April 16, 2013
The Leopards travel to University Park on Wednesday night to faceoff against No. 6 Penn State. Lafayette dropped its last game to American, 15-11, and enters Wednesday’s game with an 8-7 record overall.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State comes into Wednesday’s game 9-4 overall with wins over Florida, Ohio State and Lehigh. The Lions attack is paced by Maggie McCormick who leads the team in goals (33), assists (23) and points (56). Mackenzie Cyr is second on the team in goals (24), assists (17) and points (41). A pair of sophomores, Kelly Lechner and Tatum Coffey have each netted more than 20 goals this season. Katie Guy leads the defensive unit with 33 ground balls and 24 caused turnovers. Freshman Emi Smith has started every game for Penn State between the pipes, posting a 10.79 goals against average while making 77 saves.
At the Helm
The Leopards are coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season at Lafayette, holding an overall record of 25-57. Penn State is coached by Missy Doherty in her third season in charge of the Nittany Lions. Doherty holds a 110-65 career record.
The Leopards are seeking their third win all-time against Penn State. The Nittany Lions won last season’s meeting in Easton, 14-10.
Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey who, as of the last NCAA Statistics Report on April 14, ranks seventh in the nation in goals (47) and sixth in goals per game (3.36). Junior midfielder Ana White leads the Leopards and is 18th in the nation with 59 points. The junior is second on the team in goals (40). Junior Laura Kleiber has 31 goals and six assists, while senior Jessica Rothstein has tallied 23 goals and 29 points. Freshman Carlianne McCabe (13) and senior captain Cammie Linville (12) have each netted double-digit goals this season.
White, junior defender Rachel Martin and senior defender Caitlin Mitchell are leading the team in ground balls with 38, 24 and 23 respectively. White leads the team in caused turnovers with 28 and holds the Patriot League career draw control record with 280 in just three years on College Hill.
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has played every game this season for the Leopards making nine starts. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native has a 12.87 goals against average, while making 62 saves on her way to a 5-4 record. Sophomore Mimi Connell has made five starts and appeared in ten games, making her first start of the season against Temple. Connell holds a 13.25 goals against average, making 35 saves with a 3-3 record.
Around the Patriot League
On Saturday afternoon, Bucknell got by Holy Cross, 10-9, while No. 12/13 Navy defeated Colgate, 12-6. Lehigh beat Howard, 18-6, on Sunday afternoon in a non-league contest. Wednesday’s contests include American hosting Longwood, Saint Francis taking on Bucknell and Central Connecticut visiting Holy Cross.
Lafayette visits Colgate on Saturday afternoon with the winner earning the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. from Hamilton, N.Y.