March 7, 2012
Despite three goals from Addie Godfrey, Lafayette dropped a 12-11 non-conference contest to La Salle on Wednesday evening at McCarthy Stadium. The Explorers were led offensively by four second-half goals by Melanie Sarcinello as La Salle outscored Lafayette 8-4 in the second half.
Lafayette (3-3) controlled the opening draw and scored on its first possession when Ana White controlled the ball behind the La Salle goal and fed a cutting Godfrey who beat La Salle goalkeeper Megan Corliss 51 seconds into the game.
La Salle (4-1) quickly answered, when Claire Andrews beat Lafayette goalie Mimi Connell to knot the game at a goal apiece on the Explorers opening offensive attack.
The Leopards took a 2-1 advantage at 24:32 when Laura Kleiber controlled the ball on the right side passed inside to White. The sophomore controlled the pass in traffic, dodged a couple defenders and fired a shot into the back of the cage.
Two minutes later, Andrews scored her second to tie the contest at 2-2. Following a save by Connell and subsequent Lafayette clear, White drew a foul and capitalized on a free position attempt to regain the Leopards' lead at the 17:30 mark.
Less than two minutes later, Godfrey pushed the advantage to 4-2 in favor of the Maroon and White with her second tally of the night. The junior attacker ripped an overhand shot past Corliss inside the left post. Andrews then scored consecutive goals less than 40 seconds apart to tie the game at 4-4 with 12:33 to play in the opening half.
After Godfrey rifled a shot off the pipe, Jessica Rothstein took advantage of a free-position opportunity to break the deadlock and give Lafayette a 5-4 lead at 10:25. Erin Steel then netted her third goal of the season, extending the lead to 6-4 with 8:40 showing.
With 2:02 to play, Godfrey took a feed from Victoria Maxon and streaked past the La Salle defense before firing a shot into the top right corner of the cage. Godfrey's third score of the half gave Lafayette a 7-4 halftime cushion.
A minute into the second half, Lafayette added to its total when Rothstein tossed a pass over the top of the cage and Maxon received the feed and shot all in one motion, depositing the ball into the back of the cage.
La Salle quickly responded to end Lafayette's four straight goals with a marker off Sarcinello's stick at 28:25. The Explorers struck again, scoring at 21:45 to pull within two (8-6). Sarcinello then beat Connell to her left on a free-position shot to draw La Salle within a goal at 14:27.
Caitlyn Brostrand scored the equalizer for the home team, capping a four-goal run with 13:45 remaining.
At the 10:19 mark, Courtney Landolfe put Lafayette ahead with a shot between Corliss' legs but the lead was short-lived, as La Salle tied the game at 9-9 at 9:52. The Explorers then took their first lead (10-9) at 9:15 when Lauren McDermott scored on a man-advantage. Sarcinello then scored twice more to give La Salle a 12-9 lead with 7:08 left.
Trailing by three, Katie Mischler drew Lafayette within two (12-10) three minutes later, scoring low on a free-position attempt. Steel then made it a one goal affair with 2:21 to go by converting her free-position opportunity before La Salle was able to close out the game and come away with the 12-11 win.
Corliss totaled nine saves in the La Salle goal while Connell turned away eight for Lafayette. La Salle controlled 17 of the game's 26 draws.
Lafayette returns home on Saturday when it hosts Duquesne at 4 p.m. at Rappolt Field. The game is the second half of a doubleheader following the men's game against Navy, beginning at noon.