Branch and Jacobs lead the Leopards at the IC4A/ECAC Championships

The Lafayette track and field team finished their season this past weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championships in Springfield, Mass, where senior Ainsley Jacobs earned All-East status with a fourth place finish in the 10,000-meter run. Both the men’s and women’s teams sent three athletes to the event. Jacobs completed the 10,000-meter run in 36:15.16 and […]

Athletic Director Sherryta Freeman reflects on an unorthodox spring season

The spring 2021 semester was a season that student-athletes will not soon forget. The condensed calendar, limited travel, and fluctuating schedule for practices and games were issues that all athletes had to deal with. Most were happy to take on the extra burden in order to play their sports, regardless of the circumstances. Athletic Director […]

Setting records and winning scholarships; Junior Tara Leininger excels in the pool and in the classroom

There may not be a ton of similarities between researching high-energy particle physics and swimming a 200-yard individual medley, but for Tara Leininger ’22 – one seems to feed the other. That might be because she’s good at both. A physics and math major, Leininger earned the prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship in April, an award […]

Track & field team breaks multiple school records at Patriot League Championships

Last weekend was one for the record books for the Lafayette track and field team. Ten new times were entered into the school’s All-Time Top 10 list, including two Lafayette records broken at the two-day Patriot League Championship event. Senior Ryan Branch broke one of the longest-standing Lafayette records in the 5,000-meter run, shattering the […]

Athlete Ally panelists reflect on LGBTQ+ experience as Lafayette athletes

For a long time in the realm of Lafayette athletics, it was very difficult to be “out and proud.” Gay slurs were used regularly and there was no space for queer students on campus or on sports teams. On Tuesday night, four former student-athletes reflected on their experience at Lafayette as members of the LGBTQ+ […]

Same family, different schools: McKoy twins compete on track and field teams for Lafayette and Lehigh

If you are a member of either community, it is likely you are familiar with the rivalry that has existed between Lafayette and Lehigh for as long as anyone can remember. Junior Portia McKoy certainly is.  McKoy and her sister, Teasha, have become quite familiar with the rivalry dynamic, with Portia playing for Lafayette and […]

‘Unfinished business’: Lafayette athletes take advantage of extra year of NCAA eligibility

The pandemic has brought some unique silver linings to student-athletes at Lafayette and around the country. In a rare move, the NCAA expanded eligibility to all fall and winter sports during the 2020-21 season. This follows a similar decision by the organization in March of last year as COVID-19 took hold. Student-athletes have traditionally been […]

Individual performances define final meet for track and field before Patriot League Championships

The final tune up before the Patriot League Championships went a lot like the rest of the regular season for the Lafayette track and field team: robust individual performances marred by a depleted pandemic roster.  The Leopards competed at the John & Carol Covert Classic in Bethlehem last Saturday, which consisted of seven teams including […]

Senior Audrey Sawers leads field hockey through unorthodox spring season

A condensed spring season with a shortened bench was not enough to stop senior field hockey player Audrey Sawers from making her mark on the Patriot League leaderboard. The North Vancouver, British Columbia native concluded her college career as a member of the conference All-League first team, and also led the regular season in goals while […]

Lafayette athletics releases updated diversity, equity, and inclusion plan

This past week, the athletic department released their diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, another step forward in the department’s effort to combat racial injustice in Lafayette athletics. The latest update in the initiative are the pillars of the DEI plan, which consist of education, representation, awareness, support & programming and resources & pledges. The pillars […]