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Second-Half Explosion Puts Away Raiders

Oct. 6, 2012

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(2-10), (0-2)
  1 2
 Colgate 1 0 1
 #13 Lafayette 0 6 6

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(10-1), (2-0)
 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 CU - Dittman  Libutti, Zaharris  15:24
 LC - DiCroce  Unassisted  35:53
 LC - Mead  Unassisted  40:46
 LC - Valeo  Penalty Stroke  44:03
 LC - DiCroce  Valeo  45:13
 LC - Smith  Seybert, Valeo  63:26
 LC - Blass  Unassisted  64:43
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Deutsch (10-1) 63:53 1 1
 CU - DiDomizio (2-10) 70:00 3 2

EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette field hockey team used six second-half goals to take care of Colgate this afternoon, 6-1, in its Patriot League home opener.

Five different Leopards got in on the scoring action as sophomore Kelsey Mead, senior co-captain Emily Valeo, junior Aimee Smith and sophomore Brittany Blass each notched a scoring mark. Senior co-captain Deanna DiCroce netted two goals for the Lafayette attack.

After a meeting in Hamilton, N.Y. last season, when Colgate did not get a shot on goal against Lafayette, losing 5-0, the Raiders were determined to come out and prove that they were better than they showed in 2011.

Colgate goalkeeper Amanda DiDomizio carried the team throughout the first half, making 10 saves in the first 35 minutes. In the 15th minute, Lauren Dittman converted a corner opportunity off feeds from Adriana Libutti and Kendall Zaharris to put the Raiders ahead, 1-0. Multiple Leopard opportunities went for naught and Lafayette trailed by one going into the halftime break.

"I think their goalkeeper did an incredible job in the first half," head coach Andrew Griffiths said. "I'm pleased with the way we played. I thought we did a solid job. In the first half, we were doing well overall, but we were just missing that final touch and their goalie was a big part of that."

Lafayette came out in the second half virtually unstoppable. DiCroce tied the game just 53 seconds in, as she spun around a Raider defender in front of the goal and banked her shot off the far post and into the back of the net.

Five minutes later, Mead was positioned perfectly for a rebound off DiDomizio, as she placed the ball past the Colgate goalkeeper to give the Leopards the 2-1 lead.

Valeo converted a penalty stroke in the 44th minute and DiCroce scored off a Valeo cross in the 45th minute to extend the lead to 4-1.

Smith and Blass added marks in the 63rd and 64th minutes to ensure the victory, 6-1.

"In the second half, fortunately, we were able to break the drought for us and that really took a bit of pressure off," Griffiths added. "We talked about being persistent throughout the game and, at the half, we reiterated that nothing good comes easy. I'm overall very pleased with the win."

The 13th-ranked Leopards move to 2-0 in the league and 10-1 overall. Next up is a meeting with Bucknell on Oct. 13 at Rappolt Field at noon.