March 9, 2011

Lehigh Rolls Siena in Primer for Patriot

from press release

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Lehigh women's lacrosse team jumped out to a quick 9-1 lead and wouldn't look back as it downed Siena, 19-7, on Wednesday at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks (3-2) went on to open a 14-goal lead in the second half before the Saints (2-3) scored three of the final four. Senior Lauren Dykstra led the way with six points, including her third five-goal effort of the season.

"We're happy to get the win heading into our Patriot League opener against Colgate," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "It's good to get that momentum. We capitalized in transition, especially in the first half."

Seven other Mountain Hawks finished with multiple points, including senior Allison Thomas, who had three goals and an assist. Junior Kelly Draper posted four (two goals, two assists) while junior Lauren Murray recorded three (two goals, one assist). Four others had two points, including freshman Julie Tatios, who netted the first two goals of her career. Freshman Kate Cooper also posted her first-career point behind an assist.

Siena was led by Deirdre McQuillan with two points via a goal and assist. Saints' goalie Kristin Concordia was strong in net, making 11 saves while also caused three turnovers and scooping five ground balls.

Lehigh set the tone early with a McBrien free position goal only 23 seconds into the game. The Mountain Hawks scored four more times before hitting the 20-minute mark, good for the 5-0 advantage.

Kristin McMillan pulled the Saints within one, but Lehigh responded with nine of the next 10 goals bridging the end of the first and beginning of the second halves to make it 14-2. Dykstra recorded her fifth goal of the game less than 10 minutes into the second as she took a feed from Thomas and gave Lehigh a 12-goal advantage at the 21:19 mark.

The Mountain Hawks cruised from that point forward, pulling ahead by as much as 18-4 before Siena scored three times in the last 3:02 to pull within 19-7 at the final horn.

Lehigh led the final shot count, 34-17, while scooping 15 ground balls to 13 for Siena. The Mountain Hawks won 19-of-28 draw controls while converting 4-of-6 free position opportunities. Junior Leigh Ann Torcivia was especially strong on draw controls, coming down with a career-high six. Murray and Thomas had four.

Freshman goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick made three first-half saves while sophomore MaryLeah DiNisco entered in the second and made four stops.

The Mountain Hawks continue their four-game homestand on Saturday when they welcome Colgate for their Patriot League opener. Opening draw is set for 1 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

"We're ready for Patriot League play," said Redfern. "With five games behind us, we're settled in and more confident. We're ready to begin the challenge within the league."

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