BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Colgate quarterback Greg Sullivan hit Pat Simonds on a seven yard touchdown pass with 2:28 to play to lift the 24th-ranked Raiders to a come-from-behind 34-33 win over Lehigh Saturday in front of 10,841 on Family Weekend at Goodman Stadium. Sophomore J.B. Clark threw for a career-high 338 yards and four touchdowns, to lead the Mountain Hawks, who trailed 21-6 midway through the second quarter, but rallied to take a 12 point lead halfway through the third quarter.Michael Lore of the Easton Express-Times emphasized the missed extra-points:
The loss drops Lehigh to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in the Patriot League, while Colgate remains tied atop the league standings at 8-2, 4-0 in league games.
"We probably deseve a better fate than we've gotten," Lehigh head coach Andy Coen said afterwards. "But it is what it is. I certainly don't feel like we're a 3-6 football team, but that's what our record says, so that's where we're at."
He continued, "This will be a tough one because it really knocks you out of contention (for the Patriot League Championship), but our guys are competitors and they have two football games left to play this season and I expect them to come out and play hard in those games."
“We made too many mistakes,” Coen said. “Obviously – extra points. We don’t have any answers there. That kind of changes the flow of the football game. It’s very reminiscent to the Cornell game (on Oct. 4)
“You add them up in one-point games, it’s tough.”
The Morning Call's Keith Groller talked a bit about sophomore QB J.B. Clark and about the disappointment of losing the game in his wrap-up and follow-up in the paper. However, he minces no words in his blog:
I don't know what's going to happen with this team, or with Coen's future... But some of these critical errors has to fall on the coaching staff and can't merely be attributed to inexperience.
The agonizing thing is that the talent is in place for this club to be much better 3-6. Again, people are then going to why they are 3-6.
I know from my own e-mails that people are upset, disenchanted. Many of them were spoiled during the Higgins and Lembo eras, even though Lembo wasn't nearly as liked as Higgins and many were happy when he left.
I give these Lehigh players and coaches credit for coming back hard each time they've been dealt tough blows this season. Now, they're going to have to do it again. It's not going to be easy.
In happier news, senior DB Brendan VanAckeren has been named to an academic all-American team:
Senior captain Brendan Van Ackeren has been named to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District Football Team, it was announced on Thursday. Van Ackeren maintains a 3.48 grade point average as an Industrial Engineering major, and has started all eight games for the Mountain Hawks this season at safety.
And the winter sports season started with a bang - or, more accurately, a signature upset by the wrestling team over No. 17 Maryland in wrestling coach Pat Santoro's debut:
They look like the Mutt and Jeff of Lehigh University wrestling, but on Sunday afternoon, a pair of bookend redshirt freshmen sparked the Mountain Hawks to a 21-15 upset of 17th-ranked Maryland.
John McDonald put the home crowd of 1,967 on its feet with an opening-bout win at 125, and heavyweight Zach Rey's decision sealed Lehigh's victory inside Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall, ushering in the Pat Santoro coaching era on a positive note.
''I think McDonald's first match at Grace Hall was the pacesetter,'' said Lehigh sophomore 174-pounder Alex Caruso, whose 5-3 win over Maryland freshman Corey Peltier put Lehigh on top for keeps. ''It's a great way to start the year.''
Finally, the associate director from "That School in Easton" wrote a letter to the Brown & White that might raise a few eyebrows:
Perhaps you haven't noticed that we have won the last four Lafayette/Lehigh football meetings, two of them home games. Plus we lead the overall series by 14 wins.
We have even scored more points in the history of the rivalry.
Why do you continue to challenge us when you know we are better?!
We would like to propose to you the latest challenge - off the field.
Raise more money than us for the Senior Class Fund Drive this year, and we may concede that you have some fight left in you.
It must be November - Christmas decorations in the stores, and smack from the Leopards.