Lehigh Bounces Back with Win over Holy Cross
from press release
WORCESTER, Mass. -- The Lehigh men's lacrosse team bounced back from a tough midweek loss to UMass by posting an 8-5 win at a much-improved Holy Cross team Saturday. Senior David DiMaria led the offense with his 10th career hat trick while junior Ty Souders and freshman Tripp Telesco each posted three groundballs and a caused turnover on the defensive end. The Mountain Hawks improve to 6-4 and 2-0 in Patriot League play while the Crusaders fall to 4-4 and 1-2 in the league.
"I'm really proud of the guys' effort today," said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. "It wasn't pretty, but they gutted out a win. I'm proud of the effort that they showed. I think we were still reeling a little physically from Wednesday night. We talked about ways to address it and the guys did a good job of finding a way in a big Patriot League game."
Sophomore Matt Poillon continued his stellar play between the pipes, allowing just five goals while making six saves. He's allowed six goals or fewer in four of his seven games this season.
"The defense did a good job on a quick turnaround against a great offense," said Cassese. "Holy Cross has been playing very well as of late. We knew we'd have to keep them to a small number in order to win this game. We played a lot of guys; we knew our guys would be tired. Playing more guys and getting a lot of people involved, they all supported one another and were able to get the job done."
Senior Brian Hess scored two goals while sophomore Kurtis Kaunas and seniors Dante Fantoni and Kyle Stiefel added the others. Senior Ryan Snyder won 5-of-10 faceoffs with three groundballs while junior Ryan Buttenbaum won 4-of-7.
After more than 11 minutes of scoreless lacrosse, Hess broke the ice at 3:47 of the first quarter to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead. However, the Crusaders answered with two goals over the final 1:22 to take a 2-1 lead after a quarter of play.
A Stiefel goal at 12:29 of the second helped Lehigh regain the lead again (3-2) as the teams went on to trade goals to go into the half with the Mountain Hawks leading 4-3.
DiMaria and Kaunas scored the first two goals of the second half to give Lehigh its first three-goal advantage of the afternoon (6-3) with 7:33 left in the third quarter. Each side scored twice more as the Mountain Hawks took a 7-5 lead into the fourth.
DiMaria netted the only goal (for either side) in the fourth, and the defense hung strong, as the Mountain Hawks walked away with the 8-5 victory to improve to 23-0 all-time against the Crusaders.
Lehigh held a 31-28 edge in shots and 26-24 advantage in groundballs. The Mountain Hawks were 1-for-5 on the extra man while Holy Cross was 0-for-3. Poillon's six saves came across Michael Ortlieb, who made seven.
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