Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/17
From Press Release
Third-seeded Lehigh will face No. 2 Navy in a neutral-site Patriot League Semifinal contest at Loyola Friday at 7:45 p.m. after a conving 15-5 win Tuesday over Bucknell.
The Mountain Hawks (12-5) will be vying for a spot in the Patriot League Championship Game for the first time since 2010.
Senior Allison LaBeau led Lehigh, setting a Patriot League Tournament single-game record with 11 points. She did so by scoring five goals and tallying six assists. The six assists also set the Patriot League Tournament single-game record.
The win came just days after Lehigh ended the regular season with a 12-4 victory at Bucknell.
“It’s definitely concerning when you need to play the same team in four days. It’s never the same outcome; it’s a different game every time,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “I’m proud of our team for recognizing that and for showing up ready to play a solid home game.”
LaBeau’s 11 points are tied for fifth most by anyone in Division I college lacrosse this season. The 11 points shattered her previous career high of eight as she reached a career-high 89 points on the season, most points for a Lehigh player since Jill Altshuler had 89 in 1995. LaBeau is now tied for second in school history for points in a season, only behind Altshuler’s 119 in 1996.
“I thought Alli’s performance was spectacular,” said Redfern. “She has such a unique skill set in our league. All parts of her game were on display tonight as far as finishing and feeding. She was involved in all ways and was just a dominant athlete on the field.”
Along with LaBeau’s record-breaking performance, freshman Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) and sophomores Kellie Gough, Courtney Henig and Jane Henderson (Harriton) each scored two goals. Henig’s second goal was the 50th of her career. Senior Lauren Beausoleil had a game-high four draw controls and added two caused turnovers to help Lehigh control possession for most of the game. As a team, the Mountain Hawks caused 18 of Bucknell’s 20 turnovers for the game.
Lehigh outshot the Bison 23-3 in the first half, holding a 12-1 edge in draw controls. That commanding advantage in time of possession helped the Mountain Hawks jump out to a 5-0 lead. Dickey scored the first two goals of the game, both free-position tallies, while Gough and Beausoleil scored the next two to double Lehigh’s lead. Lehigh’s third and fourth goals were assisted by LaBeau, who picked up her 100th-career assist in the process. LaBeau picked up another assist, finding Henderson for the Mountain Hawks’ fifth goal.
LaBeau then got into the scoring column herself, scoring the next four goals for Lehigh, only interrupted by Bucknell’s first goal of the game with 16:20 left in the first half. The two teams then traded goals in the last minute of the half, with Morgan Steinhacker scoring for the Bison and Henig finding the back of the net for Lehigh, giving the Mountain Hawks a 10-2 halftime lead.
Bucknell, scored first in the second half, but Lehigh answered right back with three unanswered goals by junior Haley Wentzel (Boyertown), Henig and LaBeau, to give the Mountain Hawks a 10-goal advantage with 25 minutes left in the game.