Nov. 7, 2011
Audio Webcast: GoLeopards.com will provide an audio only webcast of Tuesday's NCAA play-in game at Ohio University. The webcast will begin at 1 p.m. with Matt Panto and Mark Mohrman on the call. To listen to Tuesday's game visit the All-Access page on GoLeopards.com or click Live Audio. Gametracker services will also be provided, by using this link Live Stats.
Facility & Directions: For a map of Pruitt Field and directions to the Ohio University Campus, use the PDF link for the Ohio Field Hockey Visitors Guide at the top of the page. There will be a $5 fee for parking and fans are encouraged to park in University Lot 143 rather than the normal Spectator Parking in Lot 125. Restrooms are located behind the Bob Wren Baseball Stadium adjacent to Pruitt Field.
Scouting the Bobcats: Ohio enters Tuesday's NCAA play-in game after winning the Mid-American Conference Title. The Bobcats have won three straight games and seven of their last eight. Overall, Ohio boasts and impressive 18-4 overall record, a 9-1 mark in MAC play and are 9-2 at home. In the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll, Ohio recieved 37 votes, the highest of any team outside the top 20.
Individual Honors: Deanna DiCroce and Brittany Blass each earned major awards from the Patriot League after the regular season. DiCroce was named Offensive Player of the Year while Blass took Rookie of the Year accolades. Both were First-Team selections with Carolyn Cabrey and Emily Valeo. Jaclyn White was a Second-Team honoree and Valeo was named to the All-Academic Team.
Taking Home the Hardware: After capturing a share of the Patriot League regular season title, No. 2 Lafayette won its eighth Patriot League Field Hockey Championship by defeating No. 3 Lehigh and No. 4 Bucknell in the Patriot League Tournament. The title was Lafayette's first since 2002.
Three Straight: The Leopards have won three consecutive games two different times this season. Lafayette opened League play with a 5-0 victory over Colgate, returned to Easton, Pa. and shut down Quinnipiac 7-0 and then topped Bucknell 5-3. A week later, LC beat Holy Cross, Rutgers and Lehigh. Coming into Tuesday's game, Lafayette is riding a two game winning streak.
All-Tournament Team: Led by Patriot League Tournament MVP, Cabrey, Lafayette had four players selected to the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. Joining Cabrey were juniors DiCroce and Valeo, along with Blass, a freshman.
DiCroce for the Win: DiCroce leads Lafayette in goals (13), assists (10) and points (36). In games when the junior forward scores a goal, Lafayette has a perfect 10-0 record. The Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year, scored three goals and added three helpers in two games in the Patriot League Tournament this past weekend.
Split Cage: Head Coach Andrew Griffiths has used two goalkeepers this season, junior Mara Kish and freshman Jessica Deutsch. The duo has two combined shutouts this season and two each to their credit. Deutsch has started the last six games, posting a 4-2 record. Overall she has 6-5 overall record and a 1.73 goals-against average in 648:16. Kish is 5-3 this season with a goal-against of 1.74 in 722:04.
Getting Defensive: Lafayette has shut out seven opponents in 2011, including Colgate and Holy Cross, which it held without a shot in both wins.
Quick Start: The Maroon and White have scored the first goal of the game in 14 of their 19 games this season. In those contests, Lafayette has a 11-3 record.
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