Feb. 21, 2013
Lafayette welcomes Central Connecticut State to Fisher Field at Fisher Stadium on Friday evening at 7 p.m. The Blue Devils finished 2012 with a 7-9 overall record and were picked to finish fourth in the NEC Preseason Poll. The Leopards are coming off a season-opening win over Marist, 12-8, and look to remain unbeaten early in the season.
Scouting the Blue Devils
The Blue Devils will be led by senior attacker Meaghan McCurry, who led the team last season with 39 goals. Classmate Betsy Vendel was second on the team in both goals (26) and assists (26). Senior Ali Roche led the Blue Devils’ defense in ground balls (41) and caused turnovers (31) in 2012. Sophomore goalkeeper Morgan Tullar takes over between the pipes for the Blue Devils. Tullar saw action in one game last season making four saves on 13 shots. Juniors Amanda Toke and Claire Healy look to build on last year’s campaign as they netted 11 and six goals, respectively.
At the Helm
Lafayette is coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season in charge. Fisher guided the Leopards to a 9-8 record last season, narrowly missing a berth in the Patriot League Tournament. Kelly Nangle is in her second season as the head coach of the Blue Devils. She looks to improve on a 7-9 record in her first year at CCSU.
The Leopards are 2-1 in their history versus CCSU and defeated the Blue Devils in the last meeting, 19-8, on College Hill on April 16, 2008.
Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack was led by a pair of seniors, Jessica Rothstein and Cammie Linville, in the 12-8 win over Marist. The duo each netted three goals for the Leopards’ attack. Rothstein also notched an assist in the game. Classmate Addie Godfrey and junior Ana White each made big contributions against the Red Foxes. Godfrey and White both scored a pair of goals to go along with a pair of assists. Senior Victoria Maxon scored in the season opener, and freshman Carlianne McCabe buried her first goal of her career.
Linville was all over the field in the season opener, as the midfielder also led the way in caused turnovers (3) and ground balls (4). White added three ground balls and caused two turnovers, while senior defender Caitlin Mitchell and junior defender Rachel Martin each grabbed two ground balls
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin started the season opener for the Leopards and made three saves in a winning effort. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native ranks third in the League so far this season in goals-against average with an 8.00 per game mark.
Preseason League Honors
Three Leopards’ lacrosse players were selected to the All-League Preseason team. Senior Addie Godfrey leads the Lafayette attack this season, while a pair of juniors, Ana White, who was named the Patriot League Breakthrough Player of the Year by Inside Lacrosse, and Rachel Martin were also named to the preseason team.
Around the Patriot
League Wins by Navy, Colgate and Lehigh put the Leopards into a tie for third place in the Patriot League after a busy Saturday afternoon this past weekend. Navy beat Liberty, 15-7, and Colgate took care of Vermont, 13-9. Lehigh snuck by Villanova, 10-9, while American was defeated by UMBC, 15-12. Bucknell and Holy Cross both fell to ranked opponents, as the Bison were taken down by No. 18 Stony Brook, 20-5, and the Crusaders fell to No. 20 Boston College, 17-8. The Bison fell to another formidable foe on Wednesday as they were downed by No. 9/10 Penn State, 18-2.
Lafayette travels to Lynchburg, Va. to take on Liberty on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m.