Leopards Field Hockey Closes Weekend with Win Over Quinnipiac
Sept. 9, 2007
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette field hockey team (2-2) faced the Quinnipiac Bobcats at home on Rappolt Field on Sunday afternoon and won its second game of the weekend, 2-1. Two different players scored to even the Leopards' record at 2-2.
"The team battled hard in the second half through the effects of playing two games in twenty-six hours," head coach Andrew Griffiths said. "I am glad the team was rewarded with a positive outcome for all of the hard work they put into this weekend."
Early in the first half, Lafayette scored after constantly pressuring the Quinnipiac defense in their own zone. Sophomore Kelly Hilovsky registered her first goal of the season, putting it in the left side of the cage past goalie Jenna Grossman.
Lafayette continued to pressure the Bobcats' defense, registering four shots on goal in the half. The Leopards' defense rendered Quinnipiac's offense shotless bringing the first period to a close with Lafayette up 1-0.
Quinnipiac came out in the second half with a strong offensive effort. Off a penalty corner the Bobcats registered their first goal of the game at the 4:25 when Christine Grady scored on senior goalie Courtney Dixon to tie the game.
The game tightened up in the second half with hard fought battles on both sides of the ball. The Maroon and White went ahead, capitalizing on a penalty corner opportunity. Freshman defender Meghan Cicchi redirected junior Maggie Condon's pass in front of the net to take the one-goal lead.
"We have been working on penalty corner situations in practice throughout the week and I was able to redirect Maggie's pass to score," Cicchi said.
Lafayette maintained the lead, stopping the Bobcats offense from tying the game. Quinnipiac had three shots in the second half, its only shots of the game.
"In practice we worked on the simple things and focused on our game. We did not focus on our opponents and I think that really helped us this weekend," Condon said.
The Leopards return to action at Penn on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
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