next two weeks. Instead, the Leopards will go back to square one after a listless 31-3 loss to Harvard this afternoon before a crowd of 4,512 at Fisher Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette coach apologizes in wake of ugly, 'unclassy' loss to Harvard
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
When people think about the low points in the Frank Tavani era of Lafayette football, they often go back to Sept. 22, 2001, and a 37-0 loss at home to the University of Pennsylvania. The loss came en route to a 2-8 season that followed Tavani's 2-9 first year on College Hill. The Leopards were not shut out Saturday in Fisher Stadium, but the 31-3 embarrassment at the hands of longtime nemesis Harvard was enough to cause Tavani to say, "As far as I'm concerned, this is worse than my first two years when we took the program over and before we built it up."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Harvard game-aftermath report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
I have some dandy comments from Coach Tavani that will not get into my story in the print edition of The Morning Call. Suffice it to say that while he was calm and collected during the postgame interview, he will not be that way when he gets with his team during the upcoming bye week. Below the postgame comments, you will see the blog I put together from the beginning of the day. Coach Tavani promised us on Tuesday that his team would play with some emotion on the day Fred M. Kirby's jersey was officially retired. With some exceptions, that did not happen. My story in the paper in the morning will not say much about the game, but more about Tavani's feelings going forward. So, here are a couple of comments about the game. I smelled trouble immediately when the Leopards opened the game by using almost six minutes of clock and then missing a 45-yard field goal wide right. And then on the first Harvard play, Leroy Butler was hit with a roughing the passer penalty, adding 15 yards on to the end of a five-yard gain.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College to retire first football number today in honor of Fred Kirby '42
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College has been playing football for 129 years -- since 1882, to be precise -- and has never retired a single jersey number. That will change today, when the school retires the number 53 worn by Fred Morgan Kirby '42 at its home opener with Harvard at Fisher Stadium (1 p.m.)

Friday, September 30, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Harvard: Watch out for Stripe
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Welcome back, Greg Stripe. After spending a season as Mr. Special Teams for Lafayette and admittedly falling far short of his own expectations, the senior wide receiver is showing his tough side again, and people are taking notice. Last week at Stony Brook, Stripe matched his career high with seven catches for a career-best 83 yards. When I said to him that it looked like vintage Stripe - virtually every catch was made in traffic - he said, "That's what everybody keeps saying, `The Old Stripe is back.'

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Ross Scheuerman making the most of his opportunities
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College barely registered on Ross Scheuerman's radar as a football destination during his recruitment at Allentown (N.J.) High School. "I had heard very little about Lafayette and it definitely wasn't one of my top schools before (Leopard assistant coach Stan) Clayton came to my school," said the Leopards freshman running back. Just a month into his first collegiate football season, Scheuerman comes up as perhaps the biggest blip opposing defenses face on their radar when they prepare for the Leopards. In four games, Scheuerman, a 6-foot, 190-pound resident of Creamridge, N.J., has piled up 647 yards all-purpose yards (247 rushing, 141 receiving, 259 on kickoff returns). He averages 6.2 yards per carry and 15.7 per reception. He has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week twice in four weeks.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football players looking forward to playing home opener Saturday
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Perhaps the most remarkable game of Lafayette College's football season will come Saturday. A home game. "No more getting nauseated on the bus," senior wide receiver Mitchell Bennett said. "You get to sleep in your own bed, get a little extra time to do everything." The Leopards were one of three FCS teams who played four straight away games to start the season, the first time Lafayette has done so since 1889. Saturday's 1 p.m. tilt with the Crimson. The Leopards went 1-3, winning at Penn but losing at North Dakota State, Georgetown, and Stony Brook.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Greg Stripe back to making plays
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
For most Lafayette College football players, the 2010 loss to Harvard was one to forget, a dismal 35-10 defeat that coach Frank Tavani called "a good old-fashioned butt-kicking." But for senior wide receiver Greg Stripe it wasn't just the Harvard game but almost the whole 2010 season that wasn't worth remembering.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College freshman Ross Scheuerman named Patriot League rookie of the week -- again
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
For the second straight week, Lafayette College freshman running back Ross Scheuerman was named the Rookie of the Week by the Patriot League. Scheuerman, a 6-foot, 190-pound Creamridge, N.J. native, totaled 303 yards of all-purpose yards Saturday in a 37-20 loss to Stony Brook. He ran for 90 yards (long of 44), caught four passes for 69 yards and piled up 144 yards in kickoff returns (long of 38).

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College offense getting reinforcements as players return
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's offense could look different for its long-awaited home opener against Harvard at Fisher Stadium Saturday (1 p.m.). Coach Frank Tavani confirmed at today's weekly media luncheon that sophomore tailback Pat Mputu has been reinstated from suspension, along with sophomore wide receiver Matt Grant and quarterback Patrick McCain. The latter two do not figure immediately in the Leopards' plans but Mputu, who ran ran for 373 yards (4.3 yards-per-carry) and caught 19 passes for 231 yards as a freshman, could see action in a backfield down to two tailbacks, senior Alan Elder and freshman Ross Scheuerman.

FOOTBALL: Freshman running back Scheuerman a fast learner
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
In Frank Tavani's perfect world, a freshman football player at Lafayette would spend his first year getting acclimated to being away from home for the first time, getting accustomed to the college's academic demands and learning what Division I football is all about. Sometimes, however, it doesn't work that way for any number of reasons -- injuries, lack of depth, etc. Sometimes, an athlete is just too good to deny. Ross Scheuerman is a perfect example of a player who arrived at college ready to challenge for playing time. And when injuries and lack of depth also came into play, he moved up the depth chart in a hurry. Four games into his first season at Lafayette, the 6-0, 190-pound tailback from Allentown (N.J.) High School has been named the Patriot League's rookie of the week twice and leads the Leopards in carries, yards rushing, kickoff returns and all-purpose yards.

FOOTBALL: Was Lafayette-Harvard 2010 an aberration?
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When Harvard Coach Tim Murphy, speaking to Lehigh Valley media on a conference call, called last year's Lafayette-Harvard game "an aberration," I knew immediately that he didn't fool at least one person in the room. "He's just being savvy," the Leopards' Frank Tavani said later when asked about the comment. "It was a good old fashioned butt-kicking regardless of what situation we were in, and from what we did to them the year before up there, it was payback time. The year before, we went up there and stunned them ... and hopefully we'll have that same attitude going this Saturday." The question asked of Murphy wa, given the total domination his team showed last year against the Leopards, what did he think about this year.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's offense seeking an improvement in efficiency
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's offense needs an efficiency expert. The Leopards wasted far too many yards in Saturday's entertaining, if ultimately frustrating, 37-20 loss to Stony Brook. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the yardage quarterback Andrew Shoop and his cohorts produced. They amassed 486 total yards -- 400 through the air -- and that is more than enough to win most football games. While coach Frank Tavani would ideally want more balance with a stronger rushing game, the Leopards' offensive production over the last two weeks has been sufficient, yardage-wise, to produce wins.

FOOTBALL: Three Lafayette football players reinstated
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Three Lafayette College football players who were suspended prior to the season opener for a violation of team rules were officially reinstated Monday by head coach Frank Tavani, The Morning Call has learned. The three sophomores - running back Pat Mputu, quarterback Patrick McCain and wide receiver Matt Grant - were originally suspended "indefinitely," and Tavani said, "They served their imposed punishment, and more is yet to come, and they've earned their way to be back and be eligible." The three will be eligible to play on Saturday when Lafayette faces Harvard in the Leopards' first home game of the year.

