November 27, 2018
By: Steve Degler
Lehigh and Lafayette met on the football field for the 154th time November 17 at Fisher Stadium in Easton. It was the first time since 1997, and just the second time since the mid-1960's, that both teams in college football's most played rivalry entered the game with three or fewer wins. Each team was looking for some momentum heading into the off-season.
This was an especially important game for each senior class. Lehigh's seniors had never lost the rivalry game while the Leopards' seniors did not want to go winless against the Mountain Hawks. Both programs strive to win the Patriot League each year and advance to the NCAA playoffs, but everyone knows your legacy with alumni is built upon how many times you won the Lehigh-Lafayette game.
The Lehigh seniors cemented their legacies by helping the Mountain Hawks to a 34-3 road victory. Dom Bragalone capped his amazing career with three rushing touchdowns. Bragalone is Lehigh's career rushing yards and rushing TD record holder. His 52 total touchdowns are also a school record. Bragalone was named the MVP in his final game for the Brown and White.
It was also a milestone day for Lehigh head coach Andy Coen. He has amassed 85 wins and five Patriot League titles while patrolling the Mountain Hawks' sideline. The 85 victories tie him with Bill Leckonby for the most in Lehigh history.
While it was a disappointing year overall for Lehigh, the Mountain Hawks finished on a positive note and can now look forward to building momentum for the 2019 season. And the seniors will always be able to look back with happy memories as the 11th Lehigh class to go 4-0 against Lafayette.