Bucknell Scores Late to Knock Off Leopards
Oct. 21, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - Four saves by Lafayette goalie Lauren Smedley in a gritty performance kept Lafayette in contention for most of the afternoon, but a late goal by Bucknell ended Lafayette's postseason hopes on Sunday at Oaks Stadium.
With the loss, the Leopards fall to 4-11-2 overall and 1-5-0 in Patriot League play. Bucknell improves to 10-8-0 in 2012 and 3-3 in conference games.
"I thought one goal was probably going to separate the teams," head coach Mick Statham said. "Obviously, I hoped it was going to be us. We gave a good account in the first half in particular and I have to give Bucknell credit for their effort in the second half and getting the winning goal."
The Leopards had the best opportunity to light up the scoreboard in a scoreless first half, but Bucknell keeper Sandita McDermott was up to the task on Jaclyn Giordano's shot in the 33rd minute. Girodano turned and fired a left-footed strike that was ticketed for a spot just under the crossbar, before McDermott got a hand on it and tipped it over.
Catherine Galgano made a brilliant defensive play to track down Bucknell's Liz Dwornik as she broke through the Lafayette defense with 23 minutes to play. The resulting corner kick was headed just over the bar after Lafayette goalie Lauren Smedley deflected it.
A few minutes later, Smedley was tested again on another Bucknell corner kick when Kayla Yee headed Taryn Boucher's service. The attempt was snared out of the air as Smedley dove low and to her right to keep the match tied. Smedley then cut down the angle on Courtney Nelson's shot from the right side with just under 18 minutes remaining.
After surviving some offensive pressure from Lafayette on the other end, Bucknell finally broke the ice on a goal by Boucher with 7:03 remaining. Jenna Tryon sent a bouncing cross to the top of the box that Boucher ran onto and volleyed past Smedley into the goal.
The Leopards held the edge in corner kicks (6-5), but were outshot 7-6 and 6-3 in the second half.
Lafayette returns to action on Oct. 28 when it hosts Army. Kickoff from Oaks Stadium is scheduled for 1 p.m. and the Class of 2013 will be honored prior to the match as part of Senior Day.