Lehigh heads to West Point for first two Patriot League matches
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – On an 11-3 tear so far this season, the Lehigh men’s tennis team will begin Patriot League play this weekend when they go up against Holy Cross at 8 p.m. Saturday and Army at 10 a.m. Sunday. Both matches will take place in West Point, N.Y.
Lehigh is coming off a 5-2 victory against Saint Joseph’s on Tuesday that snapped a two-game losing streak. The Mountain Hawks earned a win in the top doubles flight, with the pair of sophomore Mitchell Petersen and junior Mark Goldberg defeating the Saint Joseph’s duo of Jeff Kessler and Dan Barrus. Petersen also initiated the singles comeback after Lehigh dropped its other two doubles matches.
Sophomore Ben Gilman and senior Andrew Krentz have led the doubles charge for the Mountain Hawks, going 10-3 as a pair this season. Senior Matt Savran has displayed versatility for the Brown and White with a mark of 9-4 in singles play and 8-5 in doubles alongside freshman Jeremy Kochman. Petersen continues to lead the Mountain Hawks with a 12-2 singles record.
The Crusaders are led by Rich DeGregoris, who has yet to lose a singles match in six outings. He has paired up with Chris Brosnan for five tournament wins. Nick Berrettini and Tim Regan have been a dynamic doubles duo for Holy Cross as well, going 3-0 so far this season. Holy Cross has lost its first three matches of the spring season.
Army opened up a five-match home stand with a tight 4-3 win against Stony Brook on Tuesday, bringing its overall record to 9-5. Harrison McCormick has a team-high 16 wins overall with Asika Isoh standing right behind him at 15-10 overall. McCormick and Isoh are sharing the team’s doubles spotlight with Henry Jang-Milsten and Peter Sienko, who are 10-6 overall and 7-3 in their last 10 matches. Army will take on Lafayette and Holy Cross on Saturday before facing Lehigh on Sunday.
Lehigh met both teams in last year’s Patriot League Tournament after finishing 4-1 in league play. The Mountain Hawks knocked off No. 7 Holy Cross 4-0 in the quarterfinal. No. 3 Army avenged a 5-2 regular season loss against Lehigh with a 4-0 shutout in the semifinals. Lehigh did avenge a lengthy losing streak to Army with that 5-2 regular-season win in Bethlehem.