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Leopards Entertain La Salle Tuesday Night

March 18, 2013

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Game Preview
The Lafayette women’s lacrosse team returns to action Tuesday night as they host La Salle at Rappolt Field at 7 p.m. The Leopards are coming off a 19-7 loss to Delaware on Saturday afternoon, dropping them to 6-3 overall.

Scouting the Explorers
La Salle was picked to finish sixth in the Atlantic 10 Conference Preseason Poll after finishing last season 10-6 overall. The Explorers enter Tuesday’s game with a 7-1 record and wins over Delaware and Central Connecticut State. Sophomore midfielder Caitlyn Brostrand leads the squad with 23 goals and 25 points. Senior attack Laura McDermott is second on the team in goals (19) and points (24), and sophomore midfielder Erin McCabe leads La Salle in caused turnovers (12) and ground balls (17). Senior goalkeeper Maura Malone has started every game for the Explorers, posting a 7-1 record with an 8.27 goals against average.

At the Helm
The Leopards are coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season at Lafayette, holding an overall record of 23-53. La Salle is coached by Candace Taglianetti Bossell, who holds an overall record of 64-66.

All-Time Series
The Leopards are 6-8 overall against the Explorers with La Salle winning the last meeting a season ago, 12-11, in Philadelphia.

Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey, who was third in the country going into last week with 29 goals, while currently leading the Patriot League with 36 scores. The senior ranks among the nation’s best in points (43), goals per game (4.00) and points per game (4.78). Junior midfielder Ana White has a team-high 15 assists and is second in goals (21) and points (36). Senior Jessica Rothstein ranks third on the team with 17 goals and 20 points. Junior Laura Kleiber (16) and freshman Carlianne McCabe (11) 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 257 for her three years on College Hill.

Defensive Stand
White and senior defender Caitlin Mitchell are leading the team in ground balls with 23 and 16, respectively. White leads the team in caused turnovers with 15 and is followed by senior captain Cammie Linville with nine.

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 12.17 goals against average, while making 37 saves on her way to a 3-2 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 Saturday, American ousted Holy Cross, 16-8, while Navy took care of Bucknell, 9-3, in Patriot League action. Colgate needed double overtime to sneak by Lehigh, 10-9.

Next Up
Lafayette opens up its Patriot League road schedule on Saturday when it travels to Navy at noon.