Lehigh Drops High-Scoring Opener vs. Drexel, 19-17

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02/27/2021 | 4 p.m.

BETHLEHEM, PA. – When the Lehigh Women’s Lacrosse Team saw its first game action in almost a year in almost a year, it returned from an 8-4 deficit to take several leads on Saturday afternoon 7pm to 5pm at the Ulrich Sports Complex.

“It was great to have the opportunity to compete today and we’re grateful that we started in February,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “We know we will be a much better team with a few more games. We made some mistakes today. We are much more capable than today, especially on the defensive, but today was a good place to start.”

PhD student Sondra Dickey picked up where she left off in 2020. She scored eight goals in her career, made an assist, and added a ground ball and four draw controls. With 169, Dickey jumped two places to third place in program history for career goals. Sophomore Emma Eberhardt scored seven points over a goal and six career-high assists. Classmate Katia Carnevale scored four goals and two assists. Five other Mountain Hawks scored a goal.

Roll the highlights 🎥 from today’s season opener against Drexel. Hard-fought loss, but boy was it good to be back. pic.twitter.com/qbrVsqPcih

– Lehigh W Lacrosse (@LehighWLacrosse) February 20, 2021

On the defensive, PhD student Alexandra Ladda scored four groundballs and two generated sales, while at the same time achieving her second career goal. Dickey’s four draw controls were a team high; Senior Cecily Redfern and Junior Jenna Garden each collected three.

After Drexel had led 5-2, 7-3 and 8-4 early on, Lehigh responded with a run with three goals, two of which were scored by Dickey, to return within 8-7 4-33 in the first half . The Mountain Hawks started the second half with a 4-0 run to turn an 11-9 half-time deficit into a 13-11 lead, Lehigh’s first lead in the game.

The running game continued, however, as the Dragons scored three hits in a row and eight of the next eleven to take the lead and create a split.

For the game, Lehigh had a 33-26 lead on shots and a 23-18 lead on groundballs. Drexel held a 22-16 edge in draw controls.

The Mountain Hawks will be back in action next Saturday when they host another program from the Philadelphia area, Saint Joseph’s, at 4pm on ESPN +.

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Gallery: (2-20-2021) women’s lacrosse against Drexel, 02/20/21

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