March 3, 2012

Lehigh Holds Off Robert Morris for 11-9 Win

from press release

Courtesy Lehigh Athletics

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team opened an 11-5 lead late in the second half before fighting off a late Robert Morris surge to top the Colonials, 11-9, on Saturday. The Mountain Hawks (2-2) got three goals from junior Megan Kelly to lead the way while seniors Leigh Ann Torcivia and Kelly Draper each added two goals and an assist. Freshman goalie Allison Fayans made nine saves in her first-career start.

"I thought we had some nice spells where we played good lacrosse," said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. "We finished a little better today, so we're excited for that. We did have a bad lull at the end of the game, which we need to stop doing. We learned some more things we're going to work on. It was a good game for us to learn and move forward."
 
Freshman Carli Sukonik also impressed with two goals on the afternoon while junior Julie McBrien had one goal and an assist, and junior Alissa Hardiman scored for a second straight game. Sukonik added six of Lehigh’s 15 draw controls along with two groundballs.
 
Torcivia got the scoring started at 24:26 of the first half. Kelly made it 2-0 just 21 seconds later, while scoring her second for a three-goal margin at 17:54. Robert Morris got on the board at 15:22 and 12:26 before the sides traded goals to end the half with Lehigh in front, 5-3.
 
Robert Morris’ Colleen O’Donnell pulled the Colonials within 5-4 just over three minutes into the second half, but Sukonik responded with two straight (7:41 apart) for a 7-4 advantage. Robert Morris ended a 13:50 scoreless drought at 12:56, but the Mountain Hawks came back with four in a row to erase any doubt. The run began with a Hardiman score at 9:14, followed by two straight from Draper and a McBrien tally with only 2:28 remaining.
 
The Colonials did make it interesting, scoring four goals in a 2:12 span to pull within 11-9. But the fourth came with only five seconds remaining as the Mountain Hawks held on for their second victory of the season, both at home.
 
Lehigh led the final shot count, 25-21, and in groundballs, 9-8. The Mountain Hawks had 15 draw controls to Robert Morris’ six. Fayans finished with nine in her first-career start across Robert Morris’ Kaitlin Pentz, who had eight.
 
The Mountain Hawks hit the road for a big showdown at #2 North Carolina on Tuesday at 5 p.m. Lehigh then heads to Colgate next Saturday for its Patriot League opener at Colgate.


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