Lehigh Mountain Hawks

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are the athletic teams representing Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The Hawks participate in NCAA Division I competition as a member of the Patriot League. In football, Lehigh competes in the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

Lehigh Mountain Hawks
UniversityLehigh University
ConferencePatriot League (primary)
EIWA (wrestling)
MARC (men's rowing)
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorJoe Sterrett
LocationBethlehem, Pennsylvania
Varsity teams23
Football stadiumGoodman Stadium
Basketball arenaStabler Arena
Baseball stadiumJ. David Walker Field at Legacy Park
Softball stadiumLeadership Park
Soccer stadiumUlrich Sports Complex
Other venuesFrank Banko Field
Goodman Campus Cross Country Course
Goodman Track and Field Complex
Jacobs Pool
Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall
Lewis Indoor Tennis Center/Ulrich Varsity Tennis Courts
Rauch Fieldhouse
Saucon Valley Country Club
Steiner/Steinberg Boathouse
NicknameMountain Hawks
ColorsBrown and white[1]

Nickname, logo, and mascotEdit

The athletic teams of Lehigh (founded in 1865) were known as the Engineers until the 1995–96 academic year. Some believe that this nickname was a reference to the Lehigh Valley Railroad,[2] not to the school's academic engineering program.[3] However, there was also a logo of a giant Lehigh Engineer looking through a surveyor's transit while an airliner flew over him and a diesel passenger train steamed beneath his feet in use at Lehigh during the 1950s and 60s. As the university expanded following the advent of coeducation in 1971, while the number of engineering students remained steady, the percentage of students enrolled in engineering declined from 50% to about 30%. As a result, during the school's 1988 appearance in the men's NCAA basketball tournament, TV commentators were encouraged to refer to the school by its colors, Brown and White.

Beginning in the 1980s and until 1995, the team used a logo of a train locomotive with an "L" on the front. In November 1995, the school introduced the Mountain Hawk as a mascot, replacing the "L train", which stemmed from a popular, student-based movement to come up with a suitable mascot; the Mountain Hawk was officially voted in as the new mascot by the Lehigh Student Senate soon after.[4] Controversy arose the following year, when the school's nickname was changed to the Mountain Hawks. Many alumni and students, including various members of Lehigh's Marching 97, still object, though the school's athletes were cited as being strong supporters of this change.[5] The school still lists all three nicknames (Engineers, Brown & White, and Mountain Hawks) in its media guides. In November 2008, just before the 144th game against Lafayette, the mascot was given the name "Clutch." The name was chosen after a long contest of name suggestions and voting.


Lehigh is especially known for its football rivalry with Lafayette College, the most frequently-played matchup in college football history.


Men's sports Women's sports
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Field hockey
Football Golf
Golf Lacrosse
Lacrosse Rowing
Rowing Soccer
Soccer Softball
Swimming & Diving Swimming & Diving
Tennis Tennis
Track & field Track & field
Wrestling Volleyball
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor.

Baseball and softballEdit

Lehigh has very successful programs in both baseball (men) and softball (women), having won both Patriot League titles in 2015 and advancing to the NCAA playoffs.


Lehigh is also competitive in men's and women's basketball. Both teams play in Stabler Arena. The men's and women's teams both won the Patriot League championship in 2010. The Men's team went on to the NCAA Tournament, losing in the first round to top-ranked University of Kansas.

The Mountain Hawks men's basketball team is best known for its first-round game in the 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament as a #15 seed on March 16, 2012 against the #2 seed Duke Blue Devils. Despite being a heavy underdog, thanks to CJ McCollum's 30-point heroics, the Mountain Hawks pulled off the stunning upset, defeating the Blue Devils 75–70 and making it only the sixth time that a 15th seed has defeated a 2nd seed.[6]


The Fisher Stadium scoreboard in Easton, Pennsylvania following Lafayette College's victory over Lehigh in the 142nd edition of "The Rivalry" in 2006. The series between the two colleges, which are 17 miles (27 km) away from each other in the Lehigh Valley, is the most-played rivalry in college football history with 157 meetings since 1884.

The varsity football team competes at the Division I FCS level. Lehigh is a highly respected FCS program with a rich tradition. Lehigh won the 1977 Division II National Championship by defeating Jacksonville State 33–0 in the Pioneer Bowl. The Engineers were 1979 1-AA National Runners-up after falling to Eastern Kentucky in the title game. Lehigh has ten Patriot League championships, which is the most amongst league members. The program has also enjoyed seven FCS playoff appearances: 1980, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2010 and 2011.[7]

Lehigh is also part of the most played rivalry in college football. The Mountain Hawks have met the Lafayette Leopards 150 times. Lafayette leads the all-time series 78–67–5.[8] The game is traditionally played on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Football games are well-attended at Lehigh's Goodman Stadium which has been voted the best place to watch a Patriot League football game for the past six years.[9] Tailgate parties are a big part of the experience, attracting many students and alumni who attend the games.

