Leopards' Playoffs Start Now
April 18, 2013
The Leopards travel to Hamilton, N.Y. on Saturday afternoon to faceoff against Colgate for a berth into the Patriot League Tournament. Lafayette dropped its last game to No. 6 Penn State, 19-10, and enters Saturday’s game with an 8-8 record overall and the chance to make the Patriot League Tournament for the first time since 2004.
The Final Weekend Skinny
The final seedings and berths into the Patriot League Tournament will be decided as Navy, American and Holy Cross have all clinched spots with Lafayette and Colgate fighting for the final seed. Navy and American will square off on Sunday at 12 p.m. in Washington, D.C. for the right to host as the tournament’s No. 1 seed. Holy Cross will decide its fate against Lehigh on Friday at 5 p.m. in Worcester, Mass. A win would put them in the third slot, while a loss would move the Lafayette/Colgate winner to the third seed and push the Crusaders to the fourth position.
Scouting the Raiders
Colgate comes into Saturday’s game at 7-7 overall and 2-3 in the League ranks. The Raiders’ attack is paced by Amanda O’Sullivan, who leads the team in goals (33) and is second in points (38). Kate Sheridan has added 12 goals and 28 assists for a team-leading 40 points. Jenna Frost heads the defensive unit with 32 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers, both team highs. Sophomore Jennie Berglin has started every game for Colgate between the pipes, posting a 10.81 goals against average while making 87 saves.
The Leopards are seeking their first win over the Raiders since a 9-8 victory in the Patriot League Semifinal game in 2002. The Raiders won last season’s meeting in Easton, 13-11 and Lafayette holds the edge in the overall series with a mark of 17-16-1.
At the Helm
The Leopards are coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season at Lafayette, holding an overall record of 25-58. Colgate is coached by Heather Young in her seventh season in charge of the Raiders. Young owns a 79-92 career record and is 62-60 in her time at Colgate.
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 (49) and sixth in goals per game (3.27). Junior midfielder Ana White leads the Leopards and is 18th in the nation with 61 points. The junior is second on the team in goals (42). Junior Laura Kleiber has 33 goals and six assists, while senior Jessica Rothstein has tallied 25 goals and 31 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 41, 26 and 25, respectively. White leads the team in caused turnovers with 31 and holds the Patriot League career draw control record with 285 in just three years on College Hill.
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has played every game this season for the Leopards making 10 starts. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native has a 13.27 goals against average, while making 65 saves on her way to a 5-5 record. Sophomore Mimi Connell has made five starts and appeared in 11 games, making her first start of the season against Temple. Connell holds a 13.64 goals against average with 37 saves with a 3-3 record.
The Patriot League Tournament will be held at either American or Navy with both semifinal matchups on Friday, April 26 and the championship game on Sunday, April 28.