Leopards Fall to No. 11 Albany
Sept. 20, 2013
Easton, Pa. – The Lafayette field hockey team lost to No. 11 Albany, 4-2, on Friday night at Rappolt Field. The Great Danes improved to 7-0 on the season, as the Leopards dropped to 2-4, with three losses to nationally ranked opponents.
“I was pleased with the team’s effort and energy throughout the game,” Coach Jennifer Stone said. “We were unable to take advantage of our offensive opportunities, which ultimately affected the outcome of tonight’s game.”
Albany took the lead 19 minutes into the first half when Paula Heuser found Emily White in front of the Leopard goal. Eight minutes later Lafayette tied the score at a goal apiece courtesy of a Hanna Sotiropouolos goal. Sotiropoulos scored her third goal of the season finishing off a cross from Kristin Heaney.
Less than two minutes after the Leopards tied the game, a penalty stroke for the Great Danes gave Albany the 2-1 advantage. Lafayette goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch made the initial save off a penalty corner, put the Leopards were whistled for a penalty. Albany doubled its lead with less than five minutes to play in the half when White finished her second goal of the night on an assist from Daphne Voormolen.
Early into the second half the Leopards were awarded a penalty stroke, but Brittany Blass’ attempt was stopped by Albany goalkeeper Maxi Primus. In the 49th minute with the Maroon and White pressuring the Great Danes, Blass hit the post, and then two minutes later, the junior rang another shot off the post.
With the Leopards pressure increasing, Albany was forced to burn a timeout. Three minutes after the timeout, the Great Danes took advantage of a penalty corner to increase their lead to, 4-1, on Voormolen’s first goal of the night.
Lafayette continued to pressure and control the game in the second half. They finally broke through in the final minute. The Leopards earned a penalty corner as time expired. On the ensuing corner, Jenna Seybert collected her own rebound and fired home her first goal of the season.
The Leopards outshot the Great Danes, 12-8, with each team hitting six shots on goal. Lafayette also held a 6-5 edge in penalty corners.
Deutsch dropped to 2-4 on the season making two saves in the loss. Primus improved to 7-0 for the Great Danes turning aside four shots in the win.
The Leopards return to action on Sunday at noon against No. 12 Penn State, for their final tune-up before Patriot League play begins next weekend. The Maroon and White open League play at rival Lehigh September 28 at 11 a.m.