No. 7 Mountain Hawks Defeat Lafayette, 18-11, to Remain Undefeated
04/18/2021 | 12 o’clock
EASTON, PA. – The # 7 Lehigh men’s lacrosse team scored seven goals in the first quarter and six more in the second to take a 13-4 lead at halftime. It held back the stubborn Leopards in the second half before retiring for an 18-11 win over Lafayette at Fisher Stadium on Friday night. With the win, the Mountain Hawks improve to 7-0, 6-0 in the Patriot League before a rematch against Lafayette on Sunday at 12 noon on the CBS Sports Network.
“It’s good to win. Obviously, in the school-wide rivalry between Lehigh and Lafayette, getting one for Lehigh is good,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese, who linked the win to John McCloskey for the most wins in program history (115 )). “I’m proud of the win. I thought we certainly kept the pace in the first half. They really brought us the fight in the third quarter. I give them a lot of credit. I thought coach Myers and theirs.” The staff let their players play very hard after a big decline and kept the pace of play in the third quarter. “
Offensively, Lehigh’s starting attack scored a total of 18 points (13 goals, five assists). Junior Tommy Schelling was leading with seven points (five goals, two assists), and for the sixth time in seven games this season he left five points behind. Sophomore Christian Mule ‘scored four goals and two assists for a career high of six points. Junior Cole Kirst scored a career high of five points over four goals and one assist.
Junior Mike Sisselberger won 21 of 25 fixtures with one program and a Patriot League record 20 groundballs. It also marked most of the GBs in the NCAA Division I lacrosse that season.
Five minutes later it was even two, Lehigh’s first goal fell behind Junior Matt Marker. The Mountain Hawks ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run when Kirst’s second hit gave Lehigh a 7-2 advantage.
Another 5-0 run in the second quarter turned a 7-3 lead into a 12-3 lead, with Schelling scoring twice in this stretch.
A transition goal ‘Mule’ from Senior Teddy Leggett opened the second half and put Lehigh 14-4 ahead. But then Lafayette came back strong, scooping six straight hits as the third quarter progressed and early in the fourth quarter to draw within 14-10 with 7:36 in the fourth quarter.
The goals from Mule ‘, Schelling and two from Kirst removed any doubt on the way to the 18:11 final.
“For our boys, I thought we lost the battle against human nature tonight,” said Cassese. “We got pretty big and we took our foot off the accelerator and basically got complacent on all of our details. The combination on our part of how hard they played and the fact that they didn’t quit made it possible for them to get back into the game. “
“But I give our boys the honor of getting back on their feet at the end of the fourth quarter and creating more separation. No doubt we were scared of the leopards today. We have to correct some things in a hurry and.” get ready to play them on Sunday. “
The final shots were 47-33 in Lehigh’s favor, while the Mountain Hawks had a 45-26 lead on the groundballs. Senior James Spence made 12 saves and allowed 10 goals in victory.
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