Leopard's Win Streak Halted by Cornell
EASTON, Pa. -- In what was a defensive battle for the majority of the evening, Lafayette saw its three-game win-streak come to an end at the hands of Cornell on Monday night at Rappolt Field.
There was no scoring by either side in the first half, even with the Leopards applying good pressure in the opening minutes. Earning a corner in the 2nd minute, Ellen Colbourne sent the ball into the circle and Cody Hunsicker connected only to see the effort blocked by a defender.
The first half ebbed and flowed from that point on, with neither team taking advantage of the other. Cornell earned a penalty corner in the 22nd minute and Sam McIlwrick sent a shot towards the cage but sophomore Sarah Park easily deflected the attempt away to keep the game scoreless.
The second half looked like it was going to follow the same script as the first until Cornell struck for its first goal in the 41st minute. Katie Carlson received the ball from Krysten Mayers and found herself one-on-one with an onrushing Park, and she proceed to spin around the keeper and slot it home to give the Big Red a 1-0 advantage.
The Leopards earned two corners in quick succession following the goal, but Colbourne saw her attempt kicked away by Cornell goalkeeper Maddie Henry. Lisa van der Geest fired a shot on the ensuing corner only to see her effort get pushed away as well.
Cornell struck again in the 50th minute, cashing in on a penalty corner to score the second and final goal of the contest. The Leopards kept fighting for a goal the rest of the way, even pulling goalkeeper with four to play, but they could not break through as Cornell took the contest 2-0.
Both teams were evenly matched throughout the contest, as Cornell held a slim margin in shots, 11-8, while Lafayette held the advantage in corners 6-4. Park made six saves for the Maroon and White on the evening.
Next up for the Leopards is a trip up to Boston U. for another Patriot League matchup this Saturday, Sept. 23. The contest is scheduled for a noon start.