Feb. 21, 2014
Lafayette travels to Staten Island, N.Y. to face Wagner College in its third consecutive road game to begin the season on Saturday afternoon. The Seahawks defeated Fresno St., 9-5, in their first game of the year. The Leopards are looking for their first win of the 2014 campaign, having dropped their first two contests to Marist and Delaware.
Scouting the Seahawks
Wagner was picked to finish seventh in the Northeast Conference. The Seahawks return nine starters from last year’s 6-11 squad. Junior Jessica Mills returns for the Wagner attack after leading the Seahawks with 59 points (24 goals, 35 assists) last season. The midfield features sophomore Shea Gegan who led Wagner in groundballs (41), draw controls (34), and caused turnovers (42) a season ago. Fellow sophomore Kaite Ferraro is back in goal for the Seahawks having played in 16 games, making 14 starts in 2013. Ferraro had a .414 save-percentage to go along with a 10.59 goals against average last season.
At the Helm
The Leopards are coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her sixth season on College Hill. Fisher led Lafayette to a 9-9 mark last season and a berth in the Patriot League Tournament last year. Liz Frisoli is beginning her first season in charge of the Seahawks. She comes to Wagner from Division III Huntingdon College. Lafayette has won the only two prior meetings between the schools.
Leopards on the Attack
Senior Laura Kleiber leads the Lafayette attack with five goals and one assist for six points. Kleiber also tops the squad with six draw controls. Freshman Kirsten Wilhelmsen is off to a solid rookie campaign with three goals and one helper in the first two games of the season. Fellow freshman Amanda Case adds two goals for the Leopards while senior Ana White leads the team with two assists to go with four draw controls.
Freshman Charlotte Rath leads the defensive unit with eight groundballs and is second on the team with four caused turnovers. White ranks second in the Patriot League with six caused turnovers to go along with five groundballs. Freshman Maggie Carver is second on the team with six ground balls and three turnovers caused.
Between the Pipes
Senior Meghan Curtin has played every minute in goal for the Maroon & White in the first two games this season. She has made 16 saves for a .432 save-percentage and is fourth in the conference with a 10.50 goals against average.
Preseason Patriot League Honors
White and fellow senior Rachel Martin were selected to the All-League Preseason team. White was named Patriot League Midfielder of the Year last spring and Martin was a Second-Team All-Patriot League selection last season.
Around the Patriot League
Navy is off to a fast start, winning their first three games of the year. Loyola knocked off Virginia, 16-12, in their lone game of the season. American topped Campbell 11-9 to pick up their first win. Colgate dropped their first decision to Vermont 14-11 and Boston U., Bucknell, and Holy Cross have all fallen to 0-2 to begin their respective 2014 campaigns.
The Leopards remain on the road as they travel to West Long Branch, N.J. Wednesday afternoon to take on Monmouth with the opening draw scheduled for 3 p.m.