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Players Of The Week, Harvard/Lehigh

In what was an incredibly tight vote, we have a winner for player of the week.

In a bad day for the offense, offensive player of the week will be going to junior RB Josh Pastore.
Despite a key fumble, he did get 80 all-purpose yards, including 42 rushing yards and 28 receiving yards. I thought seriously about not giving one out, but in the end Pastore did have a decent day (minus the fumble, of course.) So he does get it.

Special teams will go to two players, one which was Special Teams Player of the Week, and the other who has been an unsung hero on this team Junior P/K Jason Leo averaged more than 44 yards per punt, keeping Lehigh ahead significantly in the field position battle. He got six punts inside the 20, and three punts inside the 6, and added 2/3 FGs and 2/2 XPs. But senior CB Brannan Thomas got the party started by squirting through the punt coverage and getting a big early 57 yard punt return for a touchdown.

Just edging out Leo for player of the week is junior LB Tim Diamond. In what was billed a shootout going into Saturday’s contest in Bethlehem, Diamond instead spearheaded an incredible defensive effort in Lehigh’s 20-13 victory over the Harvard Crimson. Despite Harvard’s offense remaining on the field for 40 minutes of the game, Diamond and the Lehigh defense forced eight Harvard punts as the Ringwood, NJ native amassed 22 tackles on the day, including 11 solo tackles. Five of his tackles came in the last eight minutes of the game, including a sack and a forced fumble (which was returned for a Lehigh touchdown) as Harvard was driving for the game-winning score. Tim also fell onto Harvard’s fumble in the closing seconds of the game to seal the victory.

Congratulations to all the winners, especially Leo and Diamond on their league and national awards as well as these awards. Now, on to Fordham.

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