Lafayette to Greet Holy Cross On Saturday At One PM

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Lexi Tilton has 3 goals this year

Lafayette and Holy Cross will meet at Rappolt Field to open their Patriot League Schedule  on Saturday. Recently, this has been a crucial game for both teams in regards to a playoff position. There are seven teams in the Patriot League and four will qualify for post season action. So, to assure a place at the end of the Patriot League season a team must have four League wins in all probability. Recently these games between the Crusaders and Leopards have been very competitive, and both teams will be pulling out all the stops to win this game.

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Lisa van der Geest chases down Richmond attacker

Holy Cross loves to fast break, and the Leopards have displayed a strong wall on defense. Holy Cross, at 2-3, has their two wins against first year Division One team Merrimac and 1-6  Sacred Hart. Interestingly, Holy Cross had 62 shots combined in these two games out of the 101 taken so far this season. Their shot percentage is 8 percent. Their loses have been to Northeastern, New Hampshire, and Dartmouth. Their highest goal total was against Merimac in a 3-0 effort with senior Lexi Tilton (number 4), their leading scorer, getting the hat trick! They have scored 8 goals in their five games.

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Corner defense goes to work

It would appear Lafayette has played the tougher schedule, with  Field Hockey Corner scoring the Leopards with second toughest schedule in Division one to date. Holy Cross was ranked 76/78 in strength of schedule to date. The other Field Hockey Corner stats has Lafayette at 44 vs 66 for Holy Cross in ACR, and 21 vs 74 in RPI.

It has been defense, that has been the hallmark of Lafayette’s record to date. They have played two ranked teams, Syracuse and Liberty. Losing in overtime to Syracuse, and Liberty  5-0 in Lynchburg on Sept 8. The other two loses were at the hands of Appalachian State and Providence in a shootout.  Lafayette’s two leading scorers are Sam  DiMaio and Felicitas Hannes, each with two goals.

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Simone Hefting, Patriot League rookie of the week

Lafayette’s shot percentage is 12 pct while Holy Cross is 8 pct as I recorded up above. Holy Cross has 36 penalty corners in five games, Lafayette has 27 in six games. No doubt, the coaching staff at Holy Cross likes to attack and set the tempo early. Lafayette runs a structured and disciplined game. Fans will appreciate  that the early going will  prove to be crucial and a good start by either team, will be critical to a win.

Unfortunately. it appears there will be no live stream . So come on out. An army of Leopards  in the stands could make the difference in this important game.

 

Park Comes Up Big In Overtime Win Against Richmond

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Corner defense rose to the occasion

Simone Hefting And Jenn DeLongis Provide The Difference With Important Goals 

Lafayette has now played 3 overtime games and finally put all that experience to work, coming up with the win in a hard fought game that saw intensity on both sides of the field. The first half was pretty even with Lafayette getting off 3 shots to Richmond’s 1. In addition it was my observation  Lafayette had time of possession as well. In addition, the Leopards had the only penalty corners in those first two quarters.

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In the previous two games this season with Bucknell and Lehigh, Richmond came from behind putting on a big push in the second half and overtime with Bucknell. This game looked familiar as the Spiders were to get off 7 shots in the second half and holding off the Leopards with no shots. Richmond had 4 corners in the third quarter.

It was Sarah Park who provided the heroics, especially in the second half and overtime. She had one save in the 2nd quarter and the 3rd, and it was in the fourth and over time period, she came up with additional 5 saves, 3 in the overtime period alone.

Jenn DeLongis scored first in the 2nd quarter with a beautiful deflection delivered off a shot from fellow seniors Caroline Turnbull and Cam Costello. Richmond’s answer came in the third on a corner as well. The next shot to be taken by Lafayette was a direct blast from Simone Hefting 3 minutes into the overtime as the Goal Keeper went down to block. Hefting found space between the GK and the left post to put a definitive end to the game.

