Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/1/20
From Press Releases
The No. 17 Lehigh men’s lacrosse team scored nine straight goals in the second half to turn a 5-4 deficit into a 13-5 lead, on the way to a 14-6 victory in the Patriot League opener for both sides on Saturday.
After giving up four early goals, the Mountain Hawks allowed just two over the game’s final 52:10. Senior Andrew Eichelberger paced the offense with a career-high four goals while the Mountain Hawks’ faceoff unit won 19-of-24 on the afternoon, including 15-of-16 over the final three quarters. With the win, Lehigh improves to 4-1 on the season, 1-0 in Patriot League play.
Along with Eichelberger’s four goals, freshman Christian Mule’ had three goals and an assist. Sophomore Tommy Schelling tallied two goals and an assist. Fifth-year senior Andrew Pettit (Tower Hill) scored twice, including his 100th-career goal. Sophomore Cole Kirst also scored his first two goals of the season. Junior Teddy Leggett collected seven groundballs while posting a career-high two points (both assists).
Also defensively, sophomore Anthony Tangredi stood out with a career-high four caused turnovers, along with an assist. Senior Christian McHugh tallied two caused turnovers as well.
Senior Conor Gaffney (Lenape) paced the faceoff unit, winning 11-of-14 with nine groundballs. In the process, he reached 389 career groundballs, breaking the Patriot League all-time record (previous mark was 384). Sophomore Mike Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh) won 8-of-10 faceoffs with five groundballs, and an assist. The impressive effort came against a Navy team that was winning more than 70 percent of its faceoffs coming in.
James Spence (Springfield-Delco) had 12 saves in goal to gain the win. Ryan Kern (Salesianum School) had 10 saves for navy.
Drexel 13, Marquette 11
Ryan Genord scored his fifth goal of the game with 4:41 to go to break a tie as Drexel defeated Marquette, 13-11, on a cold afternoon at Vidas Field. The Dragons evened their record at 2-2, while the Golden Eagles are now 3-2.
Genord had five goals for the second time in 2020 and also had an assist. The junior now has 14 goals in four games this season. Mailman picked up a hat trick, giving him 12 tallies this year. Reid Bowering added two goals and Matthew Varian handed out three assists.
In a game that featured eight ties, Marquette took a one-goal lead early in the fourth quarter. Thomas Washington caused a turnover off the face-off and went in and scored for the second time on the afternoon, making it 10-9. Four minutes elapsed before the Dragons evened it. Genord picked up an unassisted goal, his fourth of the day to make it 10-10. Five minutes later with just under six minutes to play Drexel got the lead back. Collin Mailman rocketed a shot in the upper corner to complete a hat trick. That lead was short lived as Chris Kirschner found a crease and scored from close in with 5:22 remaining. Genord got the game winner 40 seconds later when he raced down the left wing and fired a shot on the run past Marquette goalie John Hulsman.
Drexel held on and got an insurance goal late from Nick Fox (Ridley) as they won for the second straight game.
Saint Joseph’s 10, Monmouth 3
A complete team effort led the #20 Hawks to a win over Monmouth in non-conference action. With their third consecutive win, the Hawks improve to 4-1 while the (New Jersey) Hawks fall to 2-3.
Sophomore face-off specialist Zach Cole (Lenape) went 87.5 percent from the X (14-of-16) to go with a game-high 10 ground balls, senior goalkeeper Mike Adler (4-1) made 12 saves, junior attackman Matt Tufano scored three goals for his first collegiate hat trick, and freshman attackman Matt Bohmer dished out five assists on SJU’s first six goals to lead the Crimson and Gray.