March 4, 2013
The Leopards look to get back to their winning ways on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. when they host Monmouth inside Fisher Stadium as the nightcap of a double header. The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team takes on Delaware at 4 p.m. followed by the women at 7 p.m.
Scouting the Hawks
Monmouth returns 20 letterwinners from last season’s Northeast Conference Champions. The Hawks are off to a slow start this season, sitting at 0-4 with losses to Fairfield, Delaware, Navy and Rutgers. Monmouth is led by junior midfielder Kaleigh Gibbons with six goals and two assists through four games. Senior attack Cassie Campasano and sophomore midfielder Allison Stathius are tied for second on the team with three goals. Stathius is also second on the team in points (7) and first in assists (4). Sophomore goalkeeper Katie Donohue leads the Hawks in ground balls with 13, and has made 37 saves to go along with a 13.75 goals against average playing every minute this season.
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. Denise Wescott is in her fourth season on the Monmouth sideline leading the Hawks to a 28-31 record and holds a 185-188 career record in 22 seasons.
The Hawks and Leopards have split their ten contests with each team winning five times. Lafayette took last season’s meeting on College Hill, 15-9.
Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey, leading the NCAA and the Patriot League in goals (27). The senior is second in the country in points (33), third in goals per game (5.4) and fifth in points per game (6.6). Junior midfielder Ana White has a team-high seven assists and is second in goals (11) and points (18). Senior captain Cammie Linville is third in goals and tied with junior midfielder Laura Kleiber for third in points with 10.
Drawing It Up
Junior midfielder Ana White recently broke the Patriot League career record for draw controls. The record was formerly held by Erin Rawlick of Navy with 218, but White wrote her name in the record book on Feb. 27 against Columbia, finishing the game with 10 draw controls to end the night with 226 for her career. White now has 230 draw controls in her career.
White and senior defender Caitlin Mitchell are tied for the team lead, picking up 12 ground balls. Linville is the team leader in caused turnovers with eight followed closely by White’s seven.
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has played every game this season for the Leopards making starts in the first four games. The Lafayette Hill, Pa has a 10.25 goals against average, while making 16 saves on her way to a 2-1 record. Sophomore Mimi Connell saw her first action of the season in an 11-10 win over CCSU, when she replaced Curtin midway through the first half. Connell went on to make six saves to earn her first victory this season. The sophomore saw more action against Columbia and made her first start of the season against Temple. Connell holds a 10.69 goals against average, making 16 saves with a 2-0 record.
Around the Patriot League
On Saturday afternoon, four Patriot League teams were in action including the Leopards. Holy Cross traveled to Sacred Heart and earned a 16-8 victory, while Colgate was beaten, 13-7 by visiting UMBC, and No. 19 Navy upended Richmond, 12-8. Sunday afternoon, Bucknell took on George Washington in D.C., falling 11-9. American travels to George Mason to take on the Patriots tonight at 7 p.m.
The Lafayette women’s lacrosse team will host Holy Cross at Rappolt Field on Saturday at 1 p.m. in its Patriot League opener.