Two-Goal Second-Quarter is the Difference as American Tops Lehigh, 2-0

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04/18/2021 | 13 o’clock

WASHINGTON, DC – The Lehigh field hockey team took their chance on Sunday to defend the American Patriot League champions, but the Eagles scored two goals within 1:50 on their way to beating the Mountain Hawks 2-0. The two-goal lead was Lehigh’s smallest at American since 2001 (the first meeting between the two sides). Sophomore Maddie Kahn ended the game with six saves, while senior Lenke Havas put in a defensive freeze. Now, 2-2, Lehigh is looking forward to the regular season finale at Boston University. A place in the Patriot League tournament is still pending.

“We did a really good job in defense,” said Lehigh’s head coach Caitlin Dallmeyer. “They only scored one open field goal. Abbie Brown did a phenomenal job in midfield with Noor (Coenen). She fired a couple of shots but didn’t score and didn’t lead midfield the way she normally does. We. ” contained them well to minimize their damage, which feels almost impossible. It was a breakout game for Abbie, being asked to do some really tough things against a great player and do them under pressure. “

Last season (2019) Coenen was the offensive player of the Patriot League of the Year, scoring 18 goals and eight assists for 44 points. She started with one goal and four assists on Sunday and was involved in five of the Eagles’ seven goals this season.

Lehigh had a number of golden scoring opportunities in the first quarter. The first came when the second Sarah Bonthuis found her classmate MJ Schwab near the cage, but American goalkeeper Bryn Underwood scored the first of her four saves. Later in the verse, Underwood stopped a shot from Cece Slaughter from near the top of the circle.

Here’s one of Lehigh’s glittering first-half chances for Sarah Bonthuis.

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In the middle of the second quarter, Julia Kraft gave American a 1-0 lead. Coenen’s first shot resulted in a defensive save against Havas, but Kraft collected the rebound and hit the 22:11. Less than two minutes later, Maura Phelan converted a penalty into a 2-0 advantage.

The Mountain Hawks’ defense was great from then on, allowing no further goals and only allowing three more shots over the next 24:42 of the game. After recording just a single shot in the third quarter, Lehigh had a number of strong opportunities in the fourth quarter. In less than five minutes, Julia Gatelein focused on classmate Lotte Smorenburg in the circle, but Underwood denied Smorenburg her first career goal.

Mountain Hawks don’t quietly go away trying to cut the Americans’ lead in half, but that Smorenburg chance is stopped.

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At the beginning of the quarter Schwab had a shot on goal, as did Gatelein in the last two minutes.

The last shots went 17: 6 in favor of Lehigh, while the Eagles had a 10: 3 lead in the corners of the penalty area.

What a rescue from Maddie Kahn!

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“We knew we were playing against a really talented American team,” said Dallmeyer. “When we got in, our goal was to play our best hockey we’ve played so far. We had to make line-up adjustments with people in new positions and I think we did that effectively. We went with the week Started a tough movie breakdown of The Holy Cross Game Holding Us Accountable and Fixing Bugs. There were a number of people who did a great job today. Erica Steele ended up spending significant minutes on the backline and a really good one Job done. “

The Mountain Hawks are back on duty at Boston University next Sunday. The game time is set to 1 p.m.

“We had many early years in which we continued to excel in the field and a considerable amount,” said Dallmeyer. “It continues to show the evolution of our program. The future is definitely bright with so many students and first graders in the field.”

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