Monday, September 26, 2011

FOOTBALL: Ends at 4: Stiff, fair penalties lifted at Lafayette
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Three Lafayette College football players who were suspended prior to the season opener for a violation of team rules were officially reinstated Monday by head coach Frank Tavani, The Morning Call has learned. The three sophomores - running back Pat Mputu, quarterback Patrick McCain and wide receiver Matt Grant - were originally suspended "indefinitely," and Tavani said, "They served their imposed punishment, and more is yet to come, and they've earned their way to be back and be eligible." The three will be eligible to play on Saturday when Lafayette faces Harvard in the Leopards' first home game of the year.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

FOOTBALL: Squandered opportunities abound in Lafayette loss
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Multiple choice: Lafayette's 37-20 defeat at the hands of Stony Brook on Saturday night was due to: A. Seven trips into the red zone and only one touchdown (and two field goals) to show for them. B. Five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) and only one takeaway. C. Stony Brook, limited to 63 yards rushing in the first half, exploded for 237 and four Miguel Maysonet touchdowns in the second half. D. Lafayette quarterback Andrew Shoop passed for 400 yards on 32-of-56 attempts. E. All of the above. F. All but D. If you went with answer E, you can probably understand why Coach Frank Tavani's favorite phrases Sunday in the aftermath of the almost surreal non-league game in Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium might be "squandered opportunities" and "mind-boggling."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-SB recap: more passes not always best
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When I spoke with Frank Tavani today, one thing he said in the course of our conversation was, "We haven't won too many football games here throwing it 56 times." Some people who follow the Leopards have no problem with the big number of passing attempts. They want to see Tavani, the former running back who has, with tongue in cheek (I hope), been labeled "The Frankausaurus" on the Lafayette Sports Fan Forum, to give in to former quarterback Mickey Fein, who has yet to be given a nickname, when it comes to the direction of the offense. The last two Lafayette games, in which backup quarterback Andrew Shoop has put up some big numbers - even though they could not prevent a loss on Saturday night, have boosted the stock of the junior from Danville, who got the starting job when Ryan O'Neil, the starter all last season, went down with a concussion against Georgetown.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team fails to take advantage of opportunities in 37-20 loss to Stony Brook
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Stony Brook gave Lafayette a chance to win Saturday night's football game. After the Leopards graciously declined their opportunity to do so, perhaps as not to ruin the Seawolves' homecoming, the Seawolves took up the opportunity and ran with it -- quite literally -- to a 37-20 non-league win in front of 8,278 fans at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. Lafayette made five trips to the Seawolves' 21-yard-line or deeper in the first half and wound up with all of six points. With Stony Brook's offense stuck in neutral (98 first-half yards), the Leopards could easily have led 24-0 -- or more -- at the half instead of being tied at 6.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette falls to Stony Brook, 37-20
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
STONY BROOK, N.Y.--- In just 4 minutes, 23 seconds of the second half Saturday night, Lafayette got an old-fashioned lesson in how to make a team pay for its mistakes. Stony Brook was on the ropes for most of the first 30 minutes but escaped with a 6-6 tie when it kicked a field goal as the half ended. The Seawolves scored touchdowns on their first two possessions of the second half and never gave the Leopards a chance to think about getting control again, using their speed to great advantage en route to a 37-20 victory before an announced sellout Homecoming crowd of 8,278 in LaValle Stadium.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Stony Brook in-game report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- This may be the last time Lafayette and Stony Brook play one another in a long time -- unless, of course, it happens in a postseason game. Right now, the two schools operate under differewnt sets of rules and academic standards, but this is a good test of the resolve of the Leopards, who can even their season and match last year's victory total if they can overcome the Seawolves. It will not be easy. The recruitment of junior college and Division I-A transfers will continue to be an important part of the philosophy here. I'm told only four former Hofstra players are still on the Stony Brook roster. This university has become the pride of Long Island since the dissolution of the Hostra program. Stony Brook has done a good job of going after "local" players, and that flavor will continue, too.

FOOTBALL: Welcome to Stony Brook University
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- I made one serious mistake in preparing to come out here today. Well, make that two mistakes. First, I didn't include a spare battery for my camera, so when I went to begin taking some photos of LaValle Stadium, the camera was dead. My second mistake was bringing an umbrella, which, at the present time, it does not appear I will need, and not bringing a winter coat. Seems the air conditioning is run by computer and they tell me nothing can be done to make things different. So, it must be in the low 50s in the press box and the air just continues to blow. I have opened a couple of windows to let some of the warm air in, and I'm probably going to cool the fans who will occupy the seats in front of and beneath the box. I'm not the only one who has done this. Windows are open all over the place. Meanwhile, Stony Brook is racmking up some mean electric bill.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Stony Brook scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The thing I remember most about last year's game with Stony Brook was that Seawolves coach Chuck Priore was either so angry or so embarrassed -- maybe a little of both -- that he did not show up for the postgame press conference. He sent a statement through a spokesman from the sports information office. "We played undisciplined football," the statement said. It really was understatement.

Friday, September 23, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Darius Safford celebrating his return to the field with all-around excellence
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Darius Safford is an African History major at Lafayette College for a reason. "I think everyone should know their own history," said Safford, a 5-foot-9, 185-pound starting cornerback for the Leopards. Safford's own history with the Lafayette football team is certainly a little unusual. The native of Douglasville, Ga. (near Atlanta) arrived on College Hill and played in nine games and lettered as a freshman. His toughest adjustment was to the weather, he recalled with a laugh. This season, as a junior, his coverage skills, ability to break on the ball and close down opposing ballcarriers has been obvious from the first defensive play of the year. He has 14 tackles and leads the Leopards with four pass breakups.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

FOOTBALL: Stony Brook makes an unusual foe for Lafayette College's football team
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Stony Brook is not the typical football opponent for Lafayette College. The Seawolves, who host the Leopards 6 p.m. Saturday night on the last stop on the Leopards' four-city season-opening tour, present an unusual profile. Despite being located on the North Shore of Long Island, the Seawolves, who lost to Lafayette 28-21 in 2010, are members of the Big South Conference in football. Their closest conference rival is Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Va., 465 miles away. Imagine Lafayette in an Ohio-based league for comparison. Stony Brook started football in 1984. Most of Lafayette's usual foes have been playing football since at least 1884. Stony Brook gives scholarships. Lafayette does not. This season alone, the Seawolves welcomed five transfers from FBS programs -- all from BCS conference-schools: Boston College, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and Washington State. Lafayette has none.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College getting boost from improved special teams
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
How times have changed on College Hill in the kicking game. Lafayette College freshman Austin O'Brien won the Patriot League Special Teams Player of the Week award this week. O'Brien, a Medford, N.J. resident, made a 48-yard field goal and four of five extra points (one was blocked) in the 37-12 win over Penn. A well-deserved award -- and one that shows how far the Leopard special teams have come. In 2010, Lafayette's special teams were dangerous alright -- mostly to themselves. Head coach Frank Tavani rightly called them "terrible" -- and kicking follies played a direct role in several defeats. This year, the win over Penn came in no small part to special teams -- O'Brien's efforts and a momentum-swinging blocked punt by Mike Boles were critical in defeating the Quakers.

FOOTBALL: 2 Leopard frosh honored by Patriot League
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
When Lafayette opened its summer football camp, 61 of the 98 players on the roster were either sophomores or freshmen. Clearly, that signifies a move to make up for what was an unusually small recruiting class of 19 in 2009 -- the players who are juniors this year. Coach Frank Tavani said before the season began that he hoped he would not have to letter 19 freshman this year, as he did last year, but it has become quickly evident that the newest class has a solid group of players who cannot be allowed to sit back and watch. Two of those newcomers, running back Ross Scheuerman and kicker Austin O'Brien, were honored this week by the Patriot League -- Scheuerman as the Rookie of the Week and O'Brien as the Special Teams Player of the Week. I realized we had not said anything earlier in the week about these awards, although we had written about senior safety Kyle Simmons, who was the league's Defensive Player of the Week.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Kyle Simmons goes from the sideline to the national stage
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Maybe Frank Tavani should bench every one of his starters this week when his Lafayette College Leopards travel to Stony Brook. After all, his benchings seem pretty effective. Tavani sent senior safety Kyle Simmons to the sideline last Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania and started freshman Shane Black instead. It was the first time in 13 games that Simmons, a Plum, Pa., native, didn't figure in the Leopards' starting lineup. So all Simmons did once he got in the game was intercept two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and make 15 tackles to lead Lafayette to a 37-12 beatdown of the preseason Ivy League favorites.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Simmons coming off career-best performance
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Kyle Simmons admitted on Tuesday that he was sometimes "a little bit more cautious" in live practice sessions, stopping short of colliding with an oncoming teammate -- not out of a fear of getting hurt, but knowing that, in the past, most of his injuries have occurred in practice. The senior free safety changed that line of thinking last week after being told that the Lafayette coaches had decided to replace him in the starting lineup with freshman Shane Black for the Leopards' game with the University of Pennsylvania.

FOOTBALL: Leopards' Mark Ross is a stranger no more
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The first time I went over to Fisher Stadium to watch Lafayette during the spring practice period last April, Coach Frank Tavani, in talking about some of the pleasant surprises, said, "Watch that No. 10." I had to look at the roster sheet he had given me, and when I saw the name Mark Ross, it didn't mean much to me. It does now. Following Lafayette's 37-12 victory over Penn on Saturday night, in which Ross caught a pair of touchdown passes from Andrew Shoop, Tavani said, "Ross isn't a guy who's going to burn somebody or blow it by him, but he is a huge target. He and Mitch (Bennett) both; they are two ungodly players."

