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Leopards Roll Over Penn in 5-2 Win

Oct. 3, 2012


  1 2 Final
 Penn 1 1 2
 #13 Lafayette 2 3 5

Box Score | Box Score (PDF)

 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 LC - Keenan  Unassisted  10:02
 Penn - Hasson  Caniglia  23:13
 LC - DiCroce  Unassisted  26:54
 LC - Seybert  DiCroce, Valeo  36:38
 LC - Valeo  Unassisted  37:05
 LC - Keenan  Unassisted  41:19
 Penn - Hasson  Corcoran  64:52
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Deutsch (9-1) 70:00 2 4
 Penn - Sokach (5-5) 70:00 5 11

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette field hockey team took care of the Penn Quakers on Wednesday evening in a 5-2 rout.

Junior Haley Keenan scored twice for the Leopards, while senior co-captains Deanna DiCroce and Emily Valeo, and sophomore Jenna Seybert also added goals for the Lafayette attack.

 “The fact that we can have a lot of people score for us is huge,” Keenan said. “We never rely on one person. It’s such a team offense and really important for us to have balance.”

The Leopards outshot Penn 19-7, while Penn held the corner advantage, 6-4, converting one into a goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch allowed two goals and made four saves in net for the Lafayette defense.

Wasting little time, Keenan was able to light up the scoreboard 10 minutes into the game, corralling a rebound and shooting over Penn’s Carly Sokach to put Lafayette up, 1-0.

Penn’s Sarah Hasson tied up the contest in the 23rd minute, taking the corner feed from Helene Caniglia and ripping a shot over Deutsch’s left side.

Just three minutes later, DiCroce was able to to put away a rebound opportunity to give the Leopards the 2-1 advantage heading into the halftime break.

Junior Haley Keenan explained Lafayette’s mindset coming out of the halftime break.

“We came out pretty fired up because we wanted to prove that we deserve all the recognition we’ve been getting. We realize that it’s just as hard to stay at the top as it is getting there.”

Fired up is an understatement as the Leopards tallied three scores in the opening seven minutes of the second half to extend their lead to 5-1. Seybert converted a corner opportunity, while Valeo showed off her skills dribbling through the Penn defense and faking out Sokach for her score. Keenan added the third, her second of the evening, as she drove toward goal from the left side and slid the ball inside the near post.

“It’s always tough coming off a big win and moving to a non-conference game afterwards,” head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “We had some ups and downs in the game, but the real positive was that we came out of the half and fixed a few things.”

Penn’s Sarah Hasson added her second mark of the game in the 64th minute off a cross from Emily Corcoran to put the final score at 5-2.

“We played with great intensity and scored three really good goals,” Griffiths added. “We played really well for a short period of time, so we’re just looking to extend that.”

Next up for the Leopards is a visit from Colgate on Saturday at Rappolt Field at noon.