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Leopards Visit High Point

March 27, 2013

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The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team visits High Point, N.C. to take on the Panthers on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The Leopards are coming off a 15-6 loss to Army in West Point, N.Y., and are now 2-7 overall and 0-3 in the Patriot League.

Scouting High Point
The Panthers enter Wednesday night’s game 2-7 overall in their first season. Freshman Dan Lomas leads the High Point attack with a team-high 24 goals and 26 points. Sophomore Matt Thistle leads the team in assists (13) and is second in both goals (12) and points (25). Freshman midfielder Jamie Piluso has a team-high 48 ground balls, while junior defender Garrett Swaim leads the Panthers with 11 caused turnovers. In goal for the Panthers is sophomore Austin Geisler who has made 117 saves and carries an 11.98 goals against average.

Coaching Matchup
The Leopards are coached by first-year man Jim Rogalski, who spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at the University of Scranton. At Scranton, Rogalski put together back-to-back winning seasons with a record of 18-15 and he currently holds a 20-22 overall career record. The Panthers are coached by Jon Torpey who is the first head coach in High Point’s program. Torpey spent two seasons as an associate head coach at Dartmouth and five seasons as an assistant at Denver.

All-Time Series
The Leopards are taking on the Panthers for the first time in High Point’s inaugural season.

Leopards' Attack
Sophomore Sonny Round leads the Lafayette attack with 20 goals, while classmate Brian Bock is second on the team with 16 goals and is leading the Leopards in assists (11). Round’s 30 points (3.33 ppg) are seventh in the League. Freshman Kevin Wanke is third on the team in goals (14) and points (18).

Picking It Up
Senior co-captain Anthony Zawadzki ranks first in the Patriot League in faceoff percentage (61.3). Senior Greg Rau leads the Leopards and sits fourth in the Patriot League in ground balls with 37, while winning 51.1 percent of his faceoff attempts. Junior defender Matt Evans is second on the team in ground balls with 26, followed by junior defender Mac Ashler with 24. Senior defender Geoff Stearns leads the Leopards in caused turnovers with 15, while picking up 19 ground balls.

Between the Pipes
Hyatt, a Ridgefield, Conn. native, has been stellar so far for the Leopards, making 16 saves in three different contests (at Georgetown, at Wagner, vs Marist) and at least ten saves in every game. The junior leads the Patriot League in saves per game (13.62) and ranks fourth in save percentage (.559) and sixth in goals against average (10.74). Freshman Ben Falcone stepped in for Hyatt in the loss to Army, making 10 saves in 47 shots faced.

Tough Schedule
Lafayette has already been defeated by Bucknell, who ranks sixth in the latest Nike Division I Top 20 Poll, and will face 18th ranked Lehigh later this season. The Leopards have fallen to Marist (RV) and will host Colgate (RV) on April 13. Additionally, Colgate and Lehigh, along with non-conference opponent Stony Brook, made appearances in the NCAA Tournament last spring. The Leopards match up with Lehigh in the regular-season finale in Bethlehem on April 20.

Around the Patriot League
Holy Cross took down Vermont, 8-5, while No. 6 Bucknell dropped an 11-3 decision against No. 17 Penn State on Tuesday night. On Saturday, No. 18 Lehigh will host Navy and Holy Cross will visit No. 6 Bucknell. Army visits Colgate on Sunday in a Patriot League contest.

What's Next?
The Leopards will return to College Hill on April 6, when they host Holy Cross at 1 p.m.