Leopards Open Patriot League Play Against Holy Cross
March 8, 2013
Lafayette welcomes Holy Cross to Fisher Stadium for its Patriot League home opener. The Crusaders are 3-3 on the season and sit third in the League standings, while the Leopards are second, coming off a 16-15 win over Monmouth.
Scouting the Crusaders
Holy Cross was picked to finish second in the Patriot League preseason poll. The Crusaders will be anchored by Sarah Hennessey, who leads the team in goals with 16 and is second in draw controls with 12. Laura Ryan will be taking the draws for Holy Cross, heading the team in that department with 16 draw controls on the year. Starting between the pipes will be Sarah Weber, who has started all six games this season. She boasts an 11.60 goals against average, which ranks third in the Patriot League and has made 49 saves in 152 shots faced, allowing 64 goals.
At the Helm
The Leopards are coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season at Lafayette. Fisher guided the Leopards to a 9-8 record last season, narrowly missing a berth in the Patriot League Tournament. Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 11th season as the head coach of the Crusaders. She holds a career mark of 87-95.
The Leopards are 14-9 in their history versus Holy Cross, and fell to the Crusaders in the last meeting, 8-7, in Worcester, Mass. on April 21, 2012.
Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey, leading the NCAA and the Patriot League in goals (28). The senior ranks among the nations best in points (35), goals per game (4.6) and points per game (5.8). Junior midfielder Ana White has a team-high seven assists and is second in goals (14) and points (21). Senior Jessica Rothstein ranks third on the team with 11 goals and 14 points. Senior captain Cammie Linville and freshman Carlianne McCabe have each netted nine goals.
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 on Feb. 27 against Columbia, finishing the game with 10 draw controls to end the night with 226 for her career. White now has 235 draw controls in her career.
White and senior defender Caitlin Mitchell are leading the team in ground balls with 15 and 14, respectively. Linville and White lead the Leopards with eight caused turnovers.
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has played every game this season for the Leopards making starts in the first four games. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native has a 10.71 goals against average, while making 20 saves on her way to a 2-1 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 made her first start of the season against Temple. Connell holds an 11.91 goals against average, making 21 saves with a 3-0 record.
Around the Patriot League
On Thursday, Colgate and Holy Cross were both in action, with the Raiders falling to Cornell, 17-5 and the Crusaders losing to George Washington, 11-9. On Saturday afternoon, Patriot League play commenses with Bucknell taking on Colgate and Lehigh traveling to Navy. American will play Old Dominion in non-league action.
Lafayette is home all week as it hosts Wagner on Wednesday evening and Delaware on Saturday afternoon for Senior Day.