Courtesy of the Patriot League
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.
- With a 34-17 victory at Holy Cross and Lafayette's 24-14 loss at Colgate on Saturday, Lehigh has guaranteed at least a share of the Patriot League Football title for the first time since 2006 and needs to win just one of its final two games to claim the outright crown and the Patriot League's automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The Mountain Hawks will have their first opportunity to claim the outright title and postseason bid when they visit Georgetown next Saturday at 1 p.m. Lehigh last captured solo possession of the Patriot League title in 2001, and has not appeared in the postseason since 2004. The Mountain Hawks staked a claim to their ninth Patriot League title, extending their Patriot League record.
Lehigh put together an outstanding overall performance in the win over the Crusaders, led by quarterback Chris Lum going 21-of-33 for 212 yards and three touchdowns and also leading the team with 64 rushing yards. Colgate delivered some help for the Mountain Hawks as Nate Eachus ran for 212 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Lafayette. In other action, Fordham came away with a 33-21 win at Bucknell in a game that did not count toward the Patriot League standings with the Rams ineligible for the League title in 2010.
Lehigh leads the Patriot League with a 3-0 mark, followed by Colgate and Georgetown at 2-2 and Lafayette, Holy Cross and Bucknell all at 1-2. Should the Mountain Hawks stumble in their final two games at Georgetown and Lafayette, any of the other teams could claim a share of the title by winning out.
For a full synopsis of all of Saturday's action, go here http://www.patriotleague.org/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/110610aaa.html