There will be a Patriot League football season taking place this school year.
As announced earlier today, the Patriot League plans to play a shortened season this spring, beginning Saturday, March 13 and concluding Saturday, April 14 with a championship game between the winner of the North and South Divisions. Colgate, Fordham, and Holy Cross will compete in the North Division while Bucknell, Lafayette, and Lehigh will makeup the South Division.
All six teams will play four contests, including two non-divisional games.
The Patriot League scheduled a make-up date for Saturday, April 17.
Football is just one of many sports that is currently slated to occur this spring, pending it is safe to compete due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Other fall sports are expected to take place this spring, including field hockey, soccer, and volleyball.
It’s Thursday, which means we need to work extra hard for another weekend – it will be here tomorrow (rejoice!), so make sure to drink extra water this morning and afternoon.
The Wednesday wind has vanished it seems – I am not hearing the whistling like I did yesterday (outside my office), which is a good sign, right? There may be snow on the horizon – that would be tomorrow, to be exact – but then the warmer weather will return, which certainly makes me happy (and I hope you, as well).
Let’s have another great day by starting it with the Daily Noontime – enjoy, everyone!
Good News: The Boston Celtics snapped their two-game losing streak. Yep, the Boston Celtics returned to their winning ways last night without a good chunk of their marquee players and beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 112-106.
Jayson Tatum returned to the lineup after being sidelined with an illness earlier this week and netted a team-high 32 points to go with nine rebounds and six assists.
With the win, the Celtics improve to 42-19 and will return to action tomorrow night when they host the Utah Jazz for an 8 p.m. tip-off.
Boston caps its two-game Florida trip this evening: The Boston Bruins will look to depart Florida with another win – they beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, on Tuesday evening and have a chance to pick up two more points this evening against the Florida Panthers at 7 p.m.
While the Bruins were idle last night, one of their former players, Johnny Boychuk, needed 90 stitches to his “eyelid after being hit in the face with a skate.” Luckily, the current New York Islanders defensemen did not suffer any damage to his eye (sigh of relief!).
The Boston Red Sox received some good news yesterday regarding Chris Sale and that is he will not need Tommy John surgery. This is certainly good news, but it is inevitable that something will have to happen (or at least help the pitcher alleviate the pain or discomfort) going forward.
Will he need surgery in the future? Perhaps, but maybe the Red Sox should consider signing a free agent or two to sure up the pitching staff.
James Santoro scored the game-winning goal for the Engineers in double-overtime yesterday as MIT outlasted UMass Dartmouth to improve to 2-1 overall. Three members of the Engineers finished Wednesday’s epic contest with two goals while Andrew Palleiko turned aside a season-high 10 shots.
Manis is now the third player in program history to net 2,000 points or more – she joins Amy O’Brien (2,075 points) and Sherry Levin (2,253 points).
Finally, we’re one day away from the start of the 2020 NCAA D-III Basketball Tournament and one team you should certainly keep your eyes on is Smith College, which captured its first-ever New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) crown on Sunday.
History is one Harvard’s side as they lead the series, 16-3. Harvard has won five-straight against Lafayette, and is 9-2 all-time against the Leopards in Cambridge.
The Leopards enter the contest with some momentum after last week’s come-from-behind, 14-10, win over Fordham.
The Crimson will have to deal with a passing threat in quarterback Sean O’Malley who passed for 256 passing yards and two TDs in the win over Fordham.
O’Malley has a favorite target in wide receiver Rocco Palumbo who had nine catches for 129 yards.
It will be interesting to see who Harvard will feature at quarterback as freshman Jake Smith was 8-of-14 against Cornell. Murphy had been rotating Smith and senior Joe Viviano, but Viviano did not appear in the stat sheet against Cornell.
Bob’s Prediction: It’s one of those less important non-league affairs, but the Crimson need to bounce back and gain some consistency. You can bet that the Crimson defense will be focused on stopping the Leopards ground attack. Prediction: Harvard 31, Lafayette 10
Next week: The preseason favorites, Princeton and Harvard, will get after it on Friday, Oct. 20 under the lights at Harvard Stadium (7:30 p.m. NBCSN).
Around the Ancient Eight (Notes): The Ivy League is off to its best non-conference start since 1970 with a 15-5 record in out-of-conference play in 2017.
This week the Ivy League features a pair of matchups all critical to the teams who expect to remain in the hunt for a title.
Brown 2-2 (0-1) hosts Princeton 3-1 (0-1), which can be viewed on the Ivy League Network (ILN), while former Penn head coach Al Bagnoli leads surprising Columbia 4-0 (1-0) in to a potential trap game against the Penn Quakers 2-2 (0-1) on Eleven Sports and ILN.