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball announces 2011-12 nonconference schedule
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's 2011-12 nonconference men's basketball schedule includes opponents from seven different conferences. The Leopards open with road contests against Atlantic 10 member LaSalle on Nov. 11 and Saint Francis (Pa.) on Nov. 14, the first of seven games against Northeast Conference opponents. The Leopards will play Saint Francis (N.Y.) in their home opener on Nov. 16. Lafayette also hosts Wagner on Nov. 19 and Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 22. The Leopards travel to Delaware of the Colonial Athletic Association for a Nov. 26 game before closing out the month with a contest at Ivy League champion Princeton on Nov. 30.

Monday, September 19, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Kyle Simmons heads list of award-winning athletes
The Express-Times/ By Corky Blake
Lafayette College senior strong safety Kyle Simmons was honored as the The Sports Network's FCS (Division I-AA) National Defensive Player of the Week. Simmons sparked Lafayette to a 37-12 upset win of defending Ivy League champion Penn with a career-high 15 tackles and two interceptions. He returned his first interception 31 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. His second pick, in the fourth quarter, set up Lafayette's final score. Simmons also was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Ross Scheuerman could be next in long string of impressive Leopard running backs
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
In its recent history Lafayette College's football program has spawned a plethora of superb running backs. Tom Costello, Jonathan Hurt, Erik Marsh, Joe McCourt, Leonard Moore -- all 1,000-yard rushers, five of the top six all-time running backs by yardage produced in the Leopards' long history -- and all coached by Frank Tavani, either as a position coach or the Lafayette head coach. That makes a lot of sense. Tavani himself was a outstanding ball carrier, earning All-American honors in 1974 at Lebanon Valley when he ran for over 1,000 yards. And after Saturday's gloriously impressive 37-12 rout of Penn -- what 20-year Quaker coach Al Bagnoli called "an old-fashioned rear-end kicking, the kind we haven't had here in a real long time" -- one of the most intriguing questions to come from the game involves running backs. Is freshman Ross Scheuerman the next great back of the Tavani era?

FOOTBALL: Clutch plays pave the way for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
A bad snap from center results in an eight-yard loss that turns a second-and-five into a third-and-13. A blocked extra-point attempt results in a 92-yard return for a two-point conversion by the opposing team. Those two drive- or momentum-changing plays might have had disastrous effects on the Lafayette football team during the 2010 season and the first two games of this year. On Saturday night, those two exact plays took place on one Leopard possession in the second quarter against the University of Pennsylvania -- but with dramatically different results.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

FOOTBALL: O'Neil, injuries and much, much more
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Clearing the tape recorder: TAVANI ABOUT RYAN O'NEIL - "Normal protocol, regardless of degree and symptoms, they do a lot of evaluating and we take the test thing on the computer. That was done last week, and the doc will have that in front of him, along with what he's seeing and hearing from Ryan. You don't want to raise blood pressure the whole first week, let the healing take place. And with Ryan having had (a concussion) last year, if he would get an additional one now behind the other one, that could be it for season. That could factor in. That's a medical decision. The kid says, `I took the computer test on Thursday and it was all normal, so can I get cleared for the (Penn) game?' They U-turned him out of the room faster than he went in. He's frustrated; he's a competitor, a great kid, a leader, a captain, regardless. He wants to get back on the field. If we're preparing all week and we don't know until Thursday or Friday, we have to prepare the other guy. We can't just assume anything. It's a good situation to be in because they both bring something to the table. It's like anything, you are only as good as the guy who's competing with you for the position."

FOOTBALL: Andrew Shoop, Lafayette College football team blow away Penn, 37-12
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The University of Pennsylvania put on a fireworks show after its football game with Lafayette College at Franklin Field Saturday night. But the Leopards didn't wait for their incandescent display of the night -- they set off their explosions during the game. Lafayette used a dazzling succession of big plays to drop a massive 37-12 bomb on the stunned Quakers in front of 9,438 fans -- a healthy percentage of them in Leopard maroon and white -- Saturday night.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette stuns Penn, 37-12
The Philadelphia Inquirer/ By Matt Breen
If you have a good enough eraser and a little forearm strength, you can easily eliminate Lafayette's big-play scores from your score- book, so Penn's defensive stat line won't look as poor. But on a brisk Saturday night at Franklin Field the Quakers learned in their season opener that it's not quite as easy to wipe those points off the scoreboard as the visiting Leopards rocked Penn, 37-12.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

FOOTBALL: Leopards knock off Ivy League champs
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
PHILADELPHIA - If Lafayette was looking for a reason to play the rest of the 2011 football season, it found one Saturday night in a place where ghosts of champions past still wander around. The Leopards exorcised demons galore and took apart the two-time Ivy League champion Penn Quakers behind quarterback Andrew Shoop and a large supporting cast that produced a rousing 37-12 victory that made the postgame fireworks show seem more like a bunch of fizzling firecrackers. This was not the same team that was beaten last week by Georgetown, or the one that lost nine of 11 games last year and came into this one with a five-game losing streak. With Shoop taking charge of a passing attack that was intent on going north and south, rather than east and west, the Leopards scored touchdowns on pass plays of 44, 37, 73 and 28 yards. Freshman Ross Scheuerman, whose fumble last week cost the Leopards a chance for a win at Georgetown, repaid his teammates when he opened the scoring with a 44-yard TD reception from Shoop. He also contributed a couple of long runs and finished the game with 89 yards on 13 carries.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Penn game day report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
PHILADELPHIA -- It is overcast and cool and there's almost no one in the place. We are about 17 minutes from the scheduled start but you'd never know it. Vaughn Hebron is not here; neither are Kyni Scott or Kyvory Henderson. This is not the kind of news Lafayette needs before the start of this game, but it is pretty much what we have come to expect in the past 13 months. I have to admit I wonder what I was thinking when I came up with the final`score of Lafayette 23, Penn 21. No one I have spoken to today has thought I was making any good sense. maybe a couple of the people sitting in front of me in Section NE would be in my corner. They are, after all, parents, siblings and friends of Lafayette players.

Friday, September 16, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lunch, and more, with the Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The six false-start penalties that disrupted the Lafayette offense time and time again on Saturday night at Georgetown got lots of attention. Coach Tavani - "Those are things that are unthinkable, that they would happen in the second game that didn't happen in the first game. It had nothing to do wth (Georgetown) moving around. We had some issues. Some of it is on the quarterback, some is on the center and some of it on who knows what, things we haven't done. Things we don't see in practice and didn't see in the first game. I don't know and that's what makes it frustrating. All I know is that will be a point of emphasis, and there will be numerous, and I mean numerous, reps over and over and over and over and over again to make it right."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Kyvory Henderson engineers a fine football career
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Most times a college recruits the football player. In Kyvory Henderson's case it was other way around. "I wanted to come to Lafayette mainly for the engineering program and the academics," Henderson said. And Henderson, a Glen Burnie, Md. resident, wanted to continue a successful football career. He had been an All-Anne Arundel County selection playing tight end, outside linebacker and defensive end his junior season. "I tore my ACL in the third game of my senior season, and schools that recruited me backed off," he said. One of them was not Lafayette -- because Henderson wasn't even on the Leopards' radar screen. "We didn't recruit him at all," Lafayette coach Frank Tavani said. "We didn't know him." Now the Leopards do -- and so does the rest of the Patriot League.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Andrew Shoop will make his first start at quarterback in a tough spot
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Andrew Shoop will make his first start as a college quarterback Saturday night against the University of Pennsylvania, the defending Ivy League champion and odds-on pick for the 2011 Ancient Eight title, at Franklin Field. But the Lafayette College junior said his routine on this very non-routine week will largely stay the same.

FOOTBALL: Shoop swoops in for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
"It's his football team," Lafayette's backup quarterback, Andrew Shoop, said about starter Ryan O'Neil at the completion of an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 21. On Tuesday, less than a month later, Shoop said, "Right now, it's my team; it has to be my team." Things changed early in the third quarter Saturday night at Georgetown when O'Neil, in coach Frank Tavani's words, "took a pretty vicious blow to the back of the head, his helmet popped off and then he got hit again in the middle of that pile, which gave him a pretty nice lump on the back of his head." The result was predictable: a concussion. Shoop rushed in and completed three passes on his first four plays, the last one for a 38-yard touchdown to wide receiver Mitch Bennett. Lafayette suffered a heartbreaking 14-13 loss when the Hoyas scored a fourth-quarter touchdown; and the Leopards take an 0-2 record and a five-game losing streak to Franklin Field at 6 p.m. Saturday for a meeting with defending Ivy League champion Penn.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's false starts a true handicap for struggling offense
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
While Georgetown University's defense had a lot to do with Lafayette College's football team amassing only 13 points and 296 yards of total offense in Saturday's 14-13 Hoya win, something else helped hold the Leopards back: Themselves. Lafayette was flagged six times for false starts on the night.

