March 24, 2011

Fitzpatrick Makes 16 Saves in Lehigh Victory

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – Freshman goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick made a career-high 16 saves and five Mountain Hawks finished with four or more points to lead the Lehigh women's lacrosse team (5-4, 1-1 Patriot League) to a convincing 18-6 win over Temple on Thursday. Sophomore Megan Kelly paced the offense with a career-high tying four goals and five points.

"Having balanced scoring is a sign of a good team," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "I was really happy we got a quality goalkeeping performance as well."

Fitzpatrick was the story, making 10 of her 16 saves after halftime to hold the Owls to only two second-half goals. The 16 saves marked the most for a Lehigh goalie in more than three years when Kelsey Ferris made 18 on Mar. 21, 2008 against Canisius.

"I thought she made some really nice point-blank saves at critical times that allowed us to stop their momentum and let us regroup," said Redfern.

The win also marked Lehigh's first-ever victory against the Owls in the teams' first matchup since 1993. Temple had won the previous 13 meetings.

Junior Kelly Draper posted her second straight six-point game, tallying three goals and three assists. Sophomore Anna Patterson set career highs with three goals and five points, while tying a career-high two assists. Seniors Lauren Dykstra (two goals, two assists) and Allison Thomas (three goals, one assist) each posted four points as well. For Thomas, it marked her seventh-straight multi-goal game as she moves within two of her 100th career goal.

Sophomore Julie McBrien also added a pair of goals while freshman Chelsea Retaleato netted the other. Junior Leigh Ann Torcivia was tremendous all game with five draw controls and five groundballs. Junior Lauren Murray finished with three draw controls, two groundballs and two caused turnovers.

The Mountain Hawks jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead less than two minutes into the game behind goals from Patterson and Kelly. Lehigh extended the lead to 4-0, but Temple responded with two straight and four of the next eight to hang within 8-4 at the half.

Lehigh began extending its lead in the second as two Patterson goals made it 10-4 with 21:08 remaining. The Mountain Hawks went up, 12-4, but the Owls answered with two Jackie Mercer scores in the span of 1:30 to make it 12-6 at 13:27. However, Lehigh responded in a big way, netting the game's final six goals to run away with the 18-6 victory.

Final shots were 30-24 in favor of Lehigh while groundballs were 24-16, Mountain Hawks. Lehigh held a 15-11 advantage in draw controls. Fitzpatrick made 16 saves across Temple goalie Tess Bishop, who posted eight.

The Mountain Hawks return to action on Sunday when they travel to archrival Lafayette to face the Leopards at 1 p.m.

"It's always good to get a win and feel good leading into a league game," said Redfern. "It's a huge game for us right now at this point in the season. It's Lehigh vs. Lafayette. That says it all."

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