Posted: April 16, 2005
Worcester, MA – Lehigh moved one step closer to a berth in the 2005 Patriot League Tournament with an 11-9 road victory over Holy Cross on Saturday evening.
Andrew Lucas, Greg Morin and David Walsh each scored three goals for the Mountain Hawks, while Tom Weiss was dominant in the face-off for the Brown and White all evening, winning 19 of 24.
With the victory, Lehigh’s second straight; the Mountain Hawks are now 7-4 on the season, including a 2-3 mark in league action, with one Patriot League contest left versus archrival Lafayette. The Crusaders fall to 3-9 overall and 1-4 in league action.
The Mountain Hawks came out of the gate very strong, as Andrew Mastronomaco, Lucas and Morin combined for four goals in the first to put Lehigh in front 4-0. Holy Cross got on the board with 6:04 to go in the opening quarter on a goal by Paul LeBlanc, but the Mountain Hawks came right back on the strength of Best’s second score to go in front 5-1.
Billy Klotz pulled Holy Cross to within three again with his 20th goal of the season, but David Walsh netted his 12th goal of the year to put the Brown and White in front 6-2 with 37 seconds to go in the quarter, Paul LeBlanc then scored his first goal of the game with just nine seconds left in the quarter, and he opened the second quarter with his second score to pull the Crusaders to within two, at 6-4. The two teams were held scoreless for the next 12:35, before Klotz scored his second goal of the contest with 1:53 left in the half, making the score 6-5 in favor of the Brown and White. Walsh gave Lehigh the momentum heading into halftime however with his second goal of the game, with just 29 ticks left on the first half clock, sending Lehigh to the locker room ahead 7-5.
Morin scored the second half’s first goal, but not until the mark, and the Mountain Hawks were up 8-5 at that point. Holy Cross the scored the game’s next three goals and with to go in the game, the score was tied at eight. But Lehigh did not allow Holy Cross the chance to lead, as Morin scored his third goal with to go, and Walsh backed that up with a score of his own, to put the Mountain Hawks up 10-8 with remaining. LeBlanc cut the Lehigh lead to one with his goal at the mark, but Lucas scored goal number 31 on the season late in the game, to preserve the Mountain Hawks victory.
In addition to winning 19 of 24 face-offs, Weiss also scooped up eight ground balls, while Morin and Stuart Young both scooped up four. Best handed out three assists to go with his one goal, while Jimmy Gabal, Weiss and Jeff Wiener each dished out one assist. The Mountain Hawks out shot the Crusaders 37-23 and had 27 ground balls to Holy Cross’s 21. In goal for the Brown and White, freshman Eric Spirko, the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week, played the entire 60 minutes and sent back six Crusader shots.
Lehigh returns to action on Tuesday evening when the Mountain Hawks play host to nationally ranked Villanova at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Game time is scheduled for and the contest will be televised live on Service Electric 2 Sports with Steve Lomangino and Scott Youmans. The game will also be broadcast live on lehighsports.com.