Kirby, Wilhelmsen Make History in Loss to Lehigh
EASTON, Pa. -- The Lafayette women's lacrosse team ran into a powerful offensive display by archrival Lehigh on Wednesday evening at Fisher Stadium, falling to the Mountain Hawks by a 20-11 score.
Sophomore Jane Kirby was stellar for the Leopard attack, scoring four goals and adding two assists on the night to surpass the 50-goal mark for the season. Kirby and senior co-captain Kirsten Wilhelmsen, who leads the team with 58 tallies, are just the second Lafayette duo to accomplish the 50-goal scoring feat in the same season in program history. The only other pair of Leopards to hit that mark were Tracy Wright (50) and Jennie Smith (56) during the 1988 season in which the Maroon and White cruised to a 17-2 record and an East Coast Conference championship.
"We did a really nice job in the front half of the league schedule getting ourselves a tournament berth," head coach Alison Fisher said. "Injuries played a part in the game tonight. Lehigh was fresh, healthy and played an excellent game, while we just weren't up to the task. They called us on a lot of things that we've been working on, but haven't quite mastered yet."
This game was all Lehigh from the get-go, storming out to a 4-1 lead over less than six minutes of game action. Senior Charlotte Rath sent a bouncer past Lehigh goalie Taylor Tvedt at 23:27 in the first to make it a two-goal game, but that only sparked a seven-goal run from the visitors to increase their lead to 11-2 with 8:56 remaining in the half.
The Leopards went goal-for-goal with their rivals over the final stretch of the half, but the visitors were in control at the break, up by a 15-5 score.
Lafayette never quit in the second half, though, scoring three of the first five goals to trim the advantage under 10 at 17-8 with 19:35 to play. However, Lehigh managed to trade goals for the remaining time, seeing out the clock with a final score of 20-11.
With Lafayette's advantage on the offensive side of the ball, the draw-control battle played a key part in the contest as Lehigh dominated at the circle to the tune of a 22-10 edge. That possession advantage led to a 40-22 mark in shots and a slim lead in ground balls, 16-15.
Rath and sophomore Hannah Davey each scored twice on the night, while junior Kristin Schaen, sophomore Emma Novick and Wilhelmsen all finished with one goal apiece. Sophomore Allie Abacherli suffered the loss, making seven saves in 30:00 of action. Freshman Taylor Danson played the second half, allowing five goals with two saves.
The loss drops the Maroon and White to 10-5 overall and 5-2 in Patriot League action. Lafayette goes on the road this weekend, facing league-leading Loyola in Baltimore, Md. on Saturday at 1 p.m.