Leopards Draw New Hampshire in NCAA FCS Playoffs
Nov. 24, 2013
EASTON, Pa. - A day after securing the program's seventh Patriot League championship with a 22-point win over No. 15 Lehigh, Lafayette learned its NCAA FCS Playoff fate. With the team gathered Sunday morning in Kirby Sports Center, the ESPNU broadcast on the video board delivered the news that Lafayette will travel to play New Hampshire on Saturday, Nov. 30 at noon at Cowell Stadium in Durham, N.H.
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and are $25 for reserved seats, $19 for general admission adults and $11 for GA children (age 5-17) and senior citizens (60+).
Lafayette's automatic bid is the fourth playoff appearance in program history and the first since 2006. The Leopard program made three straight appearances from 2004 to 2006 with two automatics berths (2004, 2006) and one at-large selection (2005). Lafayette's previous appearances pitted the Leopards against defending national champion Delaware in 2004, eventual national champion Appalachian State in 2005 and No. 3 seed Massachusetts in 2006.
New Hampshire has qualified for the NCAA Playoffs in 10 straight seasons, the longest active streak in the nation. The Wildcats come into the game at 7-4, 6-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. New Hampshire owns wins over Colgate (53-23) and William and Mary (17-0) while losing to Lehigh (34-27), all Lafayette opponents in 2013. New Hampshire is coming off a win over No. 4 Maine on Nov. 23. Lafayette is 1-5 all-time vs. New Hampshire, playing six times in the 1980s.
Winners of four of the last five games in 2013, Lafayette is one of 24 teams in the recently expanded playoff field. The winner of the Nov. 30 matchup will face No. 5 seed Maine on Dec. 7. The top eight seeds in the bracket received first-round byes. Saturday's game can watched live on ESPN3.