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.@LehighWlacrosse tops @LafayetteWLAX to clinch Patriot playoff berth

Thursday, 19th April 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/19/18
From Press Release

Senior Haley Wentzel (Boyertown) led the Lehigh offense with a career-high tying five goals, while freshman goalkeeper Samantha Sagi backboned the defense with 14 saves, as the Mountain Hawks picked up their fourth straight win, 12-6 over Lafayette on Wednesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

The win marks the Mountain Hawks’ fourth straight and eighth in their last ten games as they improve to 10-5 on the season and 5-2 in Patriot League play. In the process, Lehigh reached double-figure wins for a third straight season while also clinching its fifth straight league tournament berth to tie a school record (originally set from 2007-11).

This season will mark the eighth time in Jill Redfern’s ten years as Lehigh head coach that the Mountain Hawks will play in the Patriot League Tournament.

“The Patriot League Tournament is such a big program goal and to have a streak going says a lot about the effort of the women on our team and the women who have come before them,” said Redfern (Ursinus). “I’m really proud of the effort they’ve put into their lacrosse.”

At one point, Wentzel was on a personal 4-0 run, scoring four consecutive goals bridging the end of the first half and beginning of the second. Along with Wentzel’s effort, junior Olivia Kelly tied a career-high four points, tallying three goals and an assist. Freshman Julianne Puckette (Radnor) tied a career-high four assists, which included assisting on three of the Mountain Hawks’ four second-half goals.

“I’m excited that our staff has put together a great plan for our attackers,” said Redfern. “They’ve changed roles a little bit from the beginning of the season. We’re doing some different sets down there. It’s great to get production from a lot of people.”

Sophomore Alexandra Ladda (Harriton) posted a team-high two caused turnovers as Lehigh’s defense held Lafayette to its second-lowest goal total of the season. The Leopards have been held to single digits just four times in 14 game.

Senior Alexis King (Conestoga) finished with a groundball, caused turnover and first-career point, an assist on Wentzel’s fifth goal of the evening. Sophomore Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) scored two goals while adding four draw controls and a groundball.

Lehigh broke open a defensive start with a 6-0 run in the span of 7:02, turning a 1-0 deficit into a 6-1 lead. The run began and ended with Dickey goals while Kelly scored twice and junior Kellie Gough and Wentzel had a goal apiece.

Lafayette scored the next two to pull within 6-3, but the Mountain Hawks went on a 5-0 run over the next 19:15, four of the goals scored by Wentzel, to take an 11-3 lead with 20:06 remaining. Lafayette scored three of the game’s final four goals, with sophomore Christine Balestra’s (Perkiomen Valley) fourth goal of the season giving Lehigh a 12-5 lead, on the way to its second straight 12-6 win at home.

The Leopards finished with a 35-33 edge in shots, Lehigh held a 19-15 advantage in groundballs and draw controls were even at 10. Eleven of Sagi’s saves came in the second half, allowing just three goals.

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