Posted: April 16, 2005
Bethlehem, PA – Lehigh defeated Bucknell 9-7 on Saturday at the Ulrich Sports Complex in what was a thrilling game.
With the win, the Mountain Hawks improve to 5-9 on the season, 2-3 in league action and move one step closer to advancing to the Patriot League Tournament.
Bucknell falls to 4-10 on the season, and 2-3 in league action.
Sophomore Amy Chamberlain scored three goals for the Mountain Hawks, all of them coming in the last of the contest, including the game-winner with left to play.
Emilly Burman opened the game with a goal at the mark, but Barrie Cominsky came back for Lehigh and tied the contest at one with 19 minutes remaining in the half. Christy Smith then scored her 19th goal of the season off of an assist from senior Sarah Starsoneck and Lehigh was in front 2-1. Starsoneck then took a pass from Cominsky and found the back of the net with to go in the half and the Brown and White were in front 3-1.
Bucknell scored the game’s next two goals to tie the game at three with just 4:25 left before halftime, but Smith scored on a free position shot with 2:10 left and sent Lehigh into halftime ahead 4-3.
The Bison opened the second half with three straight scores to pull in front 6-4 with remaining in the game, but Lehigh battled back. Lissy King scored off of an assist from Starsoneck with left in the game and then Chamberlain took over. The sophomore from New York scored goals at the and marks to pull the Mountain Hawks in front 7-6. But Amanda Paraud tied the game at seven with a goal of her own and it appeared as though the game may go to overtime. Chamberlain would not have it though, as she slipped her third goal of the game pas the Bucknell goal keeper on a free position shot and the Mountain Hawks were up 8-7. Starsoneck then scored her second goal of the contest as time expired and Lehigh celebrated with a 9-7 victory.
Starsoneck finished with two goals and two assists on the day, while Cominsky scored one goal and dished out one assist. Freshman Brittany Besler stopped seven Bison shots for the game, while Bucknell goal keeper Lizzy McDaniel was outstanding in net for the Bison stopping 12 shots. The Mountain Hawks scooped up 36 ground balls on the afternoon and unleashed 26 shots, while wining 12 draw controls.
Head Coach Liz Ota was excited to pick up the crucial win on Saturday afternoon. “We called that time out after they (Bucknell) tied the game, and we drew up an isolation play for Amy (Chamberlain), and she was successful. Then we went to the draw control and called a second time out to set up our stall situation. Obviously we have not been in the stall situation that much this season, that was actually the first time we used it, but it did its job.”
Ota continued, “I’m very proud of this group, there are a young team and they played so well today. They were so intense and so focused coming into the game today, I’m just very proud of the entire team.”
Lehigh returns to action on Tuesday evening when the Mountain Hawks host Columbia on Senior Night at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Game time is set for .