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Lehigh releases 2011 football schedule
Coming off its best season in a decade, Lehigh’s football team faces a challenging schedule as it tries to repeat as Patriot League champs and return to the FCS playoffs.
The Mountain Hawks will play four games against scholarship programs, two games against Ivy League foes, and six games at Goodman Stadium including the 147th meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette in college football’s most-played rivalry.
“We have another outstanding schedule awaiting us,” Lehigh coach Andy Coen said on lehighsports.com.
Besides the Lafayette game, the highlight of the six-game home schedule is New Hampshire on Sept. 10. The Wildcats feature former Liberty High star Joey Orlando, Freedom’s Mike Coccia and incoming freshmen Shane McNeely (CCHS) and Daniel Riley (Northampton). Central Catholic graduate Tim Cramsey is UNH’s offensive coordinator.
“It is great to have a program of UNH’s caliber coming to Goodman Stadium for our home opener,” Coen said. “UNH currently owns the most consecutive playoff appearances in the nation. Coach McDonnell and his staff do one of the best coaching jobs in the country. I was very disappointed in our performance last year in Durham, but I am looking forward to our players stepping up to the challenge on September 10.”
Also intriguing will be a matchup with Big South power Liberty on Sept. 25. The Flames finished 19th in last year’s FCS coaches poll after going 8-3. The Lynchburg, Va., program has never played in Bethlehem before. The only previous meeting was in 2004, a 34-16 Lehigh win.
Yale is coming to Goodman on Oct. 1 and will offer a big challenge as well coming off a 7-3 season.
Lehigh’s bye week comes at a a good time. It comes right before a trip to Hamilton, N.Y., on Oct. 29 for what figures to be a huge Patriot League battle against Colgate and the great Nate Eachus.
04/23/2011 Brown and White Spring Game (Goodman Stadium) TBA
09/03/2011 at Monmouth (West Long Branch, N.J.) TBA
09/10/2011 New Hampshire (Goodman Stadium) TBA
09/17/2011 at Princeton (Princeton, N.J.) TBA
09/24/2011 Liberty (Goodman Stadium) TBA
10/01/2011 Yale (Goodman Stadium) TBA
10/08/2011 * at Bucknell (Lewisburg, Pa.) TBA
10/15/2011 * at Fordham (Bronx, N.Y.) TBA
10/29/2011 * at Colgate (Hamilton, N.Y.) TBA
11/05/2011 * Holy Cross (Goodman Stadium) TBA
11/12/2011 * Georgetown (Goodman Stadium) TBA
11/19/2011 * Lafayette (Goodman Stadium) (147th meeting) TBA
By Keith Groller, The Morning Call