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Family Visit To New Britain Promising For 2015 Season

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Family Visit To New Britain Promising For 2015 Season

It didn’t get a lot of publicity, but the theme of this year’s 2015 Mountain Hawk team was voted to be “family” by the members of the squad.

And indeed, “family” was how the game felt out in New Britain, Connecticut, where Lehigh took care of business against Central Connecticut State, 20-14.

The Blue Devils averaged 3,078 fans per home game in 2014.  With a Friday night opening, the presence of a lot of family members, and a healthy-sized Lehigh contingent, packed Arute Field held more than 5,100 people in the stands.

Everywhere you looked at the game there was family.  Including my dad.
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Lehigh Defense Exorcises 2014 By Helping Beat Central Connecticut 20-14

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Lehigh Defense Exorcises 2014 By Helping Beat Central Connecticut 20-14

It’s a season where Lehigh is supposed to be turning the page from a disappointing 2014.  Every player interviewed so far has said so, from senior TE Chris Ruhl, junior QB Nick Shafnisky and the rest of the team.

In a strange sort of way, 2014 was buried by a different sort of numeric combination.

The Mountain Hawks would win their first game of the year by the poetic score of 20-14, in the process finally putting the final shovelfuls of earth on top of last year’s disappointing season.

It’s not so much the win but the way it was won – won with a strong defensive effort that very nearly shut out the Blue Devils in the first half, won with a game-clinching drive that ate up the clock when a stalled drive might have opened the door for more, won with a kicking game that turned in critical points that were the difference between winning and losing.

Last year, Lehigh found ways to lose.  Tonight, the young Mountain Hawks found a way to come together and finish the game when it was on the line.

Not a bad way to bury the corpse of last season.
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Game Breakdown: Lehigh at Central Connecticut State, 9/4/2015

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Game Breakdown: Lehigh at Central Connecticut State, 9/4/2015

We break down the Central Connecticut State game – and we give our fearless prediction, below the flip.

Thinking of openers and CCSU this week made me think of Lehigh’s 2013 season.

That was an epic overtime game, where Lehigh overcame a 20 point 4th quarter deficit to overcome the Blue Devils in double overtime 51-44.

While most probably remember the record-breaking receiving day from WR Lee Kurfis, I dug deeper.
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Game Preview: Lehigh at Central Connecticut State, 9/4/2015

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Game Preview: Lehigh at Central Connecticut State, 9/4/2015

Offseasons are long after season-ending losses to Lafayette, but it seems like no game after a Lafayette loss has been as anticipated as this one.

All offseason – and I’ve been as guilty of this as anyone – there’s always been question for the Mountain Hawk football team concerning a football game played last November:

“Did you actually watch a tape the 150th Rivalry game in Yankee Stadium last November?

“What was your reaction?  Did you toss the DVD out the window, or set it on fire?”

“Do you think about that loss every day, or simply once a week?”

This Friday up at New Britain, Lehigh football players and their fans will finally have something to talk about that doesn’t involve that infernal game in the Bronx last November.

Oddly enough, they are facing a team that comes from a similar place.  The Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, 3-9 last season and in their second season under head coach Pete Rossamondo, wants to erase the memory of a six-game slide that doomed their 2014 season.

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Know Your 2015 Opponents: Central Connecticut State (and the NEC)

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Know Your 2015 Opponents: Central Connecticut State (and the NEC)
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The Pete Rossomando era couldn’t have started much better for Central Connecticut State fans in 2014.

Not many outsiders gave the Blue Devils much of a chance when they made the trip to Johnny Unitas stadium to take on the No. 7 team in the nation, Towson.

Sure, they had RB Rob Holloman, an all-purpose everything back that would almost certainly be invited to an NFL camp (he was), but certainly that wasn’t enough to run with the Tigers, right?

Behind a career game by QB Nick SanGiacomo, a transfer from Tulane, CCSU did indeed run with the Tigers, upsetting Towson 31-27 and seemingly announcing that the Blue Devils were going to be in stiff competition for the NEC title and a bid to the FCS playoffs.

Unfortunately, that’s not how things turned out for the Blue Devils.
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CFB Week 3: Your Weekend Lehigh Fan Viewing Giude

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CFB Week 3: Your Weekend Lehigh Fan Viewing Giude

It’s that time of the week where I share with you your weekly Lehigh fan viewing guide for Week 3 of the college football season.  Why go to website after website when all the information you need is right here?

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Game 1 Breakdown, Central Connecticut State at Lehigh, 9/7/2013

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Game 1 Breakdown, Central Connecticut State at Lehigh, 9/7/2013

We break down the Central Connecticut State game – and we give our fearless prediction, below the flip.

To aid on our analysis of the visiting Blue Devils, I have to huge assist to James Madison, and Matt Straub of the New Britain Herald.  

Straub’s preseason piece on CCSU head coach Jeff McInerney shows a lot of what he wants to accomplish this season.

And James Madison, by playing CCSU last weekend, meant that I have game notes available to go on – namely, last week’s notes.  CCSU’s lack of a preview by Friday makes it hard to get a sense of the team this week through the Lehigh game notes, but the notes for the Blue Devils’ game last week is very much available.  (And necessary.)
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Game Preview: Central Connecticut State at Lehigh, 9/7/2013

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Game Preview: Central Connecticut State at Lehigh, 9/7/2013

(Photo Credit: Lauren Gordon/The JMU Breeze)

You gotta give credit to head coach Jeff McInerney and the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils – they won’t back down from anybody.

A week after taking on nationally-ranked James Madison in their home opener last weekend, CCSU turns their bus to Bethlehem to visit Murray Goodman Stadium.

The Blue Devils, who struggled to a 2-8 season last year, are hoping that the old football adage is true that you improve the most from Game 1 to Game 2.

That’s how they hope to break up a three-game losing streak dating from last season.
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Know Your 2013 Opponents: Central Connecticut State

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Know Your 2013 Opponents: Central Connecticut State

“With a newly-revamped Arute Field,”, I wrote last season, “which will be able to hold upwards of 6,500 fans, Central Connecticut State will be looking to one message on their home opener against the Mountain Hawks September 8th: that they have arrived.”

This year, the Blue Devils repay Lehigh the favor, serving as the Mountain Hawks’ home opener in the first weekend of their football season on September 7th.

So what can we expect from the Blue Devils this season?

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Lehigh 35, Central Connecticut State 14, Final

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Lehigh 35, Central Connecticut State 14, Final

(Photo Credit: CCSU Athletics)They had heard it all last week.Why didn't the Lehigh offense put up more points last weekend against Monmouth?  Shouldn't Lehigh have played much less sloppily?  Where was the offense that put up 38 points at To…

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