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Men’s lacrosse: @LehighLacrosse downs Monmouth, 13-7

Wednesday, 26th March 2014

Categories Boy's/Men's, College  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/26/14
From Press Release

Five Mountain Hawks finished with multiple points, freshman Casey McAdam won 17-of-23 faceoffs and sophomore Tripp Telesco led the defense with five groundballs and five caused turnovers as the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team topped Monmouth 13-7 on a chilly Wednesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

Lehigh's Ty Souders defends Monmouth's Dan Bloodgood

Lehigh’s Ty Souders defends Monmouth’s Dan Bloodgood (Photos by Rene Schleicher)

Sophomore Reid Weber (Germantown Academy) led the offense with a career-high four goals and five points while junior Patrick Corbett posted his eighth-career hat trick as the Mountain Hawks improve to 7-3 on the season.

“I am proud of the way the guys finished tonight,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “We’ve been struggling in the fourth quarter a little bit and our stats will show that. I was happy to be able to win the fourth quarter, and the third quarter as well. It was a good second half for us.”

Lehigh extended a 7-5 halftime lead to 10-6 after three quarters and 13-7 at the final horn.

“The guys played with good energy,” said Cassese. “I thought Monmouth played with good energy as well. It was a pretty evenly-matched game in the first half, but our guys rose to the occasion. I think some of our experience came to the forefront. It’s good to get the win.”

Sophomore Alex Eaton set a career high with four points (two goals, two assists) while junior Alan Henderson had a career-high two goals and assist. Junior Dan Taylor scored a goal and added two assists.

McAdam was dominant at the faceoff X, going a perfect 10-of-10 in the second half to help Lehigh pull away. He finished the evening with 12 groundballs.

“I’m really proud of Casey,” said Cassese. “He had a tough go against Army on Saturday and I know that’s been eating at him. To go back with him and have him with this output tonight is great for a young guy, to get rid of that taste. He did a great job, not only winning the draw, but also creating some offense and unsettled situations. I am proud of his effort. Our faceoff unit in general was great today.”

Tripp Telesco of Lehigh defends Monmouth's Chris Daly (Lower Merion)

Tripp Telesco of Lehigh defends Monmouth’s Chris Daly (Lower Merion)

Along with Telesco’s big night, senior Ty Souders (Emmaus) had four groundballs and a caused turnover as Lehigh’s starting close defense collected 11 groundballs and six caused turnovers on the evening.

Taylor got the scoring started at 13:19 of the first quarter off a feed from Eaton. Weber scored his first of the day just 1:30 later, but Monmouth responded with two straight goals to pull even. Two goals in a 28-second span, from junior Kurtis Kaunas (Parkland) and another from Weber, made it 4-2 after one quarter.

Monmouth pulled within 4-3 less than a minute into the second quarter, but goals from Weber and Henderson made it 6-3. However, Monmouth answered with two of the final three first-half goals to pull within 7-5 after 30 minutes of play.

Lehigh came out of halftime with a vengeance, scoring the first two in the first 2:29 to take a 9-5 lead. Monmouth answered, but the Mountain Hawks erased any doubt by scoring three straight bridging the third and fourth quarters to take a 12-6 lead. Monmouth scored at 6:22 of the fourth, but Weber scored his fourth goal of the game in transition off a feed from Telesco (his first-career point) for the 13-7 final.

For Monmouth, Andrew Grajewski (La Salle) had four groundballs and three caused turnoves to lead the defense, Stephen Murawski (Cherokee) scored once, had five groundballs and a caused turnover, Eric Berger (Penn Charter) had two assists, Chris Daly (Lower Merion) and Kevin Murphy (Penn Charter) had assists,

The Mountain Hawks held a 43-22 lead in both shots and groundballs. Sophomore Steve Brodeur (Strath Haven) made six saves in goal while a pair of Monmouth goalies combined for 13 stops. Monmouth was 3-of-5 on the extra man while Lehigh was 1-for-1.

The Mountain Hawks will remain home for a Patriot League matchup against Holy Cross on Saturday at 2 p.m. That game will be broadcast locally on Service Electric 2 Sports, and streamed online through the Patriot League Network.

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