La Salle Defeats Lafayette to Even Record

PHILADELPHIA - La Salle defeated the Lafayette Leopards, 12-8, on a sunny and cool afternoon on Saturday at McCarthy Stadium. The win gives La Salle its first winning streak of the season and improves them to 2-2 on the year.

For the second straight season, seniors Stefany McKee and Jill Davis had identical goal scoring totals, with three goals a piece. Davis tallied five points to be a game-high scorer for the second straight game.

Adding to scoring mix for the Explorers with one goal each were freshmen Melanie Sarcinello and Lauren McDermott, sophomores Rachel Baker, Taylor Ruland, Nora McGurkin and junior Ashley Rutz.

Under five minutes after the opening draw control, Baker got the Explorers on the board to give La Salle a 1-0 lead.

Lafayette quickly responded after freshman Katie Leto sent a pass to classmate Addie Godfrey to be put in the back of the net to tie the score 39 seconds later.

The first two goals set the tone for much of the game, as this one featured a see-saw battle.

Davis returned the lead to the Explorers, but less than two minutes later Lafayette matched Explorers total at that point when sophomore Margaux LeBuffe scored.

Lafayette scored their second goal within the 19-minute mark when Leto added a helping hand for the second time, assisting on freshman Cammie Linville's goal that gave the Leopards their first lead of the day.

La Salle's Stefany McKee took matters into her own hands at that point, as she scored back-to-back goals in order to return the lead to the Explorers.

Threatened by the momentum McKee provided the Explorers, the Leopards were forced to manufacture two straight goals in order to regain the advantage. After assisting on two goals earlier in the half, Leto scored a goal to tie the game.

Down 5-4, La Salle put together three straight goals before the intermission. La Salle suddenly came into some breathing room, up 7-5 heading into the halftime huddle after McDermott, McGurkin and McKee all got on the board for the Explorers in less than a four-minute period.

The Explorers continued their scoring streak into the beginning of the second half, scoring twice more in the opening 3:14 of the half. Sarcinello scored on a free position shot just before Davis picked up her second goal of the day.

Even with trailing 9-5 to the Explorers at that point, Lafayette continued to put forth a relentless effort. The Leopards ended La Salle's five-goal scoring streak when LeBuffe and Leto added goals to reduce the deficit back to only two scores.

Taking a pass from Davis, Rutz increased the gap by scoring a goal that adjusted the score to 10-7 in favor of the Explorers.

Lafayette's scoring day was capped when Godfrey notched her second goal of the game.

When Ruland put the ball in the net after receiving a pass from Sarcinello and then Davis added the last goal while Lafayette freshman Caitlin Mitchell was sidelined with a yellow card, the Explorers regained a four-goal advantage to ultimately claim the 12-8 victory.

Before Saturday's game it was announced that the postponed game from Feb. 26 against Fresno State will be cancelled.

After playing two games in the last four days, the Explorers will catch a break before heading to Monmouth on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. to take on the Hawks. La Salle, who will be looking to extend its winning streak to three-games, defeated the Hawks, 10-9 at Davidson last year.


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