Lehigh football players earned the chance to embrace the Patriot League trophy after clinching the championship in early November 2016 at Goodman Stadium. In their eighth straight victory, the Mountain Hawks defeated Bucknell 20-13 in a hard-fought battle and secured a berth in the FCS playoffs, before falling to New Hampshire in their first-round FCS playoff game.
With the win, Lehigh earned its 10th appearance in the FCS playoffs and its 13th playoff appearance overall. The team finished with a 9-3 overall record, defeating Lafayette 45-21 in late November for its ninth straight victory.
Victories went far beyond Lehigh’s football team. The softball team won the Patriot League regular season, and three members of the wrestling team earned All-American status. Lehigh wrestling coach Pat Santoro was named EIWA Coach of the Year for the third time. Star second baseman and business management major Mike Garzillo ’16 was selected as Lehigh’s top scholar-athlete before being drafted by the Miami Marlins.
At Lehigh, success in the classroom isn’t sacrificed for dominance on the playing fields. For the 2015-16 academic year, Lehigh had 272 athletes who were named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (GPA over 3.2), 29 Academic All-Patriot League designations, two Academic All-Americans (men’s soccer’s Jamie Luchini and softball’s Morgan Decker), and a Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Lexi Martins of the women’s basketball team.