Lehigh vs. Saint Joseph's
April 11, 2007
The Game Story:
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Senior Jeff Wiener and Alec Hooff combined for six goals and six assists and classmate Dusty Granet recorded four saves in goal en route to his first collegiate win as Lehigh downed St. Joe’s 12-2 on Wednesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Sophomore Ricky Cornetta added two goals for the Mountain Hawks who improve to 4-6 on the season, while the Hawks fall to 4-7.

“Everyone made a contribution out there for us tonight,” head coach Chris Wakely said afterwards. “Dusty received his first start and played brilliantly in goal and this was nice to get a win for our seniors in their final home game.” He added, “I thought the attack played well, we did a nice job on face-offs, which we had been struggling with and also did a better job with the ground balls tonight.”

Lehigh dominated the Hawks in nearly every statistical category, out shooting the visitors 40-15 for the game and scooping up 36 ground balls to St. Joe’s 19. The Mountain Hawks were a perfect 16-of-16 on clear attempts and four-of-eight on EMO. Freshman Kyle Gentile won 11-of-15 face-offs for the Brown and White and scooped up six ground balls, while Hoof, and senior Colin Mistele each recorded five. Wiener netted four goals and dished out two assists, while Hooff scored twice and handed out four helpers. Junior John Park and freshman Michael Saucier both saw time in goal for Lehigh, and combined for two saves in nearly nine minutes of action.

St. Joe’s goal keeper R.J. Bopf sent back 11 shots on the evening and added a team-high three ground balls, while Laurent Dionot and Sean Cullinan scored the team’s only goals.

Lehigh came out firing from the start, scoring the game’s first three goals, two from Wiener and another from Cornetta, to take a 3-0 lead at the 13:35 mark of the second quarter. Cullinan got the Hawks on the board with 12:33 to go in the opening half, but Hooff, Wiener and senior Steve Marino all scored goals before halftime to send the Brown and White into intermission with a 6-1 lead.

Cornetta opened the second half with his second goal of the evening to put Lehigh in front 7-1, and Hooff and Wiener added back-to-back scores to put the home team ahead 9-1 with 7:11 left in the third. Dionot scored his first goal of the season at the 1:39 mark of the third, sending the game into the fourth with the Mountain Hawks up by a 9-2 count. Matt Diehl scored the first goal of the final quarter, and David Walsh and Kevin Houk added one each down the stretch as Lehigh closed out its 2007 home season in grand style.

Lehigh returns to action on Saturday when the Mountain Hawks look to keep their postseason hopes alive traveling to Lewisburg to take on the No. 12 Bucknell Bison. Game time is set for 8:00 PM.