Leopards Face Liberty in First Road Game
Feb. 24, 2013
Lafayette travels to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty University in its first road game of the season on Sunday afternoon. The Flames are 1-1 this season with a win over Stetson, 16-3, and a loss to Navy, 15-7. The Leopards are coming off a win Friday night over Central Connecticut State, 11-10 and are unbeaten with a record of 2-0.
Scouting the Flames
Liberty was chosen to finish fifth in their first season in the Big South. The Flames finished last season with a 3-14 mark, but return eight starters. They will be led by sophomore Morgan Becker, who scored 30 goals and had a team-high 11 assists last season. The midfield will be led by tri-captain Jen Freymond and Nina Dunay. Freymond set school records in ground balls (52) and caused turnovers (30) last season. Dunay ranked third on the team in points (35), goals (27) and assists (8). Senior tri-captain Chloe McIntosh will anchor the defense for the Lady Flames. In between the pipes for Liberty is Kristen Masullo. The junior started every game last season and finished second in the country with 10.53 saves per game.
At the Helm
Lafayette is coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season in charge. Fisher guided the Leopards to a 9-8 record last season, narrowly missing a berth in the Patriot League Tournament. Regan Denham enters her third season as head coach. Denham is the only coach in program history, holding a 24-44 career record. All-Time Series The Leopards won the only meeting between the schools in 2012, 15-3.
Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack has been led so far by a trio of seniors; Addie Godfrey, Jessica Rothstein and Cammie Linville. Godfrey leads all scorers with eight goals this season, while Rothstein and Linville have each tallied four. Rothstein and Godfrey also have two helpers apiece. Midfielder Ana White leads the team in assists (5) and draw controls (6). The junior has also tallied three goals this season. Freshman Carlianne McCabe has made the most of her first two games, netting a goal in each.
Senior defender Caitlin Mitchell leads the defense so far with five ground balls. Mitchell has also caused two turnovers. Linville and White have been all over the field, as they have three caused turnovers and four ground balls each.
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin started the season opener for the Leopards and made three saves in a winning effort. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native ranks third in the League so far this season in goals against with an average of 8.00. Sophomore Mimi Connell saw her first action of the season Friday night when she replaced Curtin midway through the first half. Connell went on to make six saves and earn her first victory this season.
Preseason League Honors
Three Leopards' lacrosse players were selected to the All-League Preseason team. Senior Addie Godfrey will lead the Lafayette attack this season, while a pair of juniors, Ana White, who was named the Patriot League Breakthrough Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, and Rachel Martin were also named to the preseason team.
Around the Patriot League
Holy Cross earned the only win for the League on Saturday afternoon when they defeated Yale, 16-13. Colgate took on Hofstra and fell, 13-11. Temple handed Lehigh its first loss of the campaign, 14-7. No. 15/19 Johns Hopkins took care of Bucknell, 19-4. American will take on visiting High Point Sunday, and Navy will host Monmouth.
Lafayette returns home Wednesday evening as it faces Columbia in Fisher Stadium at 7 p.m.