Sports Recap Central

Men’s Cross Country

Sept 2 at Monmouth Kick-Off

Third Place

In their first meet of the season, the men’s cross country team placed third behind host Monmouth and Seton Hall with a score of 92. A time of 19:19.9 was good for a 10th place finish for senior Kelvin Serem, Lafayette’s highest placement. Senior Tyler Pressl, sophomore Calvin Schenck and freshman Thomas Anthony also placed within the top 30 for the Leopards.

Football (0-1) (0-0)

Sept 2 at Monmouth

L, 31-12

A solid defensive effort on the part of the Leopards kept the season opener a close one. After a low scoring first half, the Hawks scored two touchdowns in the third to pull ahead 21-6. Freshman QB Sean O’Malley went 27-42 for 262 yards and senior WR Matt Mrazek had nine catches for 80 including the team’s first touchdown.

Men’s Soccer (0-3-0) (0-0-0)

Sept 4 at Fairfield

L, 2-1 (OT)

Men’s soccer fell to 0-3 on the season, losing its second straight game 2-1 in overtime. The game remained scoreless into the 78th minute when sophomore Chris Gomez scored off a header to put Lafayette on the board. Fairfield connected on a PK opportunity in the 84th minute to pull even and scored four minutes into overtime to end it.

Women’s Cross Country

Sept 2 at Monmouth Kick-Off

Third Place

Much like the men’s race, Lafayette finished third behind host Monmouth and Seton Hall in their first meet of the season. Junior Caroline Harmon collected a third place finish herself with a time of 14:41.6 to lead the Leopards. Sophomore Margaret Schiazza and senior Alexa Kwapinski finished 12th and 15th, respectively, with sophomore Emily King, freshman Emily Becker and senior Mikayla Pacilio finishing in the top 30.

Field Hockey (2-1) (0-0)

Sept 2 vs Appalachian State (at James Madison)

W, 2-1

After jumping out to a 2-0 lead, Lafayette held on to win their second game of the young season. Sophomore Caroline Turnbull and senior Cody Hunsicker scored for the Leopards, and sophomore goalie Sarah Park had seven saves.

Sept 3 at James Madison

L, 2-0

James Madison, ranked 19th in the nation, handed the team their first loss of the season. JMU’s offense was rolling, while Lafayette struggled to sustain the same kind of pressure. The Leopards were outshot 26-8, but Park had a career-high 10 saves.

Awards: Caroline Turnbull ’20—Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week

Women’s Soccer (2-2-0) (0-0-0)

Sept 1 at Delaware State

W, 3-1

Lafayette came in hot against Delaware State, scoring all three goals within the first 10 minutes of play. The onslaught started in the 7th minute with a goal from senior Gabrielle Lassinger, followed by a goal from junior Katie Brannigan and rounded out by a goal from senior Rebekka Arnthorsdottir at the 9:57 mark. The defense held out from there, only surrendering one goal in the 66th minute.

Sept 3 at Villanova

L, 5-0

Villanova overwhelmed Lafayette with an offensive storm to drop the team back down to .500. The Wildcats outshot the Leopards 19-4 with Lafayette mustering just two shots on goal.

Volleyball (1-4) (0-0)

Sept 1 vs Central Connecticut (Crosstown Tournament)

L, 3-0 

The home opener did not go the way the volleyball team wanted. The match was a back-and-forth affair throughout with Lafayette clawing back from numerous deficits, but Lafayette couldn’t sustain momentum enough to pick up wins. Lafayette dropped straight sets 25-19, 25-23, 25-18.

Sept 2 vs Norfolk State (Crosstown Tournament)

L, 3-1

The Leopards came out strong against Norfolk State but ultimately couldn’t close it out to drop their second match of the Crosstown Tournament. Lafayette picked up the first set at 25-23, but proceeded to lose the last three sets by scores of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-21. Freshman Jenna Bailey had 24 assists in the loss.

Sept 2 vs Saint Francis (PA) (Crosstown Tournament)

L, 3-0

Another (mostly) back-and-forth affair for the Leopards, who fought back from deficits only to lose it in the waning points of the set. Saint Francis put Lafayette away in straight sets 25-18, 25-11, 25-20. Senior Tori Smith had 10 kills.

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