October 17, 2007 -
October 17, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
EASTON, Pa.—The Broncs lost a non-conference game at Lafayette Wednesday night. “It’s the story of our season,” said head coach Lori Hussong. “We didn’t play well together. We played like individuals and when we do that we are very ineffective.”
For Rider (7-8), senior goalie Jen LoCastro (Cherry Hill/Camden Catholic) made five saves as the Leopards out-shot the Broncs 10-3.
“We should be winning more games for ‘J-Lo’,” said Hussong. “Our offensive productivity has been just bad for lack of another word. If we don’t shoot, we can’t score. If we don’t have the ‘one two scoring punch’ offensively and have everybody working together then we don’t do well and we don’t win games.”
“I think our defense needs to be tougher in the circle,” said LoCastro who entered the week 12th in the nation in saves per game, 13th in save percentage and 40th in goals against average (1.93). “We need to work together more as a team. We have no excuse even though we are young. We need to understand that we need to come together more as a team and support each other and we aren’t doing that on the field.”
Junior Tricia Crotty (Lewistown, Pa./Indian Valley) had two of Rider’s three shots with Lafayette goalie Kelsey Anderson making two saves for the shutout.
“It’s not that we aren’t scoring,” Hussong added. “It’s that we aren’t making improvements. We need them to do what we tell them to do each time out instead of doing it one time after being told. We are going back to our same old ways and it is frustrating. Potentially we have the ability to be excellent. It is a matter of getting the players to believe in the program and believe in our philosophy. We waited for misses, we didn’t move to the ball. We just got out-hustled tonight.”
After a scoreless first half, the Leopards scored off a penalty corner with 23 minutes remaining for the only tally of the night. Lafayette (6-9) held a 13-5 corner advantage.
Lafayette holds a 23-6 advantage in the series with the Broncs defeating the Leopards last season by a score of 2-1.
Rider travels to Monmouth for a Northeast Conference game on Friday at 4:00pm. “We want any chance of making the NEC playoffs and advancing, we need to start tomorrow [Thursday] and work extremely hard in practice doing the things that we are supposed to do.”