DiMaria Nets Three to Propel No. 16 Lehigh Past Holy Cross

WORCESTER, Mass. David DiMaria scored three goals for the Mountain Hawks as Holy Cross fell to No. 16 Lehigh, 8-5, at Holy Cross Field on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action. The Crusaders fall to 4-4 overall (1-2 PL), while the Mountain Hawks improve to 6-4 overall (2-0 PL).

After Brian Hess gave Lehigh a 1-0 lead with 3:47 left in the first quarter, the Crusaders then netted two straight goals. Sophomore Clay Haarmann (Mendham, N.J.) found the back of the net off a pass from senior captain James Kennedy (Summit, N.J.), while senior captain John Hannan (Manhasset, N.Y.) gave the Crusaders a 2-1 advantage when he scored off a pass by senior captain Myles Gillespie (Rye, N.Y.).

The Mountain Hawks then outscored the Crusaders by a 3-1 margin in the second quarter to take a 4-3 lead to the half. After Lehigh scored the first two goals of the second quarter, Kennedy posted a goal off a pass from junior Kyle Kadlick (West Roxbury, Mass.). But Dante Fantoni then tallied an extra-man goal with 2:27 left in the second quarter.

Lehigh moved out to a 6-3 lead by scoring the first two goals of the third quarter. Kennedy made it a 6-4 contest when he tallied his second goal of the game with 5:33 remaining in the third. Sophomore Terry McKenna (Summit, N.J.) tallied an assist. After Hess netted his second goal of the game, McKenna found the back of the net with just 10 seconds left in the third quarter as the Crusaders trailed 7-5. The only goal of the fourth quarter was scored by DiMaria giving him three for the contest and clinching the 8-5 victory.

Freshman goalie Michael Ortlieb (Newport Beach, Calif.) made seven saves, while Matt Poillon posted six saves to improve to 5-2 on the season. Lehigh outshot Holy Cross, 31-28, while the Mountain Hawks secured 26 ground balls and the Crusaders tallied 24. Lehigh won nine of 17 face-offs, while the Crusaders went 0-3 on extra-man opportunities and the Mountain Hawks went 1-5.

The Crusaders return to action on Tuesday, March 26, when they travel to Burlington, Vt., to take on Vermont at 3:00 p.m.

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WORCESTER, Mass. - No. 16 Lehigh bounced back from a tough midweek loss to UMass by posting an 8-5 win at a much-improved Holy Cross team Saturday. Senior David DiMaria led the offense with his 10th career hat trick while junior Ty Souders and freshman Tripp Telesco each posted three groundballs and a caused turnover on the defensive end. The Mountain Hawks improve to 6-4 and 2-0 in Patriot League play, while the Crusaders fall to 4-4 and 1-2 in the league.

Sophomore Matt Poillon continued his stellar play between the pipes, allowing just five goals while making six saves. He's allowed six goals or fewer in four of his seven games this season.

Senior Brian Hess scored two goals while sophomore Kurtis Kaunas and seniors Dante Fantoni and Kyle Stiefel added the others. Senior Ryan Snyder won 5 of 10 faceoffs with three groundballs while junior Ryan Buttenbaum won 4 of 7.

After more than 11 minutes of scoreless lacrosse, Hess broke the ice at 3:47 of the first quarter to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead. However, the Crusaders answered with two goals over the final 1:22 to take a 2-1 lead after a quarter of play.

A Stiefel goal at 12:29 of the second helped Lehigh regain the lead again (3-2) as the teams went on to trade goals to go into the half with the Mountain Hawks leading 4-3.

DiMaria and Kaunas scored the first two goals of the second half to give Lehigh its first three-goal advantage of the afternoon (6-3) with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Each side scored twice more as the Mountain Hawks took a 7-5 lead into the fourth.

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