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Men’s lacrosse: Lehigh clips St. Joseph’s in opener, 16-7, behind 9-0 second-half surge

Saturday, 12th February 2011

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 2/12/11
From Press Releases

The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team erupted for nine unanswered second-half goals to break the game wide open, on its way to an impressive 16-7 season-opening win over Saint Joseph’s today in men’s college lacrosse.

The 16 goals mark the most Lehigh has scored against the Hawks since 1998. Leading the way offensively was sophomore Dante Fantoni, who posted a career-high six points via five goals and an assist.

“You have to commend our seniors for getting these guys ready to play today,” said Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese. “There was a tremendous amount of energy out there. As you can see through the stats, we dominated all the hustle stats. I was really impressed by that.”

Fantoni’s five goals paced the offensive attack, while fellow sophomore David DiMaria scored a career-high three goals and junior Cameron Lao-Gosney posted his fifth-career hat trick. Senior Jonathan Stumpf also tied a career-high with four points (two goals, two assists) while sophomore Alex Drake chipped in with two points behind a goal and assist.

“I thought the attack played really well for us,” said Cassese. “DiMaria, Fantoni and Cameron Lao-Gosney were dominant, combining for 12 total points. Those guys made a big impact.”

A strong Lehigh defense, led by senior Richard Bradley, stifled the Saint Joseph’s attack, allowing only 11 shots on goal while holding the Hawks scoreless for the first 22:32 of the second half. Bradley finished the afternoon with three ground balls and a team-high two caused turnovers.

Sophomore Ryan Snyder (Kent School, Ct/Reading/Duke’s L.C.) and senior Will Scudder (Haverford School) were dominant at the faceoff X. Snyder won 21-of-26 draws and also scooped up a career-high 11 groundballs. Scudder won four of five draws.

Sophomore Dan Carr (Penn Charter) finished with four saves in goal before being relieved by junior Conor Murphy in the final minute.

Lehigh jumped on Saint Joseph’s early, converting the game?s first goal – a DiMaria unassisted tally – barely over a minute into the game at 13:53. The Hawks came back to even the score at 9:30, but that was the closest they would get. The Mountain Hawks answered with four of the next five goals, including two from Fantoni in a 14-second span, to make it 5-2 with 57 seconds on the first-quarter clock.

Kyle Williams (four goals) helped Saint Joseph’s bounce back with three of his goals. Then, the Hawks drew within 6-5 at halftime as Scott Cullinan (West Chester East) scored as the first-half clock was winding down. Cullinan and Kyle Mahoney each had a goal and an assist.

The Mountain Hawks came out of the locker room with a vengeance as Fantoni, DiMaria and Bradley all scored within a span of 2:11 to make it 9-5. The run continued as DiMaria added his hat trick goal with 8:19 remaining and Lao-Gosney converted his second with 6:41 on the clock to make it 11-5.

The run eventually became 9-0 behind a Stumpf goal with 8:27 remaining in the fourth quarter. Saint Joseph’s answered with two straight markers, but Fantoni capped off the afternoon with his career-high tying fifth goal at 3:56 of the fourth quarter.

Lehigh led the final shot count, 45-23, while it also had 34 ground balls to 21 for Saint Joseph?s. The Mountain Hawks were successful on 12-of-15 clears to Saint Joseph’s 10-of-15. Both teams finished 0-for-4 on man-up opportunities.

Matt Dougherty (Conestoga) and Steve Dunn (Malvern Prep) each had an assist for the Hawks.

Lehigh 16, St. Joseph’s 7
Saint Joseph’s 2 3 0 2 7
Lehigh 5 1 7 3 16

Date: Feb 12, 2011 • Attendance: 641
Weather: 40’s, sunny
Saint Joseph’s SCORING: GOALS: WILLIAMS, Kyle 4; MAHONEY, Kyle 1; CULLINAN, Scott 1; QUINZANI, Augustus 1.
Kyle 1.
Lehigh SCORING: GOALS: Fantoni, Dante 5; Lao-Gosney, Cameron 3; DiMaria, David 3; Stumpf, Jonathan 2; Lao-Gosney, Roman 1; Drake, Alex
1; Bradley, Richard 1.
ASSISTS: Stumpf, Jonathan 2; Drake, Alex 1; Fantoni, Dante 1;
Lao-Gosney, Roman 1; Molnar, Noah 1.

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