Saint John's vs. Lehigh
March 21, 2009
The Game Story:
JAMAICA, N.Y. Ė For the second straight game Lehigh needed overtime to decide its finish with a nationally ranked foe and for the second straight game the Mountain Hawks delivered in the extra session as Brian Bienemann scored with 3:36 remaining on the clock in OT to lift the Brown and White to a 10-9 victory over the No. 20 St. Johnís Red Storm on Saturday afternoon. Bienemann finished with a pair of scores for Lehigh, while senior Ricky Cornetta continued his hot play as he totaled three goals, including one with a single second left in regulation, to help lift the Mountain Hawks to their second straight win. Harry Kutner found the back of the net five times for the Red Storm who fall to 5-2.

The Mountain Hawks were credited with 29 shots for the game, led by Cornetta with seven and freshman Cameron Lao-Gosney with five. Cornetta added seven ground balls, while Will Scudder won 12-of-23 in the X, and scooped up five ground balls. Blaise Fullen caused two turnovers and Morgan Haller stopped five shots in 38 minutes of action in goal before giving way to Conor Murphy who sent back four shots in 20 minutes.

St. Johnís took 25 shots with Kutner credited with six of them. Dom DeNapoli won 11-of-21 face-offs, totaled nine ground balls and caused three turnovers, while Reggie Davis totaled three GBs. Drew Schanen finished with a team high two assists and Gavin Buckley stopped nine shots in his 60 minutes in goal.

Lehigh jumped out to a 4-0 lead after one quarter of play as Bienemann, Richard Bradley, Lao-Goseny and Max Dahlem each netted goals. St. Johnís got on the board for the first time when Kutner scored with 13:22 on the second quarter clock, but Cornetta answered with his first score 1:02 later. From there the Red Storm scored two more times before the half ended, but the Mountain Hawks took a 5-3 lead into the break.

Kutner brought the home team to within one score just one minute into the third, but Kyle Gentile put the Mountain Hawks up two yet again when he scored with 10:57 on the clock. That turned out to be the final score in the third as the teams headed into the final 15 minutes with the Brown and White up two.

Just as he did in the second and third quarters, Kutner began the fourth with a goal to make it a 6-5 game with 13:29 left in regulation, but Lao-Gosney gave Lehigh its fourth two-goal lead of the afternoon just 34 seconds later and the Mountain Hawks went in front 7-5. Bobby Fitton brought the home team to within one goal when he scored at the 10:29 mark, and Carl Iacona tied the contest for the first time all day when he found the back of the net with 9:58 on the clock. Malcolm Miles completed the 3-0 SJU run as he scored goal number five of the season with 6:11 left in the game and gave the Red Storm their first lead of the game.

Cornetta stopped the St. Johnís scoring run when he netted a goal with 5:10 to go, sending the teams into the final stretch tied at eight. Kutner put the Red Storm up one with 1:13 on the clock when he scored off a feed from Miles, but Cornetta beat Buckley with only one second to go, tying things up at nine and sending the teams into overtime. Bienemann did not wait long to end this one though as he scored just 24 seconds into the extra session.

Lehigh will be back in action on Tuesday evening when the Mountain Hawks conclude their four game road trip with a visit to Newark, Delaware to take on the Fightiní Blue Hens of Delaware. The opening face-off is set for 7:00.