Lafayette Starts Quick, Routs Liberty 15-3
from press release
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette scored the first eight
goals of the afternoon and never looked back on its way to a
season-opening 15-3 victory over Liberty on Saturday afternoon at
Junior Addie Godfrey paced the Leopards with five goals and freshman goalkeeper Mimi Connell made four saves in her first collegiate start.
"We were incredibly impressed with the effort and the energy that all the kids brought today," head coach Alison Fisher said. "We are excited to get off to such a strong start with so many people making positive contributions."
The past two Patriot League Rookie of the Year winners connected to start the Leopard scoring just over a minute into the contest when Godfrey received a pass from sophomore Ana White and cut through the center of the Liberty defense to score the game's opening goal 1:01 into the game.
Two minutes later, Laura Kleiber notched her first of goal of her sophomore season, an unassisted tally at 26:58 to jump Lafayette to a 2-0 advantage.
Back-to-back goals from Godfrey and White, just 20 seconds apart, stretched the Leopard lead to 4-0, followed by junior Jessica Rothstein finding the back of the net on an unassisted goal at 24:42 to make it 5-0 just over five minutes into the game.
Lafayette continued to control the game, using a pair of man-down goals from Godfrey and junior Victoria Maxon (Rothstein assist) to increase the Lafayette advantage to 7-0 with 13:44 remaining.
Godfrey's fourth goal of the half came at even-strength with 11:41 left before halftime as the Leopards cruised into intermission with an 8-1 lead.
Liberty opened the second half scoring, but the goal was quickly answered by an unassisted goal from White at 20:15.
Three consecutive tallies from sophomore Courtney Landolfe, senior Erin Steel and Godfrey gave Lafayette its largest cushion of the afternoon at 12-2 with 14:24 remaining.
The Leopards capped off the afternoon with back-to-back goals from Kleiber and a final tally from Maxon to complete the 15-3 rout.
Lafayette outshot the Flames 25-9, including 12-3 in the decisive first half. The Leopards also corralled 22 ground balls to Liberty's 18.
Lafayette returns to action Wednesday afternoon for its first road contest of the 2012 campaign, traveling to Staten Island, N.Y. to battle Wagner at 4 p.m.