March 11, 2011

Lehigh to Host Colgate Saturday

from press release

– After cruising to a 19-7 win over Siena on Wednesday, the Lehigh women's lacrosse team looks to carry that momentum into its Patriot League opener against Colgate on Saturday. Opening draw at the Ulrich Sports Complex is set for 1 p.m. The Mountain Hawks (3-2) begin their quest for a league title, a year after winning the regular season and hosting the Patriot League Tournament.

Lehigh bounced back from a 15-10 loss at No. 14 Florida with a convincing victory over the Saints on Wednesday. The Mountain Hawks opened up as much as an 18-4 lead before Siena scored three of the final four goals to pull closer at the final horn. Senior Lauren Dykstra continues to impress in her quest for the school record in career goals. After five more against Siena - already her third five-goal game of the season - Dykstra is up to 206 in her career. With 36 more tallies, she would tie for the Lehigh (and Patriot League) record.

Senior Allison Thomas has been stellar alongside Dykstra as well; she stands second on the team with 15 points behind nine goals and six assists. She picked up a hat trick on Wednesday with three goals and a helper. Freshman Julie Tatios also scored her first-career goals in the win while Kate Cooper recorded her first-career assist.

Lehigh looks to win its Patriot League opener for a second straight season and third time in the past four years. The Mountain Hawks won their first two league games of last season, defeating Bucknell and Lafayette.

Predicted third in the Patriot League preseason poll, Colgate enters with a 2-3 record, having defeated Stony Brook and Vermont while falling to Syracuse, Cornell and New Hampshire. The Raiders hung tough against the No. 5 Orange before losing, 19-14. They also fell to the Big Red by only one. Leading the offense is Colleen Bubnack, with 28 points via 20 goals and eight assists. Courtney Miller has 20 points behind six goals and a team-leading 14 assists while Kate Bergstrom has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists). Christina Roa has struggled with a 15.93 GAA and .353 save percentage, but does own 41 saves through five games.

Lehigh has won the last two meetings against the Raiders to improve its all-time record to 11-18. The Mountain Hawks won last season's contest, 15-12, and the year prior, 15-11. The teams first met in 1981, a 6-5 Lehigh win. Lehigh did win eight of the first 13 games, but the Raiders responded by downing the Mountain Hawks for 10 straight seasons from 1998 to 2006. Lehigh has won three of the last five since that point.

The Mountain Hawks continue their four-game homestand on Wednesday when they welcome Fairfield to the Ulrich Sports Complex at 3:30 p.m. Lehigh returns to league action next Saturday when it hosts Bucknell at 1 p.m.

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