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Lafayette Hosts Wagner Wednesday Night

March 12, 2013

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Game Preview
Lafayette looks to get back to its winning ways on Wednesday night when it hosts Wagner at 7 p.m. at Rappolt Field. The Leopards are 5-2 this season, and are coming off a 20-10 loss in their Patriot League opener to Holy Cross.

Scouting the Seahawks
Wagner was picked to finish eighth in the North East Conference Preseason Poll. The Seahawks come into Wednesday night with a 4-2 record overall, and lead the NEC in goals per game (13.6). Sophomore attack Jessica Mills leads the Seahawks in points (34), assists (21) and is second on the team in goals (13), while freshman midfielder Casey McCarthy leads the team in goals (14). Senior attack Annie O’Connor is the third Seahawks player in double-figure scoring with 12 goals. Freshman midfielder Shea Gegan leads Wagner in caused turnovers (10), while collecting nine draw controls and seven ground balls. In goal, freshman Katie Ferraro has made five starts posting a 3-1 record. She carries an 8.31 goals against average and has made 30 saves.

At the Helm
The Leopards are coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season at Lafayette, holding an overall record of 22-52. Christina Curiale is now in her fifth season in charge of the Seahawks and holds a 22-50 career record all at Wagner. All-Time Series The Leopards won the only meeting between the two schools last year, 18-7, in Staten Island, N.Y.

Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey, who leads the Patriot League in goals (29). The senior ranks among the nation’s best in points (36), goals per game (4.14) and points per game (5.14). Junior midfielder Ana White has a team-high seven assists and is second in goals (17) and points (24). Senior Jessica Rothstein ranks third on the team with 13 goals and 16 points. Junior Laura Kleiber (11) and freshman Carlianne McCabe (10) have each netted double-digit goals this season.

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. She now has 244 for her career.

Defensive Stand
White and senior defender Caitlin Mitchell are leading the team in ground balls with 17 and 15, respectively. White leads the team in caused turnovers with 11 and is followed by senior captain Cammie Linville with eight.

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 an 11.73 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 a 13.02 goals against average, making 23 saves with a 3-1 record.

Around the Patriot League
Patriot League play began on Saturday as Colgate downed Bucknell, 19-7, and Navy defeated Lehigh, 14-4. In non-league action Old Dominion beat American, 15-11. No. 15 Navy battled with No. 4 Northwestern Monday night, but fell 15-12. Tuesday’s action includes Holy Cross visiting Brown, Bucknell at Presbyterian and Lehigh traveling to Florida. On Wednesday, American hosts Coastal Carolina, Colgate visits Drexel, and Navy entertains New Hampshire.

Next Up
Lafayette will host Delaware on Saturday afternoon inside Fisher Stadium for Senior Day at 4 p.m.