February 25, 2011

Lehigh Hosts Delaware in Home Opener

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women's lacrosse team looks to build off an impressive season-opening win when it hosts upstart Delaware on Saturday. Gametime is set for 1 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks are coming off an impressive 13-8 triumph over defending MAAC Champion and NCAA Tournament participant Marist last Saturday.

Lehigh used a balanced team effort to spoil Marist's home opener. Standouts on the offensive end were senior Lauren Dykstra (five goals), sophomore Megan Kelly (three goals) and junior Kelly Draper (two goals, two assists). Dykstra also recorded a game-high four caused turnovers and was later recognized as the Patriot League's first-ever Midfielder of the Week honoree.

Junior Anna Pierce impressed on the defensive end, holding defending MAAC Offensive Player of the Year Kelly Condon to only a single assist. Junior Lauren Murray was also stellar with a game-high four draw controls.

The Mountain Hawks have enjoyed sensational success at the Ulrich Sports Complex in their history, posting a 44-29 all-time record, including 8-3 last season. The defending Patriot League Regular Season Champs play nine home games this season. All nine come within the first 13 games of the season.

Delaware has had a strong start to the season under new head coach Kateri Linville. The Blue Hens are 1-1, falling to defending national champion Maryland in their opener before bouncing back with a convincing 12-4 win over La Salle. Leading the way offensively is Ali Libertini, who has posted six points via five goals and an assist. Corrine Drost has also recorded five goals while Julianna Jeffers has six points behind four goals and two assists. Holy Burman leads the team in assists with three. Morgan Leonard has led the defense with five caused turnovers while Makenzie Worthington has started both games in goal, posting a .344 save percentage and 10.50 GAA.

A longstanding rivalry, Lehigh has struggled all-time against Delaware, trailing in the series, 21-7. The teams first met in 1981, when they played three times with the Blue Hens victorious on two occasions. The sides continued to meet multiple times a season through 1988 and at least once per season all the way until 1995. The schools then reconvened last year for the first time since 1997 with the Mountain Hawks winning a 12-11 thriller. Saturday marks the first home game in the all-time series since 1995, a game Lehigh won, 14-13.

The Mountain Hawks are back in action on Wednesday when they host Saint Josejph's at the Ulrich Sports Complex at 3:30 p.m. Lehigh then hits the road for a showdown at No. 17 Florida next Saturday (Mar. 5) at 1 p.m.

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