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Women’s roundup: Lehigh, Swarthmore continue to roll

Tuesday, 10th March 2020

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/10/20
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After scoring one goal over the game’s first 12:02, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse offense got going, scoring 17 times over the final 47:58 as the Mountain Hawks cruised past Davidson, 17-8 on Monday evening.

The defense also impressed, holding the Wildcats to just five goals over the game’s final 51:38, even with Davidson holding a 17-11 edge in draw controls. With its fourth straight win, Lehigh improves to 6-2 heading into the Patriot League opener at No. 3 Loyola on Saturday.

Freshman Emma Eberhardt was sensational offensively, posting career highs in goals (4), assists (5) and points (9). Classmate Gabby Schneider scored four goals and dished two assists. Senior Sondra Dickey (Conestoga) filled up the box score with two goals, one assist, two groundballs, five draw controls and three caused turnovers. Making her first start of the season, senior Christine Balestra (Perkiomen Valley) scored a career-high two goals.

Defensively, sophomore Emma McGillis (Conestoga) tied for the team high in caused turnovers with three. Freshmen Schneider and Cassie Marte (Spring-Ford) also tallied one caused turnover apiece.

Davidson jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but like they have all season, the Mountain Hawks responded. After scoring Lehigh’s first goal of the game, Schneider tallied the team’s second and third, beginning a 7-0 Mountain Hawks’ surge. The run also included goals from Balestra, junior Hannah Cermack, Eberhardt and Dickey, to give Lehigh a 9-3 lead.

The Wildcats answered with goals at 2:25 and 1:03 on the clock, but two goals in the final 20 seconds – from Eberhardt and junior Cecily Redfern (Moravian Academy) – gave Lehigh a 10-5 halftime advantage.

The scoring slowed in the second half, with the teams trading four goals over the first 14:05. Holding their five-point halftime edge with less than 10 minutes remaining, the Mountain Hawks erased any doubt by scoring five goals in the game’s final 7:15. Eberhardt sparked the run, having a hand in four straight Lehigh goals (two goals, two assists) to turn a 12-7 lead into a 16-7 advantage.

Division III

Swarthmore 18, Guilford 5

The Garnet opened up its spring break trip in Clearwater, FL, with a win over the Guilford College Quakers. The Garnet improved to 4-0 for the fourth season in a row and gave Guilford just its first loss of the season.

Swarthmore jumped out to a 6-0 lead and compounded their advantage to 11-2 by halftime. A run of three goals in a row in the second half followed by a string of four straight goals left Swarthmore in an excellent position to claim the victory.

Mackenzie Frost led Swarthmore with a season-high six goals. Kyra Hall and Sophie Peipher (Tower Hill-DE) each recorded a hat trick. Julia Ostrowski added a pair of goals. First-years Emma Holub and Andie Kapiloff each scored a goal as did veterans Sydnie Schwarz and Kacy Hafertepe (Strath Haven).

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