March 2, 2013
The Leopards are 4-0 for the first time since 1978 and are looking to continue their historic start when they travel to Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon to take on Temple. The Owls are 3-0 this season with a wins over Niagara, Rutgers and Lehigh. The Leopards are coming off a 16-9 victory over Columbia.
Scouting the Owls
Temple returns 15 letterwinners from a season ago, including six of the team’s top 10 scorers, led by Charlotte Swavola. The senior midfielder has a team-high seven goals through the first three games, while freshman attacker Rachel Schwaab is off to a quick start in her rookie campaign with six tallies and one assist. Freshman Kara Stroup leads the Owls in caused turnovers with five, and fellow freshman Kirstie Connor is second on the team in caused turnovers (3) and ground balls (6). Senior goalkeeper Meghan Clothier boasts a 3-0 record, making 11 saves and owns a 5.50 goals against average this season.
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. Bonnie Rosen is in her seventh season on the Temple sideline, and holds a 117-139 career record.
The Owls have won 26 of the 30 matchups between the two schools dating back to 1978. The last Leopards’ win came in Easton in 1991, when Lafayette defeated Temple, 8-3. Last season the Owls got the better of the Leopards, 21-10 on College Hill.
Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey who was leading all scorers in the Patriot League with 14 tallies through three games (4.67 goals per game), now has 21 this season. Senior captain Cammie Linville and junior Ana White are tied for second on the team with eight goals apiece, while senior attacker Jessica Rothstein has netted six goals. White has a team-high seven assists, and is second behind Godfrey’s team leading 26 points, with 15 points. Freshman Carlianne McCabe has made an immediate impact with three goals and an assist.
Drawing It Up
Junior midfielder Ana White recently broke the Patriot League career record for draw controls. The record was formerly held by Erin Rawlick of Navy with 218, but White wrote her name in the record book Wednesday night. The junior finished the game with 10 draw controls to end the night with 226 for her career.
Linville and White have been all over the field from the midfield position. Linville has a team-high 8 caused turnovers, followed closely by White with six. Senior defender Caitlin Mitchell and White have eleven ground balls to lead the team, while Mitchell has four caused turnovers.
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has started every game this season for the Leopards. The Lafayette Hill, Pa has a 9.31 goals against average, while making 13 saves on her way to a 2-0 record. 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 to earn her first victory this season. The sophomore saw more action against Columbia and has made 13 saves along with a 9.14 goals against average to improve to 2-0 on the year.
Around the Patriot
League Bucknell traveled to George Mason on Friday night, and lost 12-8. On Saturday afternoon, four Patriot League teams will be in action including the Leopards. Holy Cross travels to Sacred Heart, Colgate hosts UMBC and Navy entertains Richmond. Sunday afternoon the Bison are back in action again taking on George Washington in D.C. American will make the trip to George Mason to take on the Patriots.
The Leopards will take on Monmouth on Tuesday afternoon in Easton at 7 p.m.