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Housekeeping before the 148th Meeting

I have some things to do before the 148th this weekend in Easton - namely, two weeks of players of the week (since I forgot for Holy Cross in my zeal to cover the Colgate game) and some links wrapping up last week's game.

Something that has muted the party  this week has been the heartbreaking story of Lafayette QB Zach Zweizig, whose father, 56, tragically died from complications of a stroke earlier this week.

My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.  I love "The Rivalry", I really do.  But some things transcend it.

For the Holy Cross game, the LFN Players of the Week were:

Offense: Senior QB Michael Colvin (24/34 passing, 362 yards, 3 passing TDs, 59 yards rushing, 2 rushing TDs, 0 INT)

Offense: Senior WR Ryan Spadola (8 catches, 202 yards, 2 TDs)

Defense: Senior LB Billy Boyko (17 tackles - astoundingly, all solo tackles)

Defense: Senior DE Tom Bianchi (6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 huge fumble recovery)

Special Teams: Senior PR Marcus Dormevil (2 returns, 74 yards, 1 73 yard return setting up first score)

Underclassman: Freshman LB Noah Robb (2 special teams tackles)

And against Colgate, the week's LFN Players of the Week go to:

Defense: Senior LB Billy Boyko (12 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 QB hurry)

Defense: Senior LB Sam Loughery (14 tackles)

Special Teams: Junior P Tim Divers (5 punts, 44.4 average, a booming 72 yarder)

Underclassman: Sophomore TE Tyler Coyle (1 catch, the 4 yard TD off the deflected pass)

Congratulations to the winners.

Morning Call: Colgate Chews up Lehigh, Wins 35-24
Morning Call: Lehigh Has No Time To Feel Sorry For Itself
Express-Times: Lehigh Falls in Bid for Third Straight Patriot League Championship
Brown & White: Lehigh Falls to Colgate in Patriot League Championship Game


“I think we should be a playoff team right now," Lehigh coach Andy Coen said. "I know if we win 10 games our chances are a lot better to get an at-large bid.”

"This season isn't over. I plan on playing a lot more football."
 The Hawks will have to recover physically and mentally from their heartbreaking loss if they hope to add a 10th win to their season over rival Lafayette College next Saturday. Doing so will increase their chances of earning an at-large bid for the FCS playoffs.

"Obviously, this is a very tough loss because winning the Patriot League is our first goal," senior QB Michael Colvin said. "We have to refocus, but the Lafayette game is a season within itself. That's how we approach it. Whether we were 0-10 going into that game, Lafayette has always been very important for our seniors, and for our team. We'll get that message across. That won't be a problem."

"I think we're blessed, and their kids are blessed as well, that we have this game to play at the end of the season," Coen said. "This game is always the most important one on the calendar. Now we have to come back and get ready to play."

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