July 15, 2013
EASTON, Pa. – Head Coach Dennis Bohn has announced the 2013 Lafayette men’s soccer schedule, which marks the 100th anniversary of Lafayette’s first season of 1913. The Leopards will play eight home matches on Mike Bourger ’44 Field at Oaks Stadium and look to capture the program’s 13th consecutive winning season.
Lafayette’s 12 straight winning campaigns is among the nation’s best, as only 12 Division I teams carry streaks of that length into 2013. The Leopards also enter the season after capturing their third Patriot League championship under Bohn and will look to repeat against an expanded conference field, which includes new members Boston University and Loyola Maryland.
With the League expanding to 10 full-time member institutions, it was recently announced that the Patriot League Tournament will now include six teams. A pair of quarterfinal games will be played at the site of the higher-seeded team, with the sixth-seed visiting the third-seed and the fifth-seed at the fourth-seed. Those winners will then join the top two seeds in the weekend semifinal (Nov. 15) and championship game (Nov. 17), played at the site of the highest overall seed in the tournament. The brackets will re-seed after the quarterfinal round on Nov. 12.
The first chance for fans to see the defending Patriot League champions comes in Lafayette’s home opener on Aug. 30 at 7 p.m. vs. La Salle. The match is Lafayette’s lone weekend-night game scheduled for Oaks Stadium. Two days later, the team welcomes Bryant to Easton, Pa. for a 4 p.m. Sunday kickoff.
After a mid-week skirmish with St. Peter’s away from home, the Leopards will challenge Quinnipiac at Oaks Stadium on Sept. 7 at 2 p.m. Friends of Lafayette Soccer will host a pre and post-game tailgate as the program celebrates the program’s 100th anniversary.
The following weekend begins a two-game stretch with road tilts against Ivy-League foes Dartmouth and Harvard. Following the two road contests, Lafayette is home against Binghamton on Sept. 21 before hitting the road on Sept. 24 to play Cornell. The match against the defending Ivy League champions is the final tune up prior to Patriot League play.
Conference action starts on the road in Hamilton, N.Y. as Lafayette faces Colgate in a rematch of last season’s Patriot League Tournament semifinal game. Conference action continues as the calendar turns to October when the Leopards host Navy on Oct. 5.
On Wednesday, Oct. 9 The Rivalry is renewed when Lafayette and Lehigh meet for the 94th time in Bethlehem, Pa. at 7 p.m. Last season’s 1-0 win gave the Leopards a 42-41-10 edge in the all-time series.
After a trip to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross on Oct. 12, the Leopards get their first-ever look at BU when they host the Terriers at Oaks Stadium. A week later, Lafayette returns to the site of the 2012 Patriot League championship game to meet American in a 1 p.m. start.
The Maroon and White look to win four straight games against Bucknell when they welcome the Bison to Oaks Stadium on Oct. 30 for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Three days later, Lafayette wraps up its home slate with a Saturday matinee against Army.
A non-conference game in Newark, N.J. against NJIT on Nov. 5 precedes the regular season finale at Loyola on Nov. 9. The Leopards and Greyhounds have not met since 1995, a 4-3 overtime win for Lafayette, but Loyola came away with victories in the only other two previous meetings.
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