Women’s Lax Battles in Tight Loss to Temple
EASTON, Pa. – In a game that seemed to be on the verge of a blowout through the first 30 minutes, the Lafayette women’s lacrosse team showed its resiliency on Sunday afternoon at Fisher Stadium, dropping a tight 18-15 contest to Temple.
“I think today overall we got a lot closer to finding our identity,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “Temple’s a really good opponent and probably one of the strongest ones on our schedule. To make so much progress in a game and against a team like that definitely gives us a lot of optimism moving forward.”
The Leopards were down by as many as eight and trailed 11-4 into the halftime break. But they gradually cut into the Owls’ lead through the second half, making it a game down the stretch before the clock ran out on the comeback bid. Temple moves to 2-2 on the season with the victory, while Lafayette drops to 0-3 this spring.
Freshman goalie Quinn Lacy posted her best performance of the season, relieving senior co-captain Anna Raymond between the pipes after the first 14 minutes. Lacy made a season-high 10 saves in her 45:41 of action.
“Quinn came in and was absolutely fantastic between the pipes,” Fisher added. “She’s got a lot of talent and today she definitely showcased that.”
Offensively, juniors Emma Novick and Jane Kirby provided the majority of the scoring with five and four goals, respectively, as well as an assist apiece. Classmate Hannah Davey and sophomore Bella Alampi netted two goals each, while freshman Anna Stein tallied four points on two goals and two assists. Stein, who sat out the Binghamton game with an injury, provided a weapon to the Leopard attack all day and is a player opponents will need to look out for later in the 2018 slate and beyond.
“Anna is a great player from X and it opens up a lot for our offense,” Fisher said. “She’s great off the drive and can feed at the same time, so being that versatile and a little bit of an unknown really helps us.”
After a 28-13 deficit in shots over the first 30 minutes, Lafayette won the shot battle in the second by a 20-17 margin to finish at 45-33 for the game. Temple led in ground balls, 18-14, and draw controls, 20-14.
The Owls’ ride hurt the Leopards, forcing seven failed clears from the Maroon and White. Turnovers finished relatively even, though, with Lafayette committing 15 to Temple’s 13.
The Leopards are back in action at Fisher Stadium on Wednesday, welcoming Manhattan at 7 p.m.