Colgate Edges Lafayette on Senior Day
April 14, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - A strong second half by Colgate erased Lafayette’s two-goal halftime advantage as the Raiders topped Lafayette 13-11 on Senior Day at Fisher Stadium. Addie Godfrey scored five goals in the loss.
Colgate (4-10, 3-2) outscored Lafayette 9-5 over the final 30 minutes, including five tallies from Courtney Miller, who scored seven times in the game. Miller was also responsible for the game-winner on a free-position attempt with 9:46 to play.
"We put forth a great effort against Colgate," head coach Alison Fisher said. "We did a lot of nice things, but in the end it came down to us making a few too many mistakes and they were able to capitalize."
Lafayette (9-7, 2-3) dominated the draw, winning 19-of-26 in the circle, and outshot the Raiders 28-25. Ana White controlled 10 draws to lead the Leopards. Each team recorded 18 ground balls, but Lafayette was minus-six with 22 turnovers.
Trailing 3-2 after early scores from Godfrey and Margaux LeBuffe, Lafayette scored four straight to take a 6-3 lead with 7:43 to play in the opening half. Ana White started the stretch, followed by Jessica Rothstein’s 26th of the year, a new career-high for the junior, before Godfrey and Cammie Linville scored 26 seconds apart.
Miller netted the final goal of the half to draw Colgate within two as the two sides headed into the locker room with Lafayette leading 6-4.
Two goals from the visitors tied the game 1:20 into the second half before Godfrey scored twice to push the lead back to two goals at the 25:28 mark. Miller responded with three straight of her own over the next five minutes to put the Raiders ahead 9-8. Godfrey and Miller traded the next two goals and Colgate had a 10-9 lead at 16:11.
Katie Leto’s score in front of the Colgate cage beat Jennie Berglin knotted the game at 10 apiece, but Colgate scored three straight, including Miller’s seventh, to take a 13-10 lead with less than six minutes to play. White added a late marker for Lafayette, running the final score to 13-11.
"We can learn from today's game," Fisher added. "With a win on Saturday, we keep our postseason hopes alive, so that's what we're focused on now."
Lafayette’s final regular season game is slated for April 21 at 7 p.m. when the team travels to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross. Lafayette remains in the hunt for one of the final two spots in the Patriot League tournament after Navy and Colgate each secured a spot in the postseason tournament.
Prior to the game, the Lafayette Women’s Lacrosse Class of 2012 was honored as part of Senior Day. Alexa Biale, Lauren Curley, Margaux LeBuffe, Erin Steel, Kim Harkins and Meg Ohlmacher all were part of the starting lineup.
Godfrey now has 56 goals this season, the most for a Lafayette player since Heather McClelland '02 scored 68 in 2001.
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