Leopards Leap West Chester 4-1 in Non-Conference Field Hockey Action
Oct. 24, 2007
WEST CHESTER, Pa. - In their final non-conference game of the regular season, the Leopards (8-9, 2-2) defeated West Chester 4-1 on Wednesday. It is the fourth straight victory the team heads into the final game of the regular season against Bucknell in a conference game on Saturday.
The Golden Rams struck first, capitalizing on an early penalty corner opportunity. Shelly Brooks got the ball past reigning Patriot League and ECAC Goalkeeper of the Week, freshman Kelsey Andersen at 3:43. West Chester did not hold on to the 1-0 lead for long.
Sophomore Caitlin Titus's initial shot off a Lafayette penalty corner by senior Laura Fabian hit the post. The rebound got past Joelle Zarefoss on a shot by junior Maggie Condon. Freshman Cara Lyons added the assist. The tying mark came with just over ten minutes remaining in the first period. Junior Lauren Jones had the assist on classmate Amanda Saber's pull-ahead mark for Lafayette. Saber scored after the Leopards denied West Chester the chance to score off a penalty corner. Lafayette brought the play to the Golden Ram's circle to take the 2-1 lead.
"We had a slow start, losing 50-50 balls in the first 15 minutes and that is unusual for us because we have started strong each game this season," head coach Andrew Griffiths said. "In the second, we played much stronger, attacking down the right side providing us with a lot of scoring opportunities."
Fabian put a shot on net, forcing Zarefoss to make her third of four saves against the Leopards. Freshman Meghan Cicchi's shot off the rebound was blocked in front before Saber scored at 38:57. Titus added the assist on Saber's second goal of the night.
The Maroon and White were not done and continued to pressure West Chester and out shot the opposition 12-6. Condon scored the final Lafayette goal of the game at 65:46 to secure the 4-1 victory.
"I think it was really important for us to realize no matter who we are playing that we need to come out strong and ready to go," Jones said. "We stepped up our play, increased our focus and the determination behind what we were doing."
In each of the last four games, all wins, Condon has registered at least one point for the Leopards. She now has eight goals this season and leads Lafayette with 21 points, adding five assists. The team closes the regular-season when the Leopards travel to Lewisburg, Pa. to face Patriot League foe Bucknell on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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