December 2, 2013 |
EASTON, Pa. - It looked as if Tony Hicks was passing the ball to no one. His team trailing by two points with about five minutes remaining in Penn's 79-76 loss at Lafayette on Saturday, Hicks threw the ball away on a crucial possession. The pass might have been intended for freshman Tony Bagtas, who had slipped open at the top of the key. Instead, it sailed over everyone's heads and banged off the press table. Hicks, who committed five of his team's 17 turnovers, just put his head down and walked down the court.
November 25, 2013 |
In the 149th meeting of college football's most-played rivalry, Lafayette (5-6, 4-1) routed No. 17 Lehigh, 50-28, in Bethlehem, Pa., on Saturday to claim the Patriot League title. Lafayette, which opened the season by losing five of its first six games but has since won four of its last five, captured its first league title since 2006 and seventh overall. The Leopards also gained the league's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs, where they will be the first sub-.500 qualifier since the playoffs began in 1978.
November 10, 2013 |
Anticipation for the season opener at Villanova was quickly replaced by angst as Lafayette, from the scholarly Patriot League, came to the Main Line meaning business with its array of three-point shooters and its attention to detail. In the end, though, the Wildcats survived because of superior personnel. They went into attack mode at crunch time and wiped out a six-point second-half deficit to defeat the Leopards by a deceiving 75-59 Friday night at the Pavilion. "It was a great game to start with because we really got tested," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.
November 10, 2013 |
DYLAN ENNIS doesn't want to miss any games. The way he figures it, he already missed enough of them last season. But that was NCAA-mandated, after he transferred to Villanova from Rice. This is different. This time, he's sitting because he has a cast on his right (shooting) hand, protecting a broken bone in his middle finger. Doesn't matter whether it was a freak accident or not. The Wildcats were running a 5-on-0 drill at practice, and Ennis ran into freshman big man Darryl Reynolds.
September 24, 2013 |
AROUND THE CITY Penn: Finally plays and keeps on winning. Al Bagnoli's Penn team finished last year on a roll and earned another Ivy League championship. This being the Ivy, they wait a while to begin, but the Quakers were ready, beating Lafayette on Saturday at Franklin Field, 27-21. Penn's quarterback Billy Ragone was 21 of 28 with two touchdown passes. He has now accounted for 49 TDs in his career (30 passing, 19 rushing), just five shy of the school record held by Gavin Hoffman.
September 23, 2013 |
When Penn football coach Al Bagnoli gathered his team on Friday to talk about defending the Ivy League crown, he focused on being prepared for the unexpected, things the Quakers can and can't control. And on Saturday at Franklin Field, playing in the driving rain in a game against Lafayette that the Quakers held on to win by 27-21, there was plenty of that. "It's going to be a learning experience, but I think our guys are ready for it," said Bagnoli, in his 22d season at Penn.
September 20, 2013 |
For Penn quarterback Billy Ragone, it never felt so good to be hit. A fifth-year senior, Ragone was lost in the ninth game last season when he suffered a dislocated left ankle. In the first week of September, coach Al Bagnoli made sure that Ragone took some hits in practice. "It was good being hit," Ragone said. "Now that it's out of the way, I am happy and ready to move on. " Penn will open its season Saturday at 6 p.m. by hosting Lafayette (0-2) at Franklin Field. The Quakers are the defending Ivy League champions and have captured three of the last four league titles.
September 18, 2013 |
EASTON, Pa. Lafayette College received one of the largest gifts in its history Monday - $27.9 million to support science, technology, and innovation, including a new interdisciplinary science building. The gift from Kent Rockwell, a member of the board of trustees and a 1966 Lafayette graduate, comes less than three months after the college's first female president, Alison R. Byerly, took the helm. The gift was in the works before Byerly's arrival, a university spokeswoman said. Lafayette, a 2,400-student college, is known for its blend of liberal arts and engineering programs.
August 18, 2013 |
Kwong Kwong Ma, 85, of Lafayette Hill, a noted pianist and teacher, died Monday, Aug. 5, at Chestnut Hill Hospital, of acute respiratory failure. Born in Shanghai, China, Mrs. Ma lived in New York and Ohio. She moved to the Philadelphia suburbs four years ago to be near family and took up residence at the Hill at Whitemarsh, a retirement community. Mrs. Ma came from a family of musicians. Her mother, Zoen Yien Wong, was one of the first Chinese graduates of Boston's New England Conservatory of Music.
April 19, 2013 |
THREE WEEKS AGO, awaiting trial on vehicular-homicide charges, Wade Lohse walked out of a separate trial on gun charges in Lafayette, La., setting off a courtroom drama. Two weeks after that, while still on the run, Lohse made a shaky conspiracy video in a wooded area, "Blair Witch" style, in which he railed against authorities and the justice system. Then, he posted it to YouTube. "They're lying to you," he says in the video, referring to the government. "They've been lying to you all along.