Oct. 23, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette field hockey team held onto the 11th position in this week's National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) poll, it was announced Tuesday.
After clinching a share of the regular season Patriot League title and earning the right to host the Patriot League Tournament with a 7-0 win over Holy Cross on Saturday, head coach Andrew Griffiths is stressing consistency and focus as the postseason is just around the corner.
"It's good to maintain such a strong national ranking as we come down the stretch in our season," Griffiths said. "We have worked hard to earn that recognition, and we are continuing to try to improve our play as a team. It is important that we continue to prepare and focus on the key games ahead of us. We want to maintain our momentum going into the playoffs."
The Leopards proved their prowess on Saturday, putting together a truly complete game against Holy Cross. Scoring seven goals, the team's highest output this season, the offense was firing on all cylinders. Senior forward Deanna DiCroce, sophomore midfielder Brittany Blass, and senior midfielder Maria Machalick each netted two goals on the afternoon, while sophomore defender Jenna Seybert added a tally of her own.
On the defensive side of the ball, Lafayette was dominant, holding the Crusaders without a shot or a corner the entire contest. Blass was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for a league single-season record sixth time.
Lafayette makes the short trip to Bethlehem, Pa. on Saturday to meet up with archrival Lehigh at 11 a.m. The Patriot League Tournament is scheduled for Nov. 2-3.