Lehigh University Mountain Hawks
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks and Lafayette Leopards will meet for the second time this season in the first Lafayette football game ever played. The program will take place June 16-17 at Lafayette Athletic Center in Lafayette.
The new stadium is part of a complete sports complex that will supply the university south of the Southern Mountain in the heart of our school.
The university has one of the largest colleges in the United States, our College of Arts and Sciences. In fact, the report is the second largest college of its kind in North America, behind the University of California at Berkeley.
Since the 1950s, Lehigh has set a record of 409 - 279 - 12, won the most victories (637), won 10 Patriot League titles and played in 20 postseason games, winning 10 contests. Since the beginning of the 2011 season, it has ranked in the top 10 most games played by any institution in FCS history, and has been in every F CS playoff. Football's renaissance continued in 2012, when the Mountain Hawks won their first regular-season title in the Big East and Lambert was declared a champion. Le Hoch has won or won all ten titles since the program was introduced in 1950, with a record of 9-4-1 in 2011 and a record of 10-3 in 2013.
After Lafayette won its first game at the brand-new Goodman Stadium in 1989, Lehigh won its first three games at the new stadium before the Patriot League began. Since then, it has won seven of the last eight regular-season games and four of the last five postseason games. The program was reintroduced to the Patriot League in 2012, with a record of 9-4-1 in 2013 and 10-3-2 in 2014.
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks allowed 89 points on 43.1 percent shooting, shot 50 percent from beyond the arc and free throw line and averaged 16.5 points per game, the second-best mark in the Patriot League. Le High School's scoring record in a single game: The league-leading Hawks shot 52.2 percent, good for the league's third-best in that category.
The 2011 team lost just one regular-season game and then made the playoffs, securing the Patriot League regular-season title and a spot in the NCAA tournament. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks closed with a record of 13-9 overall and 3-1 in the conference play-off, reaching the 12th for the first time in school history in 2011-12.
The Black Knights took an early 3-0 lead, but the Mountain Hawks answered with five goals in the second quarter and led 7-5 in the fourth quarter. It was the Lafayette Leopards who had two players absolutely dominating, the kind of performance that makes you go into the second contest confident as the Lehigh Mountain Hawk won the game in overtime. The Leopards retaliated in Game 2 by outscoring the Mountain Hawks in each half en route to an 82-70 victory.
The game went into overtime, but a last-second jumper by the Mountain Hawks went awry And it wasn't enough as they restricted the ball and Wilson scored three times after a corner as time ran out to lift Lehigh to victory.
After St. Bonaventure's victory, Lehigh finished 8-7 in losses to Bucknell and Holy Cross, who advanced to the Patriot League semifinals, but advanced to the first round of the conference tournament with a victory over the Terriers. They went into overtime 10 points behind, taking a 9-7 lead and fending off a possible Terriers rally.
Lehigh was invited to the tournament after a 9-2 year but had to play all games outside Taylor Stadium.
The game itself was not good, but Towson and Lehigh missed out on a 33-0 victory to reach the FCS quarterfinals for the first time in a long time. It is the only time Le Hoch has won the Patriot League championship in the last five years, and it was the first win against a top-10 team since 2010. The men's team went into the 2013 NCAA tournament, losing to the top-ranked University of Kansas in the first round. In 2014, the Mountain Hawks and women's football teams won, as well as the Patriot League, and they are now in an NCAA tournament with a record 9-2 record.
Lehigh won the Division II National Championship in 1977 by defeating Jacksonville State 33-0 in the Pioneer Bowl. Led by an explosive offense, Lehigh beat Massachusetts 30-23 in a playoff game in New York, overcame the University of California and won 31-7 against Jacksonville.
Spence scored a hat-trick while Craig Chick made four turnovers in a three-point win over the Black Knights. Under Higgins, Lehigh won 6-1 against Lafayette and was 2-3 in five playoff games.
Since BU became a varsity program, the Hawks have had their number, and they continued in the PL tournament. The Mountain Hawks have won three of their last four PL championship games, losing 3-1 to Lehigh.