FOOTBALL: Lunch, and more, with the Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The six false-start penalties that disrupted the Lafayette offense time and time again on Saturday night at Georgetown got lots of attention. Coach Tavani - "Those are things that are unthinkable, that they would happen in the second game that didn't happen in the first game. It had nothing to do wth (Georgetown) moving around. We had some issues. Some of it is on the quarterback, some is on the center and some of it on who knows what, things we haven't done. Things we don't see in practice and didn't see in the first game. I don't know and that's what makes it frustrating. All I know is that will be a point of emphasis, and there will be numerous, and I mean numerous, reps over and over and over and over and over again to make it right."

Monday, September 12, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College staring into an abyss of disaster after heartbreaking loss at Georgetown University
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team needs to find an answer. Now. Saturday's horrifying 14-13 loss to Georgetown leaves the Leopards staring at another lost season after 2010's 2-9 debacle. By virtually anybody's standards, the Hoyas represented the best chance for a Leopard win amid an insanely crazy early schedule. Georgetown is improving -- its talent level, especially on defense, increases each season -- but the Hoyas aren't North Dakota State (last week's Lafayette foe) or Penn (next week's). With 27 seniors on the team facing a Patriot League opener against a team that had stung Lafayette badly in 2010's first game, there was every reason to think the Leopards would come out roaring Saturday night.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

FOOTBALL: Injuries, errors cost Lafayette College football team in loss to Georgetown
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
It looked like maroon-and-white zombies had taken over the Lafayette College locker room after a heart-breaking, disastrous and dispiriting 14-13 loss to Georgetown University Saturday night. Players wandered, seemingly led by the eyes of the dead. Many sat with head in hands in shock. A grim silence hung over the area. This wasn't the agony of defeat; this was the torture of a loss that should have been a win over Georgetown (2-0) in the Patriot League opener for both teams in front of 2,435 fans at Multi-Sport Field.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette needs more rushing yards, fewer penalties
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
A one-man, eight-item brainstorming session following Lafayette's 14-13 Patriot League loss at Georgetown on Saturday night: THE RUNNING GAME DILEMMA: The Leopards have now accumulated a grand total of 173 yards -- 86.5 average -- for the two games. Things are on a disturbing downward trend. Even in the 8-3 2009 season, the average was just 130; and last year it dropped off to 109 a game. This does not sit well for a head coach who is a former running back. Lafayette badly needs a heady, hard-running power guy. Vaughn Hebron gave the offense a welcome jolt in the third quarter before getting hurt again. Ross Scheuerman will be fine, but he IS only a rookie. The guys up front have bulk and strength, but they aren't winning nearly enough battles in the trenches. That is disappointing.

FOOTBALL: Bennett, Shoop say they could have done more
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Mitch Bennett was on the receiving end of the longest Lafayette pass play of the season - a 38-yard third-quarter touchdown from Andrew Shoop - Saturday night at Georgetown. He also juggled a ball that would have produced a first down on the opening series of the second half, finally catching it, but out of bounds. As he sat outside the Lafayette locker room, his head hung low following the Leopards' 14-13 loss to Georgetown, guess which pass he was thinking about.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

FOOTBALL: Hapless Leopards find another way to lose
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Apparently, Lafayette didn't use up all the ways to lose a game a year ago, because it found another one Saturday night. With the Leopards down by a point and driving to within field goal range with less than two minutes to go, freshman Ross Scheuerman's fumble was recovered by the Hoyas, who escaped with the 14-13 victory in the Patriot League opener for both teams. All this came after Lafayette, which looked anything but inspired in the first half, came out with fire for the first time this season. A long bomb from backup quarterback Andrew Shoop went for a touchdown; some excellent defensive play by Leroy Butler and Tyler McFarlane slowed the Hoyas, and the second field goal of the night by freshman kicker Austin O'Brien added a bit of a cushion. It appeared maybe the dark cloud that has been following this team was about to dissipate. But, as happens so often with teams that have lost the winning touch, the fire went out too soon.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Georgetown game day
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
WASHINGTON, DC -- Well, we're sitting here and we're already somewhat shocked. Holy Cross 37, Colgate 7. What a start to the Patriot League season. Ryan Taggart throws for two TDs and runs for one, and Colgate's Nate Eachus doesn't score until the Raiders are trailing 37-0 in the fourth quarter. Big day for Tom Gillmore's defense. Eachus gets 96 yards, but it means nothing. Meanwhile, it's a hot and sunny afternoon here, quite a different from the Fargodome a week ago. With 35 minutes to game time thr Lafayette crowd outnumbers the Georgetown following. Frank Tavani and Kevin Kelly are chatting at midfield; Lafayette defensive coordinator John Loose is chatting with a Georgetown coach; offensive coordinator Mickey Fein talked with one of his buddies from Georgetowen earlier. In many ways, this Patriot League thing is about family. But beginning at 6:05 or so, that will change for about three hours.

Friday, September 9, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College facing a shortage at tailback
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Frank Tavani ran for over 1,000 yards and was an All-American running back at Lebanon Valley in 1975. Lafayette College football fans may wonder soon if their coach has any eligibility left. Running back seemed to be a strong point for the Leopards entering the season. But coming into Saturday's Patriot League League at Georgetown (6 p.m.) Lafayette is running out of running backs.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette-Georgetown: a scouting report
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
The Lafayette offense averaged 71 plays per game during the 2010 season, when it won just two of 11 games. The high was 90 in the opener against Georgetown. The low was 51 in the loss to Columbia. The Leopards had just 48 offensive plays last week in their 42-6 loss at North Dakota State, and Frank Tavani said he couldn't remember a game in his career on College Hill that a Lafayette team had fewer plays. It was a tough day for the offense all around. Too many three-and-outs, too few third-down conversions and way too few points. But it was the worst for the running game, which produced only 54 net yards - the least in 101 years. The last time the Leopards had fewer rushing yards in a game was against Penn State (19) in 1910. To a guy like Tavani, who has never shied away from his love for the ground game, it had to be particularly difficult.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Mike Grimaldi leaving memories of opening loss behind
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College senior defensive end Mike Grimaldi has developed a short memory after a season-opening 42-6 loss to North Dakota State. "On Sunday, that game was in the past," said the 6-foot-2, 255-pounder from Aberdeen, N.J. "We have to move on from that. There were a lot of things to learn from that game but we have to learn fast." That's because, as coach Frank Tavani said, it's title-game time for Lafayette.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

FOOTBALL: This Rudy story has an unhappy ending
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Jerome Rudolph's first carry as a Lafayette tailback resulted in a one-yard gain. His second went for no gain. It was hardly an auspicious start. The only thing that made it noteworthy was the fact that Rudolph was just a freshmen in 2008 but he was injected into a game when it was still anybody's to win -- and in hostile territory, too ...against Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Before that game, a 35-21 victory for the Leopards over the 14th-ranked Flames, ended, Rudolph contributed to one touchdown drive with runs of five and seven yards and he wound up with 23 yards on six carries. Still nothing to make headlines, but a promising beginning.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's football scheduling philosophy to be put to the test against Georgetown
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's Patriot League football opener Saturday night at Georgetown offers a fascinating and rare case to test a theory: is it better to prepare for your league season with a game against a chump or a champ? The Leopards took the latter route, opening against No. 11-ranked North Dakota State on the road. Lafayette hung with a bigger and faster team, in a dome, for one half beforel a combination of big plays and bad breaks did the Leopards in, 42-6.

FOOTBALL: Tyler McFarlane and a bad Georgetown decision
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Tucked in among the sea of gold in the Fargodome last Saturday night, nine people screamed their lungs out when the Lafayette football field came out moments before the start of the game. They also held up pieces of cardboard with the letters: M-C-F-A-R-L-A-N-E. The nine sign-holders were parents Charles and Vanessa, brother Jason, a couple of uncles and friends who have been waiting a long time to see Tyler McFarlane play a college football game for the Leopards. Their wait, however, has been nothing compared to what McFarlane, a senior linebacker, has been through since showing all kinds of promise in his freshman season at Bucknell in 2007, when he started six games and earned Patriot League Rookie of the Week for his play against Colgate.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

FOOTBALL: Hoyas a better match for Lafayette
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
So, which is more beneficial in a season opener, to play up in class and lose, or play down in class and win? Georgetown football coach Kevin Kelly did not have to answer that question Tuesday during his teleconference call with Lehigh Valley media, but he did offer one salient comment when he was asked what indication he had that Lafayette is a better team in 2011 than it was in 2010.

