Posted: April 27, 2007
WOCRESTER, Mass. – After playing a back-and-forth first half with American, Lehigh was overpowered in the second half as the Mountain Hawks fell to the Eagles 16-6 on Friday afternoon at the Hart Astroturf Field in the semifinals of the 2007 Patriot League Tournament. With the loss, the Mountain Hawks season comes to an end at 8-9, while the Eagles improve to 9-8 and move onto the league championship tilt. Freshman Inneke Carmola closed out her brilliant freshman season with two scores on the day for the Brown and White.
Lehigh took a quick 1-0 lead off of a score from Carmola just 1:01 into the game, but American quickly came back with back-to-back goals from Jackie Lane and Stefanie D’Andrea to seize its first lead of the day with just over 27 minutes remaining in the opening half. Carmola tied the score at two with her second score of the day at the 19:52 mark of the half off of her 14th free position goal of the season. The Eagles regained the lead with 16:12 to go in the half when Anne Marie Person snuck a shot past Lehigh keeper Kelsy Ferris in the upper left-hand corner of the goal to make the score 3-2, and two more American scores put the number-three seed ahead 5-2 with 12:37 left in the half.
A free position goal by junior Christy Smith with 12:08 left on the clock brought the Brown and White back to within two at 5-3. Sophomore Sara MacIntyre then used a nifty spin move to get free and shoot, which resulted in a score and just a one-goal deficit on the scoreboard at the 11:24 mark. Lane used a spin move of her own to get away from a Lehigh defender and netted her second score of the half with 10:07 to go making the score 6-4, but sophomore Tess McGrath got into the scoring act for the Mountain Hawks with a free position goal and the Brown and White again pulled to within one at 6-5 at the 7:39 mark. Senior captain Vienna Pharaon got Lehigh even with her eighth score of the season at the 3:37 mark, but American re-took the lead off of a score from Kira Sonberg with 1:44 to go in the half, which turned out to be the final goal in the opening 30 minutes as the Eagles took a 7-6 advantage into the intermission.
American scored the first goal of the second half 3:46 in to put the Eagles ahead by two and from there they never looked back, scoring eight more times and shutting down the Lehigh offense. The Mountain Hawks were hurt by turnovers throughout the game, particularly in the second half, while American was sharp in its offensive execution and stingy with its defensive efforts.
Carmola, the 2007 Patriot League Rookie of the Year, finishes her freshman season with 46 goals, just one shy of the freshman record set by MacIntyre just last season. Statistically the two teams were rather even, as American unleashed 31 shots, and the Mountain Hawks were credited with 28. Lehigh scooped up 12 ground balls, led by sophomore Kyle Roth’s three, while Tess McGrath and Carolyn Von Heil both recorded two. Both teams were perfect on clears and for Lehigh, Ferris sent back ten Eagle shots in goal, while American goal keeper Kristine Vida was brilliant in goal, stopping 12 Mountain Hawk shots.
For their efforts versus the Eagles, sophomores Sarah Fudin and Tess McGrath were named to the 2007 All-Tournament team.
American moves onto the 2007 Patriot League Championship game where the Eagles will take on the top-seeded Holy Cross Crusaders on Sunday afternoon in Worcester beginning at 1:00.