BY JEFF FALK
ANNVILLE – It may be that football was the cause of some recent on-job stress for Tom Corbett. But on Saturday, Corbett used the game as a source of relaxation and recreation.
The Governor of Pennsylvania was one of many in attendance as Lebanon Valley College hosted Saint Vincent in the NCAA Divison Three ECAC South-West Bowl at Arnold Field. A 1971 graduate of Lebanon Valley, Corbett, who’s been hands-on during the investigation of the Penn State football sex scandal, was present to present trophies to the victors and the game’s outstanding player – LVC defensive end Cory Homer.
As it turned out, Corbett was also on hand to check out this year’s football version of his alm matter.
“You better believe I have a rooting interest,” said Corbett. “I went here. I got here in the second half and it’s been a very good game.”
While attending Lebanon Valley in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Corbett was himself an athlete. But his sport of choice was lacrosse, not football.
“In lacrosse, you get a stick and you get to hit your opponent,” said Corbett. “Now it’s much more finesse. But they’re both very physical games. Lacrosse is non-stop. Today, there’s not as much hitting as in the 60s and 70s. But both take good athletes to play.”
So what kind of a lacrosse player was Corbett in his day?
“A new one,” said Corbett. “I learned the game here.”