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Jenn DeLongis settles the ball

It seemed to me the team played with awareness on the field of their teammates and  more confidently. That is not to say there could be improvement and I am sure there will be. Saturday marks the beginning of the Patriot League season and for all intents and purposes it marks the real beginning to qualifying for the playoffs.

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Van der Geest passes. Hard to miss with all that orange!!! ( gloves snd shoes)

Coach Stone was pleased with her team’s effort and is well aware of the upcoming game with Holy Cross, who have recently played Lafayette very competitively. ” We have played a difficult string of opponents, ” she remarked, noting that it prepares the Leopards for the rest of season,,,,especially the Patriot League foes. So next Saturday Sept. 21st at Rappolt Field is where the Patriot League challenge begins!!

 

 

Deadlocked, Overtime, Shootout

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We saw 80 minutes of real hockey until it came shoot out time, where the Friars found the back of the cage for a 3-1 win in shots made. On the scoresheet it ends, to be a Providence win 1-0. However, what doesn’t get reported was the effort both teams put into the game. The action went back and forth with a terrific display of skill and athleticism. The pace of the game was definite Division One worthy. It ‘s a shame there couldn’t have been two winners.

However, that’s the way the game is played. It wasn’t without controversy as it appeared Lisa Van der Geest had what would have been the game winner as she rifled a shot in the    fourth quarter which appeared to be deflected into the cage. The official saw otherwise. From the vantage point of the stands it looked to be a goal. This is the second game in which Van der Geest did not have the opportunity to have a goal reviewed as would have happened in the ACC or Big Ten. PLEASE PATRIOT LEAGUE GET INTO THE 21st CENTURY AND ALLOW INSTANT REPLAY!!  

It’s done in basketball and football…come on people!!

I am still. proud of our Leopards they displayed grit, determination and heroics. Twice they had to play a player down, especially daunting during the overtime period. Lisa Van der Geest is a wonderful leader. She came back on the field after being hit on her thumb it appeared. Audrey Sawers was an ubiquitous presence on offense and defense. Cam Costello and Caroline Turnbull were all over the field. Sarah Park played wonderfully in the regular game and overtime, making save after save ( 6 for each GK). Shots were 12 to ll in Providence’s favor, and  each team had 9 PC’s,

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High stick is still disallowed? Isn’t it? This is no game for cowards!!

Lafayette will win games, they are good!! Sunday might be the trick. Richmond beat Lehigh 4-2 with a better second half after Lehigh took early leads.

For the second time this season the stands approach 500 fans!!

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Future all Americans practice their moves on the turf before the game!!

It was youth day and a plethora of young players joined their heroines on the field during the pregame introductions.

Leopards Return Home To Play Providence

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Leopards get ready in Maroon Club strength center!!

Providence will leave the friendly confines of Rhode Island for only the second time this season. As far as I can tell, it may be their first visit to Lafayette, ever, as well. They are riding a three game win streak ( Maine, Bryant and Brown) and a two game unscored upon  run. The Leopards will be looking to avenge a 2-0 loss to Friars last year at their place during a senior day game. That game was played after an important win against Holy Cross the previous day. It was a day that both teams were only to take 14 shots, total, during the game. According to the Friars web site Providence has a 2-0 record with Lafayette.

This week both teams have played their last game on Sunday, and will have had all week to prepare. For Providence, it will be the only game of the week, before they play Old Dominion next week. Lafayette will be hosting Richmond at home on Sunday.

Lafayette will be playing only their second game at home for the season, and will be trying to break a three game losing streak, two of which were with top 20 teams. The relative stats are hard to figure out, but one thing is clear, Lafayette must begin to find their sustained offense, having only scored 6 goals on 39 shots to date. Providence has averaged 2,75 goals a game with their highest production against Maine, where they scored 5 goals. They have taken a total of 59 shots so far this season, to give them the 11 goals.

