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Leopards Stand at 14 in Latest NFHCA Poll

Oct. 9, 2012

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EASTON, Pa.- The Lafayette field hockey team dropped one spot in the national poll from 13th to 14th, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced Tuesday.

The Leopards were impressive this week, cementing their position among the best in the country with a 5-2 win over Penn on Tuesday and a 6-1 defeat of Colgate on Saturday in their Patriot League home opener.

"The ranking reflects consistency in our results, which comes from consistency in our play," head coach Andrew Griffiths said. "We have played well in most of our games over the past month. The challenge now will be to take it to a higher level over the next few weeks over the stretch of our season."

Senior co-captains Emily Valeo and Deanna DiCroce are putting together outstanding seasons for the Lafayette attack. Valeo is second in the nation in assists per game (1.09) and leads the Patriot League in assists (12), while DiCroce sits 11th nationally in points per game (2.27) and sits atop the League in points (25) and goals (8).

Sophomore goalkeeper Jessica Deutsch holds the seventh position in the nation in goals-against average (1.26), leading the league in that category and save percentage (.725).

Arguably Lafayette’s biggest test of the season will be a meeting with Bucknell this Saturday at Rappolt Field at noon. The contest, a rematch of the Leopards’ 3-1 victory in the 2011 Patriot League Championship game, will decide first place in the league standings.