The winners of the 2008 Varsity Lion Awards were honored at halftime of Saturday's home football game. Former All-American swimmer Ava Kiss ('08) was honored for her 2008 Division III National Championship win in the 100-meter butterfly. Kiss, a four-time Scholar Athlete honoree at the College, was the first national swimming champion in the school's history.
Junior quarterback Chris James scored five touchdowns to lead the Lions to victory over Buffalo State College on Saturday. James completed 24 of 31 passes for 303 yards against the Bengals, throwing three touchdowns for the College and rushing for two more in the 42-32 victory.
The College's loss Saturday to Kean University was not enough to stop the Lions from making it to the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Lions' strong play throughout the season made this year one of the best in the football team's history, and a lot of the success can be attributed to the standout performances of key players including sophomore starting quarterback Chris James.
In one of the College's most highly anticipated football games this year, the Lions won their seventh straight game by shutting out the SUNY-Cortland Red Dragons 30-0 at home Saturday.
The Lions secured the first seed in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Tournament.
The football team posted 21 straight second-half points to defeat William Paterson University 21-13.
With the win, the College improved to 5-1 overall on the season and 3-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).
The game started off bleak for the Lions as the Pioneers held them scoreless through the first half, going up 6-0 on a pair of field goals in the second quarter.
The College's name was seen scrolling across many networks' tickers on Saturday afternoon after the football team's 13-12 win over the Division I (formerly DI-AA) La Salle University Explorers Friday night at McCarthy Stadium in Philadelphia.
"Nothing feels better than when you see your name flashing across the ticker on ABC," head coach Eric Hamilton said.
Despite the College's 15-0 loss to Muhlenberg College in the season opener, senior defensive lineman Joe King was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. King had a total of nine tackles and three sacks during the game for a Muhlenberg loss of 25 yards.