March 2, 2015
Lafayette host Penn in the Leopards 2015 home opener on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. in Fisher Stadium. The Maroon and White hold a 1-2 record so far this season, while the Quakers enter Tuesday’s game with a 2-2 mark.
Last Time Out
Jason Sands tallied a pair of goals, but No. 9 Army pulled away in the second half in a 14-3 setback for the Leopards. Matt Cortese made 13 saves for Lafayette in the loss.
Through three games this season, Lafayette has already played a pair of ranked teams, No. 20 Colgate and No. 9 Army. Penn was the 16th ranked team in the USILA Coaches Poll last week before falling at No. 11 Maryland and Penn State.
Sands Setting Up
Lafayette sophomore attackman Jason Sands currently ninth in the nation in assists per game, with 2.7. The sophomore tallied his first two goals of the season at Army on Saturday and leads the team with 10 points.
Cortese in the Cage
Sophomore Matt Cortese earned the starting job after preseason and proved he deserved it with his performance at Wagner. In his first career start, Cortese picked up his first win, making 10 saves on 33 shots faced, while allowing just five goals. His shutout in the third quarter helped Lafayette break the game open. The sophomore made 18 saves in a 12-10 setback at No. 20 Colgate and 13 saves at No. 9 Army on Saturday. Cortese currently ranks first in the Patriot League with 13.67 saves per game and second in save percentage (0.577).
Leopards on The Attack
After tallying four goals in Lafayette’s game at Colgate, Eric Joseph leads the team with five markers this season. Robert Orazietti chipped in three goals and now sits in second with four tallies in 2015. Joseph is also second on the team in points (7) and assists (2), trailing Jason Sands who leads the team in both categories with eight assists and 10 points.
Sophomore Erik Cannon made the switch from LSM to defense and has led Leopards defensively this season. Cannon leads the team with 17 ground balls and five caused turnovers. Sophomore Charles McCooe has started in all three contests in the defense, picking up five ground balls and causing three turnovers. Declan McGuire has started two games on the back line, he has picked up five ground balls and caused a turnover. George Cloud picked up the start against Colgate and has three ground balls and three caused turnovers in three games in 2015.
Lafayette will return to Patriot League play on March 10 against Navy, on College Hill.