Leopards Celebrate Senior Day with 19-13 Win
April 19, 2014
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette women's lacrosse program concluded the 2014 season with a 19-13 victory over Iona on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Stadium. Five members of the Class of 2014 were honored before the start of play today including Laura Kleiber and Ana White. Kleiber scored six goals in her last collegiate contest to power the Leopard's attack. White finished her career as the Patriot League leader in both draw controls and caused turnovers.
Kleiber also collected two draw controls and two groundballs for the Leopards, and the Far Hills, N.J. native wrapped up her impressive career on College Hill with 116 career goals, 80 ground balls, and 73 draw controls.
In addition to Kleiber, Kirsten Wilhelmsen tallied five goals for Lafayette, while Carlianne McCabe, Amanda Case, Katie Elander and White all scored twice to round out the scoring for the Leopards' offense.
White ended the contest with six draw controls and one caused turnover. The Swarthmore, Pa. native ends her career as the all-time leader in Patriot League history with 398 draw controls and 125 caused turnovers. She finishes her career at Lafayette with 146 goals and 72 assists for 218 points.
For Iona (2-12), Mary McCormick scored six times to lead the Gaels. Casey Palmer and Erin Pugh each added two goals of their own. McCormick had a team-high five draw controls and Nina Veneziale led the Iona defense with two caused turnovers.
Lafayette (7-10) owned a 38-22 edge in shots and a 12-8 advantage in groundballs. The two squads were even with 17 draw controls each.
The Leopards jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the contest on two tallies from Kleiber and one goal from White. Iona responded with back-to-back goals before Wilhelmsen found the back of the cage to increase the Leopards lead to 4-2 at the 21:40 mark in the first half.
The Leopards and Gaels traded the next four goals over the next five minutes of action to move in front 6-4. The Maroon & White proceeded to score five consecutive goals, two from Wilhelmsen and one apiece by Elander, Kleiber and McCabe, to increase their lead to seven. Iona answered with two straight goals before Wilhelmsen and Kleiber converted on free position shots in the final two and a half minutes of play in the opening half to give the Leopards a 13-6 edge at the break.
Elander continued the scoring for the Leopards, finding the back of the net just 25 seconds into the second half to put Lafayette up eight. The Gaels followed with two goals of their own before Case converted on her own free position shot to give the Maroon & White the 15-8 advantage at the 20:41 mark in the second half.
After a pair of Iona tallies, Case scored on another free position attempt for her second goal of the contest. The Gaels hung around though, scoring back-to-back goals 16 seconds apart to cut the Lafayette lead to 16-12 with 12:51 left to play in the game.
That was closest Iona would get as Lafayette scored three straight tallies from White, Kleiber and Wilhelmsen. The Gaels added a goal with two minutes left to play but as the Maroon & White was able to control the final two minutes and come away with the 19-13 victory.
Senior Meghan Curtin made five saves in her last game for Lafayette. She finishes the season with a 7-10 record between the pipes. Maria Ortiz played the first half in goal for the Gaels, recording six saves but earned the loss.