March 7, 2015
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s lacrosse team hung with a Navy team who was receiving votes in the latest IWLCA Coaches’ Poll throughout the first half, but the Mids used a 12-2 second-half margin to pull away in 20-5 defeat of the Leopards on Saturday afternoon at Fisher Field.
No more than a two-goal game for the opening 15 minutes and a three-goal margin with just 6:33 left to play in the first, Lafayette came out strong, scoring three of its five goals in the opening 23:27. However, an Aislinn Probst tally off a feed from Loren Generi at the 3:27 mark of the first swung the momentum and the Mids came out with seven straight goals to start the second half, opening up a 16-3 advantage on their way to the 20-5 win.
Sophomore Kirsten Wilhelmsen was the sparkplug for the Leopards in the early going, recording both of her markers in the first 11 minutes of the game. Wilhelmsen added two draw control and a ground ball to her stat line against formidable competition.
Navy’s Loren Generi broke the Patriot League record for career draw controls on Tuesday, surpassing the previous mark held by Lafayette assistant coach Ana White. Generi finished with eight draw controls and three ground balls on Saturday to go with her four goals and four assists on the afternoon.
Sophomore Charlotte Rath continued her offensive pace, putting together her second straight multiple-goal game with two tallies, while junior Brooke Callahan added the fifth goal for the Maroon and White and sophomore Ashley Tedesco recorded the Leopards’ lone assist.
Freshman Anna Raymond made seven saves in defeat, her sixth of the season. Navy’s Annie Foky stopped six Lafayette shots and allowed five goals in 52:04 to pick up the win. The Mids’ Ingrid Boyum came in for 7:56 of relief, making two saves and not allowing a goal in her appearance.
Navy led the way in shots, 35-25, and draw controls, 20-7. Ground balls were even at 18 apiece, but Lafayette cleared on just nine of its 17 attempts compared to 11-for-13 from the Mids. Navy went 4-for-5 on its free-position attempts, while Lafayette converted on three of its seven free-position opportunities.
The road doesn’t get easier for the Maroon and White, who travel to No. 17 Loyola on Saturday. Opening draw in Baltimore is set for 1 p.m.