March 28, 2009

Lehigh Offense Fires on All Cylinders

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh's offense was once again firing on all cylinders as the Mountain Hawks raced past Davidson 18-4 on Saturday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex.  Freshman Kelly Draper scored six times, Lauren Dykstra added five goals and senior Meagan Tenety handed out five assists as Lehigh won its fifth straight to improve to 7-3 overall.  Davidson's Haley Cook led the Wildcats with three goals as they fall to 5-6 following the setback.

Lehigh dominated the game from start to finish out shooting the Wildcats 33 to 16, led by Dykstra's ten, while Draper unleashed seven.  The Mountain Hawks scooped up 38 ground balls with Dykstra, Draper and sophomore Allison Thomas all with six apiece, while Thomas was a team best five draw controls.  Junior Inneke Carmola handed out four assists, while Kelsy Ferris stopped seven shots in goal before Kaitlin Dean played the final 13 minutes and sent back one shot.

Davidson was credited with 16 shots, led by Jen Crawford and Cook with five each.  Stella Davis led the visitors with six ground balls and Cook was the team leader in draw controls with four. Claire O'Shea caused a pair of turnovers and Michelle Pav stopped eight shots in goal.

"This was yet another balanced effort," Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern said afterwards.  "I think our decision making continues to get better and better with each game.  We understand that we need to break the defense down in order to make plays." 

She continued, "We're playing to our strengths, our assist numbers are up, our drivers are playing well and I thought our defense really played well today.  Sarah Fudin is playing the way we all know she can and Kelsy Ferris was great in goal.  She set the tone early on and everyone followed from there."

Tenety scored the game's first goal 1:32 into the contest, but Cook quickly answered to knot the score at one.  Draper scored two straight to give Lehigh a 3-1 lead, but Cook netted her second goal to make it a 3-2 game.  Sara MacIntyre took a feed from Tenety with 13:57 on the first half clock and found the back of the net to give Lehigh a two-goal advantage, and two straight goals from Dykstra pushed Lehigh's lead to 6-2.

Cook scored her third goal of the afternoon with 3:02 left before halftime, but three straight scores by the Brown and White, including one apiece from Draper, Lauren Murray and Thomas gave Lehigh a 9-3 lead at the break.

Following halftime the Mountain Hawks offense exploded for four goal in the first nine minutes to go in front 13-3 with 21:08 left in the game.  Draper and MacIntyre both scored once during the run, while Carmola netted a pair of scores.  Draper then scored her 27th goal of the season with just over 19 minutes to go and Lehigh was in front by 11.  Dykstra scored three more times in a span of seven minutes and the Mountain Hawks were comfortably in front 17-3 with 10:59 to go. Draper added one more goal with 40 ticks to go and Lehigh coasted to win number-seven from there.

Lehigh does not get much time before its next game as the Mountain Hawks head to Philadelphia to take on the Drexel Dragons.  Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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