Lafayette Resumes League Play Versus Navy
Lafayette hosts Navy in the Leopards 2015 Patriot League home opener on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Fisher Stadium.The Leopards hold a 1-3 mark this season, including an 0-2 record in Patriot League play. The Mids are 3-3 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Sands Setting Up
Lafayette sophomore attackman Jason Sands currently third in the Patriot League in assists per game, with 2.25. The sophomore tallied leads the team with 13 points, registering four goals in the last two games.
Cortese in the Cage
Sophomore Matt Cortese earned the starting job after preseason and proved he deserved it with his performance at Wagner. In his first career start, Cortese picked up his first win, making 10 saves on 33 shots faced, while allowing just five goals. His shutout in the third quarter helped Lafayette break the game open. The sophomore has made double digit saves in every game this season, including a career-high 18 at Colgate. Cortese leads the Patriot League and is ninth in the country with 13.25 saves per game.
Leopards on The Attack
After tallying four goals in Lafayette's game at Colgate, Eric Joseph leads the team with six markers this season. Robert Orazietti has four goals. Joseph is also second on the team in points (8) and assists (2), trailing Jason Sands who leads the team in both categories with nine assists and 13 points.
Sophomore Erik Cannon made the switch from LSM to defense and has led Leopards defensively this season. Cannon leads the team with 21 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Sophomore Charles McCooe has started in all four contests in the defense, picking up eight ground balls and causing five turnovers. Declan McGuire has started three games on the back line, he has picked up five ground balls and caused a turnover. George Cloud picked up the start against Colgate and has four ground balls and three caused turnovers in four games in 2015.
Through the first four games of the season, Lafayette has allowed just three goals when down a man. The Leopards man-down defense ranks first in the Patriot League and fifth nationally at 81.3 percent.
Lafayette continues Patriot League on Saturday afternoon at Boston University.