Lafayette Field Hockey Blanks Holy Cross 5-0
Oct. 15, 2011
EASTON, Pa. -
Backed by two first half goals, the Lafayette field hockey team cruised past Holy Cross 5-0 on Saturday afternoon at Rappolt Field. Freshman Brittany Blass paced the Leopards with two goals and was part of a defensive unit that did not surrender a shot to the Crusaders.
"Today was another good team effort," head coach Andrew Griffiths stated. "It was great having Jaclyn White back after missing the last two games on an academic field trip. She was a big presence in the midfield for us."
Lafayette (7-6, 3-0 Patriot) opened the scoring 12:42 into the game as a result of a corner. Deanna DiCroce inserted the ball to the top of the circle to Emily Valeo, setting up a strike from Blass for her third tally of the season. The shot beat Holy Cross goaltender Kelly Sotsky, who made 14 saves on the afternoon.
DiCroce added to the advantage with 17 minutes to play in the opening frame. She received a pass from Kelsey Mead and dribbled along the goal line before sliding a shot between Sotsky's legs, giving Lafayette a 2-0 lead that it would take into the break.
After halftime, Holy Cross (1-13, 0-3 Patriot) kept Lafayette off the board until the 52:30 point. Kristin Heaney was able to punch in the ball after a scrum in front of the cage, making the score 3-0.
Aimee Smith's sixth goal of the season, assisted by White, and another goal from Blass on a corner play provided the insurance for the Leopards. Each marker came with less than five minutes remaining in the game.
The Leopards controlled play in the Crusaders defensive half for the majority of the game, holding their opponent without a shot for the second time this season. Lafayette accomplished the same feat on Oct. 1, against Colgate in Hamilton, N.Y. Mara Kish earned the shutout in the cage.
"The team's defensive play was strong," Griffiths added. "It's a good win and it's great to be 3-0 in League play. We will recharge quickly for a Rutgers team tomorrow who are coming off a good Big East win at Providence."
In total, Lafayette took 22 shots and earned 10 corners, while keeping Holy Cross from taking a penalty corner of its own. The Maroon and White held the opposition without a corner for the first time since Oct. 23, 2010 at Lehigh.
Lafayette returns to action tomorrow afternoon when it travels to Piscataway, N.J. for a meeting with Rutgers. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.