April 1, 2014
The Maroon and White welcome the Villanova Wildcats under the lights of Fisher Stadium Wednesday night for a 7:30 p.m. contest. The Leopards sit at 4-8 on the year, while Villanova has a 5-4 campaign thus far. The game can be seen live on the Patriot League Network.
Last Time Out
Lafayette fell to visiting Boston University, 9-8, in a Patriot League contest on Saturday afternoon. Laura Kleiber, Ana White and Kirsten Wilhelmsen each netted a pair of goals for the Leopards in the loss. Meghan Curtin made seven saves, while Rachel Martin caused four turnovers and picked up five ground balls for the Maroon and White.
Scouting the Wildcats
Meghan Breen powers the Villanova attack with a team-high 16 goals and 23 points. Kelsey Denihan is second on the team with 14 goals, while Shannon Galvin and Chelsey Henderson have each tallied 12 goals for the Wildcats. Jessica Mucci has dished out a team-best 13 assists to go with seven goals. On the defensive end, Amy Begay and Taylor Mangione have caused 12 and 11 turnovers, respectively. Jaclyn Fraum has appeared in all nine games holding a 9.15 goals against average and a 4-3 record.
Leopards alum Alison Fisher is in her sixth season in charge of the program, She has a 30-67 record. Julie Young directs the Wildcats in her third season. The Princeton grad holds a 48-44 record, including a 33-18 start to her career with Division III Haverford.
The Leopards lead the all-time series 15-12,and including an 9-3 advantage since 2000.
Leopards on the Attack
Seniors Laura Kleiber and Ana White have been the driving force behind the Leopard offense as they have registered 36 points apiece. Kleiber leads the goal scoring effort with 31, including seven on free position shots. White has handed out a team-high eight assists to accompany her 28 goals. Charlotte Avallone has contributed 15 goals and a pair of helpers.
White has contributed on the defensive end grabbing 25 ground balls, causing 28 turnovers and collecting 65 draw controls. Meghan Curtin is second on the team with 20 grounds balls. Tri-captain Rachel Martin has been aggressive defensively forcing 14 turnovers and scooping up 16 ground balls.
Between the Pipes
Meghan Curtin has played all 726 minutes in net for the Maroon and White. She holds a 10.41 goals against average and a .364 save percentage.
Kirsten Wilhelmsen and Amanda Case have been key contributors early in their college careers, as they have each started all 12 games. Wilhelmsen has racked up 21 points on 18 goals and three helpers. Case has pocketed 15 goals to help the Leopard cause. Charlotte Rath jumped right into the starting line up on defense forcing a dozen turnovers and corralling 19 ground balls.
Around the League
Patriot League rookies Loyola and Boston University sit atop the standings with matching undefeated league records. Navy sits one game back with a 4-1 mark. Holy Cross rounds out the teams with league records over .500 at 3-2. Colgate and Lehigh have played to 2-2 records, Bucknell has one league win, while American and Lafayette are still searching for their first league win.
The Leopards take to the road for the final time in the regular season when they travel to Washington, D.C. to take on American in a 1 p.m. contest.