Kirby, Stein Power Leopards Past Manhattan
EASTON, Pa. – Junior Jane Kirby netted six goals and freshman Anna Stein fed five assists as the Lafayette women’s lacrosse team picked up its first win of the 2018 season at Fisher Stadium on Wednesday evening, a 12-9 victory over Manhattan.
“It’s obviously awesome to get the first win of the season,” Kirby said. “The first three games weren’t the results we wanted, but it didn’t bring us down and we worked on things that we saw that weren’t connecting. One of our strengths is in our resiliency and through our hard work, we were able to show that tonight.”
Kirby, coming off a breakout sophomore year when she was a second-team all-league selection with 58 goals, has picked up right where she left off this season, totaling 17 scores through four games for the Maroon and White. Four of her six goals on the night were unassisted, proving her ability to drive and finish at the cage.
Stein was stellar at X all night for Lafayette as her five assists moved her season number to nine. The team as a whole has registered 13 assists this season, so the rookie from Darien, Conn. has proven her worth right away while working behind the net.
“Anna’s coming into her own and getting healthy, which always helps,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “Her ability to feed takes some heat off of Emma [Novick] and Jane, who don’t always have to get to the cage on their own.”
Junior Emma Novick was the other major source of offense on the night for the Leopards, netting a hat trick, her fourth straight game with three or more goals. Classmate Hannah Davey added two goals, while senior co-captain Kristin Schaen rounded it out with a score of her own.
Defensively, it was the best game of the early season for the Maroon and White, holding an opponent under 10 goals for the first time in nine contests dating back to last season. Senior co-captain Dana Smith was able to cause three turnovers, while junior Elise Ashford and freshman goalie Quinn Lacy caused a pair each.
“We did a lot of nice things on the defensive end,” Fisher added. “We really paid more attention to what they were trying to create and took away a lot of their options.”
Lacy earned her first collegiate victory between the pipes, making six saves in her 60 minutes of action. The rookie appeared in all three of the Leopards’ previous games, but wasn’t the goalie of record as she moved her season mark to 1-0.
The game was tightly contested through the opening half with Manhattan leading throughout, but never by more than two goals. Two unassisted Kirby tallies to open the second stanza swung the game in the Leopards’ favor, giving them their first lead of the game at 6-5 with 25:01 to play.
Manhattan tied it up just over a minute later, but Lafayette responded with three straight, including two more from Kirby to push the edge to three, 9-6, with 14:55 left. From there, the Maroon and White answered every Jaspers tally with at least one of their own to close out the 12-9 victory.
Lafayette led in shots, 33-21, ground balls, 23-19 and draw controls, 15-8. Manhattan committed 33 fouls to Lafayette’s 13 and coughed it up 16 times, twice more than the Maroon and White.
Next up for the Leopards is another home tilt on Sunday, hosting East Carolina, a first-year program, at Fisher Stadium, with opening draw set for 1 p.m.