Posted: March 21, 2009
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Sophomore Lauren Dykstra matched her career-high with eight goals as Lehigh rolled over league foe American 21-7 on Saturday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Eight Mountain Hawks scored on the day, including Inneke Carmola with four goals and Sara MacIntyre with three as the Brown and White improves to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the Patriot League with the victory. Lauren Schoenberger scored three goals and handed out an assist for the Eagles who fall to 1-7 following the loss.
Lehigh took twice as many shots as American did on Saturday, 32-16, and had 43 ground balls compared the Eagles’ 17. Dykstra led the Mountain Hawks with eight shots, while Carmola was credited with six. Dykstra also won six draw controls and scooped up a game-high ten ground balls, while MacIntyre and freshman Leigh Ann Torcivia added five GBs for the home team. Senior Tess McGrath and freshman Kelly Draper both had two caused turnovers, while in goal Kelsy Ferris earned the win with five saves. Kaitlin Dean also saw time in between the pipes, as she went the final 14 minutes.
American won only 11 draw controls for the game, led by Leslie Fischer’s three, while Bernadette Maher scooped up a team best four ground balls. Amanda Makoid led the Eagles with five shots, while in goal Frankie Solomon got the start and stopped six shots, while Kaska Komosinski played 17 minutes and sent back one Lehigh shot.
“This was a great team win for us today,” Lehigh assistant head coach Kelley Putnam said afterwards. “Our starters really did a nice job of opening up the lead for us, and that gave everyone a chance to see time.” She added, “I thought the defense played very well and did a nice job of holding American under ten goals. I also thought we shot the ball much better than we have been.”
Lehigh jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on goals by MacIntyre and Dykstra in the first three minutes of the game. American responded with the next three scores however to take a 3-2 lead at the 17:43 mark. Goals by Carmola and Dykstra however gave the lead back to the Brown and White at 4-3 with just over ten minutes remaining in the half. Makoid then tied the game for a third time with her 11th score of the season with 9:57 left before halftime, but from there Lehigh’s offense exploded for seven goals in the final 8:58 to take a commanding 11-4 lead into intermission.
During the 7-0 run Lehigh received one goal apiece from Dykstra, Draper, Carmola, Tenety and Allison Thomas, while MacIntyre scored twice to open a sizable lead.
Schoenberger opened the second half with her third score of the afternoon to bring the Eagles within five, but Dykstra answered with goal number-24 on the season to make it a seven-goal game once again. Leslie Fischer responded for AU with a goal of her own to make the score 12-6, but Lehigh’s offense erupted once again, this time for four goals over the next five minutes to push the Mountain Hawks lead up to ten at 16-6. Dykstra and Carmola handled all of the scoring during the 4-0 run as each Mountain Hawk scored twice.
Lehigh would add five more scores, as Dykstra scored two more times to push her total to eight, and Draper, Kindall Healy and Lauren Murray all got into the act to send Lehigh to its biggest win of the season.
Lehigh continues with its four game homestand on Tuesday when the Mountain Hawks play host to the La Salle Explorers. Game time is set for 3:30 and all of the action will be shown live at Lehighsports.com.