March 5, 2014
Lafayette opens postseason play Thursday night at American in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals. The Leopards enter the game as the sixth seed in the ten-team field, while the Eagles hold the third seed. Lafayette fell to American in the first two meetings this season.
Last Time Out
The Leopards fell to visiting Army in the final regular season game of the campaign, 64-53. Lafayette was led by Jamie O'Hare’s 16 points and Danielle Fiacco’s 12 points, including her 1,000th career point. Linnel Macklin scored nine points off the bench for the Leopards.
Lafayette junior forward Emily Homan was named to the All-Patriot League Second Team, the league announced Tuesday. Homan led the Leopards in scoring, averaging 13.6 points per game. The Upper Darby, Pa. native was a two-time Patriot League Player of the Week this season.
The winner of the Lafayette and American game will play the winner of Army and Boston University game in the Patriot League Semifinals. The game will be played at the higher seed on March 10.
Against the Eagles
American defeated Lafayette twice this season, 72-57 in Easton, Pa. and 72-61 in Washington, D.C.
The Eagles are led by All-Patriot League First Team selection Alexis Dobbs. Dobbs was American’s leading scorer averaging 13.1 points per game and 4.5 assists. Jen Dumiak and Arron Zimmerman were both named to the Third Team. Dumiak averaged 10.1 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assistes per game, while Zimmerman chipped in 10.7 points and 4.6 boards per contest. Geleisa George and Michelle Holmes round out the probable starters for the Eagles. George scored 6.9 points per game, while Zimmerman adds 7.0 points and 4.9 boards per night. American leads the Patriot League in scoring defense, allowing opponents just 54.4 points per game and the Eagles hold a plus 10.6 scoring margin, tops in the league.
The Leopards are coached by Dianne Nolan in her fourth season. She has a career record of 561-491, including a 44-75 mark at Lafayette. The Eagles are led by Megan Gebbia who is in her first season at American.
Around the Patriot League
Tuesday night, No. 8 Lehigh took down No. 9 Colgate and No. 7 Boston University beat No. 10 Loyola to advance to Thursday night’s quarterfinals. The Mountain Hawks will take on No. 1 seeded Navy, BU will visit No. 2 seeded Army, No. 4 Bucknell will host No. 5 Holy Cross, and No. 6 Lafayette will travel to No. 3 American in the final quarterfinal game. The winner of the Lehigh-Navy contest will play the winner of the Bucknell-Holy Cross, and the winner of American-Lafayette game will play either Army or BU. The Patriot League Tournament Semifinals are scheduled for Monday night and the championship is slated for March 15.