March 15, 2011

Lehigh Women Host Fairfield Wednesday

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women's lacrosse team looks to bounce back from a tough loss to Colgate when it welcomes Fairfield to the Ulrich Sports Complex on Wednesday. Opening draw is set for 3:30 p.m. Wednesday marks the third game of the Mountain Hawks' (3-3, 0-1 Patriot League) four-game homestand.

Despite a valiant second-half charge on Saturday, Lehigh fell just short of making a comeback for the ages. Down 10-5 with 6:49 remaining in the first half, the Mountain Hawks responded with six of the next nine goals to pull within 13-11 at 18:49 of the second half. Colgate eventually reopened a 17-11 lead with only 10:42 to go, but Lehigh didn't quit.

The Mountain Hawks scored five of the next six goals in quick fashion, closing the gap to 18-16 with 2:19 still on the clock. They had another chance off the ensuing draw, but Raider goalie Christina Roa made a big save to preserve the final.

Standouts for Lehigh were sophomore Julie McBrien and junior Kelly Draper. McBrien netted a career-high five goals, while also dishing an assist. Draper finished with seven points via two goals and a career-high five assists.

A pair of Mountain Hawks garnered honorable mention recognition on Monday's Patriot League Weekly Honor Roll. Seniors Allison Thomas and Lauren Dykstra were each recognized following a pair of strong performances. Thomas finished last week with six goals, an assist, eight draw controls, four caused turnovers and four groundballs. She posted a hat trick in each contest while her second goal vs. Siena proved to be the game-winner.

Dykstra continued her stellar play with six goals and two assists, along with five draw controls, three groundballs and two caused turnovers. She already has three five-goal games this season and now leads the team with 27 points behind 22 goals and five assists.

The Stags, who enter with a 4-2 record, are led by Chloe Mangan, with a team-high 16 points in only five games. She is also tied for the team lead with 20 points, along with Katie Mackay, who has 10 goals and 10 assists. Melanie Raso is second with 12 goals and third with 13 points. Midfielder Brittany Bare has impressed with a team-high 17 groundballs to go with 11 draw controls (fourth on the team). She also leads the way with eight caused turnovers. Katie Keenan has been solid in goal, owning a 9.04 GAA to go with a .441 save percentage.

Lehigh holds a 6-2 lead in the all-time series against Fairfield, including a tight 14-13 road victory last season. That snapped the Mountain Hawks' two-game losing streak against the Stags, which saw them fall in 2008 (14-13) and '09 (10-7). Lehigh won the first five all-time meetings. The first came in 1998 then after a 12-5 victory in '99, the teams reconvened in 2005, a 20-9 Lehigh victory.

The Mountain Hawks wrap up their four-game homestand on Saturday when they host Patriot League foe Bucknell at 3 p.m. following the men's game against Presbyterian at 12 p.m.

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