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Leopards Host Delaware for Senior Day

March 15, 2013

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Game Preview
The Lafayette women’s lacrosse team will host Delaware on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside Fisher Stadium for Senior Day. The game will be the first of a doubleheader with the men’s lacrosse team taking on Bucknell at 7 p.m. The women’s lacrosse team is coming off a 16-6 victory over Wagner Wednesday night, improving the Leopards to 6-2 overall.

Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware was picked to finish fourth in the Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Poll. The Blue Hens enter Saturday’s contest with a 4-3 record, coming off a 10-9 win over No. 11 Loyola. Junior attack Chelsea Fay leads the Blue Hens in goals (16) and is tied for the team lead in points (17). Sophomore midfielder Caitlin McCartney is second in goals (15) and tied with Fay for the team lead with 17 points. Sophomore attack Allison Hahn is Delaware’s leading set up player with five assists and 11 goals. Senior defender Angela Biciocchi leads the Blue Hens in ground balls (16) and has also caused seven turnovers. Freshman midfielder Alison Karwoski is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers (10). In goal, sophomore Alex Zaugra has started every game for the Blue Hens posting a 4-2 record with 48 saves and a 9.15 goals against average.

A Class to Remember
The Lafayette women's lacrosse Class of 2013 has racked up 21 wins coming into Saturday's game over their four years on College Hill. That total makes them the winningest group since the Class of 2004 tallied 34 victories. Additionally, these seniors have accounted for 369 goals and 88 assists during their careers and have garnered four All-Patriot League selections and two Academic All-Patriot League honors.

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. Delaware is coached by Kateri Linville in her third season, guiding the Blue Hens to a 17-24 record. All-Time Series The Leopards are 9-13 overall against the Blue Hens with the last meeting coming in 1998, an 18-6 win in favor of Delaware.

Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey, who was third in the country going into the week with 29 goals, and added to her total with five against Wagner. The senior ranks among the nation’s best in points (41), goals per game (4.14) and points per game (5.14). Junior midfielder Ana White has a team-high 13 assists and is second in goals (20) and points (33). Senior Jessica Rothstein ranks third on the team with 16 goals and 19 points. Junior Laura Kleiber (14) 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 251 for her three years on College Hill.

Defensive Stand
White and senior defender Caitlin Mitchell are leading the team in ground balls with 22 and 15, respectively. White leads the team in caused turnovers with 13 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 a 10.75 goals against average, while making 25 saves on her way to a 3-1 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 12.64 goals against average, making 23 saves with a 3-1 record.

Around the Patriot League
On Wednesday night American defeated visiting Coastal Carolina, 16-4, and Navy ousted New Hampshire, 11-10. Colgate fell on the road to Drexel, 12-7. Saturday afternoon has three league games scheduled with Holy Cross visiting American, Bucknell hosting Navy and Lehigh entertaining Colgate.

Next Up
Lafayette will host La Salle on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Rappolt Field and opens up its Patriot League road schedule on Saturday when it travels to Navy at noon.