Lehigh Tops BU, Eyes Patriot Showdown with Loyola
from press release
BOSTON - The Lehigh men's lacrosse team used a 7-0 run bridging the second and beginning of the third quarters to win its fourth straight Patriot League opener as the Mountain Hawks topped Boston University 10-7 on Saturday. Junior Patrick Corbettand sophomore Reid Weber scored two goals apiece as Lehigh improves to 4-0 for the first time since 1997.
"I want to credit BU for playing a great game today," said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. "They really showed up and took it to us for a good part of the game. They won the first 20 minutes and the last 15 minutes of the game. Fortunately for us, we were able to win 25 minutes towards the middle part of the game and that proved to be the difference."
Junior Alan Henderson posted one goal and career highs in assists (3) and points (4). Five other Mountain Hawks scored one goal apiece, including first-career goals from freshman Ray Mastroianni, sophomore Chris Appell and senior Ryan Buttenbaum. Junior long-stick midfielder Dylan O'Shaughnessy added his third goal in as many games.
"We're happy to get the win," said Cassese. "It's always nice to win; it doesn't matter how you do it. We're happy to be 4-0 and we're happy to be 1-0 in the Patriot League, but I can honestly say that as the leader of this program, that I am not content with our overall level of play today."
Sophomore and reigning Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week Tripp Telesco had three groundballs and two caused turnovers to help pace the defense.
After the Terriers' Pat Myers opened the scoring at 13:25 of the first quarter, Buttenbaum answered just eight seconds later off the ensuing faceoff. Corbett scored his first at 12:13, but the Terriers scored the next three goals spanning more than 15 minutes until Lehigh scored its third early in the second quarter.
Eaton took a pass from Risk and finished to pull within 4-3 at 11:36 of the second quarter. That sparked a 7-0 run as Weber followed at 9:43 then Mastroianni gave Lehigh a 5-4 lead at the 7:55 mark. O'Shaughnessy rounded out the first-half scoring at 4:58 of the second quarter.
After almost 10 minutes of scoreless third-quarter action, Appell made it 9-4 at 5:26. Henderson picked up his third assist on that goal. The Terriers answered just 35 seconds later before Henderson made it 10-5 with 3:29 left in the third quarter.
That marked Lehigh's last goal of the game as Terriers goalie Christian Carson made five fourth-quarter saves, allowing his offense to score two goals and pull within 10-7. Boston U couldn't pull any closer, however, as the Mountain Hawks held on for their 13th straight win over a Patriot League foe (dating back to 2012) and ninth straight regular season victory (dating back to last season).
Lehigh held a 35-32 edge in final shots while the Terriers had a 25-24 advantage in groundballs. Carson finished with 16 saves for the Terriers while Poillon had 10.
The Mountain Hawks return home next Saturday (Mar. 1) to host #9/10 ranked Loyola in a huge early-season Patriot League matchup. Opening faceoff is set for 12 p.m.
"This is a big week for us," said Cassese. "We need to continue to search for people who want to step up. We need to continue to search for ways to get better. We are about to play a team that could be considered one of the hottest teams in the country. They are 3-1 and are a controversial last second goal vs. UVA away from being 4-0. Loyola is an excellent team. We'll need to be at our best if we hope to compete. We are about to find out exactly what type of team we have and what we're made of."
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