Women's Lax Holds Off East Carolina
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's lacrosse team did just enough on Saturday afternoon to pull off a tight 11-9 victory at Fisher Stadium over East Carolina.
The Leopards led by as many as four goals on three different occasions, ahead 4-0 to start the game, up 6-2 with 13:12 to play in the first half and in front 9-5 with 15:23 on the clock in the second. The Pirates made it a game late, pulling within one with five minutes to go, but Lafayette closed it out with two of the final three tallies to earn the 11-9 win.
The victory is the second straight for the Maroon and White, improving their record to 2-3 on the season in their fourth straight game at home. The Pirates, a first-year program, drop to 1-6 on their inaugural campaign.
Junior Emma Novick had yet another stellar outing, registering five scores for her fifth straight game with three or more goals. Classmate Jane Kirby added a hat trick of her own, while junior Hannah Davey netted two and freshman Anna Stein helped out with a pair of assists.
Freshman Quinn Lacy was solid between the pipes for the second straight game, moving her record to 2-0 on the season with nine saves. On the other side, Abbey Smith and Christina White split time in net, with each making six saves in their halves of action.
Lafayette jumped out on the front foot early as four straight started the game with a 4-0 advantage for the home side. ECU countered with two of its own, but Novick and Kirby went back-to-back on either side of the 15-minute mark to push the game to the break with the edge at 6-2.
Three of the first four in the second half went the Pirates' way as the Leopard lead was trimmed to two, 7-5. Two from Davey and Novick moved it back to 9-5, but three more from the visitors turned it to a 9-8 game with 4:59 remaining. Lafayette countered at the end, though, not allowing the comeback bid to surface and running out the clock on an 11-9 win.
Shots favored Lafayette by a 35-30 margin, while ECU edged in ground balls, 17-16. The Leopards won 14 of the game's 22 draw controls, but went just 1-for-8 from free-position and committed 15 turnovers compared to 13 ECU miscues.
The Leopards will finish off their five-game homestand on Saturday, welcoming St. Bonaventure to Fisher Stadium at 1 p.m.