Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/14/10
Adam Johnston completed a hat trick with just over three minutes left in the game to lift visiting Lehigh to a 7-6 victory today over St. Joseph’s in a men’s lacrosse game at Franklin Field.
St. Joe’s (0-2) rallied from a 4-2 halftime deficit and led, 6-5 after consecutive goals by sophomore Matt Dougherty (Conestoga), until the Mountain Hawks (1-0) staged the final comeback. Freshman goalie Dan Carr (Penn Charter) earned the win in his college debut with 10 saves, David DiMaria assisted on the game-winner and face-off man Will Scudder (Haverford School) was a standout for Lehigh, taking 12 of 17 draws.
“If you take a look at our hustle stats from today, we outshot our opponent, we out ground-balled them and I thought we carried the pace of play for the entire game,” Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese said. “We battled back in the fourth quarter; I think we proved we could win the game in the first three quarters and we went out and showed it in the fourth. Give a lot of credit to Saint Joseph’s. Their zone defense baffled us. We are an inexperienced offense and it showed today.”
Goalkeeper Griffin Ferrigan made a career-high 23 saves in net for the Hawks while Steve Dunn (Malvern Prep), Sean Evans (Henderson), Artie Marrapese and Charlie Gorman’s each scored once.
Cassese then singled out several Mountain Hawks who played impressive games on Sunday.
“Will Scudder (Haverford School) had a great day for us,” Cassese said. “He took every face-off and did a terrific job. Dan Carr had a strong game with a number of big saves and in front of him I thought Evan Guerrero did a great job with his play and setting the tone for the entire defense.
“We received great leadership from Kyle Gentile all afternoon long and David DiMaria was excellent in his first game.”
The Mountain Hawks also got solid defense from starters Blaise Fullen (Penn Charter) and Mike Noone (La Salle).
Lehigh returns to the field next weekend when the Mountain Hawks head to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face the nationally ranked Tar Heels on Saturday at noon. St. Joe’s next hosts Bellarmine on Saturday, February 27, at noon on Finnesey Field.
Salisbury 19, Greensboro College 6
Freshman Brandon Groux (Salesianum School, DE) had a goal as the Sea Gulls coasted in their opener on the road.
Penn State 9, Loyola 8
Goalie Stephanie Ellis (Radnor) made seven saves and Aly Adams (Springfield-Delco) scored once while defender Jackie Eastman (Springfield-Delco) scooped two groundballs as the host Nittany Lions opened with a triumph over Loyola.
North Carolina 18, Denver 7
Freshman Emily Garrity (Strath Haven) had two draw controls and a groundball for the Tar Heels in their season opener. Goalie Ashley Harman (Boyertown) made 10 saves for Denver (0-2) and freshman Kate Henrich (Germantown Academy) had two caused turnovers and one groundball.
William & Mary 15, Ohio State 14
Goalie Emily Geary (Radnor) made seven saves and freshman Kyrstin Mackrides (Villa Maria Academy) scored two goals as the Tribe opened with a home victory. All-American Kelly Haggerty (Unionville) collected three goals and three assists and Gabby Capuzzi (Archbishop Carroll) had a goal for the Buckeyes (0-1).
Duke 19, Vanderbilt 10
Kacie Connors (Radnor) scored once for the host Commodores (0-1) while Kim Wenger (Great Valley) had one assist and four groundballs for the Blue Devils (2-0).
Maryland 17, Richmond 7
Molly Early (Radnor) scored once for the Spiders as they fell to the host Terps in their season opener.