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September 10, 2012

College sports notebook: Shoop carries Leopards to win

By William Bowman

The Daily Item

Just a week after nearly upsetting FBS school Maryland, William & Mary lost its home opener on Saturday thanks to Danville grad Andrew Shoop, who was named the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Shoop completed 18-of-33 passes for 189 yards and a third-quarter touchdown to Mike Duncan that gave the Leopards a 14-7 advantage. The 18-yard TD pass came on 3rd-and-15.

Shoop, who earned the honor for the third time in his career, also picked up two first downs on a fourth-quarter drive that resulted in a field goal to put Lafayette up 17-7. He completed passes to eight different receivers, and ran for 25 yards. Shoop led Lafayette to its first win over a CAA opponent since 2005 (Richmond).

MORE RECORDS: Bloomsburg placekicker Dan Fisher was named the Beyond Sports Network Division II Kicker of the Week on Monday after booting three field goals, including a school-record 52-yarder, in a win over Edinboro on Saturday.

The junior entered the game with career-long of 43 yards, knocked home a 45-yarder in the early minutes of the second quarter, and followed that up with a school-record 52-yarder two drives later. It broke a previous record of 50 yards set twice, with the last coming in 2009 by Joe Koenig.

Fisher's kick tied for the fifth-longest in PSAC history. With six field goals through two games this season, he has moved into sixth place on the conference's all-time list with 43.

MOVIN' ON UP: Thanks to Fisher's right foot -- and another 300 yard rushing game -- the Huskies continue to move up the national rankings. With its 2-0 start, the Huskies are now up to No. 12 in this week's AFCA Top 25 poll.

Bloomsburg moved up seven spots from its No. 19 ranking last week and was 25th in the preseason. It is one of four PSAC schools ranked in the Top 25. California (Pa.) jumped up to sixth after a thrilling, 48-45 victory over Kutztown last weekend. Indiana (Pa.) moved up to 17th after a 56-point shutout over Cheyney, and Kutztown slid down to 21st after it entered its matchup with Cal ranked 11th.

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