Leopards Take Control Early In 5-0 Win Over Monmouth
Oct. 18, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Shutting out its first opponent of the season, Lafayette field hockey dominated in a 5-0 win over Monmouth Tuesday night at Rappolt Field, matching the teams' strongest offensive output of the season.
The Leopards came out of the gate pressuring a Monmouth team that registered just one shot in the first half, as Lafayette held possession for the majority of the opening session.
Senior forward Diane Shane got the scoring started, netting what would turn out to be her first game-winner of the season. Shane took a cross from freshman forward Lindsay Welch, who earned her first collegiate start against the Hawks, to put Lafayette on the board at the 22:09 mark.
Just over six minutes later, sophomore forward Laura Fabian came through with her first goal of the night, as she drilled a shot from Shane past Monmouth keeper Carrie Colbert. With under a minute remaining in the half, sophomore forward Virginia Satterthwaite found a rebound off a Monmouth defender and put in her first goal of the season to make it 3-0 heading into the intermission.
Lafayette held a 14-1 shot advantage over the first 35 minutes.
Coming out of the half, the Leopards started back right where they left off, as 1:49 into the second half Fabian struck again, scoring her team-high seventh goal on the season on a slot from Welch just inside the circle.
Over the next 20-plus minutes, Monmouth's offense began to warm up, leading Lafayette junior goalkeeper Jill Lambert to ten second-half saves. Freshman defender Jaclyn DiSanti also came up with a key defensive save with 15 minutes remaining, stopping a shot from Monmouth's Bridget Greene to preserve the shutout.
Despite the added action on the defensive side, senior midfielder Jenna Bratz managed a fifth and final goal for the Leopards in the 62nd minute.
Lafayette out-shot the Hawks 29-15 overall and held a 7-4 advantage on penalty corners.
Head coach Ann Gold unleashed a season-high 21 different players onto the field throughout the contest.
The Leopards moved to 7-7, while Monmouth dropped to 3-13.
Next on Lafayette's slate is a Saturday afternoon contest at Patriot League foe Bucknell beginning at 1 p.m. in Lewisburg, Pa.
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