Posted: March 18, 2009
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Freshman Kelly Draper netted a career-best six goals, while sophomore Lauren Dykstra added four and Lehigh held off a late rally by Columbia to down the Lions 15-13 on Wednesday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks led the game 15-9 with eight minutes remaining before Columbia scored four straight to pull within two scores at the 4:20 mark. From there Lehigh held onto the ball however, and ran out the clock to hold on for its second consecutive win and improve to 4-3 overall. Rachael Ryan netted five goals for the Lions who fall to 5-2 following the loss.
“I thought we showed good character, particularly down the stretch when we were able to hold the ball and run out the clock,” Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern said afterwards. “I thought Kelly Draper and Lauren Dykstra were both excellent and that this was a big improvement for us over our past few games.”
Lehigh was credited with 25 shots on the day, led by Dykstra with eight and Draper with six. Draper led the Brown and White with six ground balls, a pair of caused turnovers, and four draw controls, while Kelsy Ferris sent back seven shots in goal. Senior Meagan Tenety finished the day with four points, coming on one goal and three helpers.
The Lions unleashed 24 shots for the game, led by Ryan’s six, while three Lions, including Lizzie Lee, Mollie Andreae and Ryan won three draw controls apiece. Ryan also scooped up five ground balls and caused a pair of turnovers, while Emma Mintz stopped seven shots in goal.
Junior Inneke Carmola got Lehigh’s offense on the board first with a goal at the 27:32 mark, while Sara MacIntyre followed with a second score less than three minutes later. Columbia then tied the game as Ryan and Gabrielle Geronimos netted scores for the visitors, but Dykstra and Draper scored two straight for the Mountain Hawks to make it a 4-2 game. Columbia answered with two more goals to tie the game at four with 17:30 left before halftime, but Tenety netted her lone goal of the day with 15:34 on the clock to put the home team back up one.
Draper then added to the Lehigh lead with back-to-back goals and the Mountain Hawks were in front 7-4. After another score by Ryan made it a two-goal contest, Lehigh unleashed a 3-0 run, including goals from Dykstra, Carmola and Draper to go in front 10-5 with 4:43 left before halftime. Holly Glynn temporarily stopped the Lehigh scoring run to bring the Lions within four, but Carmola added her third score of the opening half to send the Brown and White into intermission ahead 11-6.
Just like the first half, Lehigh got on the board first in the second half, as Draper scored goal number five three minutes in to push the Mountain Hawks lead to six. Geronimos pulled the Lions back within five however, but Draper countered with goal number six to put Lehigh comfortably in front, 13-7. Two straight goals by the visitors made it a 13-9 game, but Dykstra scored goals number 19 and 20 on the season to give Lehigh what appeared to be an insurmountable 15-9 lead with 8:40 to go.
Columbia refused to go away though, as Ryan scored twice, Lauren Olsen got into the act, and Ryan scored one more time to bring the visitors within two, 15-13 at the 4:20 mark. The Lions won the ensuing draw control, but quickly turned the ball over to Lehigh, who went into its stall offense. The Mountain Hawks did a great job of protecting the ball and keeping it away from the Lions to come away with the victory.
Watch the Lehigh - Columbia Post-Game Extra
Lehigh will be back in action on Saturday afternoon when the Mountain Hawks host Patriot League foe American at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The opening draw control is set for 1:00 and live video of the game will be available at Lehighsports.com.