July 27, 2011
OF LA SALLE'S 15 non-conference opponents, eight won at least 18 games last season. The Explorers' season opens with Patriot League finalist Lafayette Nov. 11 at the Gola Arena. The Explorers will be at Villanova Nov. 15 and Pittsburgh a week later. They host NCAA participants Bucknell (Dec. 3) and Boston University (Dec. 29). Two other postseason qualifiers, James Madison (Nov. 19) and Rider (Nov. 26), also come to Philadelphia. The Rider game will be played at the Palestra as part of the Hoop Group Classic.
March 18, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Connecticut got just what it expected from Bucknell in a second-round NCAA West Regional game Thursday night at the Verizon Center. The Huskies had the game well in hand by intermission. UConn, seeded third, ran away to an 81-52 rout behind a sterling performance by point guard Kemba Walker. A 6-foot-1 junior, Walker set a school record for assists in an NCAA tournament game with 12, and also collected a game-high 18 points and 8 rebounds as the Big East champion Huskies improved to 27-9.
March 17, 2011 |
Coach Jim Calhoun and the streaking Connecticut Huskies (26-9) open NCAA tournament play Thursday in the West Regional against No. 14 seed Bucknell (25-8) in Washington, D.C. UConn earned a No. 3 seed by winning five games - four against ranked teams - in five days to become the Big East champion. It was an incredible run considering that the Huskies went 9-9 in the conference and went in with three losses in four games. "When I put it back in perspective, after the two national championships [in 1999 and 2004]
January 25, 2011 |
During football season, Ryan Laughlin's future home should call itself Holy Crossing Pattern. When Laughlin, a 6-2, 200-pound quarterback from Cardinal O'Hara High, began listing some of the reasons he'd decided to commit to Holy Cross, he made reference to "the great system. " You know what that means. Pass and pass some more. "They throw it around a ton," Laughlin said. "It's definitely quarterback-friendly. I've developed a great relationship with the quarterback coach, coach [Andy]
December 18, 2010 |
La Salle had proved it could compete against some of the country's elite teams. But coach John Giannini could see this coming. He could see it in the lethargy that seemed to grip his team in the practices after Sunday's stomach-churning loss to Villanova. He could see it in the many defensive lapses that have afflicted the Explorers and prevented them from reaching their potential. "This is going to sound bizarre, but in some ways I'm relieved," Giannini said after well-drilled Bucknell easily defeated La Salle, 89-77, Friday at Tom Gola Arena.
December 12, 2010 |
Two players from South Jersey Group 4 champion Cherokee head up The Inquirer's first team all-South Jersey football defensive squad. Defensive back Mike Zeuli, a second-team choice last year, is joined by defensive lineman Nick Foster. This season, Zeuli had more than 100 tackles and intercepted three passes. A hard hitter and stellar two-way player, Zeuli rushed for 588 yards (10.32 average) and nine touchdowns and caught 15 passes for 175 yards and seven touchdowns. Princeton, Penn, Cornell, Fordham, and Bucknell are among the schools that Zeuli is considering.
December 10, 2010 |
Vinnie Pini, a dangerous senior wide receiver and return man from Burlington Township, has made an oral commitment to attend Bucknell. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Pini, who also played defensive back, became the second South Jersey recruit this week to commit to Bucknell, joining Bishop Eustace center Mike Spear. Pini had 31 receptions for 452 yards and three touchdowns in helping the 6-4 Falcons earn a South Jersey Group 3 playoff berth. He also averaged 24.86 yards per punt return with three touchdowns.
December 7, 2010 |
Vince Kowalski knows some folks have the wrong impression about football players. Especially the best football players. "Some people have this stereotype that we're just dumb guys," said Kowalski, a two-way lineman for Williamstown. Kowalski and other top football players have spent their high school careers proving they can excel in the classroom as well as on the field. Kowalski, Cherokee's Mike Zeuli, Haddonfield's Matt Porter, and Holy Spirit's Anthony Sarao will be scholar-athlete honorees at the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club's annual banquet Monday at the Westin Hotel in Mount Laurel.
November 19, 2010 |
While most of Penn's soccer matchup with Bucknell was spent in a defensive battle, the outcome came down to one kick. Fortunately for the large crowd at Rhodes Field, that kick came from junior forward Christian Barreiro to lift the Quakers, 1-0, in overtime last night in the first round of the NCAA Division I playoffs. Penn advances to play No. 2 seed Maryland on Sunday. Most of regulation time was spent with back-and-forth action, as Penn attempted to counter Bucknell's height advantage with speed.