DePetris Scores First Collegiate Goal In Setback To La Salle
Oct. 3, 2006
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayett.edu) - Freshman Anna DePetris came up with the first goal of her college career, but it was too late for Lafayette to overcome a 3-0 deficit to that point against La Salle on Tuesday night. The Explorers walked off the field with a 3-1 win after a hard-fought battle under the lights at Rappolt Field.
Lafayette (1-9) utilized good pressure and defensive intensity throughout much of the first half, thanks in large part the solid play of senior Chrissy Fallivene deep in the back. However, midway through the action, La Salle's (4-7) Kara Harpel drew first blood, scoring after a botched penalty corner opportunity 14:34 into the game. Lafayette senior Jill Lambert laid out to save the Explorer's corner attempt, but Harpel beat the veteran keeper after a scramble in the circle.
The Explorers went up 2-0 just over 14 minutes later, as Jillian Moser found Suzanne Strocen on a breakaway down the right side. Strocen's shot got away from Lambert, as she slammed the ball into the right corner for her second goal of the season.
Before Lafayette could jump on the board, La Salle pushed the score to 3-0 on a goal from Moser in the 49th minute.
With La Salle struggling to find its defensive rhythm late in the game, Lafayette took advantage at the 63:51 mark with DePetris' goal. The rookie rebounded her own initial shot attempt, which was off a strong pass from sophomore midfielder Maggie Condon, and pushed the ball reverse stick past La Salle keeper Ellen Axelsen.
The Leopards out-shot La Salle 14-8 on the night, including a 9-5 advantage after the break. Lafayette also doubled the Explorers' three penalty corners with six on the other end.
Lafayette scattered shots to Axelsen all night, but the junior registered eight saves to preserve the win. Lambert finished with a pair of saves in her 70 minutes of action.
The Leopards will look to capitalize in their second Patriot League test, as the team travels to Bethlehem, Pa. for a Saturday showdown with Lehigh at 1 p.m.
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