FOOTBALL: Ross Scheuerman expected to see increased time at running back for Lafayette College
The Express-Times/ By Keith Gary
Freshman football players often have to wait their turn and bide their time on scout teams or be satisfied with special teams contributions. For Ross Scheuerman, who rushed for 3,842 yards and scored 49 TDs for Allentown (NJ) High School, a sequence of events that has played out in the Lafayette College program has led to an earlier-than-expected debut.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

FOOTBALL: Loss in Fargo doesn't change Leopards' vision
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette football coach Frank Tavani said Sunday that the last-minute absence of the Leopards' top two running backs did not dramatically change the game plan going into Saturday night's season opener against North Dakota State. And while admitting "we were outclassed, but we knew that when we went in there ... we didn't catch up to the speed of the game on that surface ...," he also thought "we were in it and had our shot, at least to make it a better game than" the Leopards' 42-6 defeat at the hands of the No. 11-ranked Bison. In the days leading up to the game, the indefinite suspension of sophomore Pat Mputu and a late request by senior Jerome Rudolph to be excused from the game put junior Alan Elder into the starting slot, with freshman Ross Scheuerman as the backup. Elder gained only eight yards on 12 carries; and while Scheuerman had 46 yards on eight carries, the vast majority came in the game's closing minutes and against NDSU's deep reserves.

FOOTBALL: Sizing up Lafayette's opening-game loss
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
They take their Bison football seriously in Fargo, N.D. Some businesses closed at 4 p.m. on Saturday to allow folks to get ready for the North Dakota State game against Lafayette. It was Labor Day weekend, and I was told more than once that a lot of people were out of town. The rest of them must have been in the Fargodome. Well, at least 17,023 of them. And the majority wore gold T-shirts.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette stomped by North Dakota
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
FARGO, N.D. - If D.J. McNorton's bid for the Walter Payton Award as the best running back in the Football Championship Subdivision loses its steam, it may just be because of the competition from Sam Ojuri. The interesting thing about that is that Ojuri is McNorton's teammate in the North Dakota State backfield. McNorton opened his senior season with a pedestrian 80 yards and scored three touchdowns, but Ojuri, who missed all of last season after being suspended for a violation of team rules, had more carries (15-13) and gained 75 yards as the No. 11 Bison handled outmanned Lafayette 42-6 in the season opener for both teams. And as much damage as those two NDSU tailbacks may have done, the back-breaking plays in the game were touchdown passes of 67 and 57 yards from Brock Jensen to Warren Holloway, who had six catches for 147 yards. While the game sounds like a huge blowout, Lafayette can take some positive things from it.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette football team loses opener 42-6 at North Dakota State
The Express-Times
D.J. McNorton rushed for three touchdowns and Brock Jensen threw two more to Warren Holloway as North Dakota State made Lafayette's longest trip ever a nightmare by routing the Leopards 42-6 tonight in Fargo, N.D. The Leopards, playing west of the Mississippi for the first time in their history, fell behind 28-0 before finally breaking through against the Bison on the first play of the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ryan O'Neil threw a six-yard scoring pass to Mitchell Bennett on a fourth-and-2 to get Lafayette on the board.

FOOTBALL: Leopards-NDSU Game Day
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Well, I'm going to try this as a Twitter thing in case anyone is following. It's 72 minutes to game time and the student section is already filing in -- right behind the Lafayette bench. A couple of kids from NDSU tell me six sections will be for the students -- and "they'll be the loud, obnoxious ones." He was smiling when he said it. Frank and NDSU's Craig Bohl are chatting at the 45-yard line. The NDSU kids continue to come in, and their boos are, I'm sure, unlike anything since the Liberty game down there. Remember how that turned out? Question: In what way are the Fargodome and Lehigh's Goodman Stadium similar? Neither has a rest room in the press box area. NDSU has an elevator though.

FOOTBALL: Getting set for football in the Fargodome
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
FARGO, N.D. -- This is going to be an interesting day for the Lafayette football team. I'm really not sure what to expect when the Leopards line up tonight against North Dakota State, a scholarship school that on paper appears to have way too many weapons for them. I know that in the newspaper I picked NDSU to win by a couple of points, and I really do think it could be that close. Watch out for the first couple of series in the game. If the Lafayette defense has a handle on Bison running back D.J. McNorton, the chances of a Leopard upset go way up. He is a 5-foot, 9 1/2-inch bomb waiting to explode at any moment, and if that vhappens early, the huge crowd that is expected for this game will become as much of a force as anything the Bison might throw at the Leopards.

Friday, September 2, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Ryan O'Neil has a come a long way on and off the football field
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
When John O'Neil thinks of his brother Ryan, his thoughts go back to scholastic days when John starred as the quarterback at Iona Prep in suburban New York and Ryan was in junior high. "He was the water boy for the football team," said John O'Neil, who went on to play quarterback for three years at Holy Cross. "People always thought of him as my kid brother." Now, though, years later, that little water boy has become Lafayette College's starting quarterback, and John, older by six years, is "Ryan's older brother." And the water boy has grown up - big.

FOOTBALL: Leopards lose again without playing
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
FARGO, N.D. - At the end of the spring practice period at Lafayette, running back and quarterback looked like two of the deepest positions on the team. Well, the first kickoff of the season is scheduled for 7 o'clock tonight (ET), and those two key offensive positions are reeling before ever being hit by an opposing player. The Leopards flew here Friday morning and took an early-afternoon workout in the Fargodome, which is a pretty amazing place in its own right. While the players did not wear uniforms, it became obvious in a hurry that someone was missing. That someone is Jerome Rudolph.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Mitchell Bennett has learned to be a leader by example
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Mitchell Bennett will get a rare opportunity at Lafayette College this fall, one that comes to very few college football captains. He'll get a "do-over." Most football captains are seniors and graduate after their captaincy. But Bennett, a tall, lean 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver with soft hands and a warm smile that can light up a room, was a Leopards captain as a junior -- and his teammates have returned him to that place of honor for 2011 along with quarterback Ryan O'Neil and linebacker Ben Eaton. Given that 2010 was not too successful on College Hill -- 2-9, the first losing season since 2003 for Lafayette -- Bennett's teammates must have figured his leadership wasn't the reason for the Leopards' problems.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College suspends three football players 'indefinitely'
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football team will head to its season opener at North Dakota State Saturday night without three sophomores suspended today by coach Frank Tavani for "a violation of team rules", according to a statement issued by the Leopards' Sports Information Director, Phil LaBella.

FOOTBALL: Leopards face challenging opener
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
If you love to travel, the offer of an all-expenses-paid trip to someplace you've never been before might be too much to resist. Frank Tavani loves coaching football games, and the prospect of taking his Lafayette football team to a new destination to meet a new and nationally ranked opponent at no cost to the Leopards' budget left him with only one option. Even if the destination was Fargo, N.D.

FOOTBALL: Leopard suspensions: A punch in the gut
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani had to walk the talk on Tuesday. He did it without hesitation The Lafayette head football coach was beaming when he walked into the weekly media luncheon. He came over to our table, shook hands with everyone and made some light banter. When he left, we commented about how loose he seemed to be. Bet he wasn't a little bit loose later when he had to take some drastic action against three promising sophomore players, suspending running back Pat Mputu, quarterback Patrick McCain and wide receiver Matt Grant "indefinitely for a violation of team rules." This was the exact statement that came out of the sports information office at 4:13 p.m., about the time practice was beginning - and probably coinciding with the time Tavani told his team of the matter.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's Kyle Hayes to play very visible role in Leopards' passing attack
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Just call Kyle Hayes the invisible man. At Lafayette College's recent football media day, coach Frank Tavani introduced every one of his 27 seniors but one, paused, asked if he forgot anybody, and Hayes sheepishly stood up. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Kittatinny High School graduate and Newton, N.J., native must have been equally invisible to opposing defenses last fall. At least once in every Leopards game Hayes was running alone deep in the opposition's secondary as defensive coordinators asked where he came from.

