August 25, 2016 |
Downingtown East coach Mike Matta lost a number of key offensive starters to graduation, including a pair of Division I recruits, a 1,000-yard rusher and a savvy quarterback. But a stalwart defensive line, possibly the best since the program started in 2003, has Matta optimistic about continued success for the Cougars. "We're big up front. We have guys who are really quick off the ball, and there's a good amount of experience there," he said. Coaches realize that defensive line play is often the difference between winning and losing.
June 17, 2016 |
The Atlantic Ten Conference announced the 2016-17 men's basketball conference schedule team pairings on Wednesday. The league's 14 members will play an 18-game conference schedule for the third consecutive year. St. Joseph's will face five teams twice, both home and away, four teams at home and then four more on the road. The Hawks will play Fordham, La Salle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure both at home and on the road. They will host Davidson, George Washington, George Mason and Richmond and visit Dayton, Duquesne, Saint Louis and VCU. La Salle will face St. Joe's, Fordham, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Saint Louis both at home and on the road.
February 26, 2016 |
LA SALLE was searching for its best stretch since it started 3-0, which seems like a long time ago and probably feels like forever to the players and coaches. The Explorers finally have all their players back, but those three top-100 high school recruits, all transfers, won't be suiting up until November. Fordham was trying to improve on its best win total since 2006-07 under first-year coach Jeff Neubauer (La Salle Class of '93), but had been playing for five straight games without its second-leading scorer and had lost four of the five.
February 8, 2016 |
NEW YORK - St. Joseph's point guard Shavar Newkirk was twice named the Bronx player of the year by the New York Daily News. Playing in his hometown on Saturday at Fordham, Newkirk scored a career-high 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting, propelling the Hawks to an 82-60 victory. After falling behind Fordham, 7-0, early in the first half and struggling to find their rhythm on offense for the first four minutes, DeAndre' Bembry found Newkirk all alone on a crosscourt pass in the left corner and his three-point shot put the Hawks on the board.
February 7, 2016
St. Joseph's at Fordham Saturday, 2 p.m., Rose Hill Gymnasium, New York TV/Radio: 990 AM WNPT. Records: St. Joseph's 18-4 overall, 7-2 Atlantic 10; Fordham, 12-8, 3-6. On St. Joseph's: The Hawks, who saw their seven-game win streak snapped with Wednesday's 83-73 loss to visiting St. Bonaventure, own the nation's best road record (7-0) and are the only unbeaten team. On Fordham: This is the most wins by Fordham since the 2007-2008 team won 12 games. Insights Fordham hasn't played since Saturday's 78-72 overtime win on Saturday at Massachusetts, so the Rams should try to force the issue early and provide some pressure, especially since they will go at least eight deep.
February 5, 2016 |
IT IS ONE of the mandatory questions for any coach, player or sports executive returning to this place, like "Geno's or Pat's?" or even where they were for those rarest of events, a victory parade. "Did you ever boo?" I asked John DeFilippo at the end of an interview the other day, forgetting for a second who he was, and more important, who his father was. "Never," he said, the smile disappearing from his face. "Never. Ever. Here's why: My dad was in it. My dad was even a coach when I was younger.
January 14, 2016 |
JEFF NEUBAUER'S first time in Fordham's ancient Rose Hill Gym was Jan. 27, 1990. He was a deep freshman reserve on a great La Salle team featuring Player of the Year Lionel Simmons, a team that would finish the season 30-2. "At the half it was a close game and then it got so ugly in the second half that I even got to play," Neubauer remembered. "Keith Morris threw a length of the court pass, I caught it, threw it to Mike Stock and Stock dunked it. Stock and I have talked about that play for 20 years.
October 16, 2015 |
FOR THE last 23 years they worked side-by-side, helping Penn's football team win nine Ivy League championships. Al Bagnoli and Ray Priore. They took their families on vacations together. When Priore tore his Achilles' and couldn't drive, they commuted together to West Philly from their South Jersey homes. This summer Priore was invited to the wedding when Bagnoli's son got married. When Priore got his first win last month at Villanova, an opponent Bagnoli never beat, one of the first texts he got was from his former boss.
October 12, 2015 |
Andrew Lisa winced as he grabbed his right shoulder. His sleeveless undershirt revealed a sizeable bruise. Such are the rewards of a starting quarterback. It had been four years since Lisa started a game. And there he was under center on Saturday for Penn in a 48-45 loss to Fordham at Franklin Field. The Rams kicked a winning field goal with eight seconds left. It was hard to tell that Lisa had not started a game since 2011, when he was a senior at South Jersey's Moorestown High.