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Lady Hawks Advance, As Do Many Wrestlers

First, congratulations to the Lady Hawks for enacting some revenge over Lafayette 62-51, avenging two regular-season defeats to the Leopards and advancing to the Patriot League semifinals. At 3:45PM Sunday, the Lady Hawks will take on the *other* team that swept them during the regular season: the Holy Cross Crusaders.

And congratulations to the wrestlers still alive in the EIWA Championships:

Winner's Bracket:
133 lb Seth Ciasulli
149 lb Trevor Chinn
157 lb Dave Nakasone

Lower Bracket:
165 lb Matt Galante
174 lb Alex Caruso
184 lb Manuel Schubert

Lots to root for on Sunday. Should be exciting! And - lo and behond - there is indeed a shot (a long one, but a shot) at six wrestlers at nationals.

Lehigh's Big Weekend On The Road

Saturday and Sunday are packed with Lehigh sports to follow. Although the men's basketball team have been eliminated, the wrestling team is heading to Franklin & Marshall in nearby Lancaster, PA to wrestle in the EIWA championships. The games will be available with live audio from Lehighsports and live internet video from F&M, starting at 10:30AM Saturday with championship and consolation rounds starting 10:30AM Sunday morning.

Historically, Lehigh has been a national power in wrestling and has won a whopping 34 team championships. Lehigh's team, loaded with underclassmen, could be a dark horse for the championship this year, but with daunting Penn and Navy teams in their way it will be a tough go.

As important as the championships will be the opportunity to have Lehigh wrestlers qualify individually for the NCAA Championships in St. Louis, MO later in March. Last year Lehigh qualified seven wrestlers and hope to do so again. This year, Lehigh is hoping to get (most…

As Men's Basketball Ends, Another Door Opens

As the season of the men's basketball team ended with a thud in a 64-61 overtime loss - again - to Army, an announcement from a mid-major basketball powerhouse concerning my favorite sport at Lehigh - football.

Drake announced today that they will be traveling to Murray Goodman Stadium to be our home opener this year. Drake, out of the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League, last year became the first-ever Division I non-scholarship team to beat a fully funded FCS scholarship team when they beat Illinois State 27-24 in their season opener last year.

"We are excited about going to Bethlehem, Pa. to play one of the great Division FCS programs in this country," said first-year Drake coach Chris Creighton. "We are also happy to announce that Lehigh will be coming here to Des Moines in 2010."
Teams from the PFL have made great strides recently, with Dayton ruining the homecoming of last year's Patriot League Champion Fordham 31-24 , so it should be more of a chal…

Men's Basketball: Revenge On Their Minds?

It's a ticket to the Big Dance. And every Patriot League team has a shot at keeping their hopes alive as the first round of the Patriot League conference tournament kicks off tonight.

#4 Lehigh will be hosting #5 Army, and if you're in the Lehigh Valley you can catch the game on Service Electric 2 or on AM 1230/1320 ESPN Radio. If you're out of the area, you can catch the game on Lehigh Broadcast or on Patriot League All-Access for a small fee.

For Lehigh's men's basketball team, it may as well be a return to the "scene of the crime".

Last year, Lehigh was robbed in Stabler in the first round against - you guessed it - Army.

Freshman Josh Miller made a running bank shot after the buzzer sounded (as video from Lehigh's Web site, lehighsports.com, showed) that lifted Army to a 47-46 win over Lehigh in the Patriot League tournament quarterfinals at Stabler Arena. Lehigh coach Billy Taylor, more animated than ever, said he planned to appeal.

''We hav…

Marist, We Hardly Knew Ye

Every once in a while I like to talk about Patriot League expansion, especially in terms of football. With eight basketball members and seven football-playing members (including two, Fordham and Georgetown, who are in the league only in football), I think expansion of the league ought to be one of its top priorities.

To that end, I had proposed Marist as a very solid candidate in Patriot League expansion in all sports. Marist appeared to fit the bill as a Patriot League school as a small, high-academic private school; its non-scholarship football program had played a lot of football against Patriot League opponents; its conference, the MAAC, finally ceased to exist for football last year; and its men's and women's basketball programs promised to provide great respect for the Patriot League from years to come. (Last year, Marist's women's basketball team proceeded to make the Sweet 16, and have parked themselves in the Top 25 nationally this year.)

Last Friday, Marist…