Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/17/16
From Press Release
Lafayette got its 2016 season off to an explosive start, with Kristen Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) and Emma Novick supplying six goals apiece in a 19-10 triumph over Manhattan at Fisher Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Wilhelmsen also picked one of the Leopards’ three assists, as the Maroon and White tallied its most goals in a game since concluding the 2014 campaign with a 19-13 win over Iona. Ashley Tedesco totaled one goal and the remaining two assists, while Maggie Carver and Amanda Case (Haverford High) added two goals each.
The goals came early and often in both halves. The Jaspers (1-1) opened the scoring with an unassisted strike from Molly Fitzpatrick less than two minutes in. After back-to-back goals from Novick and Charlotte Avallone, Manhattan leveled things back up at 2-2 on a Stefanie Ranagan marker with 20:58 left in the first half.
Lafayette (1-0) then began to assert itself, rattling off seven unanswered goals over the next 15 minutes. Novick and Wilhelmsen accounted for six of those tallies, with each scoring three goals, while Hannah Davey fired in the other Leopard strike.
Wilhelmsen’s fourth goal of the night came with five seconds left in the half, allowing the Maroon and White to take a 10-4 advantage into the intermission.
Lafayette scored three of the first four goals of the second half to expand its lead to 13-5. The Jaspers used a 4-1 run, capped by a Claire Roediger strike with 19:21 showing on the clock to get within 14-10. Case, though, scored her second goal 22 seconds after that marker, and the Leopards followed with four more in succession to end the game with their largest lead of nine goals.
Anna Raymond made nine stops in goal to pick up her fifth-career collegiate win. Charlotte Rath (Archmere Academy) also had a strong showing for Lafayette, tallying a team-high five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Ashley Tedesco (Friends’ Central) had a goal and two assists.
The Leopards had a 36-28 advantage in shots, aided heavily by 15 attempts from Wilhelmsen. They were additionally successful on 18-of-19 clearing attempts.
Lafayette continues a five-game season-opening homestand Saturday afternoon against Monmouth, with opening draw scheduled for 5 p.m.
Lafayette picked up a victory in its season opener for the first time since a 12-8 triumph over Marist to begin the 2013 campaign. The Leopards began that year with four-consecutive victories.
With tonight’s win, Lafayette evened up the lifetime series with Manhattan at 2-2. The Leopards won the most-recent meeting by an identical 19-10 margin on March 31, 2010.