Closing the season on a high note, the Lions came back from a 10-point deficit to slip past Kean University 14-10 on Saturday afternoon.
The Lions, down 10-5 going into the fourth quarter, managed to put early offensive struggles out of their minds, rallying back for the upset victory with the help of freshman quarterback Chris James.
An extra point is all that separated the College's football team from victory Saturday, as the Lions fell to the Bengals of Buffalo State College 34-33 in double overtime.
The usually reliable junior kicker Matt Dalessio missed an extra point following a touchdown connection in double overtime between freshman quarterback Chris James and senior wide receiver Ryan Ross.
The Lions offense struggled mightily these past two weeks en route to suffering two critical road losses in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).
In their first game back after an emotional overtime victory in the Homecoming game against William Paterson University two weeks ago, the Lions suffered a letdown game against Western Connecticut State University, dropping a 10-3 decision.
In front of over 4,000 screaming fans intoxicated with school spirit at the annual Homecoming game, the Lions boasted a 27-21 overtime victory over the Pioneers of William Paterson University.
"It definitely makes a difference playing in your own stadium," junior running back Daniel Dornacker said.
The Rowan University Profs showed why they have the No. 1 defense in the nation by collecting five sacks and three interceptions against the Lions on Friday night.
In the College's home opener, junior and senior quarterbacks Jeff Struble and Chris Bell could not stand upright.
A big-play offense is what the Lions have lacked for the past two weeks. After anemic performances against Muhlenberg College and LaSalle University, the offense came alive with 326 total yards as the College beat Fairleigh Dickenson University-Florham, 20-14, on Saturday afternoon at Shields Field.
On Sept. 2, senior captain Ryan Ross set a new career high with an 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Muhlenberg College. Friday night, he surpassed that mark with a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to lead the Lions to a 24-21 win over the Division I-AA LaSalle University Explorers.
Senior captain and wide receiver Ryan Ross' 81-yard kickoff return for a touchdown surpassed the net number of yards gained by the Lions' offense, 79, in Saturday night's 24-14 loss to Muhlenberg College. The Mules have now collected back-to-back opening day wins over the Lions.
Heading into a new season, head coach Eric Hamilton enforces the principles, "Concentration, competition, and practice" to his team.
The Lions lost several seniors that were crucial for leadership and chemistry.
Returning this season is the dynamic backfield of senior running back Cory Schoonover and junior fullback Dan Dornacker.
With five interceptions and an inconsistent offense, the Lions football team came up short in its season-finale conference game at Kean University 21-14 on Saturday.
It was too little too late as the Lions failed to complete a late comeback. Trailing 21-7 in the fourth quarter, the Lions cut the lead in half as sophomore running back Mike Feaster punched it in from one-yard out with just over three minutes remaining.
On a day commemorating the seniors for their long-standing athletic and academic efforts, the Lions football team had little to be proud of following a demoralizing 27-0 shutout loss to the Golden Eagles of SUNY-Brockport at home on Saturday.
This was not what head coach Eric Hamilton had in mind for the last home game of the year.
With a slow start and costly miscues, the Lions football team suffered a tough 21-14 loss to rival Montclair State University on Saturday, disappointing a packed Lions Stadium crowd at the annual Homecoming game.
The Lions ended the game just as they started it, with critical turnovers.