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BREAKING NEWS: Lions ranked 1st in NJAC after Cortland loss

September 26, 2009

After today’s NJAC upset during Kean University‘s win over SUNY-Cortland, 24-10, TCNJ sits alone atop the conference for the first time since 2007.

While today’s loss snapped a 12-game conference win streak, injuries to two of the defending conference champs’ impact players (QB Dan Pitcher, RB Andrew Giuliano) add to the early season woes of a team that nearly dropped its match against Morrisville State College earlier in the year (won 26-17 on Sept. 12).

Adding to its win total with a tumultuous 67-34 win in its own conference match-up against the Mustangs of Morrisville State, the TCNJ Lions boast the NJAC’s lone undefeated overall record.

Two of the conference’s other surprise performers also remain undefeated in conference play at week’s end, but non-conference losses have tarnished both Montclair State’s and Kean University’s overall records (both 2-1 overall; 2-0 in NJAC) .

The preseason’s consensus top-pick, Rowan University, fell in Week Two to the Cortland Red Devils, 24-10. At the end of Week Four, the Profs have split their only two conference matches thus far (2-1 overall; 1-1 in NJAC).

Already noted as a pivotal game on the schedule (Friday, Oct. 2; kickoff scheduled for 7pm), the Cougars’ early success adds gravity to an already weighted NJAC contest–likely for first-place bragging rights.

Elsewhere in the conference, both The College at Brockport (2-1 overall; 1-1 in NJAC) and Buffalo State (1-2 overall; 1-1 in NJAC) cling to life in the tri-state area’s deep competitive group, while William Patterson (1-2 overall; 0-2 in NJAC), Western Connecticut (0-3 overall; 0-2 in NJAC) and Morrisville State (0-4 overall; 0-3 in NJAC) remain winless in conference-play.

After Kean, Lions will host the College at Brockport (lost 39-41 vs. Montclair St.) before traveling to William Patterson (lost 13-28 vs. Rowan). The team will return for a test against Montclair St. on Oct. 24 for its homecoming, traveling to upstate New York to face SUNY-Cortland the following week.

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