Fabian, DeFilippo Lead Lafayette Past Rider
Oct. 12, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - It may have taken a while to warm up on the chilly October night, but once the Lafayette field hockey team did it scored two second-half goals to top Rider, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Rappolt Field.
After a scoreless first half, Lafayette came out of the intermission and jumped on the board in the 43rd minute on a goal from forward Laura Fabian. Surrounded by defenders, the sophomore somehow found the pass from senior midfielder Amanda Eggleston, blasting her fourth goal of the season into the left side of the cage.
Less than eight minutes later, junior forward Maggie DeFilippo gave the Leopards some insurance by capitalizing on a penalty stroke situation at the 51:40 mark. One-on-one with Rider keeper Krysta Bearish, DeFilippo scored what would turn out to be her second game-winner on the season.
The Broncs, who entered the game riding a five-game win streak, did manage to cut the lead in half with a goal in the 64th minute. Following a failed penalty corner conversion, Stephanie Walker took the rebound off Lafayette keeper Caitlin Burke and found teammate Meaghan Schweers for the score to make it 2-1.
Both teams seemed to struggle getting adjusted in the opening half, and the Lafayette defense limited Rider to just one shot. Overall, Lafayette outshot the Broncs 12-8 and also held the advantage in penalty corners, 9-2.
Getting her first start of the season in the cage for the Leopards, Burke held steady namely in the second half with four key stops. The sophomore totaled six saves on the game, while Rider's Bearish registered eight.
The win evened Lafayette's record at 6-6 overall, while the team remains 0-1 in Patriot League play. Rider dropped to 9-5.
The Leopards hit the road for their first game away from Rappolt Field since Sept. 14, as the team travels to Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 15 for an 11:00 a.m. start.
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