Lehigh Thunders Past Lafayette in Patriot Action

BETHLEHEM, Pa. Lehigh rolled all over archrival Lafayette on Saturday evening by a score of 20-4 at the Ulrich Sports Complex as the Mountain Hawks used a total team effort to dominate the Leopards across the board. Junior Lauren Dykstra totaled nine points on the night, including six goals and three assists, in a game in which 11 different Mountain Hawks found the back of the net. With the win Lehigh remains unbeaten at 7-0 overall and 2-0 in Patriot League play, while the Leopards fall to 0-8 overall and 0-2 in league action.

The 16-goal margin of victory is the Mountain Hawks' largest over Lafayette in school history and it marks the second time in the last three meetings that Lehigh has scored 20 or more goals against the Leopards. LU earned a 22-10 victory over its archrivals in 2008.

Lehigh controlled the game from the start, outshooting the Leopards 49-15 on the evening. Dykstra unleashed 14 of those shots, while classmate Allison Thomas and sophomore Kelly Draper were credited with six each. The Mountain Hawks scooped up 36 ground balls, compared to just 12 for Lafayette, with Dykstra totaling seven and Draper registering six.

Draper also caused a team-best four turnovers on the night, while Thomas was the team leader in draw controls with six. Freshman ML DiNisco played the entire first half and stopped three shots in that time before giving way to senior Kelsy Ferris who sent back five shots in the second half.

Addie Godfrey led the Leopards with five shot attempts, while Lauren Brown and Cammie Linville were the team leaders in ground balls with three apiece. Brown also caused two turnovers and her two draw controls tied Lauren Curley for tops on the team. Emily Bjork played the entire game in goal and did all she could against Lehigh's potent offense, stopping 20 shots on the night.

"I'm proud of our team and the effort they gave tonight," Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern said afterwards. "It's tough to beat Lafayette, but it was terrific to see our team work together so well and come away with a convincing win." She continued, "I was very happy to see all our attackers score. I thought we followed the game plan very well, we went hard for the entire game and we were able to hold their scoring down."

She concluded, "We played very well together and I think we showed just how many options we have on offense. We continued to attack the goal cage all game."

Ana Drehwing scored the game's first goal, lifting Lafayette to an early 1-0 lead less than two minutes into the game, which is how things remained until the 15:29 mark when Lehigh went to work. Draper tied things at one with a feed from Inneke Carmola and then Dykstra gave the Mountain Hawks their first lead of the night two minutes later. Ashton Hellmuth made it a 3-1 game with a score at the 12:52 mark and back-to-back goals by Thomas and Meg Kelly in a span of 36 seconds put the Mountain Hawks in front 5-1 with 11:19 remaining before halftime.

Kelly scored her second goal of the night with 7:58 to play, making it a 6-1 game and freshman Anna Patterson then got into the act with a goal 24 seconds later. A free position goal by Dykstra at the 7:15 mark put Lehigh on top 8-1 and the junior captain added another score with just over three to play as the Brown and White opened up an eight-point advantage. Lehigh would score three more times before intermission with Draper, Dykstra and Kindall Healy each finding the back of the net in the final 2:42 to send the Mountain Hawks into halftime with a commanding 12-1 lead.

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2010-03-21



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