Lehigh vs. Mount Saint Mary's
April 6, 2002
The Game Story:
Bethlehem, Pa. - Freshman Andrew Lucas scored six goals, and senior midfielder Mike Rabinovitz added a goal and three assists as the Mountain Hawks defeated Mount St. Mary's by an 11-6 score on the grass field at the Ulrich Sports Complex on Saturday afternoon. The win is Lehigh's third consecutive, and improves the Mountain Hawks' record to 5-5 overall (2-1 Patriot League), while the loss drops the Mountaineers to 2-7 on the season. Lucas got Lehigh on the board less than two minutes into the contest, as he scored an extra-man goal off a pass from David Cohen. However, Mount junior attackmen Kevin Merlini (Wyncote, Pa./La Salle) and Josh Warfield (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) each answered, and the Mountaineers held a 2-1 lead after the first quarter. Lehigh responded, reeling off four consecutive goals to start the second quarter, and built a 5-2 lead. Mount St. Mary's got a goal from Merlini, who finished with three goals, with just 51 seconds remaining in the quarter to make the score 5-3 Lehigh at the half. Mike Rabinovitz scored a goal with a man down, and Lucas added his third goal of the match in the third quarter, but the Mountain Hawks entered the final fifteen minutes of regulation clinging to a 7-6 advantage. Warfield scored his second goal of the game and sophomore Sammy Hogg (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph's) rifled in a bullet from long range. The Lehigh defense held firm throughout the entire fourth period, and did not surrender a goal. Meanwhile, the offense scored four times - three of them coming off the stick of Andrew Lucas - to put the game away and seal the victory. Freshman goalie Tom Ellis was faced with 20 shots on goal, and he made 14 saves on the afternoon for the Mountain Hawks. Senior captain Tom Dryer turned away 11 shots for the Mount but it was not enough on a day when the offense couldn't carry the day. Mount St. Mary's dominated play off the draw, winning 14 of 21 face-offs on the afternoon. Lehigh came away with 51 ground balls, while the Mountaineers had 45. The Mount is back in action next weekend when they play at Manhattan and Marist in conference action.