Sept. 18, 2012
EASTON, Pa.- The Lafayette field hockey team garnered national recognition Tuesday, as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) released its weekly poll with Lafayette sitting in the 18th position.
Off to a 5-1 start this season, the Leopards have earned their first national ranking since 2002, due in large part to an upset victory over No. 15 Drexel this past weekend. Lafayette’s only loss came against then-No. 9 Penn State in a 3-2 decision. Penn State is currently ranked sixth in this week’s poll.
“It’s an early season poll, but it is nice for our team to get this recognition for the extra work they’ve done and how they’ve played thus far,” head coach Andrew Griffiths said. “I am proud of our players and our team environment, but our expectations remain the same. We will always be looking for improvement.”
Ironically, a key member of that 2002 squad is having an impact again on this year’s team. Assistant coach Jennifer Stone was a midfielder for the Leopards from 2000-2003 and recorded 14 goals and 17 assists in 2002.
"I'm happy for the team to get national recognition this week from the coaching community," Stone added. "It is a great step for the program and one that has taken hard work from many players over the past few years. Being apart of the growth and development of the program as both a player and coach over the past 10 years has been a great honor."
Lafayette will have a chance to prove it belongs in the top-20 as it takes on No. 21 Albany on Saturday in Albany, N.Y. at 1 p.m.