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Men’s D1: Lehigh, St. Joe’s earn conference victories

Sunday, 20th March 2022

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Posted 3/20/22
From Press Releases

The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-0 lead less than nine minutes in and would never trail, as the Mountain Hawks improved to 3-0 in Patriot League play with an impressive 11-10 win at No. 9 Army West Point on Saturday afternoon at Michie Stadium.

On numerous occasions, the Black Knights responded to either tie or pull within a goal, but Lehigh always had an answer. After Army scored three goals in the first 4:56 of the fourth quarter to pull within one, the Mountain Hawks scored two of the next three, as senior Matt Marker’s (Allentown Central Catholic) goal with 5:40 remaining proved to be the difference.

The victory is Lehigh’s first against a top-10 opponent since also beating the Black Knights last season at home when they were ranked seventh.

Senior Cole Kirst scored a game-high four goals, which also tied a career high (originally set against Army last season). Sophomore Scott Cole scored three goals for his fourth-career hat trick (third this season), as Kirst and Cole combined for seven of the Mountain Hawks’ 11 goals on the afternoon.

Defensively, senior Anthony Tangredi had a groundball and two caused turnovers while graduate student Teddy Leggett covered Army’s Brendan Nichtern – the preseason Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year – and held him to just one goal (after scoring 19 over his first seven games). Nichtern was held to just one point (an assist) over the first three quarters. Lehigh’s defense held Army more than five goals under its average of 15.86 entering the day, as the Black Knights’ 10 goals tied for their season low.

Senior Mike Sisselberger (Southern Lehigh) played a big role in the victory, winning 17-of-25 faceoffs with seven groundballs. He won 5-of-6 in the first and third quarters, and 5-of-8 in the fourth – including the final faceoff with 57 seconds remaining to ensure Army wouldn’t get the ball back with a chance to tie.

James Spence (Springfield-Delco) had 10 saves in goal to earn the win.

Lehigh got goals early on from Cole, Kirst, junior Christian Mule’ and Kirst again to put the Mountain Hawks up 4-0 with 6:12 left in the first quarter.

But Army responded very quickly, scoring first at 4:42 of the first quarter and turning that into a 4-0 run of its own, capped off by an extra man goal to tie the score at four with 4:46 left in the second.

Kirst had a big-time answer, though, as he scored an unassisted goal with 1:29 left in the stanza, for a hat trick, and a 6-5 Lehigh lead at the half.

The Mountain Hawks outscored the Black Knights 4-1 in the third, two of the goals scored by Cole and the others by Kirst and Eierman to put Lehigh ahead, 9-5 heading to the fourth.

That’s when Army put forth one last valiant run, scoring at 14:19, 12:16 and 10:04 to pull within 9-8. But senior Tommy Schelling answered at the 8:54 mark and after Army again pulled within 10-9, Marker’s goal at 5:40 gave Lehigh an 11-9 lead. That goal proved large, as Army scored at the 0:57 mark to account for the 11-10 final.

St. Joe’s 19, Mount St. Mary’s 6

With five points apiece from Levi Anderson and Carter Page, the Hawks routed the Mount to open NEC play. The Hawks advance to 6-2, 1-0 NEC, while the Mount drops to 3-6, 0-1 NEC.

The Mount tallied the initial goal of the game before the Hawks went on a 5-1 run to the end of the first up 5-2.
SJU widened the gap in the second with a 7-1 advantage, including the first six of the period. The Hawks held a 12-3 lead at the half.
St. Joe’s held the home team scoreless in the third stanza and scored six to boost the margin to 18-3.
Mount St. Mary’s scored three times in the final frame and allowed just one score for a 19-6 win for the visitors.

13 Hawks recorded a point Saturday afternoon.
Anderson finished with four scores and one assist, while Page tallied five goals to lead all scorers.
Tucker Brown registered four goals.
Seven Hawks finished with two points – Colin Reich (2A), Matt Bohmer (2A), Austin Strazzulla (1G, 1A), Mac McLaughlin (2G, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy), Zach Cole (1G, 1A, Lenape), Ryan Overbay (2A), and William King (2A).
Choice Mostellar (1A), Adam Ritter (1G, Archbishop Carroll), and David Shew (1G, St. Joseph’s Prep) all had a point.
Cole went 15-of-20 from the X with 10 ground balls.
On the defensive end, Joe Burnham (La Salle) picked up five ground balls and caused one turnover.
Robbie Seeley (2-0) picked up the win with seven saves and five goals against.
Tucker Almany finished the final 10:58 in cage. He saved a pair of shots and gave up a goal.

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