Lafayette Rallies to Win Over Bucknell
March 31, 2012
EASTON, Pa. -
Lafayette erased a two-goal second-half deficit and scored six of the final seven to come away with a 14-11 victory against Bucknell on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. Addie Godfrey, the leading goal-scorer in the Patriot League, led the Leopards' offensive attack, scoring five goals for the second straight game. The junior now has 45 goals this season and also added two assists in the win.
"It's nice to get our first Patriot League win at home at Fisher Stadium," head coach Alison Fisher said. "It certainly wasn't easy, but we showed a lot of confidence in each other and persevered through the times when the game was tight. I was very impressed with our team's ability to play a full 60 minutes and pull out the win."
Bucknell (3-9, 0-4) quickly took control of the game, scoring the first two goals, and held a 4-1 advantage after nine minutes of play. Trailing by the same margin, Lafayette (8-5, 1-2) pulled within one with a pair of goals 15 seconds apart. Katie Mischler converted a pass from Godfrey at the 16:49 mark prior to Ana White controlling the ensuing draw to set up Godfrey's eight-meter goal at 16:34.
Sophie Kleinert netted her second goal of the contest to push the Bison lead to 5-3 before Lafayette ripped off three in a row to take a 6-5 lead with 8:59 to play in the half. Victoria Maxon started the stretch with her eighth goal of the season before White and Godfrey each added unassisted tallies.
Bucknell responded with the final two goals of the half to go ahead 7-6 at the break.
Godfrey was responsible for Lafayette's first two goals of the second period, surrounding Kleinart's third of the day, as the game was tied at 8-8 with less than 21 minutes remaining.
Three minutes later, Bucknell scored twice, 14 seconds apart, to go up 10-8 with 18:23 to play. The comeback began when Godfrey set up white at 17:22 and was followed by Jessica Rothstein's second goal of the game, and 25th of the season, knotting the game at 10-10.
Maxon's 10th of the year put Lafayette up for the first time at the 13:53 mark before Lindsey Ferro scored to level the score at 11-11 less than two minutes later.
Fifty seconds after Bucknell's tying goal, White scored the game winner (11:40) before Erin Steel and Godfrey provided the insurance with two more scores in the closing minutes to run the final total to 14-11.
The Maroon and White outscored Bucknell 8-4 over the final 30 minutes and the Leopards held the edge in draw controls, 15-12, including White's seven and Godfrey's five. In goal, Meghan Curtin earned the win, making four saves, while Mimi Connell played 16 minutes in the cage and turned away two Bison shots.
Lafayette continues Patriot League play when it travels to Washington, D.C. to play American on April 7 at 1 p.m.
Rothstein matched her career-high of 25 goals after scoring twice.
Maxon became the sixth Lafayette player to score 10 goals this season.