Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/3/21
From Press Release
Navy twice rallied to pull even, but the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team always had an answer. In the end, junior Nora Giordano scored 2:30 into overtime to give the Mountain Hawks a resilient 13-12 win over the Midshipmen in the Patriot League Quarterfinals on Monday afternoon.
With the win, Lehigh advances to the semifinals against Army West Point, set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.
“Just a tremendous win to have the fortitude to stay with it,” said Lehigh head coach and 2021 Patriot League Coach of the Year Jill Redfern (Ursinus). “Navy made a really great run, credit them. They stayed in it the whole game, but super proud of our resilience.”
The Mountain Hawks jumped out to early leads of 4-0 and 5-1 before the Mids scored four goals in the span of 1:40 to pull even at five with 10:17 left in the first half. Lehigh answered, though, as goals from graduate student/Conestoga grad Sondra Dickey (her fourth of the game), and sophomore Emma Eberhardt, gave Lehigh a 7-5 advantage.
The Mountain Hawks held the lead until deep into the second half, upping their lead to as much as three (11-8 and 12-9). But Navy had an answer, scoring three times in 3:34 to pull even at 12 with 3:57 remaining.
Both teams had chances in the final minutes of regulation, but Navy goalkeeper Jo Torres made a couple big saves, including one with 17 seconds remaining, to help force overtime.
Navy gained the draw control to begin the extra session, but a turnover gave the Mountain Hawks possession. After a timeout, sophomore Gabby Schneider found Giordano, who put it past Torres to send Lehigh to the semifinals.
“Excited for Nora to have a big goal in a really big game,” said Redfern. “We have such a team-first group of players. Everyone’s just really excited.”
Named the Patriot League’s Midfielder of the Year earlier in the day, Dickey was sensational with five goals, four groundballs and five caused turnovers. In the process, she moved to 108 career caused turnovers, breaking a tie with Julianne D’Orazio (Merion mercy) for the program’s all-time career record.
Eberhardt added four goals while Schneider tallied two goals and four assists. Senior Cecily Redfern (Moravian Academy) led Lehigh with four draw controls while Dickey had three.
Final shots were 28-23 in favor of the Mountain Hawks while Lehigh held a 19-13 edge in groundballs. Navy finished with a 17-9 advantage in draw controls. Senior Samantha Sagi made six saves across Torres, who tallied eight.
Monday marked Lehigh’s first postseason win against Navy in program history and the first time the Mountain Hawks have beaten the Midshipmen twice in a season.
Lehigh will return to action on Thursday night at 7 p.m. against Army in the semifinals. That will follow Colgate against Loyola in the first