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The Lafayette Leopards represent the 23 Division I varsity athletic teams of Lafayette College and compete in the Patriot League. There are 11 men’s teams, 11 women’s teams, and one co-ed team. The club teams also compete as the Leopards. Though not a varsity sport, crew and ice hockey are very competitive at Lafayette and play in intercollegiate club leagues.
Lafayette’s primary rival in every sport is the Lehigh Mountain Hawks of nearby Lehigh University. Bucknell University is also a major rival and other league and school rivalries exist on an individual sport level.
Lafayette’s student-athletes generally lead the NCAA in academic performance. In 2011, 16 of Lafayette’s 23 teams academic performance scored within the top ten percent of their respective sport. Lafayette led the Patriot League, which placed second behind the Ivy League.
Lafayette’s first recorded athletic event outside of the student body was a baseball game against Easton amateurs, a 44–11 win on November 8, 1865. The first recorded intercollegiate match was a 45–45 tie in a baseball game against Lehigh in October 1869. In 1883, Lafayette won the intercollegiate tug of war championship, held at the annual track and field championship meet.