Monday, August 29, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette hopes to rebound with experience, solidarity
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
A staff sergeant from Fort Indiantown Gap who said he told the families of nine of his soldiers who were killed in the war in Afghanistan that it was his fault because he did not prepare them well enough got the attention of every member of the Lafayette contingent during the opening week of preseason football camp earlier this month. "He was deployed nine times," said Leopard Coach Frank Tavani, who added that Sgt. Daub's talk was "off the charts." "Our kids will remember it forever," Tavani said. "I know it hit me. He took total responsibility ... the ultimate responsibility." Tavani wasn't inferring that the 11-game war his team will begin Saturday night in Fargo, N.D., can in any way rival the real-life example of the battle on the front lines overseas. But asking players to accept the responsibility for their actions -- and doing the same himself -- is an integral part of Tavani's philosophy.

FOOTBALL: FIVE THINGS TO WATCH AT LAFAYETTE
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Do we really want quarterback Ryan O'Neil to be another Brad Maurer, and if so, which one? When it was first mentioned that the Lafayette coaches might put in some designed runs to take advantage of O'Neil's legs, longtime followers of the Leopards immediately conjured up flashbacks of Maurer leading the team to three consecutive Patriot League championships. In 2004, Maurer the sophomore ran for 838 yards and nine TDs, but he also lost 195 yards, for a 643 net. He passed for only 109 yards per game. In 2005, Maurer the junior had 271 net yards rushing and 1,562 passing; and in 2006, he ran for 295 yards and passed for 2,239 yards. O'Neil has only 54 net rushing yards for his college career, so we really don't know what he's capable of. But he did pass for 2,183 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, and he has a talented receiver corps. So, a keep-'em-honest-run now and then might make him even more effective as a passer in 2011.

FOOTBALL: Schedule and starting lineups
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
All games televised on the Lafayette Sports Network. Sept. 3: at North Dakota State (7 p.m. EDT) Sept. 10: at Georgetown (6) Sept. 17: at Penn (6) Sept. 24: at Stony Brook (6)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College 2011 football preview
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Looks like most pieces have fallen into place for Lafayette College football to forget a miserable 2010 and move ahead to 2011. "We have got a bad taste in our mouths from last season," senior linebacker Ben Eaton said. "We're trying to set things right." To do so the Leopards return 17 starters and 37 lettermen from last year's 2-9 (1-4 Patriot League) team, the first losing season on College Hill since 2003. In quarterback Ryan O'Neil, Lafayette has a tested senior who threw for 2,183 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2010. O'Neil, who enjoyed an impressive spring practice, has an array of productive skill position players to work with and will be sheltered behind a veteran line.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College linebacker Tyler McFarlane can't wait to hit someone
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Tyler McFarlane plans to make a very powerful impact on the Lafayette College football program this fall. But perhaps not nearly as strong as the impact McFarlane wants the first North Dakota State player to feel as the Leopards' senior linebacker makes his first competitive tackle since 2007. "It's going to really good to hit somebody from another team," said McFarlane with a broad smile. Pity the first Bison ballcarrier who winds up in McFarlane's path when the Leopards open their season Saturday in Fargo, N.D. His stored-up desire to tackle dates to 2007, when he played for Bucknell. A combination of injuries, transfers, one dropped program (Hofstra) and entanglements with obscure NCAA rules followed McFarlane on a path fromLewisburg to Long Island to Lafayette.

Friday, August 26, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette names Mitchell Bennett, Ben Eaton and Ryan O'Neil as football captains
The Express-Times/ By David Krauss
Seniors Mitchell Bennett, Ben Eaton and Ryan O'Neil have been named as the Lafayette football captains for 2011. Wide receiver Bennett, playing in his fifth year of eligibility after a medical redshirt, caught 33 passes for 394 yards and four TDs last fall. He is the first Lafayette player since Ryan Priest to serve as captain in two straight seasons (1985-86). Eaton made 70 tackles from his middle linebacker slot, also had a forced fumble and blocked a kick. He will be eligible to return to the squad next year due to a medical redshirt. Quarterback O'Neil completed 67 percent of his passes and threw for 2,183 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College senior Jake Crooks center of attention for veteran offensive line
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Jake Crooks has played football most of his life. But he's never played with the football. "Never had it in my hands before," the Lafayette College senior said. In 2011, Crooks will have the ball in his hands more than anyone save for quarterback Ryan O'Neil. Crooks, a longtime offensive tackle, has shifted to center this season to anchor a veteran Leopards' offensive line.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's hopes for 2011 success rest largely with bunch of improved, hungry seniors
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College isn't picked to win the Patriot League in football this fall. And that's fine with head coach Frank Tavani. "I think there's only been one time the league preseason pick has ended up winning the league," said Tavani said at the Leopards' annual Media Day Monday. "This league is much-improved and it's getting tougher and tougher." That all means Lafayette will have to be much-improved for a 2-9 mark (1-4 league) in 2010 to have any chance of contending for its first Patriot championship since 2006. With 17 starters back, Tavani's crew looks much more like a veteran team than in 2010.

Monday, August 22, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College's seniors want to make final season of football one to remember
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Speaking at Lafayette College's annual football media day today, with his senior class assembled in the room in front of him, head football coach Frank Tavani said that 2011 would be the year the seniors never forget. "This will be the year, win, lose or draw, or whatever, that you'll remember the most," Tavani said. Lafayette's seniors will certainly want to erase memories of a 2-9 2010 season.

FOOTBALL: Here's a case for the Leopard defense
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Ryan O'Neil might have a career year. Mitch Bennett might set a record for receiving yards. Anthony Buffolino and Scott Biel might make all the blocks to open great holes for Jerome Rudolph, Patrick Mputu and Co. But the fact is, unless the Leopard defense is dramatically improved in several areas, it will be difficult to make a significant difference in the bottom line. So, at Monday's Media Day luncheon, I decided to be sure to focus on the defensive guys. It seems I've spent so much time talking about the quarterback situation and other aspects of the offense that I have neglected the phase of the game that was so instrumental in Lafayette championship runs in 2004-2006. None of the players on this team was connected with that, but the orchestrator of the defense, John Loose, was. And it appears that, in the aftermath of last season's 2-9 disaster, Loose has gone back to the drawing board. And, according to some of the key guys on the defense, Lafayette will be attacking its opponents with a scheme that has been, as veteran safety Evan McGovern said, "thinned down."

FOOTBALL: Lafayette expecting improvement this fall
WFMZ-TV 69
At Lafayette, the Leopards hosted their annual football media day today. After a tough 2010 season they had a lot of guys that stuck around this summer to work out in preparation for this fall. That's not a huge surprise because the Leopards are determined to be better than they were last season.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

FOOTBALL: Leopards sorting out the backup QB spot
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Early in the week, when Lafayette offensive coordinator Mickey Fein called for his second-string quarterback, he stunned everyone on the field by pointing to freshman Zach Zweizig, not Andrew Shoop. "I don't know if that was the catalyst for Andrew or what, but I do know that since that day, he has really come on," Leopard head coach Frank Tavani said Saturday following an 87-play intrasquad scrimmage on Fisher Field that marked the halfway point of summer training camp. "It was like a light bulb went on for him," offensive assistant coach Bob Lockhart said prior to the scrimmage. "Whether it was a light bulb or whatever you want to call it, it was one of those things where right now I have the confidence that I can make the right reads and make the right plays to put our team into the position to score points and win games," Shoop said when it was over.

FOOTBALL: Catching Up With: Former Lafayette All-American quarterback Frank Baur
The Express-Times/ By Michael LoRe
In 1989, Frank Baur graced the cover of Sports Illustrated. The highly touted Lafayette College quarterback holds a football in his right hand with both arms raised, highlighting the magazine's College Football Preview issue. Most recently, Baur has been in magazines, but not for his achievements on the gridiron. The 45-year-old licensed audiologist in Pennsylvania has published articles in The Hearing Review regarding excessive noise exposure. He was honored at the American Academy of Audiology Conference in 2008 and his article was named to The Hearing Review's Top Ten Best Article Submissions of 2008.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

FOOTBALL: Freshmen big hit in Lafayette scrimmage
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani, John Loose and Mickey Fein having been preaching for months about the strength of this year's recruiting class. And just Saturday morning, before Lafayette's intrasquad scrimmage, Loose said again that when you combine this year's class with last year's class, you have a better two-year crop than at any time in the previous 10 years. Lafayette has had some pretty talented football players during the Tavani era, I thought it was a bit premature to make such a dramatic comparison by using one group that has the experience of a 2-9 season and another that has no experience at all. Saturday morning changed my thinking.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

FOOTBALL: A practice day with the Leopards
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
For lots of wide receivers, 33 catches, 394 yards and three touchdowns would be a respectable season, but everyone connected with the Lafayette program, including Mitchell Bennett himself, expected so much more from 2010. His teammates thought so much of him that they elected him a co-captain. Coaches throughout the Patriot League, who voted him as a second team all-star following the 2009 season, mentioned him almost every week, knowing he would be a determining factor in the Leopards' success or failure. He tried. He tried like crazy. He played in every game, although he started only eight of the 11. But he was unable to take the pressure off fellow senior Mark Layton. "You really want to be there to make the plays and sometimes you don't feel like yourself," Bennett said prior to the Lehigh game. The torn ligament in his right ankle was repaired less than a week after the season ended; and while Bennett was not permitted to take part in spring practice, the extra healing time may have been a good thing because now, quarterback Ryan O'Neil said recently, "he's catching everything" and looking like the Bennett of 2009.

