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Players of the Week, Lehigh vs. Bucknell

The fantastic work on offense in Lehigh's 35-16 win over Bucknell deserves plenty of "Player of the Week" nominees. Eight, in fact.

Offensive Hawks of the Week: Junior OL William Rackley, sophomore OL Troy McKenna, sophomore OL Jim Liebler, junior OL Ricky Clerge, and senior OL Frank Giacalone (0 sacks, 461 yards of offense) and junior QB J.B. Clark (24 for 37 passing, 327 yardsm 2 TDs, 1 INT).

Defensive Hawk of the Week: Junior DB/RS Jon "Prez" Kennedy (65 return yards on 2 kickoff returns, 3 tackles, 1 INT)

Special Teams Hawk of the Week: Freshman TE Jamel Haggins (grabbing a blocked XP and returning it for the 2-point conversion)

Congratulations to all the winners - and here's hoping that the momentum from this win will carry all the way north to Hamilton..

The third ECAC Lambert Poll was released this week, and it's no secret which team remains at No. 1: that's right, the team that also happens to have been the No. 1 team in the land since Week Two this year. Only a reshuffling of the Top Ten this week:

1. (1) Richmond
2. (2) Villanova
3. (3) William & Mary
4. (4) New Hampshire
T5. (7) Delaware
T5. (8) Holy Cross
7. (6) Massachusetts
T8. (5) Colgate
T8. (9) Lafayette
10. (10) Penn

Dropping Out: None

My own Lambert Power Rankings, or LPR, paints a different picture:

1. (1) Richmond (98 points)
2. (2) Villanova (72 points)
3. (T3) New Hampshire (71 points)
4. (T5) Albany (66.5 points)
5. (T54) William & Mary (62 points)
6. (T3) Colgate (57.5 points)
7. (T10) Holy Cross (56.5 points)
8. (T5) UMass (53 points)
9. (T10) Lafayette (52 points)
10. (8) Hofstra (49.5 points)

Clearly Albany, using my weighted system to weigh strength of schedule, is ranked too high, but at 6-2, I think they're clearly worth a Top 10 Lambert Trophy vote - and I've been voting them in for the past two weeks.

Other wackiness; Delaware falling out of the Top 10 (only because they had a bye week, certainly), and Holy Cross beating Colgate, but still failing to pass them. I'll have to think about revising my formula when I get a chance. Rest assured, though, if Delaware keeps winning they won't only be in the LPR Top 10, they'll certainly rise up quickly.

Oh yeah - and the Phillies didn't even need Mr. Lidge in Game One of the World Series last night. I know, though, the Phils will need him to save one, maybe two, games this Series, and I know he'll come through. I believe.

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