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Senior Allyson Parker from Providence moves the ball against Boston Universtiy

At this point in the season, it’s difficult to assess statistics, as can be demonstrated by the ACR ( Average Computer Rating), RPI (Ratings Percentage Index), and the SOS ( Strength of Schedule). Using those three indexes indicates an advantage to Lafayette. Calculated by Field Hockey Corner, the ACR is the average to two computer ratios, one based on goal differential and the other on won loss record. The RPI is based on .25 W/L record, .50 on SOS, and .25 on opponents W/L record. The SOS is based on opponents W/L record.

First, the key to understanding the outcomes, so far this season, is the SOS. Providence scores 75th on SOS while Lafayette scores 5th. Meaning to date, Lafayette has had the 5th most difficult schedule in Division one. Using RPI, in which 50% of the score is based on SOS Lafayette is ranked 30 while Providence is 58. (Lower is better). Even in the ACR, Lafayette get an edge 46 to 49. I do admit, that these indices get more reliable as the season progresses, but it does caution us, that W/L’s can be deceiving.

In any case, this is a competitive game, and the Leopards are at home. Looking at the internals Providence goals have been spread around. There are 4 players on Providence who have scored 2 goals apiece. Izzy Mendez (4),Kara Sanford (5), Niamh Gorwing (7), and Olivia Ward (13). Mendez and Gorwing are starters and the other two have come off the bench! Goalkeeping stats are in Providence’s favor with 78-68  save percentage.

I am looking for a good game with a good crowd of supporters!!!

USA Field Hockey Issues Statement On Kent State Fiasco

Last night, Sept. 10 at 9:26 pm Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey’s Executive Director issued a statement regarding the abrupt stoppage of an overtime game between Temple and Maine by an official of Kent State, so that fireworks could be set off near the adjacent football stadium scheduled for one hour and 15 minutes later.

” The unfortunate abrupt cancellation of the University of Maine versus Temple University NCAA Division 1 field hockey match played at Kent State University on Saturday, September 7 has caused great concern within out sport. The appearance is that the student athletes playing field hockey were not given the appropriate opportunity to complete their game due to circumstances around the start of the football pre-game fireworks and competition to follow.

As the National Governing Body for the sport of field hockey, we at USA Field Hockey are passionate that all who participate in this sport are given a fair opportunity to compete. Not allowing the teams to continue the contest following a single overtime and scoreless game hinders that chance and diminishes acceptance of field hockey. As we continue to grow this sport in the United States, this situation makes it even more difficult to empower our athletes and the field hockey community. We take. pride in the representation of the sport at the collegiate level and rely on it for the furthering our success on the national and international stage.

We at USA Field Hockey applaud both the University of Maine and Temple University for their handling of the situation and  will continue to support the idea that ALL STUDENT ATHLETES HAVE EQUAL ACCESS TO THE RIGHT TO COMPETE.”

Well said Simon!!

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Amanda Magadan deflects the ball for the score!!

Since the initial reports on Saturday, there have been strong statements by Temple, national media, and Maine. The first remarks by Kent State were tepid at first, but after having time to absorb the impact, they made a stronger statement.

The University of Maine’s head coach and players had a televised press conference yesterday and the emotion was palpable. I would have liked to have seen the administration of the University of Maine at that conference as well in support! The Temple administration issued a statement Monday that was right on point.

WHERE IS THE NCAA?? Their absence of any action, is deafening to the senses. Perhaps they are chasing down minor compliance violations like flawed paperwork or an ice cream cone bought by a booster for a friend’s family member at a game. This action by Kent State is a direct violation of Title  IX. I don’t want to see the Kent Field Hockey program punished but perhaps a remedy that benefits all parties should be applied.

All athletic administrations should be in support of remedies that make sense. I would like to see more support from a variety of sources which will force the NCAA to take action. Perhaps their worry is that the ultimate consequence might be additional mandated monetary support for women’s athletics!!

