Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/7/20
From Press Release
Leading 5-3 in the first half, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team scored 11 of the game’s final 13 goals to erase any doubt in a dominant 16-5 victory over Iona on a cold, and at times snowy, Friday at the Ulrich Sports Complex.
A trio of freshmen attackers each scored multiple goals to lead the offense, combining for seven goals and five assists on the afternoon. Senior Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) continued her dominance in the middle of the field, posting four goals, four draw controls, four caused turnovers and three groundballs.
“Collectively, our freshman class is really strong,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “They’re balanced and they cover a lot of positions and add depth. Our freshmen attackers did a good job putting the ball away.”
Freshman Gabby Schneider finished with a game-high five points via two goals and three assists. Katia Carnevale scored three goals (all in the first half) and dished an assist, while Emma Eberhardt had two goals and an assist.
Other multi-goal scorers included Dickey, junior Hannah Cermack (two goals, one assist) and sophomore Maggie Kelly. Defensively, Lehigh caused 21 of Iona’s 27 turnovers, with 12 different Mountain Hawks recording at least one caused turnover.
The Mountain Hawks scored the game’s first three goals, all from first-year attackers, to take an early 3-0 lead. Iona responded with three of the next five goals, but Lehigh answered in a big way.
Dickey’s first goal with 11:28 left in the first half sparked an 8-0 Mountain Hawks’ run into the second. By the time the Gaels scored their next goal, Lehigh had held them scoreless for 27:06.
Iona scored two-of-three goals in one stretch to pull within 14-5, but it wasn’t nearly enough. The Mountain Hawks capped off the win with the second goals of the game from Kelly and Eberhardt in the closing minutes.
Lehigh finished with a 38-18 edge in shots, 26-18 advantage in groundballs and 12-10 edge in draw controls. Junior goalkeeper Samantha Sagi stopped eight of 13 shots sent her way across Iona’s Samantha Tyo, who made 13.
“It was great to get the nerves out and get moving out there,” said Redfern. “It’s a new team every year. We’re excited to have played well enough to win and put up some points. Now, we’ll look to keep getting better.”