Lehigh vs. Colgate
April 4, 2009
The Game Story:
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Lehigh was tripped up by No. 15 Colgate on Saturday afternoon by a score of 10-8 at the Ulrich Sports Complex. The Mountain Hawks rallied back from a 5-2 halftime deficit to pull within a single goal early in the fourth quarter, but the Raiders added two more scores and held on for the road victory. With the loss Lehigh falls to 3-9 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League while Colgate ups its record to 7-3 overall and 4-0 in league action. Freshman Cameron Lao-Gosney scored twice for the Brown and White, while Kevin Colleluori found the back of the net three times for the visitors.

Lehigh had plenty of chances on the offensive end, unleashing 40 shots on the afternoon, led by Brian Bienemann with 11 and Lao-Gosney with nine. Will Scudder won 9-of-20 face-offs and led the Brown and White with six ground balls, while Evan Guerrero and Bienemann both scooped up four GBs. Guerrero and Dan Honeywell caused three turnovers and in goal Morgan Haller stopped six shots.

The Raiders shot 26 times, led by Brandon Corp with six and Colleluori with five, while Will Planer won eight-of-ten in the X and scooped up four ground balls. Michael Crown scooped up four GBs and Greg Perkins and Frank Coughlin both caused a pair of turnovers. Tim Harrington stopped 11 shots in goal and also picked up two GBs.

“Give credit to Colgate, they did a nice job today and played well with the lead,” Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese said afterwards. “If we want to start winning games, we have to do the things that Colgate did today.” Cassese then commented on the play of the Mountain Hawks freshmen. “We’re asking a lot of that group and they’re answering the challenge. They have a major role on this team and as we move forward that trend will continue.”

Looking ahead to next weekend’s matchup, Cassese offered his thoughts. “We need to try and generate some offense. I thought our defense was solid today, we just need to find more ways to score, whether it’s in transition or in the six versus six.”

The game started slow with neither team able to score for the game’s first eight minutes. Colgate’s Chris Zielinski found the back of the net for the first goal with 6:31 on the quarter clock, but Lehigh’s Ricky Cornetta tied the contest at one with a score 33 seconds before the end of the first quarter.

Colgate controlled the second quarter scoring three straight goals in a span of 7:11 to jump in front 4-1. Lao-Gosney put an end to the Raiders run with his first score of the day off a feed from Bienemann and Lehigh was within two. Colleluori ended the half with his second goal of the day however, sending the visitors into halftime with a 5-2 lead.

Senior Max Dahlem got Lehigh on the board first in the third quarter with his eighth goal of the season, which made the score 5-3. The Raiders ran off three straight scores to take an 8-3 lead with 9:21 left in the quarter, but Lehigh did not back down. The Mountain Hawks got right back into the game with two scores at the end of the quarter as freshman Adam Johnston and junior Chris Linko both found the back of the net to make the score 8-5 heading into the final 15 minutes of play.

Chris Lubin scored 20 seconds into the fourth to bring Lehigh within two goals, and Lao-Gosney took a nice feed from his brother Roman and beat Harrington for the second time in the game to make it an 8-7 game with exactly 12 minutes to play.

All-American Brandon Corp was finally able to shake loose from the tight Lehigh “D” and scored with 6:38 to go which gave the Raiders a little breathing room and Patrick Campbell added an insurance goal with 1:28 on the clock, making it a 10-7 game. Biennemann scored with 1:10 to go, but that was the final score for Lehigh.

Lehigh will return to action on April 11 when the Mountain Hawks travel to Lewisburg to take on the Bucknell Bison. The opening face-off is set for 8:00 PM.