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Leopards Visit Navy Saturday Afternoon

March 22, 2013

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The Lafayette women’s lacrosse team travels to Annapolis to take on Navy on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. The Leopards enter Saturday’s contest 6-4 overall and 0-1 in the League. Lafayette was downed by La Salle on Tuesday night at Rappolt Field, 11-8.

Scouting the Mids
Navy was picked to finish first in the Patriot League Preseason Poll and is currently at the top of the League at 2-0 and 9-1 overall. The Mids are ranked 18th in the IWLCA Coaches Poll and 14th in the deBeer Women’s Media Poll. Senior attack Jasmine DePompeo powers the Navy offense, leading the team in goals (33), assists (32) and points (65). The senior leads the Patriot League in assists and points. Aimee Gennaro (28), Loren Generi (25) and Kathy Young (20) have all chipped in with more than 20 goals this season. Defender Emily Mellin leads the Mids with 10 caused turnovers, while sophomore goalkeeper Annie Foky leads the team in ground balls (22). Foky is 7-1 overall making 52 saves with a 6.80 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 23-54. Navy is coached by Cindy Timchall who carries an 85-23 record at Navy and a 521-109 career record in 31 seasons.

All-Time Series
The Leopards will be looking for their first win over Navy this Saturday, as the Mids have taken every game in the series dating back to 2008. 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 16 assists and is second in goals (23) and points (39). Senior Jessica Rothstein ranks third on the team with 18 goals and 22 points. Junior Laura Kleiber (18), Carlianne McCabe (11) and senior Cammie Linville (10) have each netted double-digit goals this season.

Defensive Stand
White and senior defender Caitlin Mitchell are leading the team in ground balls with 23 and 19, respectively. White leads the team in caused turnovers with 18 and is followed by senior captain Cammie Linville with ten.

Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has played every game this season for the Leopards making seven starts. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native has an 11.69 goals against average, while making 43 saves on her way to a 3-2 record. Sophomore Mimi Connell has made three starts and appeared in 7 games, making her first start of the season against Temple. Connell holds a 13.29 goals against average, making 23 saves with a 3-2 record.

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 259 for her three years on College Hill.

Around the Patriot League
On Wednesday night, four Patriot League teams were in action, with Lehigh falling to Fairfield, 9-4, and No. 13/17 Massachusetts downing Holy Cross, 20-5. Colgate took care of St. Bonaventure, 15-4, while No. 14/18 Navy snuck by George Washington, 9-6. On Saturday, League play resumes with American visiting Colgate and Lehigh hosting Bucknell. Holy Cross will square off at home in a non-league contest with Denver.

Next Up
Lafayette stays on the road, as the team travels to Davidson, N.C. to take on the Wildcats on March 26 at 6 p.m.