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Lafayette Uses Strong Start to Down Liberty Lacrosse
Lafayette jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the Lady Flames scored their first goal of the game, as the Leopards posted a 15-3 win in women's lacrosse action, Saturday.
Liberty falls to 0-2 after the road loss, while Lafayette is 1-0 with their season-opening victory.
Senior Kristin Crowley had a hand in each of the Lady Flames' three goals on the afternoon, scoring two of her own and assisting freshman Kacie Fogle for the third. The goal by Fogle was the first of her collegiate career.
After leading the Leopards in scoring in 2011, junior Addie Godfrey picked up where she left off last year, pacing Lafayette with five goals on the day. Laura Kleiber added three scores, while Ana White and Victoria Maxon each scored twice. Jessica Rothstein, Courtney Landolf and Erin Steel scored one goal apiece.
Lafayette gained control of the game early, scoring five goals in the opening six minutes of play and gaining an 8-0 cushion before the Lady Flames could get on the board. Four of Godfrey's goals came in the early stretch for the Leopards.
Senior Kristin Crowley, who has been with the Liberty program since its inaugural season, halted the home team's opening run by scoring the final goal of the first half, with 8:17 remaining. The goal marked Crowley's first of 2011 and the program-leading 59th of her career.
The Leopards held a 12-3 shot advantage in the opening 30 minutes of play, despite turning the ball over 13 times to Liberty's nine. Liberty goalkeeper Kristen Masullo blocked away three shots in the opening half.
After an eight-minute span of scoreless action to open the second half, Crowley looked to give Liberty momentum, as the Colorado Springs, Colo., native scored her second unassisted goal of the day.
However, the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year responded for the Leopards, as White began a 4-0 scoring run for Lafayette. Godfrey capped off the run with her fifth goal of the afternoon, with 14:24 remaining in the contest, to give the Leopards a 12-2 advantage.
Fogle cut the deficit to single digits once again, 12-3, with 9:33 left in the game, notching the first goal of her career after being set up by Crowley.
The Leopards posted three more tallies in the final six minutes of play, two coming from Kleiber, en route to the final score of 15-3 in favor of Lafayette.
Masullo added five saves in the second half, to finish the game blocking away a total of eight shots. Mimi Connell picked up the win in the net for Lafayette, saving four shots and allowing two goals in nearly 50 minutes of play. Meghan Curtin completed the game at goal for Lafayette, giving up one goal and making no saves.
Sophomore Jen Freymond had a solid defensive outing for the Lady Flames, posting game highs in both groundballs and caused turnovers, with six and three, respectively. The Lakefield, Ontario, native also grabbed one draw control in the contest.
Lafayette ended the game with a 25-9 shot advantage and scooped up four more groundballs than Liberty, 22-18. While both teams turned the ball over 24 times, the Leopards were more efficient in transitioning to their offense, converting on 16 of 18 clear attempts, to Liberty's 12-for-22. Lafayette was successful on all three of its free position shots, while the Lady Flames had no opportunities.
Liberty now has two weeks to prepare for its next contest, when Cincinnati travels to the Hill City for a 2 p.m. meeting on March 4.