Columbia might be guilty of looking ahead to next week’s contest with Dartmouth.
Bagnoli’s Lions were picked to finish seventh in the preseason polls.
Yale’s dynamic running back combo of Deshawn Salter and Zane Dudek have accounted for 12 of Yale’s 14 rushing TDs this season.
Dartmouth’s quarterback, Jack Heneghan, Ivy Offensive Player of the Week, has kept things all in the Ivy family. Father Lal was an All-Ivy tight end at Penn in 1984. He helped the Quakers to three Ivy League titles in his career.
Penn senior Justin Watson ranks sixth in Ivy League history in both receptions (232) and receiving yards (3,083). He is the sixth Ivy to surpass 3,000 yards and the first since 2002, when Carl Morris (Harvard), Rob Milanese (Penn) and ChasGessner (Brown) accomplished the feat. Watson, who has caught at least one pass in 34-straight games, needs just one reception in each of his remaining six games to set a new Ivy League record for consecutive games with a catch.
(Report compiled from various Ivy League media sources).
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It has been quite the season for the Harvard University football team.
The Crimson posted their second shutout of the season on Saturday, defeating Lafayette College by a score of 42-0.
Paul Stanton Jr. rushed for a pair of scores and amassed 123 yards on the ground, while Ben Braunecker hauled in six passes for a career-high 123 yards to lift the Crimson to their fifth straight victory and 19th consecutive win.
As noted in Saturday’s release, the Harvard defense has yielded just three points in its last three contests – the last Harvard team to surrender three points over a three-game span was the 1930 squad.
Additionally, Harvard has not allowed a touchdown since Brown University reached the end zone in the fourth quarter during their Ivy League meeting last month.
Finally, Harvard’s offense has been very impressive thus far, tallying 221 points through five games. In 1892, the Crimson registered 231 points in a five-game span.
Harvard will look to continue its momentum this weekend when they host Princeton University on Saturday, October 24 at 12:00 p.m. The Tigers currently sit third in the Ancient Eight standings, but head coach Tim Murphy knows this is an important game for his team.
Courtesy of the Boston University sports information department, here’s yesterday’s release about the men’s lacrosse team winning its first-ever varsity contests against Lafayette:
EASTON, Pa. – The Boston University men’s lacrosse team made history on Saturday afternoon as the Terriers defeated Lafayette, 12-7, for the program’s first-ever victory at Fisher Stadium. By scoring a program-high 12 goals, the Terriers move to 1-6 in their inaugural season with a 1-2 mark in Patriot League play.
BU jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the second quarter and never looked back. Redshirt freshman Sam Tenney led the Terriers with four goals while freshmen Adam Schaal and Cal Dearth each posted two goals and three assists.
Sophomore Sammy Davis and freshman Ryan Johnston added a goal and an assist apiece while freshmen Chad Bell and Clay Phillips also found the back of the net.
Freshman Christian Carson-Banister made nine saves between the pipes for BU to earn his first career victory.
The Terriers scored the first five goals of the game, including four in the opening period, while keeping the Leopards off the board until the 8:33 mark of the second quarter. Tenney pushed BU’s lead to 6-1 with his second goal of the game following an assist from freshman Eli Morrissey with 2:32 left in the opening half. BU had a chance to extend its lead before the break with shots from Johnston and Tenney, but the Terriers took the 6-1 advantage into halftime.
The Leopards opened the third period with three unanswered goals to cut BU’s lead to 6-4 with 13:07 to play in the period. After a BU timeout, Davis found the back of the net with an assist from Dearth to push BU’s advantage to 7-4 with 11:32 to play in the third.
About three minutes later, Bell scored his first collegiate goal to double BU’s lead, 8-4. Lafayette responded with a tally from Cory Scheuerle with 6:53 on the clock for the final goal of the third quarter.
Lafayette took advantage of a man-up opportunity and scored 34 seconds into the final period to make it a two-goal game, 8-6. After about 10 minutes of back-and-forth action, Dearth scored his second goal of the afternoon to give the Terriers a three-goal advantage, 9-6, with 4:11 remaining.
Sonny Round kept the Leopards within striking distance with a goal at the 2:56 mark but the Terriers won the ensuing faceoff and Tenney scored 14 seconds later to make it a 10-7 game. BU added two more unanswered goals to secure the 12-7 victory.
Lafayette outshot BU, 35-33, while the teams were even in ground balls (28-28) and turnovers (15-15). Freshman Sam Talkow won 14-of-22 faceoffs for the Terriers.
BU returns to action next Saturday (March 22) when the Terriers travel to Lewisburg, Pa., to face Bucknell in Patriot League action. The game is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.