Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/24/15
From Press Release
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team scored a season-high 16 goals and allowed a season-low five goals in an impressive 16-5 victory over Monmouth on Tuesday afternoon.
The Mountain Hawks jumped out to a 9-0 lead and wouldn’t look back as they snapped a six-game losing streak in convincing fashion. Senior Dan Taylor led the offense with five goals and two assists while junior defenseman Casey Eidenshink (La Salle) scooped a game-high five groundballs and sophomore Matt Ernst won 11-of-21 at the faceoff X. Freshman Adam Sawicki made eight saves in his third consecutive strong effort between the pipes.
The 16-goal outburst came against a Monmouth team allowing just six goals per game coming in, second in the country. The Hawks were coming off a win over defending MAAC Champion Siena on Saturday.
“Give our guys credit,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “I challenged them in the locker room today. It’s been tough going for us for a few weeks now, but to show up today and get a full team effort on both sides of the ball and in between the lines at the faceoff, I thought that was important. We’re still trying to take steps in the right direction. I thought today was a positive step for us. I’m trying to learn more about our team and I think I learned a little bit about our team today.”
Along with Taylor’s seven points, junior Reid Weber (Germantown Academy) tied a career high with five points via two goals and three assists while senior Kurtis Kaunas tallied four points (two goals, two assists) to tie a career high. Junior Billy Oppenheimer (Germantown Academy) scored twice to tie a career high as well. In total, nine different Mountain Hawks scored a goal while 10 recorded a point. Included among the goals was senior Klay Heston’s first goal of the season and the first-career goal from sophomore Anthony Ramaizel.
The Mountain Hawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead after a quarter of play as Taylor had a hat trick before the game was 15 minutes old. He tallied a natural hat trick, scoring at 10:16, 4:21 and 0:56 of the first quarter before classmate Patrick Corbett gave Lehigh a five-goal advantage with just one second on the first-quarter clock.
The lead reached 9-0 after senior Alan Henderson with 8:31 remaining in the second quarter.
Monmouth responded with the next two goals and four of the next five bridging the end of the second and beginning of the third quarters, but the Mountain Hawks ended the game with six of the final seven tallies to erase any doubt. The run began with Taylor’s fifth of the game, off a feed from Weber. After Monmouth pulled within 13-5 in the fourth, Oppenheimer, Heston and Ramaziel rounded out the scoring, accounting for the 16-5 final.
Final shots were 39-26 in favor of Lehigh while Monmouth held a 29-23 edge in groundballs. Lehigh was 3-for-4 on the extra man while Monmouth was 1-for-4. Sawicki’s eight saves came across a pair of Monmouth goalies who combined for 11. Lehigh sophomore Donny Stires also got into the game, making a save without allowing a goal.
The Mountain Hawks return to league play when they travel to Holy Cross on Saturday. Opening faceoff is set for 3 p.m.
“You don’t really get momentum until you win a couple in a row,” said Cassese. “We’ll try and do that starting this weekend. It’s going to be a tall order; we’ve got a huge matchup with Holy Cross. It’s good to just win, momentum or otherwise, just to win. It’s been a while since we’ve done that. I said to our guys we need to be starving for a win and I thought we played like that today.”