March 21, 2014
The Leopards travel to Worcester, Mass. to take on Holy Cross in a Patriot League matchup Saturday afternoon. Lafayette is 3-6 overall and is looking to stop a four game losing skid. The Crusaders are 4-6 on the season and is 2-1 in conference play.
Last Time Out
Lafayette fell to rival Lehigh on Wednesday night in Bethlehem, Pa. The Leopards were led by Kirsten Wilhelmsen, who scored four goals in the loss. Ana White, Carlianne McCabe, and Laura Klieber each netted a tally in the contest.
Scouting the Crusaders
The Holy Cross attack is led by Sara Hennessey who leads the Crusaders with 21 goals to go with five assists. Laura Ryan has found the back of the cage 16 times and has dished out eight helpers. Margie Smith is the only other Crusader with double-digit goals with 10. Ryan tops the squad with in draw controls (25) and groundballs (21). Sophia Agostinelli leads the defensive unit with 17 caused turnovers. Sarah Webber has started all 10 games between the pipes for Holy Cross, carrying a 8.70 goals against average and a .450 save percentage.
Lafayette alum Alison Fisher leads the Leopards in her sixth season. She is 29-65 in her career. Stephanie Ridolfi is in her 12th season at Holy Cross, guiding the Crusaders to a 41-34 record during her tenure.
The Leopards are 14-10 all-time against Holy Cross. The Crusaders defeated Lafayette last season.
Leopards on the Attack
Senior Ana White leads the Lafayette attack in goals (22) and points (seven). Laura Kleiber has netted 21 tallies on the season to go with three helpers. Wilhelmsen is third on the team with 13 goals, while sophomore Charlotte Avallone has contributed 12 points coming on 10 goals and two assists. Freshman Amanda Case has scored 11 goals on the season.
White leads the team in ground balls (20) and caused turnovers (18), while Meghan Curtin has scooped up 15 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Rachel Martin has 11 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers, while freshman Charlotte Rath is third on the squad with 13 ground balls for Lafayette.
Between the Pipes
Curtin has played every minute in goal for the Maroon and White. She has holds an 11.00 goals-against average and has made 51 saves this season for a .340 save percentage.
Around the League
All nine Patriot League teams are in action Saturday afternoon as Colgate hosts Bucknell, Boston travels to Navy, Lehigh takes on Loyola, and American squares off against Old Dominion.
Lafayette returns to action on Tuesday night in a non-conference matchup against Central Connecticut State. The opening draw is scheduled for 7 p.m. in New Britain, Conn.