April 11, 2014
Lafayette (6-9, 2-5 PL) hosts the Colgate Raiders (5-7, 3-3 PL) in Patriot League action Saturday afternoon. The Leopards look to push their winning streak to three straight after back-to-back victories over American and Bucknell. The Raiders knocked off Boston University, 11-7 on Wednesday night.
Last Time Out
Lafayette used a 7-2 spurt that spanned over 30 minutes to take a two-goal advantage, 8-6, with 19 minutes to play and never looked back as the Leopards took down Bucknell 12-9 on Wednesday night. Amanda Case (5) and Laura Kleiber (4) combined for nine goals in the win.
Scouting the Raiders
Megan Ark powers the Colgate attack with a team-high 34 goals and 43 points. Monica White is second on the team with 16 goals, followed by Alison Flood with 13 tallies. Kallan Murray has handed out a team-best 16 assists to go with 11 goals and 27 points. On the defensive end Jenna Frost has a team-leading 24 caused turnovers, while Emily Speck has caused 15 turnovers. Jennie Berglin has started all 12 games for the Raiders in front of the cage. She holds a 5-7 mark with a 10.53 goals-against average, while making 92 saves this season.
Lafayette alum Alison Fisher leads the Leopards in her sixth season. She is 32-68 in her career. Heather Young is in her eight season on the Colgate sidelines. She holds a 67-68 mark with the Raiders.
Rookie of the Week
Freshman Kirsten Wilhelmsen was named Patriot League Rookie of the Week, the League announced on Monday afternoon. Wilhelmsen scored seven goals in two games last week. The rookie tallied six goals including the game-winner in overtime at American on April 5.
Against the Raiders
The Maroon and White took last season’s meeting with Colgate, 9-7 in Hamilton, N.Y. Lafayette holds an 18-16-1 advantage in the all-time series.
Leopards on the Attack
Senior Laura Kleiber leads the Leopards with 39 goals and 46 points, while classmate Ana White has 30 goals and 10 helpers. Freshman Kirsten Wilhelmsen and Amanda Case have chipped in 27 and 21 goals, respectively. Charlotte Avallone is the final Leopard with double figure tallies with 19.
White has been a force on the defensive end, causing a team-high 38 turnovers, while scooping up 34 ground balls. The senior is fourth in the nation with 2.43 caused turnovers per game. Charlotte Rath and Rachel Martin have caused 16 and 15 turnovers for the Leopards.
Between the Pipes
Meghan Curtin has played every minute in goal for the Leopards and holds a 10.26 goals-against average, while making 89 saves.
Around the League
Loyola, Navy, Boston U and Lehigh have clinched a berth in this year’s Patriot League Tournament. Holy Cross and Colgate can clinch a spot with one win in its final two games. On Saturday Loyola squares off with BU and Navy visits Holy Cross. On Sunday American travels to Lehigh.
The Leopards will celebrate Senior Day on Saturday April 19 at 1 p.m. against Iona. Lafayette will honor its five seniors prior to the opening draw.