April 5, 2014

LaBeau Scores Twice in OT as Lehigh Upsets Boston University

from press release

BOSTON - The Lehigh women's lacrosse team scored twice in the last 5:22 of regulation before putting Boston University away in the second overtime, 12-11 on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Allison LaBeau scored in the first overtime before sending the Mountain Hawks home winners at 4:17 of the second overtime period. Lehigh handed the Terriers their first-ever Patriot League loss and first loss at home this season. The Mountain Hawks also snapped Boston University's five-game winning streak.
"This is a great win for our team and certainly a confidence boost heading into our final three games," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern.
The Mountain Hawks improve to 3-2 in the league with games at Navy and vs. American and Holy Cross remaining. Lehigh currently stands in fourth place in the Patriot League standings; the top six teams make the Patriot League Tournament.
LaBeau scored a game-high four goals on the afternoon while junior Carli Sukonik also had four points behind three goals and an assist. Freshman Krista Dampman scored twice and sophomore Megan Paytas dished a pair of assists. Sophomore Kendall Garden had another strong all-around game with a goal, assist, three groundballs, three draw controls and a caused turnover. Junior Alexandra Fitzpatrick made 11 saves in goal, her third straight double-figure save performance.
Boston University jumped out to a quick 3-1 lead following an Elizabeth Morse goal with 22:09 left in the first half.
Lehigh answered in a big way, scoring six straight goals to take a 7-3 advantage. Dampman got it started with a free position goal at 18:18 while LaBeau and Sukonik each scored twice during that run and freshman Lauren Beausoleil added the other.
The Terriers broke a 14:37 scoreless drought with a goal at 7:32, which pulled Boston University within 7-4 at the half.
Dampman gave Lehigh an 8-4 lead at 27:15 of the second half, then after more than 11 minutes with no goals for either side, the Terriers reeled off six in a row. The run began at 16:04 and ran through a Mallory Collins goal at 9:46 to make it 10-8 Terriers.
The Mountain Hawks wouldn't go quietly. Sukonik pulled Lehigh within 10-9 at the 5:22 mark then senior Chelsea Retaleato evened the score at 10 with 3:08 left in regulation.
Lehigh had a chance to win the game in regulation, but a turnover gave the Terriers a chance. They got a shot off, but Fitzpatrick made the save as time expired to force overtime.
LaBeau scored early in overtime, but Boston University evened the score with 1:22 on the clock. The Terriers again had a chance for the game-winner at the end of the first overtime, but they couldn't get a shot off.
Boston University won the opening draw in the sudden-victory second overtime, but Lehigh forced a turnover. After a LaBeau shot was saved, the Terriers turned the ball over and this time, LaBeau wouldn't be denied. The freshman from Mountain Lakes, New Jersey beat Christina Sheridan to give Lehigh the big road victory.
"Our team is learning how to battle for all 60 minutes," said Redfern. "Today we kept that mentality and it made the difference and won the game."
Final shots were 27-23 in favor of Lehigh while the Terriers held an 11-10 edge in groundballs and the Mountain Hawks held a 14-11 advantage in groundballs. Fitzpatrick's 11 saves came across a pair of Terriers who combined to make seven.
The Mountain Hawks return to action on Wednesday when they travel to Navy to face the Midshipmen. Opening draw is set for 6:30 p.m. and will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.

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