BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Senior Lauren Dykstra tied a season-high seven goals and eight points, while sophomore Megan Kelly tied a career high with four goals of her own to lead the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team to a 14-9 win over Iona on a rainy Wednesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks (8-4, 3-1 Patriot League) erased a 5-4 deficit with four goals in the final two minutes of the first half to lead them to their fifth straight victory.
“It was a hard-fought game,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “Iona battled hard and won a number of 50-50 balls. They made us work for all our opportunities. It wasn’t our greatest shooting night, but it’s a win and we’re really excited for Saturday [against Virginia Tech].”
Dykstra’s seven goals pull her to 239 for her career. She is now only four goals away from breaking the Lehigh (and Patriot League) career record of 242 held by Jill Altshuler. Kelly added a career-high tying four goals and an assist for five points. Not to be forgotten was senior Allison Thomas, who posted five points via four goals and a career-high four assists.
Also with multiple points for the Mountain Hawks was sophomore Anna Patterson, who had three (one goal, two assists) and senior Kelly Draper with two (two assists). In total, 10 of Lehigh’s 14 goals were assisted.
Reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week Alexandra Fitzpatrick continued her strong play in goal with eight saves, including five in the first half to keep Iona at bay. Freshman Julie Tatios also enjoyed a strong all-around game with a goal, two groundballs, a draw control and two caused turnovers.
Dykstra got the scoring started only 44 seconds in with a free position goal to make it 1-0. However, Iona responded with four of the next five to open up a 4-2 advantage before Dykstra spearheaded a Lehigh charge. She went on to score three goals in the final 13:34 of the first half, which included her 50th of the season, to lead the Mountain Hawks on a 6-2 run. Two goals in the final 19 seconds of the first half broke a 6-6 deadlock and gave Lehigh the 8-6 lead after 30 minutes.
The Mountain Hawks continued the run into the second as they scored three straight before the Gaels ended a 16:49 scoreless drought with a Brenna Lade marker at 14:16. That didn’t phase Lehigh as it opened up as much as a six-goal advantage at 13-7 before Iona responded with two of the final three scores to account for the 14-9 final.
Lehigh led the final shot count, 28-21 while the Gaels held an 18-13 groundball edge. The Mountain Hawks dominated draw controls, 20-5, led by four each from Thomas and junior Leigh Ann Torcivia. Lehigh was an impressive 12-of-13 on clearing attempts to Iona’s 13-of-22. Maria Ortiz finished with seven saves across Fitzpatrick’s eight.
The Mountain Hawks wrap up their homestand - and their home slate - with their final regular season home game of the season as they welcome Virginia Tech on Saturday for a 1 p.m. start time. It will also be Senior Day with Lauren Dykstra, Kindall Healy and Allison Thomas all honored prior to the contest.