Mountain Hawks return home to host Delaware Tuesday
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - After a big overtime win over Binghamton last week, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team will return to action when it hosts Delaware for a Tuesday tilt with the Blue Hens. Opening draw is set for 4 p.m. at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks enter with a 2-1 record, splitting against a pair of Philadelphia teams and edging out Binghamton on the road.
Tuesday’s game is the first of a Lehigh Lacrosse doubleheader as the men’s lacrosse team hosts Penn in a nationally-ranked showdown at 7 p.m.
Binghamton jumped out to an early 4-0 lead less than five minutes into the game, but Lehigh responded. With the Mountain Hawks leading 10-9, the Bearcats bounced back to tie the score at 10 with less than 30 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime. Sophomore Kelsey Yenco gave the Mountain Hawks an 11-10 lead at 1:53 of the second overtime with her second goal of the season, then a last-minute save by junior goalie Alexandra Fitzpatrick sealed the victory. Senior Julie McBrien led the attack with a career-high six goals. McBrien was the only Mountain Hawk to score double-figure goals while five others had a single tally. Senior Anna Patterson dished a pair of assists. Sophomore Kelly Scott had a monster game on the defensive end with three groundballs and four caused turnovers.
Delaware enters with a 2-2 record after falling to La Salle in its most recent contest on Mar. 1. Caitlin McCartney led the way with three goals while Abbie Hartman and Kara Dattellas each scored two. Alex Zaugra started in goal, allowing eight goals on 13 shots in the first half before being relieved by Tori Zorovich who finished with five saves and five goals allowed. The Blue Hens were down 8-7 at the half before eventually losing 13-12.
Lehigh is 7-23 all-time against Delaware, most recently losing to them 11-7 last season. McBrien led the offense with four points via three goals and an assist while Fitzpatrick made seven saves between the pipes. The Mountain Hawks’ last win over the Blue Hens was in 2010, a 12-11 victory on the road.
Following Tuesday’s game, Lehigh will head south for its Patriot League opener at Navy Saturday before making its way to Gainesville, Fla. for a Spring Break game against the #2 nationally-ranked Gators. When they return home, the Mountain Hawks will play six of their next seven games at home. Their only road game will be a trip down the road to take on the rival Lafayette Leopards.
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Story by Taylor Boyd ‘13