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Lehigh goalie Hunt (Penn Charter) named IWLCA Co-Defensive Player of the Week after earning earlier honor

Tuesday, 26th April 2022

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 4/26/22
From Press Release

A day after earning Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week, Lehigh women’s lacrosse sophomore Hayley Hunt (Penn Charter) has been named IWLCA Co-Defensive Player of the Week, as announced on Tuesday. She shares the honor with Maryland goalkeeper Emily Sterling. Hunt finished the week stopping 30-of-40 shots sent her way.

This marks the second straight season a Lehigh student-athlete earned an IWLCA weekly award. Sondra Dickey was also named Co-Defensive Player of the Week last Apr. 20.

Hunt began the week with 11 saves, allowing just six goals against Lafayette. She stopped four-of-five in the first quarter to help the Mountain Hawks open a 4-1 lead after a quarter. She was even better against Holy Cross Saturday, making a career-high 19 saves (most by a Lehigh goalkeeper since February of 2019) while allowing just four goals. The 19 stops are tied for the 10th most saves in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse this season. It’s also by far the fewest goals allowed among anyone with 19+ saves in a game this season.

Against Holy Cross, Hunt stopped 7-of-8 sent her way in the first quarter then all six in the fourth. For the week, she and the Mountain Hawks’ D allowed just 10 goals. Holy Cross’ four goals were a season low and fewest in any game since Apr. 26, 2019 against Loyola. The defense allowed just one goal over the game’s final 32 minutes against Lafayette Wednesday. Against Holy Cross Saturday, Lehigh held the Crusaders scoreless for a stretch of 25:09 in the first half then again for the game’s final 15:01.

After Monday’s 11-save performance against American, Hunt owns a 55.5 save percentage and 10.65 goals against average. She’s second in the nation in save percentage and saves per game (12.40).

The Mountain Hawks head to Colgate for the regular season finale on Thursday. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m. on ESPN+.

Hayley Hunt (Courtesy of Lehigh Athletics)



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