Posted: February 27, 2010
NEWARK, Del. – Sophomore Lauren Murray scored an unassisted goal with five seconds remaining to lift Lehigh to a dramatic come-from-behind win over Delaware as the Mountain Hawks earned an 11-10 victory over the Fightin’ Blue Hens on Saturday afternoon. Lehigh trailed 10-6 with 20 minutes to play before eventually evening the score at 11 on Allison Thomas’ goal with 4:34 on the clock. Thomas and Lauren Dykstra led the Brown and White with three goals apiece as the Mountain Hawks remain unbeaten at 2-0. Julianna Jeffers netted three scores for the home team as Delaware drops its season opener.
Lehigh out shot UD 34-24 led by Dykstra with ten shots and Murray with six. The Mountain Hawks were four-of-eight on free position shots with Thomas connecting on two, Dykstra on one and Inneke Carmola on another. Four different players won three draw controls, while Murray was the team leader with two caused turnovers and Dykstra scooped up four of the team’s 18 ground balls. Senior Kelsy Ferris went the distance in net for the Brown and White and stopped seven shots.
Corrine Drost led the home team in draw controls with four, and along with Emily Schaknowski led the Blue Hens with four shots. Delaware goal keeper Makenzie Worthington stopped 12 shots in net for the Fightin’ Blue Hens and Brittany Griel caused a pair of turnovers. UD was whistled for 30 fouls compared to just 14 by Lehigh.
“I thought in the second half we were totally resilient,” Mountain Hawks second year head coach Jill Redfern said afterwards. “All of our attackers scored goals and that shows just how balanced we can be.” She continued, “Our freshmen showed a little bit of their inexperience out there today but towards the end of the game they did a nice job with holding the ball and now that they have this experience, they’ll only grow from it. It’s nice to be able to lean on your upper class players, but you need balance as well.”
Morgan Marino scored the game’s first goal less than six minutes in before freshman Anna Patterson answered a minute later off a feed from Thomas to tie the contest at one. The Fightin’ Blue Hens then ripped off three straight scores to take a 4-1 lead with 15:06 on the first half clock but Thomas put a stop to their run with her first goal of the day with 12:49 to play before halftime. The teams were quiet for most of the remainder of the half before Jeffers scored with just 19 ticks to play, sending the teams into halftime with the Mountain Hawks trailing 5-2.
Carmola got things started in the second with her fifth score of the season on a free position shot but UD scored two straight to go on top by a 7-3 count at the 25:14 mark. Sophomore Kelly Draper got into the act for Lehigh when she scored an unassisted goal with 24:23 to play and then Dykstra went to work, scoring back-to-back goals in a matter of 20 seconds as Lehigh was within one, 7-6. Three straight goals by Delaware put Lehigh in a 10-6 hole, but Dykstra completed her hat trick with her third score of the day with 19:26 to play and the Mountain Hawks were within three. “LD scoring three in a row for us was game changing,” Redfern commented. “It got us close enough where we had a chance down the stretch.”
Following Dykstra’s third goal Lehigh scored three more times as freshman Meg Kelly took a feed from Draper and found the back of the net with 15:59 to play and two minutes later Carmola scored, which made it a 10-9 game. Thomas then tied things at 10 with her second goal of the day, this one coming with 11:04 remaining, but Marino answered for UD with a score at the 8:26 mark, and the Blue Hens went in front 11-10.
Thomas’ third and final goal of the game came with 4:34 on the clock and was assisted by Draper, setting the stage for a dramatic final few minutes. “After gaining possession we took a time out and decided to play for the last shot,” Redfern explained. “Inneke took a shot but missed and Allison did a terrific job of running nearly the entire field with Delaware defenders all over her before Lauren Murray put one in the back for the game-winner.” Murray’s goal came with only five seconds left and lifted the Mountain Hawks to their first win over Delaware since 1995.
Lehigh will return to action next Saturday, March 6 when the Mountain Hawks head to Philadelphia to take on the Saint Joseph’s Hawks. The opening draw control is set for 1:00.