March 23, 2013

Sukonik, McBrien Lead Lehigh Over Bucknell

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Sophomore Carli Sukonik scored six goals and senior Julie McBrien added five to help lead the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team to a 14-8 win over Bucknell on Saturday. The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Mountain Hawks and gives them their first Patriot League victory of the season. Junior Alexandra Fitzpatrick added 12 saves in a strong effort between the pipes.
“I thought we had a strong effort,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “[The players] decided they were going to win and that makes a really big difference as opposed to going out and seeing how it goes. They were determined today to get the win and a lot of people contributed to the victory.”
Freshman Nicole Isdaner and Kendall Garden, along with sophomore Chelsea Retaleato, added Lehigh’s other goals while freshman Megan Paytas tallied three assists. Isdaner and sophomore Kelsey Yenco tied for the team lead with three draw controls apiece.
“[Carli and Julie] are strong attackers and they’re experienced,” said Redfern. “Some of our younger players are less so, or don’t have as much confidence going to the cage. When we need goals, we look to them and they produce really well.”

Bucknell was led by Emily Kookogey who had two goals. The Bison’s leading scorer Katelyn Miller was held to only one goal by McBrien, who excelled at both ends of the field.
The Bison got the scoring started, but Lehigh answered in a big way as Sukonik scored three times and McBrien twice within a 8:29 span as Sukonik’s third made it 5-1 at 17:33 of the first half. The Bison answered with the next three to pull within one, but McBrien answered with her third of the game at 2:40 of the first for a 7-5 halftime lead.
The teams traded goals through the first five minutes of the second then with Lehigh leading 9-7, the Mountain Hawks went on a 5-0 run. Sukonik added three more in that span, capping it off with 1:02 remaining to make it 14-7. Bucknell scored 24 seconds later, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
Final shots were 24-23 in favor of Bucknell while Lehigh held a 15-11 edge in groundballs and draw controls were tied at 12. Fitzpatrick’s 12 saves came across Caroline O’Neill, who made six.
“It’s a really nice monkey off your back to be able to get the W,” said Redfern. “They feel good about it. Our goal every time out is not just winning a game, but also we’re trying to get better and get mentally tougher. To get a W and still make progress in those other areas is important.”

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