Posted: March 11, 2006
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – After a slow start Lehigh used a nice team effort to win its fourth straight game, with an 8-1 defeat of Mount St. Mary’s on a gorgeous afternoon on Saturday at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Jeff Wiener and Mike Moran both scored two goals for the Mountain Hawks, who improve to 4-1 on the season, while the Mountaineers fall to 0-3.
Lehigh out shot its counterpart 31-16 on the afternoon and scooped up 17 ground balls to the Mountaineers 12. The Mountain Hawks won eight of 12 face offs for the game and was a perfect 13 of 13 on clear attempts. Steve Marino dished out two assists in the win, while sophomore John Park recorded four saves in goal. Mount St. Mary’s goal keeper Joe Zolezzi stopped 13 shots on the day, in 54 minutes of action.
Blake Best scored the game’s first goal at the 5:13 mark of the first quarter, which was the only score of the opening 15 minutes. The Mountaineers would tie the contest at one on a score by Benjamin Mundorf with 5:51 to go in the second quarter, which is how the score would remain heading into halftime.
Lehigh finally got its offense going in the third quarter, starting when Wiener scored his first goal of the day at the 9:37 mark. Moran would then make the Mountain Hawks lead two, at 3-1, with his third goal of the season, at the 6:23 clip. Wiener would then strike again, off of a feed from Marino and senior Tom Weiss would end the quarter with a goal of his own with just six ticks remaining to give the Brown and White a 5-1 lead heading into the final quarter.
Marino opened the fourth with his seventh score of the year with 10:01 to go, and Moran added his second goal of the day 2:45 later to push the home team’s lead up to six at 7-1. Kevin Houk then got into the act, scoring his first goal of the season with 5:30 left and the Mountain Hawks were rolling.
Head coach Chris Wakely commented on Lehigh’s performance following the win. “Certainly it wasn’t a great first half for us today. I think that had a little something to do with not having played in a week. But our guys upped their energy level a great deal in the second half and we were able to get the job done.” He continues, “Tom Weiss, Jeff Wiener and John Park were all very solid for us today. Two of those guys are seniors, and have been carrying us all season long, as have all the seniors.”
Lehigh returns to action on Wednesday afternoon when the Mountain Hawks travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on the No. 6 ranked Cornell Big Red. Game time is set for 4:00.
Photos Copyright (2006), Walt Young.