Leopards Bounce Back to Beat Quinnipiac
Sept. 16, 2012
HAMDEN, Conn.- Three second-half goals allowed the Lafayette field hockey team to build off a strong upset win on Friday by taking down Quinnipiac on Sunday afternoon, 4-2.
After falling into a 0-2 hole less than 11 minutes into the contest, the Leopards rebounded with one before the half, and three after the break for four unanswered goals to seal the victory.
Senior co-captains Emily Valeo and Deanna DiCroce each scored one goal apiece, while junior Hanna Sotiropoulos and sophomore Kelsey Mead added one, respectively. All four of the Leopard scores were unassisted.
The Bobcats wasted little time getting the early lead, scoring off a corner in just the second minute. Quinnipiac’s Lauren Zimniski and Jess Rusin set up a shot from Jennalise Taylor that slipped by the Leopard’s sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch to take the early 1-0 lead.
Just 10 minutes later, Qunnipiac’s Jess Rusin scored her second and third points of the day as a shot from the right of the circle beat Deutsch for the early two-goal advantage.
Lafayette’s defense would buckle down following the second score and would not allow another the rest of the game. In the 27th minute, Valeo’s senior leadership kicked in as she flipped a rebound over the shoulder of the Bobcats’ goalkeeper to bring the Leopards within one going into the break.
That momentum shifted just as planned as Lafayette evened the game three minutes into the second half as Mead maneuvered her way through the Quinnipiac defense and picked up her first goal of the season sneaking the ball inside the far post.
The game-winning goal came from Sotiropoulos in the 45th minute as she gathered a rebound and found the back of the net for second mark of the year. DiCroce added an insurance score with just over two minutes remaining to seal the Leopard victory.
Next up for Lafayette is a trip to Albany on Saturday at 1 p.m.