March 5, 2011

Lafayette Downs Davidson For First Win

from press release

EASTON, Pa. - Sophomore Jessica Rothstein scored three goals in Lafayette's first win of its young season as the Leopards took down Davidson 11-8 on Saturday afternoon at Rappolt Field.

The Leopards held the advantage in shots (25-16) and draw controls (10-9) while the Wildcats picked up one more ground ball than Lafayette, 13-12. Lafayette fought hard and had nine caused turnovers and not allowing Davidson to make any caused turnovers.

Freshman Meghan Curtin played her first full game in the net making four saves and picking up her first win of her career.

Davidson (0-5) got on the board first with two goals in the opening eight minutes of the first half. Sophomore Addie Godfrey tied the score at 2-2 off a pair of free position shots not even a minute apart.

Rothstein gave the Leopards a 3-2 lead at the 10:57 mark on an unassisted goal. Erin Steel netted a goal with 8:33 left in the first half to give Lafayette (1-3) a two-point lead, 4-2.

The Wildcats Ann Fucigna scored on a free position shot to get back within one, but freshman Ana White found an open Margaux LeBuffe for the goal to end the half. The Leopards led 5-3 at intermission.

Fucigna scored the first goal of the second half before Lafayette went on a 2-0 run to extend its lead. Lebuffe scored the first goal for the Leopards at the 22:43 mark on a Godfrey assist while Steel scored her second goal of the game to put the Maroon and White up 7-4.
 
The two teams would exchange goals over the next five minutes with Davidson's Fucigna and Alanna Parker scoring for the Wildcats.

Lafayette ended the exchanged of goals with back-to-back goals from Rothstein and White with 10:34 left on the clock. Davidson would not go away going on its own 2-0 run. Jenna Mugele found an open Parker with 58 ticks on the clock and got within two, 10-8.

With two seconds left on the game clock, Rothstein netted her third goal of the game to give the Leopards an 11-8 win.

Lafayette heads to the west coast for a pair of games over spring break. On March 13 the Leopards will face St. Mary's College followed by a game on the 15 against California.


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