Lehigh meets Navy in Patriot League Tournament
Posted: April 23, 2009
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Lehigh heads to Hamilton, New York this weekend to compete in the 2009 Patriot League Women’s Lacrosse Tournament at Tyler’s Field. The Mountain Hawks earned the second seed with a 15-11 victory over the tournament host Colgate on April 18; it marks the third consecutive season Lehigh has earned a berth in the postseason. The Mountain Hawks will take on the number-three seed Navy in Friday’s semifinals, with top-seeded Colgate playing host to the No. 4 seed Bucknell Bison in the nightcap. The semifinal winners will meet on Sunday in the 2009 Patriot League Championship.
Lehigh’s 213 goals this season are the second most in the 34-year history of the program, behind last season’s program record of 221 scores. Those 213 goals are the second most in the Patriot League and the 12th most in America. Five Mountain Hawks have scored at least 20 goals this season.
Junior Kelsy Ferris earned her second straight All-League selection on Tuesday after ranking 16th nationally in goals against average (9.37). Ferris played over 900 minutes in goal this season, totaling 115 saves along the way, including four games of ten or more. Ferris also scooped up 24 ground balls and caused ten turnovers, which included a career-best three CTs at Penn State. Ferris currently ranks tenth in Patriot League history with 468 career stops.
Lehigh’s 11 wins this season are its most since 1996 (14), while its four Patriot League wins tie the program record for the most ever (1994, 2008, 2009).
The Mountain Hawks lead the nation in ground balls per game, averaging nearly 29 per contest. Sophomore Lauren Dykstra is also first in America, averaging 4.88 GBs.
The second-seeded Mountain Hawks take on No. 3 Navy in the 2009 Patriot League Tournament in Hamilton, New York beginning at 2:00 on Friday afternoon. Live audio coverage of the game will be available on Lehighsports.com beginning at 1:50 PM with the Jill Redfern Report.
Watch Sarah Fudin preview this weekend's Patriot League Tournament