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Leopards Square Off Against Binghamton in Home Opener

Feb. 28, 2014

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Game Preview

The Leopards return to Easton for their first home game of the season against the Bearcats of Binghamton. The Leopards have won two straight over Wagner and Monmouth. The Bearcats come into the contest 2-0 on the year with wins over Howard and Lehigh.

Scouting Binghamton

Binghamton returns 13 from last year’s 2-12 squad. The Bearcats have scored 30 goals in their first two games including 10 tallies from Brianne Arthur. Sophia Racciatti adds six goals for the Binghamton attack while Angela Vespa has found the back of the cage four times. Vespa also leads the team with two assists. Erin McNulty has started both games for the Bearcats between the pipes. She owns an 8.00 goals-against-average to go along with a .455 save-percentage.

At the Helm

Alison Fisher coaches Lafayette in her sixth season with the Leopards. She holds a career 28-61 mark, including last season’s Patriot League tournament berth following a 9-9 campaign. Stephanie Allen is in her second season as the head coach at Binghamton. Before taking over the reigns, she served as an assistant on the BU staff and was the head coach at Presbyterian College (S.C.).

Leopards on the Attack

Seniors Laura Kleiber and Ana White lead the Lafayette attack as the pair has combined for 21 points (17 goals, four assists). Kleiber leads the squad with 10 tallies including a three-goal performance in the win over Monmouth. White is second on the team with seven goals and has a team-leading three assists. Freshmen Amanda Case and Kirsten Wilhelmsen both have contributed with six goals apiece through the first four games.

Defensive Stand

White has 10 groundballs to pace the defensive unit for Lafayette. She also has caused a team-best 11 turnovers. Freshman Charlotte Rath ranks second on the team with nine groundballs and seven caused turnovers.

Between the Pipes

Meghan Curtin has played every minute in goal for the Maroon and White so far this season. She holds an 8.25 goals-against-average and has made 29 saves this season for a .468 save-percentage.

Patriot League Rookie of the Week

Case was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week after registering six goals, including four against Wagner, in three games last week.

Around the League

Navy (5-0) tops the Patriot League standings and is the lone undefeated team left in the league. Loyola is 2-1 followed by the Leopards and Lehigh (1-1). American has started the year 1-3 while Boston (0-3), Bucknell (0-3), Colgate (0-3), and Holy Cross (0-4) are all still searching for its first win of the season.

Next Up

The Leopards are on the road again as they take on unbeaten Navy next Saturday, March 8. The opening draw is scheduled for noon.