Posted: April 30, 2010
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the first time in school history the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team will play for a Patriot League championship after the Mountain Hawks came away with a tough 9-8 victory over No. 4 Holy Cross in the semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament on Friday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Senior captain Inneke Carmola and freshman Anna Patterson scored two goals apiece for Lehigh, as it ties the school record for victories with 14 on the season. The Crusaders received three goals from Taylor Zebrowski and Katie Gardner as their season comes to a close at 6-11.
Lehigh was credited with 28 shots on the evening, including 18 on goal. Junior Lauren Dykstra scooped up a team-high four ground balls, while classmate Allison Thomas led the Mountain Hawks with four draw controls. Dykstra also led the way with two caused turnovers and freshman ML DiNisco earned the win in goal for the Brown and White after stopping four shots in 33 minutes of action. Senior Kelsy Ferris played the first 27 minutes in net for Lehigh and sent back two shots.
Holy Cross caused six Lehigh turnovers on the night and was credited with 17 shots. Amy Martin, the 2010 Patriot League Goal Keeper of the Year scooped up a team-high four ground balls and also sent back nine shots in net. Three different Crusaders won two draw controls in the game and as a team Holy Cross was whistled for 19 fouls.
Carmola gave Lehigh an early 1-0 lead with her score just 40 seconds into the game, but Zebrowski answered for the visitors with her goal 1:18 later. Dykstra, Thomas and Patteron went back-to-back-to-back for the Mountain Hawks in a span of four minutes as Lehigh opened up a 4-1 lead but Holy Cross stormed back and scored the game’s next four goals to go on top 5-4 with 3:16 to play before halftime. Kelly Draper tied things at five with her 35th score of the season at the 2:06 mark and that is how the teams remained as they headed for halftime.
The Mountain Hawks played the first half with a high level of intensity but were unable to gain any separation from their counterparts. “I think we started a little uptight, which is understandable with everything at stake,” Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern explained. “Give Holy Cross credit; I thought they played well. They have a lot of experience on that team and were very patient on attack, they broke us down.”
Carmola began the second half the same way she started the first with her second score of the day five minutes in as Lehigh went on top 6-5. Katie Gardner tied things at six when she found the back of the net with 13:55 to play, but Megan Kelly got on the board for the first time two minutes later and Lehigh took the lead back, 7-6. Lauren Murray then scored an unassisted goal and the Mountain Hawks went up by two with 11:08 to go.
Garnder pulled Holy Cross within one with her score at the 9:20 mark, but Patterson answered for the Mountain Hawks with her 14th goal of the season a minute later and Lehigh was on top 9-7. Zebrowski completed her hat trick when she found the back of the net with 5:40 to play which made it a one-goal game and set up an interesting finish. Lehigh decided to play keep away for the remainder of the game and did a terrific job of possessing the ball versus a physical Holy Cross defense. The Mountain Hawks were able to run out the clock as they won their first-ever game in the Patriot League Tournament.
“I thought we made some solid adjustments on defense in the second half and had several nice caused turnovers,” Redfern said. “We also possessed the ball beautifully down the stretch.” She added her thoughts on Sunday. “It feels good to get this one out of the way. It was certainly not our best effort and we know we can play much better than we did tonight.”
In the first semifinal of the day, 2010 Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year Erin Rawlick scored five goals for second-seeded Navy as the Midshipmen downed two-time defending league champion Colgate 15-10. Navy held an 8-5 lead at halftime and opened up a 15-8 lead on the Raiders in the second half. Quincey Spagnoletti led No. 3 Colgate with three goals.
Lehigh - Holy Cross Post-Game Extra
Lehigh will now host second seeded Navy on Sunday, May 2 in the 2010 Patriot League championship game at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The opening draw control is set for 1:00 and tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets will be sold at the door on game day and all seating is general admission. Tickets will go on sale beginning an hour prior to the start of the game.