March 17, 2012

Lehigh Bumps Bucknell in Second Straight 17-Goal Outburst

from press release

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team held the lead for much of the game, on its way to a convincing 17-9 victory at Bucknell on Friday afternoon. Freshman Carli Sukonik and senior Leigh Ann Torcivia each scored four goals apiece with Torcivia posting a career-high seven points. Three others each recorded multiple goals as well while junior MaryLeah DiNisco stopped 10-of-19 shots in goal.

It marks the second straight game Lehigh scored 17 goals as the squad topped Binghamton, 17-10 on Wednesday. The Mountain Hawks improve to 4-4 on the season and 1-1 in Patriot League play.

“It was a team effort all the way around,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “We did what we needed to do to get this win. We’re thrilled to get our first win in the league.”

The Mountain Hawks dropped a tough 13-9 final at Colgate in their league opener, but erased any doubt early on Saturday, taking a 9-6 halftime lead and extending it in the second.

“It’s important for a young team to assert themselves in a league game and we were able to do that today,” said Redfern. “I think it helps gain confidence and momentum through our schedule. It’s a critical win for us.”

Junior Julie McBrien scored three goals and added an assist while seniors Lauren Murray and Kelly Draper added two goals apiece. The Mountain Hawks dominated draw controls, 21-6, led by seven from Sukonik. Torcivia enjoyed a stellar all-around game with four groundballs and three caused turnovers.

“Draw control is a big part of our production right now,” said Redfern. “We’re getting possessions and converting our opportunities. I think that’s the difference. Leigh Ann and Carli finished well; we’re taking advantage of our opportunities around the net.”

Bucknell scored first at 27:56 of the first half, but Lehigh responded with four of the next five to take a 4-2 after Draper’s first at the 15:57 mark. The Bison tied the score at four, but McBrien and Sukonik came back with their second each to create some distance. The Mountain Hawks then scored three of the next five goals, including an Alissa Hardiman score with time expiring, to make it 9-6 after 30 minutes of play.

The Bison tried to make a comeback, pulling as close as 10-8 with less than 25 minutes remaining, but Lehigh dominated from there. A 7-1 run to end the game began with two straight McBrien scores, before concluding with Torcivia’s third and fourth of the game, good for the 17-9 final.

Final shots were tied at 30 while Bucknell held a 14-11 edge in groundballs and Lehigh was up 21-6 in draw controls. Both sides were 12-of-14 in clears. DiNisco made 10 saves across Bison goalie Caroline O’Neil who had seven.

Lehigh returns to action on Wednesday when it travels to Fairfield to take on the Stags. That precedes a home showdown next Saturday against archrival Lafayette.

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