In what could only be described as a total team effort, Lafayette stymied the Terriers of Boston University 3-2. Scoring came from Molly McAndrew, Sam DiMaio, and Lisa van der Geest who delivered the winner at 73:29 during the second overtime period. It was a game that was played mainly between the 25’s and had several dramatic moments.
The Leopards also won the battle of stats. They had 14 shots to BU’s 9. Shots on goal were 8 for Lafayette and 6 for Boston. Sarah Park made 4 saves to BU’s 5. Incredibly, each team had only 1 corner apiece. Two of Sarah Parks saves came with only seconds left in the game as the Terriers put on a furious effort to win the game.
The Leopards had to come back after Boston scored first at 19:44, but Lafayette was to answer 4 minutes later with the fifth goal of the season from Molly McAndrews. Sam DiMaio put the Leopards ahead for the half at 27:06 with an assist by McAndrews. At 40:16 Ailissa Conolly launch her sixth goal of the season to match the Leopards. For the remainder of the period play went back and forth.
The first overtime period was a back and forth affair with no resolution. It was a pass from Caroline Turnbull that found Van der Geest on the right side of the cage. Lisa accurately found the back of the cage to finish and end the game with a 3-2 win.
It’s hard to praise everyone who was responsible for the win. Ana Steps may have had the best game of her career powering past red uniformed opponents. Cam Costello was a force on the field. Sydney Woolston showed skill beyond her freshman moniker. Jenn DeLongis was a steady influence on the field. Grace Angelella was all over the field. Tara Hamilton hewas a fierce open field player. Sophie Carr showed her strength when needed. Audrey Sawers showed her versatility. Caroline Turnbull was NOT going to be denied today. Felicitas Hannes showed her stick skills. Eva Kaplan was to have key replacement minutes. And lastly, Sara Park was to come up with two key saves with seconds left on the clock to get Lafayette into the overtime.
This leaves Lafayette at 3-0 in the league and in the hunt for home field hosting for the PL tournament. However, there is Lehigh, Bucknell and American who are still the obstacle for ” home for the playoffs”.
Next up is a game with Bryant on Sunday at 12 o’clock. They now take a winning record to Providence. Next week it’ll be a game with Temple before meeting Lehigh for their next PL game.
For those players who wondered what their parents do to celebrate a FH victory here is the evidence! Boston provided the ambiance!!! Party time!!