The Lafayette Field Hockey Team had a workman like afternoon defeating the Drexel Dragons 4-1. The Leopards showed their diversified attack as three Leopards joined in the scoring. Grace Angelella added to her week end total with two goals today making it three for the weekend. Team co-captain Ellen Colbourne scored her second goal of the weekend and Caroline Turnbull added to her season totals with a goal on a corner.
However it was teamwork that led to Lafayette success as Sam DiMaio assisted on both Angelella’s goals and Audrey Sawer and Lisa Van der Geest got the helpers for Colbourne and Turnbull respectively.
The game started with each team feeling each other out, but it was the Leopards who were to demonstrate their strength inside the circle as DiMaio found Angelella on the cross who delivered the strike to left side of the goal for the opening score after 17:14 had run off the clock. It was only about 3 minutes later the pair was to quite nearly repeat the same play establishing a 2-0 lead in the first half.
Seventeen minutes into the second half Colbourne was to record Lafayette’s third goal of the game coming from a pass that was neatly delivered by Audrey Sawers who demonstrated really powerful skills all game long.
The Leopards were not done as Turnbull finished the Maroon and White scoring on a corner after an assist by Lisa Van der Geest.
Defensively Lafayette showed great determination when at one point in the second half they found themselves down two players, briefly, with Theresa Delahanty receiving a green card and Lisa Van der Geest getting a yellow, on an “iffy” call along the sideline.
Sara Park was strong in the goal turning at least two threatening situations away having to come out of the cage to protect the Lafayette goal.
Drexel was able to place a ball in the cage on a late goal at 64:45 by Tess Horn. Play ended with Lafayette getting several corners after time expired.
It would be hard to exclude play by the midfielders, Theresa Delahanty, Kristen Taylor, and Liza Welch showed skill and strength rotating in . The Leopards are deep this year and the talent is broad which will give future opponents fits. Colgate will arrive next Saturday at Rappolt Field hoping to score the first Patriot League victory for their new coach. The Leopards will be practicing all week and preparing for this important noon game, and making sure they emerge with the win instead.