March 29, 2010

Lehigh Braces for Bearcats; Guerrero Picked

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa.
 - On Tuesday, March 30, the men's lacrosse team will travel to Binghamton, N.Y., to battle the 2-5 Bearcats at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 pm as the Mountain Hawks head north after their first Patriot League victory of the season this past weekend over Holy Cross. Lehigh is currently 4-5 overall, 1-2 in league play and sitting in fourth place in the Patriot League, while Binghamton will look to shake off a 6-5 loss it suffered its last time out at Hobart.

In Saturday's game against Holy Cross the Mountain Hawks opened up with a quick 3-0 lead and never looked back, beating the Crusaders 11-5. Senior Brian Bienemann led the way for the Brown and White with four goals and an assist, while Cameron Lao-Gosney and David DiMaria added two scores each. Lehigh held a decided advantage in shots on the day as the Mountain Hawks unleashed 42 attempts to Holy Cross' 17. Bienemann led the way with 15 of those shots while freshman Dante Fantoni was credited with six.

Fantoni and DiMaria are currently tied for the team lead with both totaling 21 points this season. Fantoni has netted 12 goals and nine assists and is shooting .667 on goal, while DiMaria has netted six goals to go along with 15 assists and is shooting .852.

The Bearcats are sporting four players this season who have registered double digits in points. Matt Springer is leading Binghamton with 19 points (17 goals and two assists), while Dan Solazzo will be manning the Bearcat net. He has an 11.56 goal against average and has made 73 saves.

Tuesday's match will be the first time Lehigh and Binghamton have played one another in men's lacrosse in school history.

On Monday, March 29 Lehigh senior Evan Guerrero was named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts last week. The California native helped the Mountain Hawks hold their foes to an average of 7.0 goals per game in contests against Army and Holy Cross. In the win over the Crusaders Guerrero tied his season-high with three caused turnovers and he also registered his first goal of the season. Guerrero's score came at the beginning of the fourth quarter as Lehigh opened up a 9-5 lead over the Massachusetts school. This marks the first time in his career that Guerrero has been honored by the Patriot League.

Following Tuesday's game, the Mountain Hawks will return to action in Bethlehem on April 3 to play Sacred Heart. Game time is set for 2:00 and all of the action can be seen live on Lehighsports.com.


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