Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/11/16
From Press Release
The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team celebrated this past season and the senior class of 2016 at its annual banquet on Sunday. The banquet was held at the Wood Dining Room in Iacocca Hall.
Following brunch, head coach Kevin Cassese touched on highlight moments from this past season, a highlight video was played and the class of 2016 was recognized. Awards were handed out and Cassese looked ahead to the rest of the fall and upcoming 2017 season.
Department award winners were also announced on Sunday Tripp Telesco was named the team’s Player of the Year, following a season which saw him earn first team All-Patriot League recognition for the second time in his career. The close defenseman finished the season with 44 groundballs and 30 caused turnovers, both second on the Mountain Hawks. The 30 caused turnovers was tied for ninth in the nation. Among his standout performances included a season-high five groundballs in the regular season at Army West Point while twice causing four turnovers. Telesco contributed three groundballs and three caused turnovers in a big win at No. 20 Boston University, which effectively clinched Lehigh its sixth straight Patriot League Tournament appearance. Telesco was also named to the All-ECAC second team. He ended his career with 138 groundballs and a school-record 97 caused turnovers.
Reid Weber (Germantown Academy) earned the team’s Coaches Award, presented to the student-athlete who contributes to the team in terms of attitude, improvement or special leadership. Weber led the Mountain Hawks’ attack in 2016, finishing the season with a team-leading 37 goals and 51 points. A vocal leader and one of three captains (along with Telesco and Casey Eidenshink, La Salle), he recorded nine hat tricks in 2016 to increase his career total to 19. Weber tied a career-high six points on two occasions, at Furman (four goals, two assists) and vs. Cornell (five goals, one assist). He also eclipsed 100 career goals on his Senior Day against the Big Red. Weber recorded three straight hat tricks against league foes – vs. Colgate, at Army and at Lafayette – while also posting 22 groundballs and six caused turnovers for the season. He finished his career with 104 goals and 45 assists.
Eidenshink garnered the Scholar-Athlete Award, presented to the player who exemplifies the ideals of the student-athlete. Finishing his academic career with a 3.30 GPA as a finance major, Eidenshink was named a USILA Scholar All-American and was a two-time Academic All-Patriot League honoree. Also named a candidate for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, the close defenseman was a second team All-Patriot League honoree as a junior while as a senior, he recorded 32 groundballs and nine caused turnovers. One of Eidenshink’s highlight moments came at No. 3 Duke when he recorded five groundballs and three caused turnovers to help keep Lehigh within striking distance deep into the fourth quarter. He finished his career by recording multiple groundballs in five of his last six games, finishing with 115 career groundballs and 49 career caused turnovers.
The Mountain Hawks advanced to their sixth straight Patriot League Tournament last season. The season saw three seniors earn All-League honors, while the senior class set the table for an impressive core of youngsters. Among the underclass standouts were freshman long-stick midfielder Craig Chick, the nation’s leader with 37 caused turnovers, and freshman attackman Tristan Rai, who finished the year second on the Mountain Hawks in goals (31) and points (41).