Schaen Shines as Leopards Upend Bonnies
EASTON, Pa. – Senior co-captain Kristin Schaen had a career day for the Lafayette women’s lacrosse team on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium, leading the Maroon and White to a 13-5 victory over Saint Bonaventure.
Schaen netted a career-high four goals on the afternoon, marking her first career hat trick and just the second multi-goal game during her time on College Hill. The senior co-captain scored her four goals on just five shots, going 2-for-2 from free-position to go along with a draw control and a caused turnover to round out her day.
“I definitely don’t expect to be a scorer, but that was my role today,” Schaen said. “Usually I’m focusing more on the draw, but today we needed a little extra help on offense.”
The Bonnies, still seeking their first win of the 2018 season, kept it interesting throughout the day, but the Leopards took firm control with all five goals in the last 10:20 to close it out. The win moves Lafayette back to the .500 mark at 3-3 on the year overall with one more out-of-conference opponent before Patriot League play begins on March 17.
Junior Jane Kirby tallied a hat trick of her own, while classmate Emma Novick, who was honored prior to the game for scoring her 100th career goal in the 11-9 win over East Carolina on March 4, added a pair of scores. Junior Hannah Davey and freshman Colleen Bannon also registered multi-point games with a goal and an assist each, respectively.
The defensive half of the field was the real story on Saturday, though, as the Leopards held Saint Bonaventure to just 23 shots and only 14 on goal, giving up just five scores. Freshman Quinn Lacy moved her record to 3-0 with eight saves in her 49:40 of action, while senior co-captain Anna Raymond closed it out in the final 10:20 with one save and no goals allowed.
“I think we did some really nice things today, especially defensively,” head coach Alison Fisher added. “Both goalkeepers played really well and we made a lot of stops.”
Those stops came most often at the ends of halves as the Maroon and White closed the first stanza with a three-goal run over the last 8:05 to take a 6-2 lead into the break. After the Bonnies pulled within five on a goal at the 13:12 mark, the Leopards’ defense dug in and never allowed another, closing out the 13-5 win.
The Leopards held convincing advantages in shots (37-23) and ground balls (26-17), as well as a clear edge with pressure. Lafayette forced 10 failed clears and 23 turnovers from the Bonnies compared to a 24-for-25 clear rate of their own with just 16 miscues.
After five straight at home, the Maroon and White hit the road for their next contest on Wednesday, traveling to Siena for a 3 p.m. tilt with the Saints.