In the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 2016 football season they finished with 9 wins and 3 losses, and made the playoffs for the first time since 2011. They went undefeated in the Patriot League winning all 6 games, while winning 3 games and losing 2 games against out of conference opponents. They played the University of New Hampshire in the first round of the 2016 FCS playoffs, where they lost 21 to 64.[10]

The senior captains for the 2016 season were quarterback Nick Shafnisky, linebacker Colton Caslow, offensive center Brandon Short, and offensive tackle Zach Duffy.[11]

After the 2016 season, Nick Shafnisky was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year and Lehigh football Head Coach Andy Coen was named Patriot League Coach of the Year. Lehigh also received nine first team honors for senior quarterback Nick Shafnisky, sophomore running back Dom Bragalone, junior wide receiver and return specialist Gatlin Casey, junior wide receiver Troy Pelletier, senior offensive tackle Zach Duffy, sophomore place kicker and punter Ed Mish, and senior linebacker Colton Caslow. Lehigh also earned four second team honors for junior offensive tackle Tim O'Hara, senior offensive tackle Brandon Short, junior defensive lineman Tyler Cavenas, and senior defensive back Brandon Leaks.[12]

In the upcoming 2017 football season the Lehigh Mountain Hawks will be looking towards defending their 2016 Patriot League Championship, and hope to repeat. Lehigh will kick off their season with a home game against Villanova. They have dropped Princeton from their schedule and will be facing Wagner instead for their fifth game of the season.[13]


Lehigh's lacrosse team competes in the nine-team Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks have a strong tradition in lacrosse, but have only appeared twice (2012, 2013) in the present NCAA championships since its formation in 1971. Lehigh has accumulated seven national lacrosse titles under the former USILA national title format and strongly contributed to the growth of lacrosse in Pennsylvania.

Marching 97Edit

Lehigh's marching band is known as the "Marching 97". The number "97" represents the number of people who are in the marching band. It is composed of 12 ranks of 8 members and one drum major to conduct the entire band. The Marching 97 is known for its antics, silliness, and tradition in Lehigh University.

First created in 1906 under direction of E.E. Ross with only 15 men as a band. The band only grew from there and started to perform in halls such as Drown Hall and Carnegie Hall. The Marching 97 allowed women to join as cheerleaders in 1969. They were considered to be part of the band, but women were admitted as musicians in 1973.

In the 1970s, Professor Rich Aaronson asked if the Marching 97 could play in his Economics 001 class. The 97 enjoyed doing this and has taken requests for other classes. This is how the popular "Eco-flame" was created and it is done every year on the week Lehigh faces its rival, Lafayette College. Similar to the Eco-flame, if asked, the 97 will gather volunteering members to "flame" events on Lehigh. These events could be away football games, events organized by Lehigh, or Alums who ask to play at one of their events on Lehigh. The Marching 97 play at every home game and follow the football team whenever possible.

Today, the Marching 97 is entirely student-ran and is one of the country's only marching bands to do so. The band has performed at Carnegie Hall, Drown Hall, and at the New York World's Fair, as well as at Yankee Stadium in 2014 for the 150th meeting of the Lehigh-Lafayette game. In 2017, the Marching 97 was invited to march in London's New Year's Parade.[14][15]


Lehigh men's and women's soccer are NCAA Division I programs that compete in the Patriot League. Both teams are highly competitive. The 2006 men's team had a 15–2–3 overall record and became the first Patriot League team to go a perfect 7–0 in league play. They advanced to the third round of the NCAA play-offs before losing to the number-one seed. Both teams are sponsored by Nike as well.

The head coach of the men's team is Dean Koski, and he is assisted by Ryan Hess and goalkeeper coach Matt Deming. This past season (2016), the Lehigh men's soccer team posted a 7–10–1. However, they won the Patriot League Championship in 2015, earning them an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.

Leading the women's team is Eric Lambinus, assisted by Lauren Calabrese, Madi Morgan, and Bill Moukoulis. In their 2016 season, they went eight games without giving up a single goal, putting them at first in the country for goals against. They're overall record in that season was 11–5–2.

Both teams play on Ulrich Field, located in Ulrich Sports Complex on Goodman Campus at Lehigh University. The field is grass with stands that hold about 1,300 fans. Locker rooms and practice fields (Kauffman Fields) are located a short distance from the game field. There are three grass fields with an irrigation/sprinkler system to keep up maintenance.

