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What a difference a year makes.
The Mountain Hawks and Raiders both find themselves in a place where they are not accustomed: young squads with losing records, battling for pride, and giving the seniors something to remember.
Colgate and Lehigh has developed into a rivalry with a little r, because of the frequent championship connotations of their meetings over the last decade and a half, and a whole lot of other reasons. In 2014, this rivalry takes on a different shape and form: the form of which team is headed in the right direction into 2015, and for Lehigh headed in the right direction towards Yankee Stadium.
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“They’ve won a lot of close games this year, which we have done in the past. They know how to win and they are very well coached. And you couldn’t ask for a better scenario, to be able to get all the way through the season and have the last league game be for the championship and a bid to the playoffs. We know what to expect and I’m happy for our players. It’s a one-game season for a championship, and that’s all you could ask for. We’ve got to treat it like it’s just another game and they’re going to wear different-colored jerseys.”
Those were the words of none other than Dick Biddle, approximately 368 days ago, when Colgate traveled down to Lehigh to face off against the Mountain Hawks for a Patriot League championship.
They are also words that could have been torn out of this week’s Biddle presser as well, perhaps adding that the Raiders have won four of their last six, and won eight of their last ten Patriot League games.
For Lehigh, it’s technically not a Championship game – they need to win this game in order to get to a Championship game, Rivalry 149 down in the friendly confines of Murray Goodman stadium. But for Colgate, almost all the Championship Week quotes from last year still apply.
(Photo Credit: Albany Times-Union)
Lehigh football players probably don’t need to be reminded of the date, but it was November 10th, 2012, where Lehigh’s season ended last season.
It was the only blemish on Lehigh’s otherwise-stellar 10-1 season, but the 35-24 loss to Colgate cost Lehigh dear.
One loss. One loss that lost the Patriot League championship. One loss. One loss that lost them the autobid, and ultimately, a playoff spot. One loss. The difference between achieving all their goals of the season, and facing an offseason of what-could-and-should-have-beens.
Lehigh’s schedule has a fair number of interesting matchups this season, as every season. Some are challenges. Some are Ivies. Some are the regular array of Patriot League schools. Some are genuine rivals.
But for the Mountain Hawks, there is only one game that’s circled in red with the mission of revenge. November 16th, 2013. Colgate.
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