Tavani Announces 2013 Football Schedule
Feb. 5, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - Matchups with CAA opponent William & Mary and a slate of traditional Ivy League foes in Penn, Princeton and Harvard highlight the 2013 football schedule.
The 2013 campaign kicks off at home for the first time since 2010, as the Leopards welcome Sacred Heart on Sept. 7. It will be the first matchup between the two schools since 2006 and begins a home-and-home series with the Pioneers, who are coming off a 2-9 overall record in 2012.
The second game of a four-game series with William and Mary will take place at Fisher Stadium a week later. The Leopards traveled to Williamsburg, Va. to face the Colonial Athletic Association squad in 2012 and left with a 17-14 victory amid a thunderstorm.
Lafayette's first road game of the season on Sept. 21 comes against defending Ivy League champion, Penn. In 2012, the Quakers clinched their third outright Ivy League title in the last four seasons and 16th overall league championship. The Leopards have taken five out of the last six meetings with the Quakers.
Following an open week, the Leopards will commence Patriot League play and celebrate Homecoming Weekend against Bucknell on Oct. 5. Lafayette has taken 10 of the last 11 games versus the Bison, including a 20-14 victory in 2012.
Then, Fisher Stadium becomes a distant memory as Lafayette embarks on a four-game road swing. Beginning Oct. 12, the Leopards travel to Princeton, Harvard, Holy Cross and Georgetown. Princeton looks to replace Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year, Mike Catapano who helped guide the Tigers to a 5-5 overall record and a 4-3 league mark.
The following week, Lafayette ventures to Cambridge, Mass. and historic Harvard Stadium. The Leopards did not play the Crimson in 2012, but did square off with them in the previous four seasons.
The cold, grey New England sky will again be the setting in week eight when a return to Patriot League play sends the Leopards packing to Worcester, Mass. against Holy Cross. Lafayette beat the Crusaders 30-13 in 2012, snapping a four-game series slide.
The road stretch ends on Nov. 2 in the nation's capital. Georgetown and the Leopards have split the last four meetings including a three-point Hoya win last season. Lafayette plays its final two remaining home games on Nov. 9 against Colgate, the reigning Patriot League champions, and Nov. 16 versus Fordham, an associate member of the Patriot League currently ineligible for the Patriot League title.
On Nov. 23, Lafayette and Lehigh will meet for the 149th time in College Football's Most-Played Rivalry. The all-time series record of 76-67-5 favors the Leopards. The Maroon and White will be looking to snap a five-game losing streak against the Brown and White before the two teams clash in the 150th game in 2014 at Yankee Stadium. The Leopards finished the 2012 season with a 5-6 overall record and a 2-3 mark in the Patriot League.