March 16, 2013
Midfield Awakens for Resurgent Lehigh Men
from press release
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Senior Brian Hess paced
the offense with his second-career hat trick while sophomore Matt
Poillon made 12 saves between the pipes as the #15/16 Lehigh
men’s lacrosse team topped Army 10-6 in its league opener
Saturday. Five Mountain Hawks (5-3, 1-0 Patriot League) finished
with double-figure points, and senior Ryan Snyder was stellar at
the faceoff X, to help Lehigh get off to an early lead which it
“It was a good effort,” said Lehigh head coach
Kevin Cassese. “We really needed to control the middle of the
field which is always tough against an Army team who prides
themselves in the same thing. We really focused on groundballs and
faceoffs. Looking at the stats at the end of the game, we had a
plus 16 advantage in groundballs and 14-6 edge at the faceoff X.
That was a big difference in the game, especially in the first half
which allowed us to build the lead.”
Senior David DiMaria posted three points (one goal, two
assists) while classmate Alex Drake had two goals. Senior Dante
Fantoni and sophomore Dan Taylor each finished with a goal and
assist. The midfield scored six of Lehigh’s 10 goals on the
“I commend the midfield production today,” said
Cassese. “We’ve been attack heavy so getting six goals
from the midfield is huge. All the midfielders really stepped up
Senior Baxter Lanius posted a career-high five groundballs
while sophomore had three groundballs and a caused turnover. Snyder
finished 13-of-17 at the faceoff X with seven groundballs as the
Mountain Hawks controlled possession, especially in the first half.
Army could only muster seven first-half shots.
“Beating Army in general on the road is a tough thing to
do,” said Cassese. “They play great at home and protect
their home turf. Everything that we do as a team will revolve
around the Patriot League. Before you talk about postseason or
championships, you have to go 1-0 and start off on the right foot.
To do that today was very important for us.”
Lehigh scored first at 12:08 of the first quarter when Fantoni
found Hess, who fired it into an open net as Army goalie Sam Somers
was caught out of position. Sophomore Patrick Corbett made it 2-0
(from Taylor) at 3:51, but the Black Knight’s John Glesener
scored his first of a team-high three goals with less than a minute
remaining in the first quarter.
DiMaria and Drake gave Lehigh a 4-1 lead midway through the
second quarter before Glesener cut it to 4-2, but unassisted
tallies from DiMaria and Fantoni gave the Mountain Hawks a 6-2
advantage at the half.
Army scored three of the four third-quarter goals to pull
within 7-5 after 45 minutes of play. Included was the only goal
from All-American and leading goal-scorer Garrett Thul, who was
blanketed by Souders all afternoon. Thul’s lone goal came on
the extra man.
The Mountain Hawks responded by scoring three of the four
goals in the fourth quarter to win their Patriot League opener for
a third straight season. Taylor started at 13:13 before Hess scored
his second of the game at 9:17. Glesener scored his hat trick goal
(from Thul) at 6:11, but Hess erased any doubt with his third of
the game at 1:17.
Lehigh held the final edge in shots (34-29) and in groundballs
(37-21). Poillon’s 12 saves came across Somers, who made
seven. Army was 1-for-6 on the extra man while the Mountain Hawks
Lehigh returns home Wednesday to host #19 UMass in a
nationally-televised showdown on ESPNU. Opening faceoff is set for
“Wednesday is a huge test for us,” said Cassese.
“It’s another top quality opponent, an NCAA Tournament
team from a year ago. They’re starting to get healthy.
We’re looking forward to getting back home and putting our
best foot forward against a quality opponent.”