November 17, 2010

Lehigh Strengthens Schedule After Banner 2010

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern announced the Mountain Hawks' 2011 schedule on Wednesday, highlighted by a pair of games against 2010 NCAA Tournament teams, a home showdown against Virginia Tech, and a trip to Florida to face the Gators for the first time in school history. The schedule includes 16 games, nine at home, and against four teams ranked in the top 30 of last season's final RPI.

The Mountain Hawks will face two squads – Marist and Navy – who advanced to last season's NCAA Tournament, while also squaring off against Penn State, Florida, Navy and Fairfield, who finished last year with stellar RPIs of 15, 22, 24 and 28. Lehigh finished 20th.

"Our 2011 schedule is a great mix of traditional opponents and teams we have not recently played," said Redfern. "Every game will be a chance for us to play our best lacrosse. We are looking forward to each challenge."

Lehigh is coming off an impressive 2010 season which included a 14-4 overall record and its first Patriot League Regular Season Championship since 1994. The Mountain Hawks are eying their first-ever Patriot League Tournament Title and with it, a berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Following an exhibition tune-up at Princeton on Feb. 12 or 13, The Mountain Hawks will kick off the regular season on Feb. 19 at defending Metro Atlantic Champion Marist. Lehigh looks to avenge last season's 8-6 loss. The Mountain Hawks return to the Ulrich Sports Complex the following Saturday to host Delaware in their home opener at 1:00 p.m. They remain home on Mar. 2, looking for their sixth straight win over intrastate rival Saint Joseph's.

The Mountain Hawks head to the University of Florida on Mar. 5 to face a Gator program in only its second year of existence. Florida went 10-8 in its inaugural season last year as part of the challenging American Lacrosse Conference.

Lehigh then returns to the Ulrich Sports Complex for a four-game homestand, which includes the first Patriot League contests of the season. After hosting Siena on Mar. 9, the Mountain Hawks welcome league rivals Colgate and Bucknell on consecutive Saturdays (Mar. 12, 19) with a nonleague showdown against Fairfield sandwiched in between (Mar. 16).

The team stays close to home for its next two road games, at Temple (Mar. 24) and Lafayette (Mar. 27) before wrapping up its home slate with three straight contests. The Mountain Hawks host American on Apr. 2, Iona on the sixth and Virginia Tech on the ninth. It will mark Lehigh's first-ever game against the Hokies, the program's 14th overall game against an ACC opponent and first since an 11-10 loss against Boston College in 2009.

The Apr. 6 game against Iona is slated for 7:00 p.m. and will be the team's Pink Game in support of breast cancer awareness.

The Mountain Hawks wrap up the regular season at Penn State (Apr. 12), Holy Cross (Apr. 16) and Navy (Apr. 23). Lehigh is looking for its elusive first win against the Nittany Lions; the squad dropped a slim 14-13 final last season, while losing by a 14-10 margin in 2009.

The Patriot League Tournament is set for Apr. 28 and 30, hosted by the regular season champion. Lehigh is looking for its first-ever league tournament title. The Patriot League Champion will earn the league's automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament, which begins in mid-May and wraps up with the national semifinals and championship game two weekends later.

2011 Lehigh Women's Lacrosse Schedule

Feb. 12 or 13   at Princeton (exh.)             TBA
Feb. 19         at Marist                     1:00 pm
Feb. 26         DELAWARE                      1:00 pm
Mar. 2          SAINT JOSEPH'S                3:30 pm
Mar. 5          at Florida                    1:00 pm
Mar. 9          SIENA                         3:30 pm
Mar. 12         COLGATE*                      1:00 pm
Mar. 16         FAIRFIELD                     3:30 pm
Mar. 19         BUCKNELL*                     3:00 pm
Mar. 24         at Temple                     3:00 pm
Mar. 27         at Lafayette*                 1:00 pm
Apr. 2          AMERICAN*                     3:00 pm
Apr. 6          IONA                          7:00 pm
Apr. 9          VIRGINIA TECH                 1:00 pm
Apr. 12         at Penn State                 4:00 pm
Apr. 16         at Holy Cross                12:00 pm
Apr. 23         at Navy                       3:00 pm
Apr. 28         Patriot League Semifinal
April 30        Patriot League Championship

Home games in CAPS
*Denotes Patriot League opponent

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