Everyone was hoping for a repeat of last year's football game between the College and Rowan University on Friday night.
The scene looked quite similar - with parking lots full of tailgaters, extremely long lines at the ticket booth and a packed stadium complete with screaming fans, confetti and five guys painted blue with the yellow letters L-I-O-N-S on their chests.
The College's football team improved to 3-0 on Saturday, routing Southern Virginia University 61-0 for its second straight shutout victory.
"We were happy that everyone got on the field and played hard to keep the shutout," head coach Eric Hamilton said.
The College's football team narrowly edged Division I-AA LaSalle 6-0 on Saturday afternoon to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Faced with a horrendously rain-soaked field, the Lions' defense held the Explorers scoreless. Sophomore running back Cory Schoonover blocked a punt and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown and the only score of the game in the second quarter, coming away with the win.
The Lions football team won its season opener against SUNY Cortland 17-14 in comeback fashion on Saturday, picking up its first New Jersey Athletic Conference victory of the year.
"It was very important for us to start the season off with a win because if we didn't beat Cortland, who is an NJAC rival, the chances of the playoffs for us become very slim," senior defensive back Steve Andrews said.
The College's Division III football team defeated George Mason University's club team, 62-20. While the contest on Oct. 17 did not count for the College's record, the Lions could not afford to discount the Patriots, who brought an undefeated record to the game.
The Lions had a strong second-half effort to defeat the William Paterson Pioneers 21-0 in a key New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) game Friday night.
After leading by only one touchdown at the break, the Lions dominated both sides of the ball in the third quarter.
The No. 3 ranked Rowan University Profs drove deep into Lions' territory, threatening another come-from-behind victory on Friday night. The Lions defense gained possession of the ball with just a minute left, giving the College a 22-20 victory, its first victory over Rowan in five years.
The Lions 24-7 halftime lead wasn't enough to hold off the LaSalle University Explorers for a third straight win.
The Explorers scored 21 second-half points to defeat the No. 24 ranked Division III Lions, 28-27.
The Lions (2-1 overall, 1-0 New Jersey Athletic Association) and the Explorers (1-2) have never met on the football field.
Despite fumbling seven times during a torrential downpour in the second half, the Lions were able to clutch onto a 21-14 victory over New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) SUNY Cortland Red Dragons.
The Lions (2-0, 1-0 NJAC) defeated their first NJAC rival with a strong first half offense, and a consistent defense throughout the game.
Running on hype, the Lions football team delivered a 28-17 win over Norwich University. Senior quarterback Bob Schurtz threw 232 yards to lead his team to its season opening victory. Schurtz became the Lions career passing yards leader, surpassing Pete Harteveld's previous record of 3,705 (1995-97).