Lehigh vs. Marist
March 31, 2004
The Game Story:
Bethlehem, PA – Lehigh fell behind 3-0, but was able to come back and behind a 10-2 scoring run defeated the Red Foxes of Marist 10-5 for the Mountain Hawks first victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon. Andrew Mastromonaco had an outstanding day for Lehigh, as he scored four goals and scooped up two groundballs. With the victory Lehigh improves to 1-7 on the season, while Marist falls to 3-3.

Jay Nahama got the scoring underway for Marist as he found the back of the net at the nine minute mark of the first period and Marist was in front 1-0. The Red Foxes then added on two more goals and after Nahama scored his second goal of the day at the 9:35 mark of the second period, Lehigh trailed 3-0. But from that point on the Mountain Hawks dominated, scooping up each groundball, playing suffocating defense and exploding on the offensive end.

The offensive outburst began when Mastromonaco found the back of the net at the 7:06 mark of the second period to trim the Marist lead to 3-1. Mike Osborne then scored a goal of his own at the 3:05 mark to pull the Mountain Hawks within one and after Mastromonaco scored his second goal of the half with just over one minute remaining, Lehigh had pulled to within a tie, at 3-3 going into halftime.

As the second half got underway, Josh Ben-Eliyahu notched the go-ahead goal for Marist, but that lead by the Red Foxes was short lived as Stephen Marino took a pass from Osborne at the 8:26 mark and drilled one past the Marist goalie to once again pull Lehigh even, this time at 4-4. Mastromonaco then scored two consecutive goals, the second with just over one minute remaining in the third quarter and the Mountain Hawks were in front 6-4.

Andrew Lucas, Marino, David Gaunt and Alec Hoof all added goals in the fourth period and the Mountain Hawks first victory of the season became a reality. Osborne led Lehigh with two assists on the afternoon, while Gaunt, Marino and David Walsh all handed out one assist. Tom Weiss won 13 of 19 face-offs for the Mountain Hawks and really helped them control time of possession all day long. Michael Zurfluh came off of the bench and scooped up three groundballs, while Osborne and Mastromonaco added two apiece.

Tom Ellis was solid in goal all afternoon for Lehigh, making timely save after save, totaling ten saves, while facing 17 shots for the game. Head Coach Chris Wakely was pleased with the way his team bounced back after falling behind early. “I think 4 o’clock exams had a little something to do with the rough start, but once we fell behind I let the guys re-group and find themselves. Of course, I had to shake them up a little bit too, but they know how to respond and today they did that.”

Wakely adds, “Tom Ellis had a big day in goal for us, while Tom Weiss really controlled the face-offs. And Drew Mostromonaco had an outstanding game, really scored some big goals for us. This was a big win for us.”

Lehigh returns to action on Saturday afternoon, when the Mountain Hawks welcome Patriot League foe Holy Cross to the Ulrich Sports Complex. Game time is scheduled for 1:00.