Navy Tops Lafayette in Patriot League Opener
March 17, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette fell to Navy in its Patriot League opener on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium by a final of 18-7. Junior attacker Addie Godfrey led Lafayette offensively with four goals, including the 100th of her career.
Navy (10-1, 2-0) was paced by Kathy Young, who found the back of the net five times, and Loren Generi, who added four goals and an assist. Defensively, Lafayette (5-4, 0-1) held 2012 Patriot League Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Jasmine DePompeo, without a point for the first time all season.
Young put the Mids on the board first with an eight-meter goal less than 90 seconds into the game, but Lafayette quickly scored 1:16 later on Cammie Linville’s fifth goal of the year to even the score at 1-1.
The visitors went on to score six of the next seven goals over the next 18 minutes of game action to take a 7-2 advantage with 8:21 to play in the opening half. Godfrey scored Lafayette’s lone goal during the stretch at 23:04 to pull the Leopards within one (3-2).
Godfrey scored her second unassisted goal of the half with 5:31 remaining to cut the deficit to 7-3. Navy scored twice in the final five minutes, including Genari’s second of the half with 13 seconds left, and took a 9-3 lead into halftime.
In the second half, Navy picked up right where it left off as Jill Coughlin beat Lafayette goalie Meghan Curtin to go ahead 10-3 less than four minutes in. At the 23:46 mark Ana White got on the board for Lafayette, scoring one of her two goals before Navy scored three more times to go up 13-4 with 22:38 to play.
A pair of Lafayette goals from Godfrey and White 39 seconds apart got the Maroon and White within seven (13-7), but Leopards wouldn’t get any closer over the final 18:44.
Navy scored five of the next six goals to end the game surrounding Godfrey’s milestone tally. Godfrey capitalized on a straightaway free-position attempt with 10:58 on the clock, scoring on Navy goalkeeper Elaina Ponchione.
Curtin made seven saves in 35:53 in the Lafayette cage after replacing Mimi Connell, who turned away three Navy shots. The Mids outshot Lafayette 34-14 and controlled 16 of the 26 draws.
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday when it hosts Monmouth at 7 p.m. at Rappolt Field.<