April 15, 2009

Lehigh Clinches First 10-Win Season Since '96

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - After racing out to an 11-2 halftime lead, Lehigh was outscored 7-3 by Monmouth in the final 30 minutes of play, but the Mountain Hawks were able to hold off the Hawks and earn a 14-9 victory on Wednesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex.  With the win Lehigh earns its tenth victory of the season, marking the first time since 1995 and 1996 that the Brown and White has registered double digit wins in two straight seasons.  Senior Sara MacIntyre and sophomore Lauren Dykstra netted four goals apiece for the Mountain Hawks as MacIntyre moves into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time goals scored list in school history with 147.

"The first half was the type of play we expect from this team," Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern said afterwards.  "The second half was not what we expect, it was a poor performance.  We had lousy execution in that second half and did not take advantage of the opportunities we were given." 

She continued, "I'm happy for Sara to move into fourth place on the goals scored list, but we need to be much, much sharper on Saturday (versus Colgate).  We need to work on our execution of the game plan and we have a few days here now to work on that."

Lehigh out shot the Hawks by ten on the evening, 32-22, with Dykstra unleashing a game-high 12 attempts and junior Inneke Carmola was credited with five.  Freshman Leigh Ann Torcivia continued her strong play for the Brown and White with seven ground balls, three caused turnovers and five draw controls, while Dykstra, MacIntyre and senior captain Sarah Fudin all scooped up three GBs apiece.  Freshman Kelly Draper caused a pair of TOs, while Kelsy Ferris stopped four shots in 39 minutes of work in goal, and Kaitlin Dean sent back one shot in between the pipes in 21 minutes.

Megan Brennan led the Hawks with eight shot attempts and four draw controls, while Perry DeWitt caused a pair of turnovers.  Shawn Evans and Brennan scooped up three ground balls apiece and Monica Johnson stopped 13 shots in goal.

The Mountain Hawks had an easy time scoring in the early going, jumping out to a 4-0 lead in the first six-and-a-half minutes as Meagan Tenety and Dykstra scored once and MacIntyre netted a pair of goals.  Rachel Feirstein got Monmouth on the board for the first time at the 22:22 mark, but from there Lehigh unleashed the next five goals, as Dykstra scored twice during the run and Draper, MacIntyre and Carmola all scored once to give the Brown and White a 9-1 lead with 9:52 left before halftime.

Caitlin Kelly gave MU its second goal of the night with 5;22 on the first half clock, but MacIntyre and Carmola added two more goals in the final 2:28 and Lehigh took a comfortable 11-2 lead into the intermission.

Allison Thomas scored the first goal of the second half to give Lehigh a ten-goal advantage and it appeared as though the Mountain Hawks would cruise from there.  But Monmouth had other ideas as the Hawks scored the next four goals to make it a 12-6 game with 9:04 remaining.  Draper scored goal number thirty-five to give Lehigh a seven-goal cushion, but the Hawks scored three of the next four goals, to pull within 14-9.  That was as close as they would get though, as Lehigh held on for win number-ten.

Lehigh closes out its season on Saturday afternoon when the Mountain Hawks host Colgate on Senior Day.  The opening draw control is set for 1:00 from the Ulrich Sports Complex as Lehigh looks to clinch a berth in the 2009 Patriot League Tournament.

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