April 11, 2012
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Columbia built an early lead and never trailed, defeating Lafayette 19-11 on Wednesday night at Robert K. Kraft field. Erin Steel and Ana White scored three times and Addie Godfrey netted her 50th goal of the season in the loss.
Lafayette (9-6) found itself in an early 5-1 hole a little more than ten minutes into the game after failing to convert two eight-meter opportunities and hitting the post once on the offensive end. Following Columbia's fifth score, and fourth unanswered after Steel's goal, Lafayette called timeout at the 19:49 mark.
Columbia (2-9) scored once more to push the lead to 6-1 before goalkeeper Megan Curtin made two saves to keep the deficit at five. At 10:54, Steel scored her second on a free-position attempt and cut the Columbia lead to 6-2.
The two teams traded goals over the next four minutes, including Taylor Gattinella's third of the night and White's first, to make it 7-3 with 7:46 to play until intermission. Erin Steel added her third of the half to draw the Leopards within three, but Columbia responded with three straight tallies, two off of Kacie Johnson's stick, to take a 9-4 lead with 1:39 showing. Margaux LeBuffe's marker with ten seconds to play in the half ran the halftime count to 9-5.
Less than five minutes into the second half, Columbia extended its lead to seven with three consecutive goals, capped by Gattinella's fourth at 25:26. Johnson's third made it 13-5 less than three minutes later.
Lafayette's Laura Kleiber beat Columbia goalie Skylar Dabbar to put Lafayette on the board in the second half prior to the Lions adding two more to go ahead 15-6 with less than 16 minutes left in regulation.
Twenty-eight seconds after Columbia's 15th goal, Godfrey scored her 50th goal of the season to start a run of three straight for Lafayette. Godfrey became the first Lafayette player to score 50 goals in a season since Heather McClelland '02 scored 52 in the 2002 campaign.
Courtney Landolfe scored her seventh of the year and White scored again to pull Lafayette within six at 16:04. Late goals by Johnson and Paige Cuscovitch gave them four each, surrounding Godfrey's second, and Columbia added two late tallies to seal the victory. Lafayette's final goal came from White with less than a minute left.
Lafayette resumes Patriot League play on Saturday when it hosts Colgate at 1 p.m. at Fisher Stadium. The game will be broadcast online on goleopards.com/allaccess
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