Leopards' Field Hockey Leap Hoyas in Penalty Strokes, 3-2

Go Leopards! Senior Laura Fabian registered her third goal of the season against the Hoyas.
Senior Laura Fabian registered her third goal of the season against the Hoyas.

Oct. 14, 2007

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EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette field hockey (5-9, 1-2) team bounced back Sunday afternoon with a 3-2 victory over Georgetown (2-12) in a game that went all the way to penalty strokes to decide the winner.

"I think we had chances to win it in regulation, but their goalie played really well," said head coach Andrew Griffiths. "Although it was a difficult game, it was good to get a win after yesterday's disappointing result."

Georgetown struck first getting the ball past senior goalkeeper Courtney Dixon early in the first half. The Hoyas held the lead until senior Laura Fabian scored her third goal of the season with Lafayette's tying mark at 16:11.

Juniors Jaclyn DiSanti and Lauren Jones broke up a Georgetown break away opportunity to tie the game. The score remained tied 1-1 at the half with a slight advantage in shots to Lafayette, 5-4.

The Leopards capitalized on an early penalty corner opportunity as sophomore Caitlin Titus put Lafayette in the lead with a score of 2-1 less than three minutes into the second period with junior Maggie Condon adding the assist.

After a scrum in front of freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Andersen, the Hoyas were awarded a penalty shot that the rookie saved. Moments later, however, Andersen was unable to stop Georgetown's tying goal with 16 minutes remaining in regulation.

The tie remained as time expired and the Leopards were forced to battle for the win in sudden victory overtime. Andersen made a critical save after Georgetown's first penalty corner opportunity with just over three minutes remaining in the extra period.

Lafayette battled hard, but the team was unable to put one past Georgetown's junior goalkeeper Deirdre Crovo. The game went into a second sudden victory overtime period and with neither team able to score in the next 15 minutes, penalty strokes were required to decide the winner.

The Leopards put three of their shots past Crovo one better than Georgetown's two past Andersen to win the game 3-2. Junior Amanda Saber, sophomore Alison Schoch and Fabian scored for the Maroon and White.

"Kelsey was outstanding in strokes, we knew she was and we knew we had the advantage there," Griffiths said. "Her reactions were excellent and she saved it for us."

Andersen made two saves on the Hoyas with only one of their shots going wide in the stroke-off. She had seven saves in 65 minutes played.

In their final home game of the regular season, the Leopards host Rider on Wednesday at 7 p.m.



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