Mountain Hawks down Albany in high scoring affair
Posted: April 12, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh picked up an impressive 17-14 victory over a tough Albany squad on Monday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex as the Mountain Hawks earned their eleventh victory of the season. Junior captain Lauren Dykstra scored a game high five goals, while Kelly Draper, Inneke Carmola and Allison Thomas each netted three scores for Lehigh, who improves to 11-3 overall. Mel Rorie netted four goals for the visiting Great Danes who fall to 9-2 following the loss.
The teams combined for 63 shots and 41 fouls on the afternoon with Lehigh taking 30 of the shots and Albany committing 21 of the fouls. Dykstra led the Mountain Hawks with three ground balls and two caused turnovers and she also won two draw controls, while Thomas was the team leader in draw controls with four. As a team Lehigh caused six turnovers and in goal senior Kelsey Ferris came on in relief and stopped 12 shots en route to earning the victory.
Nikki Branchini caused a game-high four turnovers for the Great Danes, while Stephanie Kempf was the team leader in draw controls with four. Four different Albany players registered three ground balls and goal keeper Ashley Ross made 12 saves in her 60 minutes of work.
“Three games in a week takes its toll on you, but I thought we did a great job against a very physical Albany team,” explained Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “We were ready for them today; Albany is a strong team but I think we’ve been building momentum and we’re beginning to peak. We had a few costly turnovers today that need to be cleaned up but we’re improving with each game.”
Redfern then commented on the play of her senior goal keeper. “I thought Kelsy was a difference maker, particularly in that second half. She came up with a number of big saves.”
Lehigh raced out to a 3-0 lead on Albany as Dykstra, Meg Kelly and Thomas scored goals in the first two minutes of play to give the Mountain Hawks an early advantage. Olivia Jarem got the Great Danes on the board with her score at the 26:51 mark but Lauren Murray and Dykstra netted back-to-back scores for the Brown and White to give it a 5-1 lead with 24:36 to play in the opening half.
Albany responded with four straight goals, including one from Taylor Frink with 19:33 on the clock as the visitors pulled even with the Mountain Hawks. Carmola put Lehigh back on top with a free position goal at the 18:07 mark but Rorie answered with an unassisted score with 16:54 to go before halftime to make the score 6-6. With 15:02 to play Lehigh unleashed a 3-0 run as Thomas scored twice and Dykstra once to give the Mountain Hawks a 9-6 advantage. Melanie Sosnowski pulled Albany within 9-7 with her score at the 10:18 mark, but the Mountain Hawks ripped off the final four scores of the half to take a 12-7 lead into intermission. Draper scored three of the final goals and Carmola added the other.
Jarem opened the second half with a free position goal for the visitors less than three minutes into the second half, but Lehigh answered with another 3-0 run as Dykstra scored twice and Murray added one to give the Mountain Hawks a 16-8 advantage with 19:27 on the clock. Albany made things interesting as the Great Danes scored three straight to pull within five with 13:47 to play, but Carmola scored with 6:10 to go and Lehigh was in front 17-11. Albany added three more scores in the final minutes but Lehigh did a nice job of possessing the ball and was able to maintain its multi-goal cushion.
Lehigh - Albany Post-Game Extra
Lehigh will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Mountain Hawks play host to Navy at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Senior Day. The opening draw control is set for 1:00 and all of the action will be broadcast live on Lehighsports.com.