April 20, 2011

Lafayette Ekes Out Victory over Villanova

from press release

VILLANOVA, Pa. -- Lafayette carved out a slim one goal lead through the first 30 minutes and made that margin stand up in the second half as the Leopards (3-12 overall) defeated Villanova (5-8 overall, 1-4 BIG EAST) 14-13 in a non-conference game played on a warm evening at Villanova Stadium.

Senior Rachel Lasda and sophomores Maria Bowman and Shannon Lane each netted three goals for the `Cats. Ana White paced Lafayette with four goals on the evening.

The game was tight in virtually every area. Each team generated 27 shots. The Leopards owned a slim 15-13 advantage on draws controlled and the Wildcats owned a 19-12 edge in ground balls.

Shawna Giust gave Villanova the 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal just 41 seconds into what proved to be a see-saw first half. After the Leopards responded with a pair of goals to claim the edge, the Wildcats struck back with a pair of goals, one from Lane and another from junior Justine Donodeo to make it 3-2. Jessica Rothstein evened things at three for Lafayette before Lane put VU back in front at 4-3. Another Rothstein goal tied the game at four before freshman Cait Yackus scored at 8:33 for the `Cats to take a 5-4 lead.

The Leopards, though, scored three of the last four goals in the final eight minutes of the half to grab the 7-6 edge at the break.

Lafayette managed to hold the lead the rest of the way, despite Villanova climbing within a goal on two separate occasions. A Donodeo goal off a feed from Bowman at 22:08 made it a 9-8 Leopard advantage but Katie Leto scored the next two for the visitors to create some space. The Lafayette lead grew to 14-10 on a Michaela Corn goal with 6:47 left in regulation time.
 
Villanova kept charging, though, and Lasda scored three unassisted goals in under two minutes to bring the Wildcats within one with 4:47 left. But Lafayette held firm and picked up the win.

Sophomore Amanda Hirschfeld went the distance in goal for the Wildcats, making nine saves. Alexa Biale earned the win in net for the Leopards by making six saves.

Villanova takes a break for the Easter weekend holiday before resuming BIG EAST action next Tuesday evening at Rutgers (7:00 p.m.).


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