If you go to Lehigh, one thing everyone has in common is their desire to beat Lafayette in football, in the Giving Challenge, in pretty much anything where we can compete against Lafayette. The Rivalry has been played since 1884, beginning only one year after standardized football rules were established. Lehigh-Lafayette is the most played college football rivalry in the nation, meeting for the 149th time this year. The game alternates location between Lehigh and Lafayette each year, with Lehigh hosting this year. The game was played in a neutral spot only once in 1891 when they played in Wilkes-Barre until next year when the 150th game will be played at Yankee Stadium!
The week leading up to Lehigh-Lafayette is Spirit Week with tons of school spirit events happening during the week. The Turkey Trot, Bed Races, and the Rally are all Spirit Week traditions. Gryphons shared some of their favorite Lehigh-Laf week memories:
My favorite Lehigh-Laf memory is when we stormed the field after our epic overtime victory in 2009! ~Rosie ‘13
One of my most fun Lehigh-Laf memories is having the Marching 97 come into my freshman seminar class and begin playing! Class was automatically put on hold and the professor acted like it was completely normal – clearly a shock to all of the first year students! There was so much Lehigh spirit and I loved it! ~Alex ‘14
I went crowd surfing at Lehigh Lafapalooza where Reel Big Fish was the main performer! Almost lost a shoe but ultimately made a safe landing! ~Lacey ‘15
The Fall Fest this year was a fun addition to Lehigh-Laf Spirit Week. As a class officer, it was great to see so many different clubs and organizations participate- even in the cold ~Max ‘16
Make some memories this week because Lehigh-Lafayette is a great time to celebrate our Lehigh spirit. GO LEHIGH and beat that other school!!