No. 11 Mountain Hawks Dominate in 18-6 Win at Bucknell
03/28/2021 | 14 o’clock
LEWISBURG, Pennsylvania – The Men of Lehigh # 11 lacrosse team continued their impressive start to the season, taking a 4-0 lead after a quarter game and never looking back, beating Bucknell 6-6 on Sunday afternoon. The win marked the Mountain Hawks’ biggest lead over the bison in program history. Lehigh impressed at every stage of the game, improving to 3-0 (2-0 in the Patriot League) that season.
“Most of all, I was proud that the guys were ready to play and got off to a quick start,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “We had an early morning. Obviously, due to summer time, we lost an hour when we got on the bus at 7:30 this morning. It would have been very easy to start slowly. We got off on the right foot and I thought that would be a big key for us today. “
Senior Kevin Gersbeck led the offensive and posted career highs in goals (4) and points (5).
“Kevin had a great game,” said Cassese. “He was spectacular. We needed some midfielders to get promoted and he did. He scored some timely goals and also played between the lines.”
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Junior Tommy Schelling scored five more points with one goal and four assists, while runner-up John Sidorski scored one goal and three assists. Junior Cole Kirst scored his first hat trick of his career while providing an assist. The second Justin Tiernan scored twice to reach a career high point.
Defensively, Anthony Tangredi scored two ground balls and three lost balls in his sophomore year, while seniors Teddy Leggett and James Spence caused two ball losses each.
“Overall the defense played really well again,” said Cassese. “It was the second week in a row that they kept a team down to six. That speaks for the whole unit. They are really starting to gel and James is also playing at a very high level right now. He was spectacular today and last week too. Coach Scud and Coach Nesdale do a great job training these guys and the guys take everything to heart and go out and play well for them. “
Spence finished with 15 saves from 21 shots and stopped 32 of 44 shots that prevailed in the last two games. Junior Mike Sisselberger continued his strong game, winning 16 of 23 faceoffs with 12 groundballs in his career while scoring a goal in his third straight competition.
Gersbeck, Christian Mule, Tiernan and Schelling scored 4-0 in the first quarter of the Mountain Hawks. Bucknell scored two of the first three goals in the second quarter, but Lehigh finished half-time on a 5-0 run which extended to 7-0 early in the third quarter to create a dominant 12-2 lead.
The bison had a three-goal run bridging the third and fourth quarters, but the Mountain Hawks scored the final four goals of the game to complete the 18-6 final.
Lehigh finished with a 50-38 edge on shots and a 52-20 advantage on groundballs.
“The guys did a great job, they are 100 percent bought in,” said Cassese. “You are dealing well with the COVID situation right now and we need to make sure that it stays that way. They did their part so we had a full list to play with and a full list to practice with too. This is an indication of being focused and dialed in. I am proud of that.
“Today I thought we did it in a lot of different ways,” continued Cassese. “Our offensive in the half field was sometimes a bit stagnant and we didn’t get our shots. That was a little bit us and a little bit them 10-man ride that is difficult to fight. If you can score in many ways, that helps your offensive. “
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