Posted: February 26, 2005
Bethlehem, PA – Lehigh honored its senior class on Saturday evening and then went out and defeated archrival Lafayette by a score of 74-43 at Stabler Arena, to give the Mountain Hawks their school record tenth league win of the season and 18th win overall in 2004-05.
The Brown and White used stifling defense and some sharp shooting to upend its opponent, moving Lehigh to 18-9 on the season, 10-4 in league play, while the Leopards now sit at 5-22 overall and 3-11 in Patriot League action.
Lehigh was led in scoring by Jessica DePalo, while the Mountain Hawk quintet of seniors (DePalo, Kelly Berk, Carli Toliver, Mary Frances Hynoski and Chantal St. Laurent) combined for 41 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists on their farewell evening.
After falling behind 9-5 at the 15:57 mark of the first half, Lehigh went on an incredible 27-3 run over the next 13 minutes to go in front 32-12 at the 3:42 mark. The Mountain Hawks would take a 38-14 lead into the locker room after shooting 40 percent in the opening half, while the Leopards connected on just 21 percent.
Jenny Callan led Lehigh with 11 points in the opening half on five of seven shooting, while DePalo added six points and eight rebounds. Lafayette was led by Kara Stetler’s nine points on three shots from beyond the arc. Lehigh out rebounded its opponent 27-17 in the first twenty minutes, and had 11 assists on its 1f5 field goals.
In the second half, Lehigh carried much of its momentum over from the first half and when Toliver hit a three-pointer off of a feed from freshman Claire Sullivan at the 13:40 mark, the Mountain Hawks had stretched their lead to 30 points at 51-21. Lehigh would extend its lead to beyond 30 points several times in the half, and with two minutes remaining, head coach Sue Troyan pulled out the Lehigh seniors, giving the crowd one last chance to cheer for the young women that helped lead the Mountain Hawks to the school record tenth league win.
DePalo led all scorers with 14 points and a season high 12 rebounds. Callan also recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards. Hynoski chipped in with 10 points, while St. Laurent scored a career high nine points to go with five assists.
“It was a great win for us to get back on track after two losses,” said head coach Sue Troyan. “The girls did a great job and it was a great way to celebrate a great senior class tonight.”
Lehigh returns to action on Thursday evening when the Mountain Hawks open up play in the 2005 Patriot League Tournament as they host Bucknell at Stabler Arena, beginning at 8:00. Lehigh as already defeated the Bison twice this season, once at home and another in Lewisburg Tickets can be purchased by calling 610-7LU-GAME or by visiting the Lehigh ticket office in Grace Hall on weekdays from 10-4.
Photos (c) 2005, Lehigh Athletics/Chris Christian.