Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/12/15
From Press Releases
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 7-3 halftime lead and fought off Stony Brook’s early second-half charge to win its second straight one-goal thriller over a nationally-ranked foe, 12-11 on a sun-splashed Sunday afternoon.
Senior Dan Taylor led the offense with seven points (two goals, career-high tying five assists), his fifth straight game with five or more points, while junior Reid Weber (Germantown Academy) posted five points behind four goals and an assist.
“I’m really proud of the effort today,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “Our guys are playing well right now. This is how we had hoped to play in March, but we’ll take it at this point. We’re starting to get better and we’re starting to come together as a team. All we can control is the games that we have on our schedule. I thought we did a good job of getting ready to play today and answering the bell when Stony Brook made a run at us in the second half.”
The Seawolves began the second half on a 5-0 run to take an 8-7 lead, but the Mountain Hawks answered with two goals in the span of 55 seconds, from sophomore Matt Raposo and senior Cody Ferraro, and Lehigh wouldn’t trail the rest of the game.
Raposo finished with a career-high two goals while Ferraro scored his first goal of the season. The game was a homecoming for Ferraro and several Lehigh players from Long Island.
Junior long pole Casey Eidenshink (La Salle) and senior Lukas Mikelinich each tallied two groundballs and three caused turnovers as the Mountain Hawks held one of the nation’s top scoring offenses more than three goals under its average.
Lehigh jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals from senior Alan Henderson (also a Long Island native) and Weber. The Seawolves answered with two straight to even the score at two early in the second. The teams traded goals before Lehigh used a 4-0 run to spring into halftime with a commanding 7-3 advantage. Taylor scored twice in that run, and dished an assist to Raposo on the man advantage.
After Stony Brook’s 5-0 run to begin the third quarter, Raposo corralled a groundball off a save and from mid-air, beat Seawolves goalie Hayden Johnstone to even the score at eight. Just 55 seconds later, Ferraro fired one past Johnstone, off a feed from Taylor, to make it 9-8 with 4:03 left in the third.
Stony Brook tied the score with 12 seconds on the clock, but Lehigh answered with the first two goals of the third quarter (both assisted by Taylor) and three of the first four. A Weber extra-man goal (also assisted by Taylor) made it 12-10, which proved to be the difference. Stony Brook’s Lucas Rock scored at the 1:25 mark and the Seawolves had a chance in the final seconds to tie the score, but Lehigh came up with a big defensive stop to walk away with the victory.
Final shots were 35-31 in favor of Stony Brook while groundballs were even at 31. The Seawolves won 17-of-26 faceoffs. Senior Matt Poillon made seven saves, including three in the fourth quarter, in a homecoming game for the Mount Sinai native. Johnstone finished with eight. Lehigh turned the ball over just seven times as a team.
The Mountain Hawks wrap up the regular season when they host archrival Lafayette on Friday (Apr. 17) at 7 p.m. With a win and a Boston University loss to Holy Cross (played at the same time Friday), Lehigh would advance to its fifth straight Patriot League Tournament.
Bryn Athyn 17, Medaille 6
Nolan Frame had seven goals and two assists to lead the Lions (7-4).
Delaware 9, Drexel 6
Junior Casey Lyons and sophomore Jamie Schwartz each posted four points Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hens defeated Drexel at Vidas Field.
Lyons led all scorers with four goals while Schwartz collected two goals and a game-best two assists.
Lyons added two groundballs and a draw control for the Blue Hens (10-5, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association).
Senior Caitlin McCartney (Archbishop Wood) also registered two goals in addition to five draw controls and two caused turnovers. With her two tallies, McCartney moved into a tie for seventh in Delaware career history with 147 goals.
Lehigh 16, American 6
The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team went on a 5-1 run late in the first half to turn a close one-goal lead into a four-goal halftime advantage, on the way to a dominant victory at American. The Mountain Hawks’ fifth straight road win clinches Lehigh’s second straight Patriot League Tournament berth. Lehigh has scored 15 or more goals in three of its last five road contests.
Senior Carli Sukonik (Harriton) and sophomore Allison LaBeau each scored four goals to lead the offense while junior Kendall Garden also added a hat trick. Freshman Haley Wentzel and sophomore Lauren Beausoleil each scored twice. Beausoleil added two caused turnovers as Lehigh caused nine of American’s 12 turnovers for the game. On the other side, the Mountain Hawks turned the ball over just six times as a team.
Duquesne 10, La Salle 8
Caitlyn Brostrand (amden Catholic) paced La Salle with four goals and an assist as the Explorers were edged at Duquesne Sunday afternoon.
Katelyn Fay (Henderson) added three goals and Allee Ilgenfritz (York, Pa./West York) chipped in one goal to round out the Explorers’ (6-6, 2-2 Atlantic 10) scoring.
St. Bonaventure 15, St. Joseph’s 10
Five consecutive goals over an eight and a half minute span put St. Bonaventure ahead to stay as the Bonnies topped the Hawks at the Marra Athletic Complex. Junior Kelly Phelan paced the Hawks with three goals on the day, while sophomore Maggie Egan tallied four points.
The Hawks will close out the season at home, playing their final three Atlantic 10 games at Sweeney Field. Masscahusetts visits Hawk Hill on Friday, April 17, at 7:00 p.m., before SJU hosts Davidson at noon on April 19. Saint Joseph’s will wrap things up on Friday night, April 24, with a 7:00 start against crosstown rival La Salle.
Vanderbilt 10, UConn 9, OT
Alex Duckenfield (Strath Haven) had four groundballs and a caused turnover and fellow defender Maggie Forker (Episcopal Academy) had three groundballs and a caused turnover to help Vandy get the victory.