Fitzpatrick Saves 17 as Lehigh Downs Bucknell

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick made a career-high 17 saves, including stopping 11 of 13 in the second half as Lehigh defeated Bucknell 10-4 in its Patriot League opener on Saturday afternoon. The Bison scored first, but the Mountain Hawks answered with six straight goals to open a commanding lead. Freshman Krista Dampman and sophomore Kendall Garden each netted a hat trick in the victory.

Fitzpatrick's 17 saves broke her previous career high of 16 set her freshman year at Temple.

"I thought Alex had an outstanding effort and really made the difference in the game," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "She had a terrific performance."

Garden continued her strong all-around play with three goals (including two in Lehigh's 6-0 run), three groundballs and two caused turnovers. Dampman scored three of Lehigh's final four goals of the game. Sophomore Megan Paytas added two goals and an assist while junior Carli Sukonik had a goal and assist.

"Any win is a confidence builder," said Redfern. "There's a lot more pressure on league games, especially for a younger team. To deliver the win the first time out, especially with a little fatigue going on with our team right now with a bunch of games in a row, they got the job done. I don't think the second half was our best performance, but we toughed it out."

Freshman Allison LaBeau scored Lehigh's first goal of the afternoon at 25:40 of the first half, exactly two minutes after Bucknell took the lead. A goal from Paytas, two from Garden, one from Sukonik and another from Paytas made it 6-1 with 15:19 left in the first half.

"I thought we looked great in that stretch," said Redfern. "We really solved them beautifully and put our shots away against a quality goalkeeper who can make saves. Our attack continues to develop. It just hasn't found its consistency over two full halves yet."

Bucknell snapped a 22:22 scoreless drought at 5:18, but Dampman scored at the 3:03 mark to give Lehigh a 7-2 halftime advantage.

Bucknell scored the first two second-half goals, but Dampman converted a free position shot to end Lehigh's 13:44 scoreless drought and give the Mountain Hawks an 8-4 lead. The Bison continued to pressure, but Fitzpatrick came up with save after save. That led to goals from Garden and Dampman and the 10-4 final.

The Bison held a 25-21 edge in shots while the Mountain Hawks held a 18-16 advantage in groundballs. Bucknell finished with nine draw controls to Lehigh's seven. Bucknell goalie Elizabeth Duswalt made six saves across Fitzpatrick's 17.

The Mountain Hawks remain home to host Bryant on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. Freshman Christina Manis recorded two goals and an assist, but Bucknell could not overcome a 17-save performance by Alex Fitzpatrick and the Bison fell 10-4 at Lehigh in the Patriot League openers for both teams on Saturday at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

The Bison finished with a 9-7 edge in draw controls and a 25-21 shot advantage, but Fitzpatrick made 11 of her saves in the second half and limited Bucknell to 1 for 8 on free-position attempts.

Sophie Kleinert and Katelyn Miller added goals for the Bison (0-5). Lehigh (3-2) received three goals apiece from Kendall Garden and Krista Dampman and two goals and an assist from Meghan Paytas.

Bucknell scored first just 2:20 into the match when Maddy Molinari fed Manis for her third goal of the season. Lehigh drew even exactly two minutes later on an unassisted goal by Allison LaBeau, and that would ignite a six-goal run for the Mountain Hawks.

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2014-03-08



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