Lafayette Is Ready For The Fall Season

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Audrey Sawers gets on eye on the ball

Ok, I confess, I am a homer. I want and I believe that this team can challenge for a championship.  What I saw this spring has impressed me with their chances.  The players had an opportunity  to improve their skills. They showed  fans and coaches  they could step up and perform well. The fall “championship” season is a test of endurance and this coaching staff can take solace ,that they have the “horses.” Everyone can be contributors to earning a championship and a winning season.

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Caroline Turnbull enters the circle for a score

First, the team has demonstrated they can perform even though they were missing key players at some point this spring. Certainly the convincer was the Towson competitions where they met last years NCAA finalist and held their own. They followed that with a good performance yesterday, winning the first game against Villanova off a Grace Angelella goal. The second game was a 1-0 loss to a surprising Drexel squad who stunned the Leopards early on with a hard high press. However, they regrouped and proved to many that they could come back with several strong offensive efforts. In the third game, not only did they play well against a young, and skilled veteran, Quinnipiac squad but came away  with a two goal victory due to second efforts by Caroline Turnbull , an all PL selection last year, who scored the two goals.

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Alix Talkow get ready for the deflection

Second, I saw, especially yesterday, many second and third shots inside the circle and the team was not intimidated by hard, physical play.

Third, the team is well led. I heard of senior players assisting the younger less experienced players in a demonstration of team solidarity. It was good to see the people not in the game, encouraging their teammates from the sidelines.

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Grace Angelella fights for possession

Fourth, they are just that good. The team was short three or four experienced players due to injuries all spring but those that were in their place  played well, adding to our overall strength. Add to that, a class of seven good incoming players means this team is ready to accept challenges and will overcome adversity should it occur along the way.

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Sam DiMaio has her eye on the goal

As I mentioned to several after the game, there was a lot to like this spring.

My only sadness is, I now have to wait until August until I can see the Leopards in action again. I suppose I can review videos of old games in the meantime.

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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 the retired treasurer of M and T Bank Corporation and a 20 year fan of Division one field hockey

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