Combined between the two teams, 24 student athletes made the Patriot League Honor Roll, having a 3.2 GPA or higher during the fall semester (Women: 15, Men: 9).

Men's Roster 2016: Ian Marshall, Will Smith, Joe Bogan, Alex Greene, Matt Morana, Zarin Tuten, Calum Bishop, Doyle Tuvesson, Jack Miskel, Danny Gonzalez, Mark Forrest, Gio Giammatteo, Oscar Greene, Justin Worley, Nolan Coulter, Tatsu Otani, Nick Jewell, Tommy Dokho, David Zipkin, Kevin Klinkenberg, Matthew Peralta, Nick Facendo, Danny Leszczynski, John Marc Charpentier, Jacob Gottwald, Paul Steingraber

Women's Roster 2016: Lidia Breen, Sam Miller, Kylie Ginsberg, Alyssa Riporti, Maggie Wadsworth, Laura Courtney, Tori Pantaleo, Kalin Ojert, Kat Jacobellis, Clare Severe, Kayla Arestivo, Jess Sacco, Sabrina Mertz, Amanda Stratton, Becca Sherry, Madeline Walsh, Adrian Vitello, Lexi Chang, Annika Jansa, Grace Correll, Ashley Maziarz, Sidonie Warnecker, Erin Racano, Mary Casey[16][17]


Julius Seligson played collegiate tennis at Lehigh University, graduating in 1930.[18][19] He never lost a regular season match.[19] In 1928 he won the NCAA Men's Tennis Championship in singles, to become Lehigh's first individual national champion.[20][19] He won 66 straight matches, before losing in the 1930 NCAA finals.[19] He won the NCAA indoor singles championship in 1928, 1929, and 1930.[19]


Lehigh's wrestling team competes in the EIWA (The Patriot League does not sponsor wrestling). Lehigh has a strong tradition in wrestling dating back to 1910, and often wins the league and places in the top 10 at the NCAA National Championships. Lehigh is considered one of the best private schools in the country for wrestling, having had 28 National NCAA individual champions, 137 NCAA All-Americans, 16 top five NCAA team finishes, 34-time EIWA Champions, and 203 individual EIWA Champions.[21] Its last national champion was Darian Cruz in 2017.

Lehigh alumni coach wrestling at many institutions, including Jason Kutz (1998), head wrestling coach at East Stroudsburg University; Chris Ayres (1999), head wrestling coach at Princeton University; Cory Cooperman (2006), assistant wrestling coach at Rutgers University; Troy Letters (2006), and Derek Zinck (2006), assistant wrestling coaches at Princeton University.

In 2006, the wrestling team marked its fifth straight EIWA championship. In 2018, they won the EIWA championship again, snapping the 11 year streak of the Cornell Big Red, their biggest rival.[22] The current head coach is Pat Santoro and the team's home Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall, often referred to as "The Snakepit", with a capacity of 2,200.[23]

Bobby Weaver is a former Lehigh Engineer wrestler who won a gold medal in the 1984 Summer Olympics.

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ The railroad was authorized on April 21, 1846, in Pennsylvania and was incorporated on September 20, 1847, as the "Delaware, Lehigh, Schuylkill and Susquehanna Railroad Company". On January 7, 1853, the name was changed to "Lehigh Valley Railroad".
  3. ^ Blockus, Gary R. (November 8, 1995). "Lehigh Gets An Actual Mascot Engineers Have Been Joined By Mountain Hawks". The Morning Call. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  4. ^ Blockus, Gary R. (March 7, 1999). "Hawking -- A Nickname The Lehigh Community Was Assured By The School's Administration That Mountain Hawks Would Be Just A Mascot. That Has Changed". The Morning Call. Retrieved 1 February 2010.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-12. Retrieved 2007-09-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  10. ^ "2016 Football Schedule". Lehigh University.
  11. ^ "2016 Football Roster". Lehigh University.
  12. ^ "2016 All-Patriot League Football Teams and Major Awards Announced". Patriot League.
  13. ^ "2017 Football Schedule". Lehigh University.
  14. ^ "History of the Marching 97". Marching97.org.
  15. ^ "Marching 97". Marching97.org.
  16. ^ "Men's Soccer". Lehigh University.
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  18. ^ Wechsler, Bob (15 November 2018). Day by Day in Jewish Sports History. KTAV Publishing House, Inc. ISBN 9780881259698 – via Google Books.
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  20. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 12, 2005. Retrieved 2007-02-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  21. ^ "LU Wrestling History" (PDF). Lehigh University Athletics. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  22. ^ LehighValleyLive Staff. "Lehigh Wrestling Wins First EIWA Team Title Since 2006, Breaks Cornell's Streak". LehighValleyLive. LehighValleyLive. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
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