Posted: March 4, 2006
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Senior captain Jeff Wiener took a pass from Stephen Marino and beat Army goal keeper Adam Fullerton with seven seconds remaining to lift Lehigh past the No. 14 Black Knights 8-7 at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Mountain Hawks improved to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league action, while Army falls to 0-2 on the young season, and 0-1 in league play.
Marino scored two goals and dished out the assist on the game-winner, while Blake Best added two scores for the Brown and White. Sophomore John Park stopped nine shots in goal for Lehigh, facing 28 on the day, upping his record to 3-1 in the process.
The victory was Lehigh’s third over a ranked opponent under head coach Chris Wakely, and first since downing No. 25 Penn last season at the Ulrich Sports Complex on March 16. The Mountain Hawks held All-American John Walker in check, as he scored only once and did not hand out any assists. Jon Burton led the Black Knights with two scores, while Fullerton recorded three saves, facing 19 shots on the afternoon.
“We came out slow today, a little sluggish from the start, but were able to get it in gear,” explained Wakely, who defeated Army for the first time in his time at Lehigh. “This is a great win for our program over a tremendous team, but win or lose, this was just one game, and we have to remain focused on what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Ryan Chase and Burton got Army off to a 2-0 start with a pair of goals in the first six minutes of play, but Marino and David Walsh came right back with a pair of their own, to tie the score at two with 6:05 remaining in the opening quarter. Alex Rhoads finished the first quarter scoring with a score at the 2:05 mark to propel the Black Knights into a 3-2 lead after one.
Best scored the second quarter’s lone goal with just 2:04 remaining, off of an assist from Mike Moran, and the two teams retired for halftime tied at three.
Army came out from the break and scored twice, one goal from Mike Obringer and another from Walker, to go ahead 5-3 with 9:37 to go in the third. Best added his second score of the day with 5:38 to go in the quarter, his sixth goal of the season, and the Mountain Hawks headed into the fourth quarter down one, at 5-4.
Greg Furst tied the game at five with his first goal of the season at the 12:32 mark of the final quarter, setting up an exciting finish. Kevin LoRusso scored to put Army back up one with 11:08 to go, but Michael Zurfluh and Marino scored two straight goals for the Mountain Hawks, putting them up 7-6 with just 4:30 to go. But Burton took a pass from Matt Scheel and beat Park to tie the score at seven with 1:08 remaining, setting up Wiener’s heroics.
Lehigh returns to action on Saturday, March 11 when the Mountain Hawks welcome Mount St. Mary’s to the Ulrich Sports Complex. Game time is set for 1:00.
Photos Copyright (2006), Walt Young.