Leopards Playoff Hopes Dashed on Senior Day
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette field hockey team dropped its final Patriot League contest of the year to Holy Cross Saturday afternoon by a final score of 4-1. The loss keeps the Leopards out of the Patriot League Tournament.
The Leopards generated a plethora of chances on the afternoon but did not have a lot of luck finding the back of cage. Lafayette outshot the Crusaders 22-10 along with holding a large 11-4 advantage in corner chances. Anna Steps was able to get the Maroon and White on the board with her 46th minute tally, but the Crusaders early lead proved too much to overcome.
“We had a lot of chances today and that was good to see out of the team,” head coach Jennifer Stone said. “We didn’t get the result we wanted, but Holy Cross is a good team with a good goal keeper and we just didn’t convert on our chances today.”
Lafayette applied plenty of pressure early in the contest but it was the Crusaders that got on the board first. Holy Cross opened the scoring in the third minute as Suzanne Noone tapped in a cross-crease pass from Emily Loprete. That same duo tagged the Leopards for Holy Cross’ second goal five minutes later.
The Maroon and White grew back into the game from there, generating a few scoring chances, but Holy Cross added another in the 27th minute to grow their lead to 3-0. That score stood for the remainder of the half.
Coming out of the halftime break, Lafayette amped up their offensive pressure and it paid off quickly. The Leopards earned a penalty corner opportunity and were able to cash in. Lisa van der Geest sent a shot on target off the service form Ellen Colbourne, and Anna Steps was there to redirect the shot past the goalkeeper and into the back of the cage for her fourth goal of the year.
The Crusaders added another in the 60th minute off of a corner chance that brought the score to 4-1. The Leopards had a golden opportunity to cut into the lead two minutes later after drawing a penalty stroke. Caroline Turnbull stepped up to the dot to take it, but her attempt sailed high and wide.
Lafayette was awarded another penalty stroke with six minutes to play. Turnbull stepped up once again, looking to cut the Crusaders lead to two. Her attempt forced a diving save from Marcia LaPlante that kept the score at 4-1 where it stood for the remainder of the contest.
The Leopards are back in action tomorrow to close out their season as they travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple at 2 p.m.