Field Hockey Knocked Off by Lehigh, 4-2
Oct. 27, 2004
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Senior Missy Farrand knotted the score at 2-2 just 14 seconds before the halftime whistle, but Lehigh scored twice in the second half to come away with a 4-2 win in Patriot League field hockey action on Wednesday night. The Mountain Hawks clinched the fourth spot in the league playoff with the win, while Lafayette will stay home from the tournament for the first time in six years.
Farrand's fifth goal of the season and 20th of her career punctuated a flurry of first half scoring. The senior forward created several opportunities with her speed, including the Leopards' first goal six minutes into the match.
After making a run down the left sideline, Farrand angled towards the goal. Several Leopards put shots on the cage before freshman Virginia Satterthwaite found sophomore Maggie DeFilippo to put Lafayette ahead 1-0.
Lehigh (9-9, 2-3 PL) answered eight minutes later on an unassisted goal by Christine Smith, and went ahead 19:01 into the match when Mary Beth Kuenne scored on a penalty corner.
Lafayette (4-12, 1-4 PL) mounted an attack with less than a minute left as junior Amanda Eggleston found Farrand at the top of the circle. Farrand pushed the ball by her defender and rocketed it past Lehigh's goalkeeper to level the score.
Maureen Harrington scored the eventual game-winner for the Mountain Hawks 13 minutes into the second half, and Christine Smith's second goal of the match came just over eight minutes later to make the score 4-2.
The Leopards put five shots on goal after halftime, but Jeanine Hoff came up with five saves and made 10 in the match.
Lafayette last missed the Patriot League tournament in 1998. The Leopards won the title the next year, and also claimed the crown in 2002, a season highlighted by a 19-match winning streak and an appearance in the NCAA play-in game.
Lafayette will close its season with matches at Rutgers on Friday, Oct. 29 and a home contest with Lock Haven on Tuesday, Nov. 2.
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