Lehigh Opens Season With First Win at Lafayette Since 2005
03/21/2021 | 12 o’clock
EASTON, PA. – Julia Gatelein scored the only goal of the game for the first year at 40:51 and the Lehigh field hockey team held off a late attack from Lafayette to beat the Leopards 1-0 for both sides in the season opener Sunday afternoon. The win brought Lehigh’s seven-game losing streak at Lafayette, marking the program’s first win at Easton since 2005.
Lehigh’s head coach Caitlin Dallmeyer is now 4-1 at the start of the season in her five seasons at the top. Each of the last six meetings between Lehigh and Lafayette has been a one-goal competition. Sunday was the Mountain Hawks’ first game in almost 500 days since a historic 2-1 overtime win over Boston University in November 2019.
“One of our goals this season was to achieve things that have not yet been achieved in the program,” said Dallmeyer. “We’re talking about a legendary season. Obviously, our student athletes had to make so much sacrifice with the pandemic to even get to the point of stepping on the field. It was an enormous reward to be able to do so.” Take advantage of a rivalry game and win because it validates the work we have done. “
In the first half there were limited chances to score with only one shot from each side. Most of the action in the third quarter took place in the Mountain Hawks’ attack zone, turning into a corner in the 41st minute. Senior Lenke Havas took a step to free himself and then shot toward the cage. It was steered by a Lafayette defender but found Gatelein’s stick, who defeated goalkeeper Hailey Abbott with the rebound.
Gatelein, together with Abbie Brown and Lotte Smorenburg, was one of the first three years in which the prelude began.
“You did a good job,” said Dallmeyer. “Playing the first college games against Lafayette was certainly a big job for them to make sure they were prepared. It was a complicated game plan, but they did their best on the field at every opportunity.”
From then on, Lehigh’s defense impressed Lafayette’s chances. When the Leopards had a chance, second goalkeeper Maddie Kahn stood tall and ended the game with two saves and a number of other games not listed in the statistics.
The last shots went 7-3 in favor of the Leopards, while Lafayette had a narrow 6-5 lead in the corners of the penalty area.
“I’m happy with our ability to use our hockey IQ to make adjustments in the game instead of waiting until halftime or an interruption in the game,” said Dallmeyer. “Lafayette made some good adjustments and we were able to react. We couldn’t have seen it in the past without the coaches pointing it out, but we did well today. We definitely put on weight.” our ability to understand, adapt, and execute the game. “
Sunday was the second season in a row that Lehigh won the Patriot League opener.
The Mountain Hawks are back on duty next Sunday as they line up Bucknell on ESPN + at 12 noon.
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Gallery: (3-14-2021) Field hockey in Lafayette, 3/14/21