Golini's Blast Sends Lafayette into Championship Game

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Nov. 9, 2012

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8-7-4

  1 2 F
No. 3 Colgate 0 0 0
No. 2 Lafayette 1 0 1
 
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5-8-6

 
 
 Scoring Summary
 Player  Assist Time
 LC - Golini (7) unassisted 26:33
 
 Goalkeepers
 Player Mins GA S
 LC - McDonald 90:00 0 3
 CU - Stapleton 90:00 1 1

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Second-seeded Lafayette used a first-half goal by Alec Golini and went on to defeat No. 3 Colgate 1-0 in the Patriot League Semifinal on Friday afternoon at Reeves Field.

Midway into the opening half, Lafayette took control of the match on Golini's team-leading seventh goal of the year. The First-Team All-Patriot League selection made the most of his opportunity when the ball bounced out to him from at the top corner of Raiders' penalty area. Golini ran onto the loose ball and fired a low, left-footed strike past Colgate goalie Liam Stapleton and into the far-side panel.

Goalkeeper Nathan McDonald made three saves en route to his eighth clean sheet of the season, including a diving stop on a shot by Colgate’s Dan Matthews with less than ten minutes to play. 

Lafayette continued its stellar defensive play, picking up its third consecutive shutout. McDonald and the defensive unit have not allowed a goal in 356:27 of game action, a stretch spanning four games. The last time Lafayette surrendered a goal was in its regular-season meeting with Colgate, on Oct. 20.

Statistically, Colgate held a 13-9 shots advantage and took three corners without surrendering any to Lafayette. It was the first time all season Lafayette was held without a corner kick. 

The Leopards will play regular-season champion American at Reeves Field on Sunday at 1 p.m. With a victory, Lafayette can claim its seventh Patriot League Championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. 

Game Notes:

Lafayette returns to the Patriot League Championship Game for the first time since 2007

The last time Lafayette captured the title was in 2005, when it beat American 1-0 at Reeves Field in Washington, D.C.

The Leopards improved to 6-4 in one-goal games this year

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