Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/17/17
From Press Release
Senior Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) was an unstoppable force on Thursday evening, netting eight goals and an assist to power the Lafayette women’s lacrosse team to a 17-14 victory at Binghamton.
Wilhelmsen posted the highest scoring performance in a single game by a Lafayette player since Heather McClelland ’01 slotted nine in a win over St. Joseph’s on April 3, 2001. The co-captain converted on eight of her nine shots on goal and also chipped in with two caused turnovers, a draw control and a ground ball.
Five other Leopards got in on the offense, with three of them adding multi-goal efforts. Sophomore Jane Kirby netted three, while classmate Hannah Davey and freshman Emily Wingate scored twice each. Senior co-captain Charlotte Rath (Archmere Academy-DE) and sophomore Emma Novick scored the other two Leopard markers.
Sophomore Allie Abacherli was excellent between the pipes, tallying eight saves for her second win of the season. Junior Anna Raymond was also solid, allowing just three goals and making five saves in the final 17 minutes of play.
“We were very good all-around today, from our offensive production to our defense making it difficult for them to convert all over the field,” head coach Alison Fisher said. “Allie and Anna are a really effective tandem in goal for us and Kirsten generating nine points with eight goals on 10 shots is exceptional execution. We generated really good looks out of our break and settled attack.”
Binghamton started the game strong, scoring four of the first six goals to take a 4-2 lead after about nine minutes of action. However, the Leopards stormed back over the next 10 minutes as a pair from Wilhelmsen and one each from Rath, Kirby and Davey took over the lead for the visitors comfortably at 7-4 with 8:10 to go in the first.
The teams traded goals to finish out the opening 30 minutes with Lafayette on top by a 9-6 score, but the Bearcats came out of the locker room and netted two of the first three to trim the lead to two at 10-8 with 27:55 to play. The Leopards responded, pushing it back to four at 12-8 over the next two minutes, but Binghamton came right back, making it a one-goal game on a Valerie DeNapoli tally at the 19:37 mark.
From that point forward, however, the Maroon and White took over as a four-goal run, with two from Wilhelmsen and one each from Davey and Wingate, expanded the edge to five with less than 15 minutes to play, 16-11. The defense hung tough through the final stretch, allowing three goals over that time and outlasting the Bearcats as the buzzer sounded on a 17-14 victory.
The win marks the second is as many games for Lafayette, sitting at 2-0 on the young season. The Leopards are back in action on Tuesday, hosting Rutgers at Fisher Stadium with opening draw scheduled for 7 p.m.