Lafayette Hosts St. Francis N.Y. in Season Opener
Lafayette is 64-39 all-time in season openers, including a 42-17 mark in season-opening games at home.
Lafayette takes on the first of six Northeast Conference opponents tonight against St Francis (N.Y.)
The all-time winningest coach in Lafayette and Patriot League history and longest-tenured coach in the conference, Fran O’Hanlon (Villanova, ’70) enters his 18th season as the Leopards’ head coach. O’Hanlon will coach his 500th career game tonight against St. Francis (N.Y.)
With the victory at Colgate (1/25/12), O’Hanlon became the Patriot League’s all- time winningest coach with 235 career wins. O’Hanlon now holds the Patriot League record for wins in addition to owning the overall (499) and league (228) games coached marks.
Lafayette was picked to finish fourth in the Patriot League’s Preseason Poll behind Lehigh, Bucknell and American. Holy Cross was also chosen to finish fourth, while Army, Colgate and Navy rounded out the list.
Lafayette’s two seniors, Tony Johnson and Levi Giese, will serve as team captains in 2012-13.
O’Hanlon’s 2012-13 squad is one of 10 NCAA Division I men’s basketball teams with multiple Australian-born teammates.Sophomore Dan Trist (Sydney) and freshman Nathaniel Musters (Padstow) each hail from Australia.
Lafayette was 1-18 when its opponent shot a better percentage from floor in 2011-12. The only exception was at St. Francis (Pa.) (11/14/11) when Lafayette shot 50 percent and the Red Flash hit 55 percent of their field goal attempts.
With the addition of Californian’s Ben Freeland and Bryce Scott, Lafayette now has four natives of the Golden State on its roster.The two freshmen join senior Tony Johnson and junior Les Smith.