Lehigh vs. Pennsylvania
March 16, 2005
The Game Story:
Bethlehem, PA – Behind six goals from senior captain Andrew Lucas, Lehigh defeated No. 25 Penn on Wednesday afternoon at the Ulrich Sports Complex by a score of 14-8. Greg Morin and David Walsh added three scores for the Mountain Hawks, who improve to 5-2 in 2005 with their third consecutive victory. Lehigh is now 3-0 at home this season and has kept its last three opponents under ten goals. Penn falls to 1-3 on the season.

Lucas got the scoring started for Lehigh just 57 seconds into the contest with his 18th score of the season. Walsh upped the Mountain Hawk lead to two with 6:30 remaining in the first quarter and David Gaunt added a score of his own at the 5:54 mark. Morin then took a feed from Robert Schrader with 3:36 left in the quarter, and the Brown and White was in front 4-0. James Riordan stopped the scoring attack by Lehigh with a goal at the 1:22 mark.

Penn opened the second quarter with another goal, but Morin gained the momentum for Lehigh right back, as he scored at the 9:01 mark. Walsh, Greg Furst, and Lucas then all scored in a time of 54 seconds, and the Mountain Hawks were up by a count of 8-2. The teams would exchange goals before the half and Lehigh took a 9-3 lead into the locker room.

Penn scored three times in the first five minutes of the second half and looked as though it was going to come all the way back, but the Mountain Hawks regained their composure, as Lucas scored the game’s next three goals in a span of 11 minutes and the Lehigh lead was back up to 12-6 with nine minutes remaining. Morin and Lucas would tack up two more scores for the Mountain Hawks, and the victory was theirs.

Spirko sent back 14 shots on the day for the Brown and White, who out shot Penn 34-31 for the game. Lehigh won 14 of 26 face offs, and was 16 of 17 on clear attempts for the game. Blake Best handed out three assists and Shrader and Jeff Wiener both had two helpers. Junior captain Jeff King was solid all day long on defense for Lehigh, scooping up seven groundballs and causing one turnover.

“Andrew Lucas took over for us out there today,” explained head coach Chris Wakely after the game. “Andrew made a play every time we need one. Eric Spirko also played very well for us in goal, he had some huge saves and was ready to go from the beginning. We never gave up the lead tonight and that played a big part in the outcome. There were a few moments that we did not manage the lead very well, but we’re learning and we’re improving.” Wakely continued, “We’re very talented and we can play with anybody, and we showed that here today. This is a huge win for us, and it’s really a confidence builder.”

Lehigh returns to action on Friday, March 25, when the Mountain Hawks welcome another nationally ranked opponent to the Ulrich Sports Complex, as Navy comes to Bethlehem. Game time is scheduled for 7:00 and all of the action can be heard live on lehighsports.com.