Leopards Fall 3-1 in Patriot League Title Game to No. 17 American
Nov. 3, 2007
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lafayette field hockey concluded its season in the Patriot League Championship game with a 3-1 loss to No. 17 American on Saturday. Senior Laura Fabian scored the lone Maroon and White goal of the contest.
Sophomore Caitlin Titus had an opportunity for the Leopards (9-11) to take an early lead, but Alyssa Poorman made the save. Neither team was able to score until the 20:37 mark of the first period when American's Christine Fingerhuth put her 11th of the season past rookie goalkeeper Kelsey Andersen after a scramble in front of the net.
The Leopards dodged an early 2-0 deficit when an American (16-4) goal was disallowed. The Eagles maintained pressure in the Lafayette circle and capitalized on a penalty corner opportunity. Assisted by the Patriot League Tournament MVP Denise Infante, American earned the 2-0 lead with a goal by Kirstin Gebhart.
Poorman was forced to make two saves late in the half to hold on to the 2-0 lead for American as sophomores Bridget Hilbig and Kelly Hilovsky registered two shots on goal. The Eagles held the 8-3 advantage in shots going into halftime.
The Eagles took a 3-0 lead with under the 30 minutes left to play with a goal by Jesika Pufnock. Fabian put the Leopards on the board, converting a penalty corner opportunity into her fourth goal of the season. Rookie of the Year defenseman Meghan Cicchi had the assist.
"We battled evenly with American for long periods of time, but they finished their opportunities well. Lafayette was definitely in the game throughout," said head coach Andrew Griffiths.
American held on to win 3-1, outshooting the Leopards 12-6 and holding the advantage in penalty corners 8-2.
"We stayed focused and never lost our intensity," junior Jaclyn DiSanti said. "We played well the entire game."
"(Jaclyn) DiSanti had a very strong game in the back and Maggie (Condon) had an outstanding game in the midfield," Griffiths said. "Although we did lose, we finished the season on a very positive note. The team should be proud of its level of play in the big game."
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