Leopards Drop Opener to FDU

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Aug. 28, 2012

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  1 2 F
 Lafayette 0 0 0
 Fairleigh Dickinson 0 1 1
 
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 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 FDU - Doherty  unassisted 85:23
 
 Goalkeepers
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - McDonald 90:00 1 5
 FDU - Lissek 90:00 0 3
   

TEANECK, N.J. - A Fairleigh Dickinson goal in the 86th minute proved to be the difference in Lafayette's 1-0 season-opening loss on Tuesday evening at University Stadium.

Junior Nathan McDonald made the first of his three first-half saves less than five minutes in on a shot by Jan Aubert from the left side, which forced the Lafayette keeper to come out and make a sprawling save with his feet.

Nine minutes later, the Leopards (0-1-0) earned a free kick 25 yards from goal, but Sean Peckham's service into the middle was sent over the bar off Blake Fink's head.

Lafayette's best chance to score in the opening half came in the 21st minute when the Maroon and White moved the ball through the FDU defense on the right side. A bit of combination passing eventually found Alec Golini, whose cross from the endline led to a header by Chandler Fraser-Pauls, but it missed the frame.

With less than a minute to play before the break, McDonald kept the game scoreless with a diving save to his right off a straightaway strike from the top of the box by Jack McVey.

The match remained tied and without a quality scoring opportunity for the first 22 minutes of the second half prior to Lafayette nearly breaking through. Tom McCutcheon's left-footed ball connected with Golini behind the Knights' back line, but the junior's shot was turned away by FDU goalie Jacob Lissek with his foot.

The Knights (1-1-0) finally broke the ice in the 86th minute when McDonald stopped Antony Moore's initial shot, but was unable to contain the rebound which was put away by Simon Doherty. 

McDonald finished with five stops, while Lissek made three second-half saves. FDU finished with a 16-6 shots advantage and had six corner kicks, compared to three for the Leopards. 

Lafayette continues its three game road swing on Friday against Penn at 5 p.m.

Notes:

Lafayette opened its season on the road for the fifth consecutive season. 

Freshmen Michael Bloom, Quentin Anson, Nate Arronson and Greg Biggiani made their collegiate debuts. 

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