Lehigh Remains Perfect with Victory at Saint Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA For the second straight game Lehigh overcame an early deficit and rallied to win as the Mountain Hawks downed Saint Joseph's 9-7 on Saturday afternoon to remain unbeaten on the season at 3-0. Lehigh trailed the Hawks 4-1 with 14 minutes to play in the first half but from there the Brown and White outscored its opponent 8-3 to earn its second straight road win.

Senior Inneke Carmola led the Mountain Hawks with three goals while junior Lauren Dykstra found the back of the net twice. Saint Joseph's, which received three goals apiece from Jenna Martino and Grace Dinn, falls to 2-3 following the setback.

"We're happy to be 3-0, particularly after being on the road for these last two," Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern said afterwards. "We hurt ourselves today with too many unforced errors and it took us some time to solve their defense but it feels good to get another road win."

Lehigh was credited with 20 shots on the afternoon, led by Dykstra's five, while junior Allison Thomas led the Mountain Hawks with four of the their 16 ground balls. Carmola scored all three of her goals on free position shots and freshman Anna Patterson dished out both of Lehigh's assists. The Mountain Hawks also held an 11-4 edge in draw controls. Freshman ML DiNisco saw her first extended time in goal for the Brown and White and responded with six saves.

"I thought Lauren Dykstra did a great job on the draw controls today," Redfern explained. "She drew it to our attacking side and allowed us to gain possession." She continued, "I thought Leigh Ann Torcivia also did a nice job on ground balls and draw controls." Torcivia finished the game with four draw controls and three ground balls.

Dinn was credited with six of Saint Joseph's 18 shots, while Martino and Alli MacDonald scooped up four ground balls apiece for the home team. Alana Glanell had the Hawks lone assist, while Alisha Aquilino stopped seven shots in 60 minutes of action in goal.

Lehigh fell behind 3-0 after seven minutes of play before Carmola scored the Mountain Hawks first goal of the afternoon with 16:12 on the first half clock. Dinn answered with a Saint Joseph's goal, but sophomore Kelly Draper responded with Lehigh's second score of the game, off a feed from Patterson. Freshman Meg Kelly then brought Lehigh within one at 4-3, but Martino scored her second goal of the day and the Hawks were in front 5-3. Carmola scored her second free position goal of the game with 3:09 left before halftime, and Dykstra tied things at five with only 26 seconds to play, sending the teams into intermission knotted at five apiece.

Carmola opened the second half scoring with her third goal of the day just 38 seconds into the half, while Kindall Healy gave the Brown and White a 7-5 lead with a goal of her own at the 28:04 mark. Dinn stopped Lehigh's run temporarily with her third score, but Dykstra and Thomas responded with back-to-back goals for the Mountain Hawks and Lehigh was comfortably in front 9-6 with 12:34 to play. Martino scored one final goal for the Hawks but Lehigh held on from there to secure the victory.

"We'll get back out to practice and keep working to get better," Redfern said. "It will be nice to be at home again on Tuesday when we play Le Moyne."

Lehigh returns to action on Tuesday afternoon when the Mountain Hawks play host to the Le Moyne Dolphins at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The opening draw control is set for 3:30 and all of the action will be shown live on Lehighsports.com.

2010-03-06



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