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Leopards Return Home For Matchup with Columbia

Feb. 26, 2013

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Game Preview
Lafayette is 3-0 for the first time since 1978 and is looking to continue its historic stretch when it returns to Fisher Stadium on Wednesday evening in a matchup with Columbia at 7 p.m. The Lions are 1-0 this season with a win over Mount St. Mary’s, 15-4 on February 23. The Leopards are coming off a win Sunday afternoon over Liberty, 16-10.

Drawing It Up
Junior midfielder Ana White is just two draw controls away from setting the Patriot League career mark. She currently sits at 216 for her career.

Scouting the Lions
Columbia returns 13 letterwinners from last season’s team, which went 2-13 overall. The Lions are led by senior attacker Kacie Johnson, who has scored five goals to go along with two assists this season. The All-Ivy League selection a season ago led the League in points (73) and assists (32). Junior midfielder Paige Cuscovitch is second on the team in points (4) on three goals and one assist. Sophomore Sarah Greenberg attacker is tied with Cuscovitch with three goals this season. Junior goalkeeper Skylar Dabbar started the only game for the Lions, giving up just four goals in the season opener.

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. Liz Kittleman Jackson enters her third season as head coach of the Lions, holding a 7-24 career mark. All-Time Series The Lions have a 9-3 edge in the series having won nine of the last ten meetings, dating back to 2003. The Leopards fell to the Lions, 19-11, last season in New York, N.Y.

Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey who leads all scorers in the Patriot League with 14 through three games (4.67 goals per game). Senior captain midfielder Cammie Linville and classmate Jessica Rothstein are tied for second on the team with six goals apiece. Junior midfielder Ana White is tied with Godfrey for the team lead in assists (5). White and fellow junior Laura Kleiber have each tallied four goals. Freshman Carlianne McCabe has made an immediate impact posting three goals and an assist.

Ground Balls and Draw Controls
White is leading the Leopards with 14 draw controls and tied for the team lead with Kleiber in ground balls with nine. Senior Caitlin Mitchell leads the Lafayette defenders in ground balls with eight.

Defensive Stand
Linville and White have been all over the field from the midfield position. White leads the team in caused turnovers with six, followed closely by Linville’s five. Mitchell and McCabe are tied for third with four each.

Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has started every game this season for the Leopards. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native ranks third in the League so far this season in goals against with an average of 9.61. Sophomore Mimi Connell saw her first action of the season in an 11-10 win over CCSU, 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
On Sunday afternoon, American was downed by High Point, 13-11, and Navy took care of Monmouth, 16-4. Wednesday afternoon, three Patriot League teams are in action as Holy Cross visits Fairfield, Lehigh travels to Binghamton and American takes on Richmond in Virginia.

Next Up
The Leopards will travel to Philadelphia to take on Temple on Saturday, March 2 at 1 p.m.