Memorable wins build winning traditions, and it is fair to say the successes of the present are built on the shoulders those who passed by yesterday. Lafayette players still hold a myriad league records, unbroken even today. The rosters from yesterday are replete with stars that have carved their place into the record books. Lafayette has had its share of all-Americans and all-Patriot League performers. But as a fan it is individual games that stand out to me and keep me interested.
During the next month I will feature several team efforts that stick out in my mind in no particular order. The first is a game on Sept 9,2009. Penn State arrived with their national ranking to Rappolt field. In the first half a stingy defense holds Penn State to just one shot. During the game Lafayette collects 11 shots, 4 from Kelly Hilovsky, 2 each from Amanda Saber and Deanna DiCroce and 1 each from Caitlin Titus, Meghan Ciccci and Cara Lyons. Kelsey Andersen, our goalie, puts on a clinic turning way 4 shots during the game. After a 0-0 tie in regulation, then freshman Deanna DiCroce, within two minutes into overtime, scores an unassisted reverse stick shot breaking the tie and winning the game.
Here is an account of the game from a local TV station.
DiCroce was to go on to receive numerous honors in her career as did Kelsey Andersen. This was no fluke win, as the Leopards out shot Penn State 11-8 with each team getting 3 corners. In recent years Penn State has not played Lafayette ( the only Pennsylvania team to beat them). Maybe we are a little too dangerous for the Lions?? Perhaps in the NCAA playoffs we can renew the rivalry.
If there is anyone else that either played in this game or watched it please comment below!!
I will continue with more memorable games in the coming days and weeks!