Lehigh vs. Navy
March 2, 2010
The Game Story:
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Freshman Dan Carr made 14 saves to keep Lehigh in its game with No. 18 Navy on Tuesday evening, but in the end the Midshipmen outlasted the Mountain Hawks 8-3 at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Sophomore Cameron Lao-Gosney totaled two points for Lehigh, who falls to 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Patriot League following the loss, while Andy Warner registered five points for Navy as the Midshipmen even their record at 2-2 and move to 1-0 in league action.

“I thought we played hard, I thought both teams played hard,” Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese said afterwards. “It was a very physical game, a methodical game and it played out the way I thought it would.” He continued, “I thought both keepers made big saves, our biggest problem was we could not stay out of the penalty box. At times we were undisciplined on defense and that limited the chances we had on offense.”

He added, “Tonight’s game reminded me of last year’s game. In the beginning we were trying to figure them out and for the most part it was an evenly matched game. I thought it would be a slugfest and it turned out to be that way. We just wound up playing too much defense throughout the course of the night.”

Both teams took 32 shots on the evening and each squad scooped up 23 ground balls. Roman Lao-Gosney led the Brown and White with seven shots, while his brother Cameron Lao-Gosney was credited with five. Junior Will Scudder won six-of-twelve in the X and Alex Drake scooped up a team-best four ground balls. Freshman Dan Carr had a very strong game in goal for the Mountain Hawks with 14 saves in 60 minutes of work.

Warner led the Midshipmen with five shots, while R.J. Wickham stopped nine shots and also scooped up a team-high seven ground balls. Robby Battle won five-of-ten face-offs for the visitors and Logan West went two-for-four in the X.

Joe Lennon scored the game’s first goal with 11:28 on the first quarter clock and that proved to be the only score of the first quarter. Kyle Kapron gave the Midshipmen a 2-0 lead just six seconds into the second quarter, while Warner made it a three-goal affair with his first score of the night with 14:07 to play in the half.

Freshman David DiMaria scored Lehigh’s first goal with 12:39 to play in the second and that was the last score for the entire first half as the Mountain Hawks went into halftime trailing 3-1.

Roman Lao-Gosney opened the second half with his third goal of the season off an assist from Cameron Lao-Gosney and Lehigh was within one at 3-2. Lennon and Brendan Connors answered for Navy however and with 3:08 to play before halftime Lehigh was down 5-2. Cameron Lao-Gosney netted his first goal of the season with 2:03 on the clock however and Lehigh was down just two at intermission.

Lehigh was unable to generate much offense in the second half but its defense played a spirited 30 minutes of lacrosse and Carr stepped up to make several key stops on point-blank shots that kept the Brown and White in it. Navy added three scores in the fourth quarter to set up the final 8-3 margin.

“We’re getting better, we’re making progress,” Cassese said. “We’ve played two very tough opponents in a row, first going down to play North Carolina and now taking on the preseason favorite in the Patriot League. This shows us where we are and where we need to go. We’ll go back to work tomorrow and get ready for this weekend because it’s a quick turnaround.”

Lehigh will now head west as the Mountain Hawks travel to Colorado this weekend to play a pair of games. Up first for the Mountain Hawks is Air Force on Saturday, March 6 at the Face-Off Classic. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 eastern time.