Lafayette Holds Off San Diego State
March 28, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
Addie Godfrey's goal 16 seconds into the game opened a high-scoring affair, in which Lafayette never trailed, as the Leopards held off San Diego State 17-14 on Wednesday evening at Rappolt Field. Ana White (4 g, 3a), who assisted Godfrey's first score, combined with Godfrey (5g, 2a) for 14 points in Lafayette's final non-league home game of the season.
"I'm very happy that we pulled out the win," head coach Alison Fisher said. "We got a lot of good experience in the situations that San Diego State created for us. It was great preparation going into our game against Bucknell on Saturday."
Lafayette (7-5) held a 7-4 lead 15:02 into the contest after Godfrey's third marker, assisted by Laura Kleiber, after scoring on its first five shot attempts against San Diego State's Sammy Slattery. Jessica Rothstein scored two unassisted goals, while White and Cammie Linville each added one.
The visiting Aztecs (3-7) scored three straight over the next four minutes to tie the score at 7-7 before Lafayette answered with three consecutive goals of its own. Katie Mischler's goal, helped by Godfrey at 8:34, started the run before Rothstein found the back of the net 10 seconds later, as a result one of White's game-high eight draw controls. Lauren Curley also contributed seven of Lafayette's draw controls as the Maroon and White dominated the circle, 23-10. Godfrey's fourth of the half made it 10-7 in favor of Lafayette with 7:56 to play.
San Diego State scored two of the final three goals to close out the first half, but wouldn't get any closer than the halftime margin of 11-9.
Lafayette scored the first two, White and Margaux LeBuffe, and four of the first five second half goals to take a commanding 15-10 lead with 13:31 to play. Ewing Bailey's second of three goals made it 15-11 at 9:31, but Erin Steel regained the five goal advantage a little more than a minute later.
A final push by the Aztecs included two goals by Meris Walsh, surrounding Bailey's third, and cut the deficit to 16-14, but Lafayette regrouped after calling timeout with 3:17 to play. White sealed the victory 27 seconds later with her fourth tally to run the final score to 17-14.
Mimi Connell totaled five saves after Meghan Curtin made two in 26:39 to start the game. Lafayette held the edge in shots, 32-25, and ground balls, 20-15.
The Leopards host Bucknell on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Fisher Stadium. The game will be broadcast on GoLeopards.com/allaccess.
Godfrey's goal 16 seconds into the game was the quickest goal of the season for Lafayette.
Curley's seven draw controls were a season high.
Godfrey now has 40 goals this season, surpassing her previous season-high of 38.