April 21, 2012
WORCESTER, Mass. -
Addie Godfrey’s free-position goal with 1:35 remaining tied the game at 7-7, but Holy Cross scored with 36 seconds remaining to escape with an 8-7 win on Saturday evening over Lafayette. The Leopards’ fall to 9-8 overall and 2-4 in Patriot League play to wrap up their 2012 campaign.
Lafayette’s nine victories mark a six-win improvement from a year ago and are the most for the program since 2002. Ana White added four draw controls to run her Patriot League single-season record-setting total to 113.
Holy Cross (9-7, 4-2) jumped out to an early 2-0 advantage nearly eight minutes into the first half. Lafayette then responded with a pair of goals to even the score at 10:53. The first goal at 13:46 from Rothstein made it 2-1 before Godfrey beat Holy Cross goalkeeper Sarah Weber, leveling the score at 2-2.
The home team answered and regained its two-goal lead after Maddie Carrellas and Sara Hennessey each found the back of the cage before the end of the half. Hennessey’s goal at 4:56 was her second of the half, beating Lafayette goalie Meghan Curtin, who made seven first-half saves. Lafayette, which was 0-of-6 on its eight-meter attempts in the first 30 minutes, scored a season-low two goals in the first half and trailed by two at the break.
Three straight goals from Lafayette after intermission put the Maroon and White on top a little more than five minutes in, and forced Holy Cross to call timeout. Cammie Linville started the scoring, before Rothstein and Godfrey each netted goals on free-position opportunities.
Rothstein’s third of the night made it a 6-6 contest after the junior received a pass from classmate Godfrey, ending a two-goal run by Holy Cross. The tally, Rothstein’s 29th of the season, came with 10:16 remaining, but Holy Cross’ Laura Ryan scored a minute and a half later to retake a one-goal lead.
Curtin totaled a career-high 15 saves and Lafayette finished 3-of-11 on eight-meters. Holy Cross outshot Lafayette 36-28 and won 10-of-17 draws. Lafayette also turned the ball over 15 times, compared to Holy Cross’ nine.
Godfrey finishes the season with 59 goals to lead all Patriot League players.
Lafayette loses six members of the Class of 2012 to graduation, but returns nine starters in 2013.