April 12, 2013
The Leopards return to College Hill for their final home game of the season when they host American on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. Lafayette is coming off of a 13-8 win over Bucknell on April 6. The Leopards (8-6, 2-2) are currently in a three-way tie for third in the Patriot League with the top four teams making the League tournament.
Scouting the Eagles
American was picked to finish fifth in the Patriot League Preseason Poll, but currently sits tied for first at 4-0 in the League and 6-8 overall. Senior attacker Kimberly Collins leads the Eagles with 34 goals and 13 assists. Junior attacker Alex Lugovina is season on the team with 32 goals. Senior defender Laura Dawson leads the team in ground balls with 24. Dawson and sophomore Emily Shields are tied for the team lead with ten caused turnovers apiece. Freshman Teal Harrison has started every game for American, posting an 11.70 goals against average, while making 133 saves in 14 games.
At the Helm
The Leopards are coached by Alison Fisher, who is in her fifth season at Lafayette, holding an overall record of 25-56. American is coached by Emma Wallace in her first season in charge of the Eagles. All-Time Series The Eagles lead the all-time series, 8-4, but the Leopards took last season’s contest in Washington, D.C., 13-12.
Leopards on the Attack
The Lafayette attack is led by senior Addie Godfrey who, as of the last NCAA Statistics Report on April 1, ranks eighth in the nation in goals (43) and goals per game (3.31). Junior midfielder Ana White leads the Leopards and is sixteenth in the nation with 54 points. The junior is second on the team in goals (34). Junior Laura Kleiber has 29 goals and five assists, while senior Jessica Rothstein has tallied 22 goals and 28 points. Freshman Carlianne McCabe (13) and senior captain Cammie Linville (12) have each netted double-digit goals this season.
White, senior defender Caitlin Mitchell and junior defender Rachel Martin are leading the team in ground balls with 38, 23 and 23 respectively. White leads the team in caused turnovers with 26 and also holds the Patriot League career draw control record with 279 in just three years on College Hill.
Between the Pipes
Junior Meghan Curtin has played every game this season for the Leopards making nine starts. The Lafayette Hill, Pa. native has an 11.18 goals against average, while making 57 saves on her way to a 5-3 record. Sophomore Mimi Connell has made five starts and appeared in ten games, making her first start of the season against Temple. Connell holds a 13.25 goals against average, making 35 saves with a 3-3 record.
Around the Patriot League
On Tuesday night, American fell to Towson, 11-6, while Bucknell beat St. Bonaventure, 17-9. Holy Cross bested Harvard on Wednesday, 17-12, while No.7 Penn State was victorious over Lehigh, 16-3. On Saturday Bucknell hosts Holy Cross, while Colgate visits Navy.
Lafayette will travel to Penn State on Wednesday in a non-league contest.