Posted: April 19, 2006
NEW YORK – After being down by just three scores at halftime, Lehigh allowed 15 second half goals to Columbia, and fell by a score of 21-10 on Wednesday evening to drop the Mountain Hawks to 6-9 on the season, and end their hopes for a postseason berth. Freshman Sara MacIntyre and Meagan Tenety led the Brown and White with three scores each, while Kate Lombard netted a game-high six goals for the Lions, who even their record at 7-7.
Lehigh was out shot 31-29 on the evening, scooped up 24 ground balls to the Lions 25, and won 15 draw controls. The Mountain Hawks forced Columbia into 23 turnovers, and starting goal keeper Brittany Besler sent back two shots, before giving way to Kyle Begina, who stopped four Lion shots.
Columbia scored the game’s first goal, when Elyse Pultz took a feed from Catherine Lee 6:45 into the contest and found the back of the net. MacIntyre then tied the game at one off of an assist from Smith at the 21:59 mark of the half. The Lions would go up 2-1, but Smith took a feed from Lissy King and tied the score at two with 11:24 gone in the half.
Tenety then scored off of a feed from Amy Chamberlain and Lehigh found itself in front 3-2 with just less than 18 minutes remaining in the half. From there, Columbia scored the next four goals of the half to surge in front 6-3 at intermission.
The Lions netted the second half’s first two scores and went in front 8-3, before King scored on a free position shot to slice the lead in half at 8-4 with 28 minutes to go. Lehigh would not score again however, until Tenety netted her second score of the night with 19 minutes to go, making the score 14-5 in favor of the home team. The Mountain Hawks then scored two of the next three goals, one each from Chamberlain and MacIntyre, making the score 15-7 with 15:20 remaining.
With the game’s next three goals, Columbia went up 18-7 before Smith and Tenety scored two of the next three goals, cutting the lead to 19-9 with a little less than seven minutes to go. MacIntyre would score the game’s final goal with just 12 ticks to go, pulling the Pennsylvania native to within two scores of the all-time mark at Lehigh for a freshman, which sits at 44. MacIntyre has now scored 42 goals in this his first year in the Brown and White.
Lehigh closes out its season on Saturday evening when the Mountain Hawks welcome archrival Lafayette to the Ulrich Sports Complex on Senior Night. Game time is set for 7:00 and all of the action can be heard live on lehighsports.com with Jeff Tourial and Robbie Aaron.
Photos Copyright (2006), Neil Tranter.