Lehigh vs. Wagner
April 6, 2004
The Game Story:
Mountain Hawks offense explodes versus Wagner

Bethlehem, PA – Following a slow start, Lehigh used a 14-goal explosion to pick up its third consecutive victory, defeating Wagner by a score of 14-3 on Wednesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Mike Osborne had an outstanding game for the Mountain Hawks, picking up three goals and two assists, while Stephen Marino added two goals and one assist. With the victory, Lehigh improves to 3-7 on the season, while Wagner falls to 1-7.

Greg Morin got Lehigh on the board first at the 14:04 mark of the first period and Wagner answered right back on a goal from Taylor Poschman at the 4:04 mark of the period. That goal tied the score at one and the contest remained tied until the second quarter when the Mountain Hawks went on the attack.

Lehigh scored five goals in the second quarter to surge ahead 6-1 at the half and put the game within its grasp. Connecting on goals in the second for Lehigh was Michael Zurfluh, Andrew Mastromonaco twice, Osborne, and Marino. The Mountain Hawks then continued to pour it on, scoring the first three goals of the second half, as Blake Best, Alec Hoof and Osborne all scored to give the Brown and White a 9-1 lead.

Poschman found the back of the net for the second time of the evening at the 2:54 mark of the third and Wagner stopped the bleeding, be it only momentarily. Morin, Marino, Osborne, David Walsh and Chris Andricopoulos all added goals in the final period and the game was a victory for Lehigh.

The Mountain Hawks dominated the Seahawks in all facets of the game, outshooting Wagner 45-14 and winning 16 of 20 face offs, including Tom Weiss, who won all 13 of his face offs. The Mountain Hawks also scooped up 33 groundballs compared to Wagner’s six, led by Jeff King’s seven.

In goal for Lehigh, Tom Ellis got the start and in his 38 minutes of work, he saw nine shots, stopping five of them. Ellis was then relieved by Dusty Granet and he sent back one Seahawk shot, before giving way to Paul Bottinelli, who also stopped one shot.

Wagner was led in scoring by Poschman who had two goals on the evening, while John Mancuso scooped up a team high two groundballs. Wagner’s starting goalie was Chris Sochacki, and in his 53 minutes of time, he sent back 15 shots, while the Seahawks backup goalie, Phil Mackenzie saw seven minutes in between the pipes and he faced one shot.

Head Coach Chris Wakely was pleased with the way his team looked on offense, following a slow start. “We came out a little sluggish, but were able to rebound. Mike Osborne and Jeff King both had outstanding games for us, on the offensive and defensive ends respectively.” Wakely concludes, “Our focus right now is to improve with each game and each week and I think that we are starting to do that.”

Lehigh returns to action on Saturday afternoon when the Mountain Hawks welcome No. 8 Army to the Ulrich Sports Complex. The game is slated to begin at 1:00 and all of the action can be heard live on Lehigh’s website at www.lehighsports.com.