Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/29/15
From Press Release
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team outscored Holy Cross 13-3 in the second half to turn a slim 6-4 halftime lead into a runaway 19-7 win on a snowy Saturday in Worcester. The starting attack of junior Reid Weber (Germantown Academy) and seniors Dan Taylor and Patrick Corbett combined for 13 goals and five assists, led by a career-high five goals and six points from Weber. Freshman Adam Sawicki made nine saves in goal in his fourth straight strong start. With the win, Lehigh improves to 2-4 in Patriot League play as the Mountain Hawks look to make a push towards the league tournament
The 19 goals marked Lehigh’s season high for a second straight game as the Mountain Hawks improve to 25-0 all-time against the Crusaders.
“I was proud of the guys. I thought they showed up and were ready to play,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “We talked a lot about playing up here. It’s a tough place to play. Obviously we had the weather that we did today. We just tried to control what we can control, which is our intensity and emotion. I thought we did that. We jumped on them early, they fought back to make it a close game at halftime and then we really challenged our guys again at halftime to win the first five minutes of the third quarter and I thought our guys did a great job of that.”
Taylor had a monster game, tallying eight points behind four goals and four assists. Sophomore Cody Triolo scored the first two goals of his career while juniors Alex Eaton and Billy Oppenheimer (Germantown Academy) each had a goal and assist.
Freshman Matt Ernst (Episcopal Academy) was sensational at the faceoff X, winning 16-of-25 for the game while sophomore Casey McAdam was a perfect 4-for-4 as well.
“Matt did a great job today; he was special,” said Cassese. “He got the ball to our offense. That’s been an issue for us. We’ve been playing two-to-one defense the first two months of the season. Today, we played two-to-one offense. We’ve got a pretty good offensive unit. We just need the ball a little bit more and we can wear down the defense.”
Lehigh enjoyed a quick start, unleashing a shot just seconds into the game. Holy Cross made the save, but the Mountain Hawks found the back of the net just less than two minutes into the stanza as Weber scored his first of the game, from Oppenheimer. Corbett took a nifty feed from Taylor at 9:30 of the quarter to make it 2-0.
Holy Cross responded with the final two goals of the first quarter to pull even after one quarter of play.
Lehigh snapped a 13:43 scoreless drought at 10:47 of the second quarter as Weber scored his second goal of the game. Taylor then made it 4-2 just over two minutes later before Weber’s third and fourth, first on the extra man and second even strength, made it 6-2 with 3:15 left in the quarter.
The Crusaders responded with two goals in the final 2:09 to pull within 6-4 at the half.
The Mountain Hawks erased any doubt in the second half by scoring the first seven goals by six different goal scorers. Corbett began the run on a feed from Taylor, making it 8-4 with 10:15 left in the third quarter. The goals continued to come early in the fourth as the Mountain Hawks scored six times in the first 4:54 to take a 17-5 lead after Taylor’s fourth of the game. Senior defenseman Lukas Mikelinich also scored his first-career goal in that stretch. The teams traded goals the rest of the way, good for the 19-7 final.
Final shots were 38-26 in favor of Lehigh while the Mountain Hawks held a dominant 31-16 edge in groundballs. Lehigh finished by winning 20-of-29 faceoffs. Sawicki had nine saves before being replaced by sophomore Donny Stires, who tallied three.
The Mountain Hawks return to action next Saturday when they travel to Colgate for a must-win game against the Raiders.
“We’re going to have to go up there, another tough place to play, another tough road trip,” said Cassese. “We don’t have any choice but to win. We’re going to have to practice hard this week, we’re going to have to get focused and dialed in and then we’ll have to go up and put our best foot forward on Saturday.”