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Women's Basketball Tournament: First Step Towards Championship?

One game at a time, Lady Hawks.

While it's tempting to chalk up an automatic win for the 23-6 Lady Hawks over the 5-24 Lady Raiders today at 12:00 p.m. today, it's still "win or go home" time, and Colgate would love nothing better than to salvage their season with an historic No.8-seed upsetting the No. 1-seed in the Patriot League tournament - breaking the Lady Hawks perfect home winning streak (14-0) in the process.

But if games are played on paper, let's just say Lehigh comes out... ahead. Start with an average margin of victory of more than 20 points in their two regular-season games. Colgate only managed 35 points in a 65-35 blowout loss to Navy; Lehigh managed 34 points in the first half against Holy Cross last weekend en route to their 71-60 victory. The Lady Raiders have one starter averaging more than double figures, sophomore G Tayler Weinert (11.1 ppg), while the Lady Hawks have two superstars: sophomore G Erica Prosser (14.4 ppg, 4.4 apg) and junior …

Fordham Throws Down the Gauntlet

You won't find the news in any major newspaper or any official source of Patriot League information. But news coming out of Fordham head coach Tom Masella's "Meet the Recruits" event on March 3rd has exploded onto the Patriot League message board community.

While the reality of coach Masella's comments has not been verified, what is certain is that Fordham football supporters were told in no uncertain terms that Fordham laid down the gauntlet to the Patriot League leadership concerning scholarship football.

Two different message board postings have been the source of these revelations. First came the following from Fordham's message board:

Fordham has told the PL we want scholarships instituted leaguewide by June 09 .. If the PL balks we are prepared and going independent for 2010 season. then find a new home for 2011 and beyond. this is not hearsay, the FU Head Coach and the administration has sat down with PL commissioner Carol Femovich... Masella (HC)and…

The History Of Lehigh (Men's) Basketball, And Lehigh vs. Army Tonight

I certainly don't hopethe No. 5 seeded Lehigh men's basketball team (15-13, Real Time RPI: 244) is one-and-done against No .4 Army (10-18, Real Time RPI: 288) for the third straight year at 7:00 p.m. tonight at Christl Arena. But if you look at the obvious in the last five games, you clearly see two teams heading in opposite directions.

After Army beat Lehigh 82-75 in the same venue on Valentine's day, Army went 2-2, battled Navy to the wire and scored more than 70 points in two wins (on the road, no less) against Lafayette and Bucknell. The Mountain Hawks, on the other hand, went 1-3 in the same stretch, losing to both Lafayette and Bucknell and failing to eclipse the 52 point barrier in two straight games.

The optimist looks at junior G Marquis Hall, who has averaged 17 points a game against Army this year and certainly has the capability of carrying the team on his back in the tournament, who, along with junior F Zahor Carrington (14.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg), made the first an…

Lehigh Football News: Scheier to Bowling Green

The expected snow-in yesterday allowed me to get caught up on some Lehigh football news, headlined by word of a very poorly-kept secret - the departure of a Lehigh assistant coach.

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It's not printed anywhere, but the Big Green Alert blog is reporting that Lehigh assistant coach Adam Scheier is headed to Bowling Green to serve under head coach (and former Lehigh offensive coordinator) Dave Clawson.

Scheier, who coached wide receivers and was special teams coordinator for the Mountain Hawks, reportedly will be co-special teams coordinator and tight ends coach. It's a great opportunity for Scheier, who now will get to coach for an FBS program. Congratulations!

Replacing him on the Mountain Hawks will be interesting. Not so much on the special teams side, where it's possible to envision kicking & punters coach Pete Morelli doing that job going forward, but on the wide receivers side. Here's a bit of wild, unsubstantiated speculation from me: what about Harvard wide…