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Men’s lacrosse: Lehigh bounces back with Patriot League win

Sunday, 24th March 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/24/13
From Press Release

The #15/16 Lehigh men’s lacrosse team bounced back from a tough midweek loss to UMass by posting an 8-5 win at a much-improved Holy Cross team Saturday.

Senior David DiMaria led the offense with his 10th career hat trick while junior Ty Souders (Emmaus) and freshman Tripp Telesco each posted three groundballs and a caused turnover on the defensive end. The Mountain Hawks improve to 6-4 and 2-0 in Patriot League play while the Crusaders fall to 4-4 and 1-2 in the league.

Sophomore Matt Poillon continued his stellar play between the pipes, allowing just five goals while making six saves. He’s allowed six goals or fewer in four of his seven games this season.

Senior Brian Hess scored two goals while sophomore Kurtis Kaunas (Parkland) and seniors Dante Fantoni and Kyle Stiefel added the others. Senior Ryan Snyder won 5-of-10 faceoffs with three groundballs while junior Ryan Buttenbaum (Conestoga) won 4-of-7.

After more than 11 minutes of scoreless lacrosse, Hess broke the ice at 3:47 of the first quarter to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead. However, the Crusaders answered with two goals over the final 1:22 to take a 2-1 lead after a quarter of play.

A Stiefel goal at 12:29 of the second helped Lehigh regain the lead again (3-2) as the teams went on to trade goals to go into the half with the Mountain Hawks leading 4-3.

DiMaria and Kaunas scored the first two goals of the second half to give Lehigh its first three-goal advantage of the afternoon (6-3) with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Each side scored twice more as the Mountain Hawks took a 7-5 lead into the fourth.

DiMaria netted the only goal (for either side) in the fourth, and the defense hung strong, as the Mountain Hawks walked away with the 8-5 victory to improve to 23-0 all-time against the Crusaders.

Lehigh held a 31-28 edge in shots and 26-24 advantage in groundballs. The Mountain Hawks were 1-for-5 on the extra man while Holy Cross was 0-for-3. Poillon’s six saves came across Michael Ortlieb, who made seven.

Lehigh returns home for three of its final four regular season home games, beginning next Saturday (Mar. 30) against Navy at 1 p.m.

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