Friday, August 12, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team releases preseason depth chart
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's football depth chart features nine returning starters listed as first team on offense and seven on defense heading into preseason camp. Coach Frank Tavani's Leopards, coming off a 2-9 season in 2010, spent this week opening camp at an off-site location that, due to NCAA rules, cannot be disclosed until their return to College Hill, which comes today. On offense, as expected, senior Ryan O'Neil is listed as the No. 1 quarterback. O'Neil threw for 2,183 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2010. Senior Jerome Rudolph is listed as the No. 1 tailback; he ran for 207 yards last year before a concussion ended his season. Junior Alan Elder (450 yards), sophomore Pat Mputu (373), junior Vaughn Hebron (65) and sophomore Marcellus Irving (77), who all saw action in 2010, are co-listed at No. 2. This likely will be one of the major battles in preseason camp.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College has opened preseason football practice - but good luck finding them
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College's preseason football camp is under way. And that's about all we can tell you about it. Don't look for the Leopards around College Hill or on the Fisher Stadium turf. Coach Frank Tavani has taken his team to an off-site location through Thursday. NCAA rules prohibit the college from discussing even the location of the camp and the players are off-limits from interviews.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Catching Up With: Former Lafayette College basketball player, Beth Mowins
The Express-Times/ By Tom Hinkel
Beth Mowins has set no boundaries in her rise to fame as an ESPN sportscaster. Over the past two decades, the 1989 Lafayette College graduate has ascended to the top of her profession. Mowins, who does play-by-play, has called a seemingly endless string of events including the NCAA Women's College Cup, NCAA men's basketball tournament, WNBA, NCAA Women's College World Series, USA Softball, USA women's hockey and NCAA women's college basketball tournament. Mowins, who starred on the Leopards women's basketball team under former coach Pat Fisher, went on to earn a degree in communications from Syracuse University in 1990.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FOOTBALL: Patriot League aware of increasing concern on head injuries and limiting football contact, but no new rules yet
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Back in the late 1970s when Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Juan Castillo played football at Texas A&I, rules about limiting contact would have been considered hilarious. Now, after years of study and observation of the long-term effects of the kind of hitting Castillo knew in college, and finding it's no more laughing matter, rules on contact are a serious business. The Ivy League in July passed rules limiting contact practices to twice a week. The NFL has tossed full-contact two-a-days and restricted hitting at its training camps. And at Patriot League media day Tuesday at Green Pond Country Club, league coordinator of officials Jim Maconaghy stressed that his officials are being told if there's any doubt about a blow to the head, a penalty should be called. "Err on the side of calling it," he said.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette quarterback corps: the good and bad news
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Lafayette offensive coordinator Mickey Fein talked in February about the importance of bringing in two quality freshman quarterbacks to go along with the three the Leopards had returning for 2011. "We like carrying five," Fein said on the day Lafayette announced that Kyle Ohradzansky of Ohio and Zachary Zweizig of Wilson West Lawn had committed to Lafayette. "The last couple years we were at four, but that gets scary if you have an injury." "It seems like so many," a reporter said. "It is, but at the same time, if you have two injuries, all of a sudden you're at your three you want to carry and have. We were close to that last year with some stuff happening." Well, as Lafayette prepares to open summer camp on Sunday, quarterback is a good news/bad news position.

FOOTBALL: Lafayette's Ben Eaton ... television ... scholarships
Mcall.com SportsTalk Blog/ By Paul Reinhard
Want to know how big a job Ben Eaton is faced with this season? Lafayette's rushing defense ranked 11th in the country among Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) teams in 2009, allowing an average of just under 100 yards per game. The Leopards were 10th nationally in 2008 with 92.2 ypg and fourth nationally in 2008 with 85.7. They led the Patriot League in 2006, ranked in the top 20 in the country in 2005 and led the league in 2004. In 2010, Lafayette lost nine of its 11 games, and it allowed an average of 173.2 ypg rushing - 89th in the country among FCS teams. So, what does all of this have to do with Ben Eaton? Well, in those years in which the Leopards dominated the opposition with their rushing defense, the leading tackler was always a linebacker - from Maurice Bennett to Andy Romans to Michael Schmidlein.

FOOTBALL: Lehigh Picked 1st, Lafayette 4th In Patriot League Poll
WFMZ-TV 69
Patriot League football teams will open practices next week, and that means they spent today talking about the upcoming season. For Lehigh, the 2011 season is a season of defending last year's title. The Mountain Hawks are picked to win another title by the coaches in the league, and it makes sense. They return a lot of talent from last year including starting quarterback Chris Lum and preseason All-American Mike Groome at linebacker. The Mountain Hawks enjoyed winning last year, but know nothing will be handed to them this year. For the Lafayette football team the motivation is simple. The Leopards want and expect to be better despite being picked 4th in the league's preseason poll. They had record numbers at their summer workouts. They have several starters and letter winners returning including 19 freshmen who lettered. All that experience means optimism.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

FOOTBALL & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Beth Mowins '89 will be part of ESPN2's college football broadcasts on Saturdays this fall
The Post-Standard (Syracuse, N.Y.)/ By Mike Waters
As a kid growing up in North Syracuse, Beth Mowins often played football with her two brothers. Eventually, Mowins would stop playing and start announcing. "I'd pretend I was Keith Jackson or Brent Musberger,'' Mowins said in a telephone conversation on Wednesday. "I'd pretend I was calling the games from the sideline.'' This fall, Mowins will follow in the footsteps of broadcasting legends Jackson and Musberger as the play-by-play announcer for ESPN2's noon lineup of college football games.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

VOLLEYBALL: Ex-Stroudsburg star returns to coach volleyball at alma mater
Pocono Record/ By Eric Matula
Stroudsburg High School is welcoming back one of its former stars. Kelsey Slater, who was a three-time Mountain Valley Conference All-Star and the 2006 MVC player of the year, is returning to Stroudsburg to coach the girls volleyball team. It's an opportunity she couldn't to turn down. "I always had a real love of the game," Slater said. "My career is over and I want to share my knowledge with the younger generation. I just love being around the game." Slater graduated from Lafayette College in May, where she was on the volleyball and track and field teams.

Monday, June 27, 2011

MEN'S SOCCER: Peckham makes impression with another goal for United
Reading Eagle/ By Beth Hudson
He's already one of the top soccer players in the Patriot League, but Reading United A.C. midfielder Sean Peckham always wants to improve.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Lafayette-Bound Alyssa Finelli named The Express-Times 2011 Girls Soccer Player of the Year
The Express-Times/ By David Krauss
Easton Area High School girls soccer coach Tim Hall says there's a way to determine whether or not his players are tuned in to what he's saying. Arguably the best player to ever wear red and black on the Red Rover pitch, Finelli, a senior forward, completed her four-year varsity career by leading Easton to a 19-6 record this spring. She scored 24 goals and 15 assists for 63 points, the most in The Express-Times area. Finelli is The Express-Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year for 2011. It's the second time in three years that she's won the honor.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FOOTBALL: Promotions score big in the FCS
The Sports Network/ By Craig Haley
... Of course, interactive promotions are widely popular. Perhaps you'll go to a Lafayette home game for the chili cook-off, but become involved in the crowd cameo, which allows fans to submit game-day photos from their phones for posting on the stadium videoboard, or the scavenger hunt, a contest utilizing social media mobile apps and the stadium videoboard.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

BASEBALL: Fritz continues to make most of 'once-in-a-lifetime' chance
Reading Eagle/ By Evan Jones
It's hard to believe that it was nearly four years ago that Zach Fritz was standing on the pitcher's mound in Altoona and winning a PIAA Class A championship with his Minersville teammates.

