BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team scored early and often on its way to a dominating 19-2 win over rival Bucknell on Saturday afternoon. The Mountain Hawks (4-4, 1-1 Patriot League) allowed only a single Bison goal in each half to run away with the victory. Senior Lauren Dykstra led the charge with her second straight six-goal game while five others recorded multiple goals.
“This is a very important win in the league,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “We needed to get some confidence after two tough losses.”
Ironically, all six goal-scorers finished with multiple goals. Dykstra posted a season-high eight points; she had a hand in six of Lehigh’s first seven goals. Sophomore Megan Kelly tied a career high with four goals and five points while junior Kelly Draper recorded six via three goals and three assists. Senior Allison Thomas enjoyed a sensational all-around game, which included four points (two goals, two assists), five groundballs and four draw controls.
Freshman Julie Tatios contributed a career-high three points (two goals, one assist) while sophomore Julie McBrien dished a career-high three helpers. Sophomore Anna Patterson added two goals and an assist.
Junior Lauren Murray was sensational on defense, recording a career-high four caused turnovers. Draper and McBrien each added three. Dykstra was a big part of the defensive effort as well, holding Bucknell’s leading scorer and All-Patriot League honoree Julia Braun without a point.
“It was a good team effort,” said Redfern. “I’m excited about our selfless play on offense [which is shown by] so many assisted goals.”
Dykstra was the story in the early going, scoring only 43 seconds into the game to give Lehigh the quick 1-0 lead. She later assisted on a pair of Draper goals before scoring again at 20:33 and 15:41 to help the Mountain Hawks open a 7-1 advantage.
That margin continued to extend all the way to 17-1 with 11:46 remaining in the second half. In between, Kelly began to heat up with three of her four goals, including two in a row to make it 9-1. Thomas also added her two goals - to round out the first-half scoring and begin it in the second.
In total, Lehigh scored 12 in a row after Bucknell pulled within 5-1. Madison Hurwitz ended that 12-0 run, snapping a 40:09 scoreless drought at 6:42, but the Mountain Hawks answered with goals from Dykstra and Draper to round out the scoring.
Lehigh held a dominating 43-6 edge in shots while scooping 20 groundballs to 16 for the Bison. The Mountain Hawks held a 15-8 edge in draw controls. They forced 25 Bucknell turnovers while only making 12. Lehigh finished an impressive 12-of-13 on clear attempts while the Bison were 10-of-22.
Mountain Hawks’ freshman goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick was strong between the pipes, making three first-half saves before giving way to sophomore MaryLeah DiNisco, who made one. Bucknell goalie Alyssa DeLorenz did all she could to stop the shooting barrage as she finished with 15 stops.
Lehigh now hits the road to face a pair of in-state rivals. The Mountain Hawks head to Temple on Thursday (3 p.m.) before traveling to Lafayette next Sunday to face the Leopards.