April 13, 2014

Lehigh Uses 7-0 Run to Defeat American

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Trailing 5-3 at the half, the Lehigh women's lacrosse team scored seven straight in the second on its way to a 10-6 win over American on Sunday afternoon. A trio of freshmen scored all 10 of Lehigh's goals, led by Krista Dampman who set a career high with five. The defense didn't allow a second-half goal until the buzzer sounded and the game well in hand. With the win, Lehigh improves to 7-7 overall and 4-3 in Patriot League play.

"We definitely had a better second half. The first half wasn't a typical effort for us, especially lately," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "American played hard and did some good things. I think it took us a while to respond and get into a groove."

Along with Dampman's career day, classmate Allison LaBeau added four points behind three goals and an assist. Freshman Julianne D'Orazio also scored her first two career goals.

"We have different people stepping up in different games, capitalizing on different plays or attack sets," said Redfern. "One of our goals is to have balanced scoring."

D'Orazio added three caused turnovers to her two goals while junior Kelsey Yenco caused three turnovers as well. Sophomore Kendall Garden filled up the stat sheet with three groundballs, five draw controls and two caused turnovers.

"We have an experienced defense," said Redfern. "We rely on them a lot. We wish they didn't have it down there as much. Today, we hung in on the draw near 50 percent and our defense did the job."

LaBeau and Dampan scored in the early going to make it 2-0 at 24:30 of the first half. American responded with three in a row, eventually taking a 3-2 lead with 15:43 on the clock. After more than 10 minutes without a goal, D'Orazio scored her first-career goal off a feed from LaBeau, but the Eagles scored twice in the final minute to take a 5-3 lead into halftime.

Dampman sparked the Mountain Hawks in the second half, scoring at 27:34 and 26:27 then after a LaBeau goal, adding two more, at 12:06 and 7:54. LaBeau and D'Orazio rounded out Lehigh's scoring.

With several backups in and the game well in hand, the Eagles added a goal as the clock expired, but it was too little, too late.

Final shots were 16-14 in favor of Lehigh while the Mountain Hawks held a 15-9 edge in groundballs and American had a 9-8 advantage in draw controls. Senior goalieAlexandra Fitzpatrick made four saves, including all three that came her way in the second half before being replaced by freshman Taylor Tvedt in the final minutes.

The Mountain Hawks will return home for Senior Day Saturday, hosting Holy Cross at 1 p.m. The Patriot League Tournament begins on Tuesday, Apr. 22 with opening round games on campus sites (at the #3 and 4 seeds). Lehigh has clinched a tournament berth and could still host an opening round game with a win over the Crusaders Saturday.

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