April 7, 2012
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Addie Godfrey’s fourth goal with 1:30 remaining stood up to be the game-winner in Lafayette’s thrilling 13-12 victory over American in Patriot League women’s lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Jacobs Field.
Godfrey’s tally and a save by Leopards goalkeeper Meghan Curtin with 21 seconds to play sealed the win for Lafayette, which now sits a 2-2 in League play and 9-5 overall. American falls to 7-6 on the year and 3-2 in conference games.
“This was one of the best efforts I have ever seen this group put together,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “I am very proud of the way we played. We handled all of the situations we found ourselves in, and earned a very good win against a quality opponent.”
Godfrey, who entered the game as the nation’s leader in goals scored, improved her total to 49 tallies on the season and registered her second game-winning marker of year. The decisive goal was assisted by sophomore Ana White who also scored four times on the afternoon. White now has 31 goals on the year, surpassing her 2011 total of 29.
American jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, Lafayette’s second 2-0 deficit in as many games, less than five minutes into the opening half. The Leopards responded with three straight goals over the next six minutes (Godfrey, 24:02; White 19:07, 18:55) to take their first lead of the game. A little more than two minutes passed before American added a free-position goal to tie the game at 3-3.
Lafayette scored four of the next five goals, including two by Erin Steel and White’s third of the period, before Emily Stankiewicz netted her third with five seconds remaining in the half to make it a 7-5 game going into halftime.
The home team began the second half much like the first, as Kimberly Collins scored twice in the opening 2:17 to knot the score at 7-7.
Fourty-two seconds later, White scored the first of four Lafayette goals the next 15 minutes to go ahead 11-7 with 12:25 showing. Godfrey added one tally, while Katie Mischler and Laura Kleiber each scored once.
American stormed back, scoring five goals surrounding Godfrey’s third in a six-minute stretch to tie the game with 4:03 remaining.
Statistically, Lafayette recorded two more shots than the Eagles (26-24), and collected 25 ground balls compared to American’s 19. The Eagles had the edge in the draw, controlling 16-of-27, but only nine of the final 14 after holding a commanding 11-2 edge at halftime. Curtin finished with five saves in the Lafayette cage.
Lafayette looks to win ten games for the first times since 2002 when it wraps up non-league play on Wednesday in New York against Columbia at 7 p.m.
White came into today’s contest as the NCAA leader in draw controls per game at 6.38 and controlled a game-high seven draws in the win.
Lafayette has now won three consecutive games for the first time since early in the 2006 season when it defeated Bucknell (3/9), Niagara (3/13) and Iona (3/15).
Mischler became the seventh Lafayette player to score 10 goals this season.