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Leopards Pull Away from Bearcats Late

Feb. 23, 2016

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EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette turned what had been a back-and-forth game with Binghamton into a rout by the later stages, outscoring the visiting Bearcats 8-1 in the second half to finish off an impressive 15-7 victory on Tuesday night.

Emma Novick had a team-high four goals, including three after the break, and Anna Raymond came on in relief to make four second-half saves in goal to lead the Leopards (2-1). Kirsten Wilhelmsen added three goals to support the offensive attack, while Amanda Case and Charlotte Rath managed two goals apiece.

“The second half was very impressive,” head coach Ali Fisher said. “I think that everybody from top to bottom was a little tentative in the first half, but we kept it light at halftime. We talked about doing the little things, getting the draws, pressuring them and playing good defense, and we knew the game would come to us in the end.”

Binghamton (1-2), which played neck-and-neck with No. 2 Syracuse in a three-goal loss to begin its season, opened the scoring with a free position goal from Rebecca Golderman four and a half minutes in. That was the first of many free position strikes in the first 30 minutes, as nine of the half’s 13 goals came after a foul inside the circle.

Lafayette scored three of the next four goals, with Case, Charlotte Avallone and Wilhelmsen all converting free positions, to claim a 3-2 lead with 20:50 left in the half. The Bearcats responded with back-to-back goals from Callon Williams to grab what would turn out to be their final lead of the contest.

Hannah Davey, Carlianne McCabe and Case netted three-consecutive strikes to put the home side up 6-4, and the advantage was 7-6 heading into the intermission.

Raymond came on for freshman Allie Abacherli after Binghamton’s sixth goal with 1:13 remaining in the opening half, and she made four big stops to limit the Bearcats to a single tally in the final 31:13 of the game. Their final goal came from Golderman with 25:57 left on the clock, making the score 9-7 after Kristin Schaen and Wilhelmsen had tallied to begin the frame.

The Maroon and White netted the final six goals, including five over the last 7:42 of play, to seal its second win of 2016. Novick had three of those last six strikes, and she is already up to 13 goals early on this season.

“I’m glad that I’ve been able to make an impact from day one, and I hope that I can continue to that,” Novick said. “It’s also really nice to not have the pressure of being the only one doing everything. I can rely on everyone that’s on the offense to score. It’s nice to have everyone back up each other.”

Binghamton committed 41 fouls in the game compared to only 17 for the Leopards, and three of Lafayette’s goals occurred in man-up situations as the Bearcats accumulated five yellow cards on the evening.

The Leopards were once again strong on clears, converting on 12-of-14 attempts, and they are now 50-for-54 (92.6 percent) through the season’s first three contests. Lafayette also had a big edge in possession for most of the night, winning 16 of the game’s 24 draw controls.

Davey had four of Lafayette’s 10 caused turnovers in the game, while Melissa Galione picked up her first assist of the season on Novick’s third goal with 7:07 remaining.

The Leopards will look for another victory Saturday afternoon, when Temple comes to Fisher Stadium for a contest scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.

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