March 20, 2012

Lafayette Closes the Curtin on Monmouth

from press release

EASTON, Pa. - Backstopped by 13 saves from Meghan Curtin and six goals on the offensive end by Addie Godfrey, Lafayette delivered a 15-9 non-conference victory over Monmouth on Tuesday evening at Rappolt Field.

Curtin's 13 saves set a new career high for the sophomore goalkeeper and Godfrey's six tallies matched the most for her in a Lafayette uniform. Senior attacker Erin Steel also contributed three scores, while Jessica Rothstein added a pair of goals.

"I was impressed with the way the team bounced back after Saturday's loss," head coachAlison Fisher said. "I was very happy to see our pace and execution as we changed our personnel throughout the game. It was an impressive win and this gives us momentum going into Saturday's game against Lehigh."

Thirty-seven seconds into the game, Lafayette struck first on Steel's free-position attempt that beat Monmouth (1-7) goalkeeper Katie Donohoe. The Hawks quickly answered when Sam Lillo found the back of the cage to knot the score at a goal apiece 30 seconds later.

Nearly seven minutes went by before Rothstein netted the first of her back-to-back goals to break the 1-1 tie. Less than a minute after Rothstein's second, Godfrey converted her first goal of the night to push the Lafayette lead to 4-1 at the 19:31 mark.

Alex Marino and Godfrey traded goals to move the score to 5-2 in favor of the Leopards with 16:56 to play in the half. More than eight scoreless minutes later, Godfrey took a pass from Ana White behind the Monmouth defense and extended the advantage to 6-2, forcing the visitors to call timeout.

After the stoppage, Monmouth scored the final two goals of the half to cut the deficit to 6-4 going into the break.

Lynn White's second goal less than a minute into the second half pulled Monmouth within one, but Lafayette turned up the pressure and scored the next seven goals over a 15-minute stretch. White's goal began the scoring at 26:31, Godfrey scored the next three and Steel scored twice surrounding Laura Kleiber's rip, after shaking a defender with a spin move at the top of the circle.

Trailing 13-5, Monmouth scored twice to pull within six, but Margaux LeBuffe scored her sixth goal of the season to put the game away with 5:48 to play. Monmouth scored twice more and Katie Leto contributed her first of the year to run the final score to 15-9.

Curtin improved to 3-0 in goal for Lafayette after allowing seven goals in 54:12. Lafayette controlled 15 of the game's 24 draws, including seven by White and two by senior Lauren Curley, who also had a team-high three caused turnovers. The Hawks had the statistical advantage in shots (28-25) and ground balls (25-15).

Lafayette resumes Patriot League play on Saturday when it travels to Bethlehem, Pa. to face Lehigh at 7 p.m. Prior to the contest, the second annual Lafayette vs. Lehigh Alumni Lacrosse Game will be played at Ulrich Stadium at 4 p.m.


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