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Lafayette Sprints Past Wagner, 4-0

Sept. 16, 2012

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  1 2 F
 Wagner 0 0 0
 Lafayette 3 1 4
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 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 LC - Lee (1) Finelli, Dozier 11:25
 LC - Finelli (3) Dozier 14:04
 LC - Giordano (2) Zito 29:20
 LC - Dozier (4) Penalty Kick 80:43
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - Smedley 90:00 0 3
 WC - Capelli 45:00 3 1
 WC - Vetter 45:00 1 3

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette sprinted out to a 3-0 halftime lead and never looked back, defeating Wagner 4-0 on Sunday afternoon at Oaks Stadium.  

The scoring began 12 minutes into the match when senior Jill Dozier took control of the ball on the right side and a two-on-one developed. Dozier carried to the endline and passed to Alyssa Finelli at the middle of the six-yard box, where she was able to get a toe on the pass and leave it for Nicole Lee's strike from the penalty spot. The goal, which came at 11:25, was Lee's first of her career. 

Three minutes later, Lafayette continued its pressure in Wagner's defensive third when Dozier blocked a clearing attempt and fired a pass across the front of the goal mouth where Finelli buried it behind Wagner goalie Lisa Capelli. 

Lauren Smedley made three saves in her 24th career shutout, none better than her stop on Wagner's Julie Vigliotti in the 20th minute. The Seahawks striker made her way behind the Lafayette back line and fired a right-footed shot that Smedley dove to her right and smothered.  

Lafayette tacked on a third goal ten minutes later when Laura Zito sent a through ball past the Wagner defense to spring Jaclyn Giordano. With Capelli coming out to cut down the angle, Giordano slotted the ball in the far side netting. It was Giordano's second goal of the year.  

"The players' quality was good today," head coach Mick Statham said. "They earned themselves a good win by producing good quality in the final third, defending well as a group and showing an outstanding commitment to each other." 

Lafayette continued to dictate the action in the second half and had a pair of excellent chances to add to its lead. Avery Jackson hit the post in the 60th minute and Giordano narrowly missed the post later in the period. 

Dozier converted a penalty kick with 9:17 remaining after Nicole Berger's intentional hand ball on Wagner's goal line, running the final score to 4-0.

"Being at home is huge for us," Dozier said following the win. "We just needed a big win like this and felt good during warmups. It was just our day." 

Lafayette controlled all aspects of the game, outshooting Wagner 16-4. The Leopards also held a 6-1 advantage in corner kicks.  

Lafayette's next game is on Wednesday at 7 p.m. when it hosts Princeton.

Game Notes:

Lafayette improves to 8-1-4 all-time against Wagner

Sophomore Catrina Yohay made her first career appearance on defense for Lafayette

Dozier's penalty kick goal was her team-leading fourth goal of the year. She is tied for fifth in school history with 13 career tallies.

The Leopards have won eight consecutive games at Oaks Stadium

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