Friday’s Game With Richmond On ESPN

Grace Angelella headed toward the goal last year against Richmond

Okay, now that I have your attention, it will be be on ESPN, but ESPN PLUS which is their new streaming service. It will be pay per view but I did see an offer in my mailbox for free sample time. So check that or otherwise its $4.95 for the month. ( maybe cheaper than gas). Anyway on to the match.

The Spiders have gotten off to a rough start by losing two games 1-4 against American and 0-3 against Rutgers. The stats do not look any prettier as they scored their one goal on a total of 12 shots against being scored upon seven times in 44 shots. Penalty Corners are not any better as they had a total of 5 penalty corners vs. 20 for their 2 opponents.

This is Jamie Montgomery’s first season after coming from Wake Forest ( her alma mater) as an assistant. Her previous asst coaching experience was at Bucknell and Temple. She has been a national level player and was a second team all American at Wake.

Senior Kristen Taylor plays her usual tough defense against Fairfield

Montgomery lost her three top scorers from last year ( a team that beat Lafayette 5-3), so rebuilding has been the task assigned, as she took over in early spring. She does have a  second team all league veteran returning at goal but she did not play in the games last weekend. Instead junior red-shirt Emily Braunwell was in the pipes and performed well with a 75 %. save percentage.

Lafayette will be coming off a disappointing start with a loss to Fairfield last Friday night. However, it’s been a week to prepare and two opportunities to see game tapes, so the Leopards should be ready. Last year’s 3-5 loss came with 19-15 shot advantage and a 10-6 penalty corner advantage. Lafayette will need to capitalize on opportunities to prevail. Both teams need this win and I expect some intensity on the field. The Leopards will travel on Thursday to be ready for the Friday @ 3pm festivities.

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William Rappolt

I am past chairman of the Lafayette Friends of Field Hockey and a former BOT member at Lafayette College. My wife and I are members of the Board of Trustees for USA Field Hockey Foundation. I am currently Chairman of that Board. I am the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 30 year fan of Division one field hockey

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