Friday, May 13, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College to kick off most home football games at 6 p.m.
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Lafayette College football fans will have many of their Saturday afternoons open this fall. Don't worry, the team's still playing -- just at a different time. In a significant shift, the Leopards' 2011 home football schedule has four night games and just one afternoon kickoff. Games at Fisher Stadium with Harvard (Oct. 1), Yale (Oct. 15), Bucknell (Oct. 29) and Colgate (Nov. 5) will kick off at 6 p.m. Only the Homecoming tilt with Fordham on Oct. 22 will have an afternoon start (1 p.m.). Starting times have not been announced for Lafayette's away games.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

TRACK & FIELD: Nick DeRosa of North Hunterdon High School leads Lafayette College men in Patriot League Track and Field Championships
The Express-Times/ By Bruce Buratti
FORKS TWP. | Nick DeRosa knows when he feels an exceptional moment and the Lafayette College junior sprinter and his teammates were definitely feeling it on Saturday afternoon. DeRosa, a former North Hunterdon High School star, had a bountiful day in the second day of the 21st annual Patriot League Track and Field Championships held at Lafayette's Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex. Running the second leg of the Leopards' 400 relay team, DeRosa joined David Robinson, Nick Hepp and anchor Jerome Rudolph to win the league title in a meet-record time of 40.63 seconds. DeRosa later came back to win the 200 meters in 21.42 seconds, edging Bucknell's Isaiah Bell at the tape and then finished his day by running second leg on Lafayette's 1,600 relay team that finished second to Bucknell in 3:17.13. Those performances qualified the 400 relay team and DeRosa individually in the 200 into next weekend's IC4A Championships at Princeton.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

TRACK & FIELD: Alex Doersam and Katherine Pierce lead Lehigh University women to first-day lead at Patriot League track championships
The Express-Times/ By Bruce Buratti
FORKS TWP. | Alex Doersam, a junior at Lehigh University, has shown slow but steady improvement in the long jump since mid-April. Doersam continued that progression into the Patriot League Track and Field Championships on Friday at Lafayette's Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex. She Doersam captured the women's long jump title with a personal best of 19 feet, 9½ inches. That was more than a foot beyond her previous best of 18-5.

Friday, May 6, 2011

TRACK & FIELD: Nick DeRosa of North Hunterdon High School enjoys sprinting success with Lafayette College men's track and field team
The Express-Times/ By Bruce Buratti
Nick DeRosa heard the cry, "Go West, Young Man," and took it to heart, heading 20 miles westward from his home in Hampton to Easton and Lafayette College. The journey, he said, has been worthwhile. DeRosa, a junior, will be a big part of coach Julio Piazza's blueprint this weekend at the Patriot League Track and Field Championships held at the Leopards' Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex in Forks Township.

TRACK & FIELD: Jerome Rudolph helps his football career at Lafayette College by running on the track team
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
EASTON | Jerome Rudolph missed most of his football season. So this spring the Lafayette College junior tailback decided to double up sports-wise -- participating in spring football but renewing his acquaintance with an old flame, so to speak. "I ran track in 10th and 11th grade (at Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga.)," Rudolph said. "I always wanted to go out for track and field. I thought doing it this spring would help me get in better shape and make me a better athlete." Rudolph ran the 60-meter dash in indoor track for the Leopards, finishing third in the Patriot League. He competes in the 100 and 200 meters in spring track in addition to anchoring Lafayette's 400 relay team. Leopard track coach Julio Piazza couldn't be happier to have Rudolph. "Jerome is an immensely talented athlete," Piazza said. "That shows in his not having run for years and taking third in the 60 indoors. You just don't do that without natural talent and speed." Heading into this weekend's Patriot League track and field championships at the Leopards' Metzgar Fields, Rudolph once again figures to be on the medal stand. He has the second-best time in the league in the 100 (fully automatic timed 10.58 seconds to Colgate's Grahm Tooker's hand-held 10.55) and the eighth-best clocking in the 200 (22.11).

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

MEN'S BASKETBALL: Lafayette College men's basketball program signs four players to National Letters of Intent
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The Lafayette College men's basketball program has signed four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the Class of 2015. Six-foot-9, 220-pound power forward Dan Trist of Sydney will join Alan Flannigan (6-6, 205) of Dexter, Mo., in the front court. Seth Hinrichs (6-6, 185) of Clara City, Minn., and Joey Ptasinski (6-3, 175) of Highlands Ranch, Colo., are the back court recruits.

Monday, April 18, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team most bolster five areas when it meets for preseason camp
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
What Lafayette College football did Saturday won't have much of an impact on what it does in the fall. But what the Leopards did in the three-week series of practices certainly will. Spring games, which have in most places become controlled scrimmages as Lafayette's Maroon and White event is, are a nice occasion to promote the program to the fans and offer a chance for live contact and hitting for the players. But it's really hard to read much into the spring game that will make an enormous difference to the future. Consider how many of the players who will contribute to Lafayette in the fall simply weren't there in the spring. Seventeen Leopards veterans plus 28 more freshmen will be present when preseason camp kicks off in August.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College defensive unit looks solid in Maroon and White game
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
EASTON | Before Lafayette College's Maroon and White scrimmage at Fisher Stadium on Saturday morning, which concluded the Leopards' spring football sessions, coach Frank Tavani said he thought his defense was ahead of his offense. Turned out he was right. The Maroon team, the defense, won the controlled scrimmage of approximately 60 plays 33-21 over the White (offense), using a scoring system that allowed points for first downs (for the offense) and defensive stops and missed kicks (for the defense) in addition to the usual scoring methods.

FOOTBALL: LEOPARD SPOTS
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
The only injury saw RT tackle Anthony Buffolino, a returning starter, hobble off with a knee injury but coach Frank Tavani said the medical staff was not concerned with it. "It doesn't appear to be anything serious," he said.

FOOTBALL: Basil, Leopards' defense stoked
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
In the Lafayette football spring prospectus, head coach Frank Tavani describes Tahir Basil as "very tenacious and athletic." Based on Basil's performance in Saturday's Maroon-White game in Fisher Stadium, Tavani should hope that every player on his squad catches whatever it is that gets Basil going.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team concludes spring drills with Maroon and White scrimmage
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
EASTON | When Lafayette College's football team wraps up its spring practices with this morning's Maroon and White scrimmage at Fisher Stadium, the Leopards will hope to have established a foundation to take into the start of summer camp and to put the last remnant of 2010's depressing 2-9 campaign behind them. Today's event -- scheduled to start at 11 a.m. -- will not look like a real football game -- for example, there will be some situational scrimmaging (i.e., red zone, third down, special teams, etc.) -- but fans can see how familiar players have improved and a first look at some newcomers.

Monday, April 11, 2011

FOOTBALL: Brutal early schedule to test Lafayette College on gridiron
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
Getting the most out of every moment of spring practice is critical for every college football team. But given the schedule the Lafayette College Leopards will face in September, it becomes even more critical to be as ready as possible. "We have one of the toughest schedules in the nation," said Lafayette coach Frank Tavani.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette College football team gets physical during spring drills
The Express-Times/ By Brad Wilson
With Lafayette College's spring football practices in full swing ahead of the Maroon and White spring scrimmage April 16, coach Frank Tavani said that his routine hasn't changed much from past springs. That could be something of a surprise given that the Leopards struggled through a dismal 2-9 season in 2010, their first losing season since 2003 and their worst overall since 2000. But Tavani, who'll be entering his 13th season in the fall, doesn't think his model needs a complete revamping.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

FOOTBALL: Leopards' spring workouts a grind
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
"Turn on the lights; we're gonna be here a while," Lafayette's head football coach, Frank Tavani, said Tuesday as the eighth of the Leopards' 15 spring practices was unexpectedly extended. This particular overtime period wasn't brought on by the closeness of the competition during the practice-ending third-down-simulation live scrimmage in Fisher Stadium. In fact, when Tavani looked at his watch a short time later, offensive line coach Stan Clayton said to him, "We can stay here all day; we have to get tougher." When the original scrimmage period concluded, the offense had not converted a single first down.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

FOOTBALL: Lafayette opens spring practice today
The Morning Call/ By Paul Reinhard
Frank Tavani spent many winter hours watching film of his Lafayette football team's snake-bit 2-9 2010 season, and while he was satisfied that his players never quit, he concluded, "We just didn't make many plays; we weren't very good." The head coach included himself in that assessment, saying, "I feel bad for them that I was unable to get them over the hump. That's my deal. I'm the leader of this operation and I have to take responsibility. We don't accept it, don't like it, we handle it. We're moving forward." The process of turning 2010 into an aberration begins today, the first of 15 spring practices culminating with the annual Maroon and White Game at 11 a.m. April 16. Here is a handful of the many questions that will be addressed before the season opener at North Dakota State on Sept. 3.