November 20, 2013

Lebanon Valley Football taking game to the next leve

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By Mike Givler @ldngivler on Twitter
Lebanon Valley set to take on Wittenberg in its first NCAA tournament game Saturday
Brian Murphy and the Lebanon Valley offense will face a tough test in Wittenberg on Saturday in the team's first NCAA Division III playoff game. When you're doing something for the first time, might as well go in headfirst.

Like it or not, that's the situation the Lebanon Valley College football team faces Saturday when it makes the nearly eight-hour trek to Springfield, Ohio, to face powerhouse Wittenberg in the opening round of the Division III playoffs.
While the Flying Dutchmen (8-2) will be making their NCAA tournament debut, the Tigers (9-1) will be competing in their 34th career game in their 16th overall appearance in the postseason, having won two national titles along the way -- although none since 1975.

It makes for a daunting task for Lebanon Valley, but one that head coach Jim Monos and Co. are not shying away from.

"We're getting on that bus for one reason and that's to beat Wittenberg," he said.

"If we're going out that far, let's play to win. We're going out there to win."

Valley wrapped up its regular season with a loss at Albright on Saturday. Had LVC won that game, it would have most likely avoided an upper-echelon opponent such as Wittenberg in the first round and could have even hosted a game this weekend.

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