Five First-Half Goals Propel Holy Cross Past Leopards
Oct. 29, 2005
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Holy Cross scored five goals in the opening half en route to a 6-0 win over Lafayette in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon. The game marked the Senior Day celebration for the Leopards at Rappolt Field.
Holy Cross did not waste any time getting their offense warmed-up on the chilly, windy afternoon. Tara Welch scored the first of her three goals just 1:38 into the contest on a pass from Jenna Cook. Less than one minute later, Cook earned her own score, firing a penalty corner shot past Lafayette keeper Jill Lambert.
Welch scored twice more in the first half, while teammate Sara O'Coin registered the final goal of the half at the 21:20 mark, giving the Crusaders the comfortable 5-0 lead.
Coming out of the intermission, Lafayette's defense tightened, pressuring a Holy Cross offense that never seemed to lose momentum. The Leopards played substantially better after the break and had their chances to cut into the lead with shots on goal from sophomore forward Laura Fabian and freshman defender Maggie Condon. Late in the game, a lofty shot off the stick of junior defender Lauren Cash deflected off the right post, eliminating Lafayette's best chance at preventing the shutout.
Holy Cross added more insurance with a goal from Laura Cohen with exactly 27 minutes remaining.
Lambert anchored a busy Lafayette defense, but had help with defensive saves from juniors Emily Goldman and Chrissy Fallivene, and rookie Jaclyn DiSanti. Lambert finished the game with 13 stops in 70 minutes of action.
Lafayette fell to 7-10 overall and 0-4 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross moved to 9-9 (3-2), clinching a Patriot League Tournament berth.
Prior to Saturday afternoon's action, Lafayette honored graduating seniors Jenna Bratz, Amanda Eggleston, Kasey Gallagher and Diane Shane. All four were joined by their parents during a brief ceremony recognizing their accomplishments for the Maroon and White.
Lafayette closes out the regular season on Monday at 4 p.m. as the team hosts nationally ranked American in its final Patriot League game.
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