PHILADELPHIA -Two Lafayette goals nearly one minute apart was all the Leopards would need to earntheir sixth straight win, while Penn's field hockey team fell to 3-6 Wednesday night at Franklin Field.
There was little opportunity for either team to gain a lead in the first half, with only seven total shots (Lafayette 4, Penn 3) and two penalty corners belonging to Lafayette. A defensive battle around midfield and an inability to drive it home in the circle left zeros on the board at intermission.
However, the Leopards found their stroke in the second half when freshman Deanna DiCroce slapped one through Penn's defense from the top of the circle and into the back of the cage. Sixty-six seconds later, Lindsay Majno took a pass from Bridget Hilbig and reverse flipped it past keeper Kieran Sweeney to give the Leopards a 2-0 lead that proved to be all they would need.
The Quakers' offense was constantly swarmed by Lafayette, giving Penn little room to maneuver up the field. Lafayette made sure to have fresh legs at all times on the field, making 22 substitutions throughout the game.
Penn was outshot 13-6 and only got one penalty corner compared to the Leopards' six. Sweeney made eight saves on the night, while Lafayette goalie Kelsey Anderson had four and recorded her sixth shutout of the season.
Penn (3-6, 1-1) resumes play this weekend, hosting Ivy foe Dartmouth Saturday at noon on Franklin Field. The Quakers also travel to Temple for a 2 p.m. start on Sunday.