Lafayette College had a chance at home to beat Colgate University on March 2 and escape the Patriot League tournament play-in round. Expectations were low, and they were met.
The men’s basketball team took a 31-26 halftime lead, then gave up 50 points to the Raiders in the second half to lose, 76-70.
Thanks to the sheer mediocrity of the league, the Leopards got another chance at home to try to advance. So on Tuesday night, they lost to Holy Cross. Lafayette was the seventh seed in the league tournament, thanks to poor play by other teams and a late five-game winning streak over losing squads.
Holy Cross was the 10th and last seed, and playing at Lafayette’s Kirby Sports Center, but still favored, and the Crusaders won 79-74. Lafayette finishes the year at 10-20, and only nine of those wins were over Division 1 teams. The 2018-19 season marks the fourth straight that fell short of 10 wins in Division 1.
So another dreary year ends, and the question comes up again: When will the college remove Head Coach Fran O’Hanlon? After 24 years of mediocrity or worse, he’s 327-401.
Yes, he’s topped the 400 level in losses, and next year is not promising. Colgate and Lehigh University have moved well ahead of the Leopards. Lehigh’s Coach Brett Reed has swept O’Hanlon for four straight years (so has Lehigh women’s Head Coach Sue Troyan, and Lehigh football Head Coach Andy Coen, now retired).
Lafayette, make a move. Get a new coach, or get rid of the program, or move sports to a lower level. If the goal is to let the program die, just kill it.