I want equal access, no diversion of funds, equal pay, especially for asst, coaches, travel expenses on par with all sports. Again at the moment it looks like the NCAA has failed again. I hope I am wrong!!

William Rappolt

 

Outrageous Behavior By Kent State Administrators

Tell Me It Isn’t So Joel

So, Temple and Maine travel to Kent State to play field hockey between each other. The Saturday game began early, but goes into overtime. According to Riley Field, a player for Maine, the first overtime ended at 10:45. And as people know, who are aware of the rules, in field hockey after the break, the second 10 minute overtime would continue in a “golden goal” format. If there is still a tie at the end it goes to a shootout.  So, I would estimate a total of 30 additional minutes max. remain to complete the game if a goal was not scored. I can arrange for the administration to receive a copy of the rules for their edification!!

However, there was a hiccup. It seems they were to play a football game at noon at the nearby stadium. It must have been a huge nationally televised game?? NOT….it was the big game against Kennesaw State. The field hockey field is adjacent to the 25,000 seat football stadium, Dix Field.( about 18,500 had paid for the football game) But to celebrate this marquee matchup, they were to have fireworks set off nearby the field hockey field. Now, perhaps the two football teams wouldn’t know it was time to start the game until the noise of the fireworks happened. I can’t imagine what would possess an intelligent person to do what happened next!.

The Kent State  “administration”, at 10:45 marched on the field hockey field, and stopped a game of which Kent State had invited both teams to play on their field. This was totally disrespectful and unnecessary.  It reflects badly on the University. I thought once a game begins only the referees can stop a game!!!

In case you’re wondering, the Athletic Director, whose job it is to enforce Title IX is Joel Nielsen. Or maybe the President of the University might appreciate a call. At the very least, Kent State should reimburse Maine and Temple for all expenses. in traveling to Ohio. Maybe the person responsible for this fiasco should consider another line of work that doesn’t require a sense of fairness. Just sayin!!!

The Traffic Was Just Too Much

While Lafayette was battling App State, Pam and I were battling RT 66 outside of DC. It was 6;45 by the time we got to Culpepper and by my GPS, it was calculating were to get to Lynchburg after the game. So we turned around and tried to follow the game on our cell phones. Since there was no live stream we had to be satisfied with live stats and that was a disaster as well.

As we turned onto Rt 17 toward Fredricksburg heading to 95 south, things started to get interesting after a score by Sam Di Maio (her second of the season). But then the signal dropped!! Somewhere on 95 near Washington it became tied at one. By the time we got on 295 heading for the tunnel near Baltimore the signal lit up again and it was 2-2. Pam got tired of driving, this now our seventh hour on the road, so I took over driving until we had to finally stop for gas. ( We like to stop outside of Pa, where regular gas is 2.29 a gallon). The glee at saving 40 cents a gallon quickly evaporated as I was finally able to view the final score.

Congrats to Felicitas for her second goal, and in fairness to the App State team they are  yet to be defeated. Meghan Smart, their junior star, as she has done previously, delivered the game winner with a little over 3 minutes left. ( It was her 4th and 5th goal of the season).

So there are no pictures. ( you can look at my previous post which has a picture of Meghan Smart) Outside of all that the stats seemed to indicate an even game. Unfortunately we will not attend the Liberty game, since we have a commitment we couldn’t change after we finally got the schedule this summer. But it is on ESPN plus, so we will be firing up the home theatre and Apple TV to view!! Go  Pards!!

I could have included some picture from previous games but……

A win against Liberty will do a lot to turn my funk around tonight. I believe we have a very fine squad of field hockey players. I would love to surprise the “Flames” on Sunday.

Meanwhile at other venues:

Delaware 4 American 0

Holy Cross 4 Merrimack 1

Lehigh 4 Towson 1

Lock Haven 3 Colgate 3

BU 2. New Hampshire 1

 

Bucknell plays VCU tomorrow.