BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team bounced back from Saturday’s tough overtime defeat in grand fashion, handling the Saint Joseph’s Hawks, 16-3, on Wednesday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Senior Lauren Dykstra led a balanced scoring attack which saw seven different Mountain Hawks (2-1) score goals.
The 13-goal win marked Lehigh’s largest since a 20-4 victory over Lafayette last Mar. 20. The three goals allowed were fewest since a 13-2 win over Bucknell last year.
“It’s a good win, especially after not a great performance on Saturday [against Delaware],” said head coach Jill Redfern. “It was a team performance with a lot of contributions from different players. It allowed our whole lineup to get some great experience as well.”
Dykstra led the way with six points behind five goals and an assist, her 16th career game with five or more goals and already her second this season. Senior Allison Thomas and junior Kelly Draper also finished with four points. Thomas posted two goals and two assists while Draper added three goals and an assist. Sophomores Megan Kelly and Julie McBrien finished with three points apiece while freshman Chelsea Retaleato and sophomore Anna Patterson each added a pair. The three points for McBrien marked a career high.
Saint Joseph’s netted the first goal of the game at 27:57 of the first half to give it a 1-0 lead, but Lehigh responded with nine straight tallies to close out the half. Dykstra had four of them, starting the Mountain Hawks’ scoring at 26:02, then adding markers at 18:37, 10:50 and 2:04. Kelly ended the half with her first of the game with only 13 seconds on the clock.
The momentum carried into the second half as the Mountain Hawks scored their 10th straight at 27:70 to give them a 10-1 advantage. Saint Joseph’s came back with a Grace Dinn tally at 26:32, but Lehigh went on to score three straight and six of the game’s final seven goals to run away with the 16-3 victory.
Draper enjoyed a strong all-around game, adding three draw controls, three ground balls and four caused turnovers to go along with her three goals and assist. Dykstra led the way with four draw controls while Kelly also added three.
Freshman Alexandra Fitzpatrick was strong in goal, making three first-half saves before being relieved by sophomore MaryLeah DiNisco, who made two stops in the second.
Lehigh led the final shot count, 30-14, while finishing with 14 draw controls to seven for Saint Joseph’s. The Mountain Hawks were a perfect 22-of-22 on clears while the Hawks were 16-of-22.
The Mountain Hawks are back in action on Saturday as they travel to Gainesville, Fla. to take on the No. 14 University of Florida Gators at 1 p.m. Lehigh will be back at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Wednesday March 9 to take on Siena at 3:30 pm.