Saturday game vs. the College of Holy Cross:
The Lehigh University field hockey team furthered its hot streak by defeating Patriot League opponent the College of the Holy Cross this Saturday at home.
The win marks the team’s first Patriot League victory. After a slow start to the season, Lehigh has moved to 3-6 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League.
In the first half, both teams were strong defensively, as neither side surrendered a goal. Lehigh was led by sophomore goalie Julia Ward, who recorded four saves in the half. In the second half, Lehigh senior Steph Fratoni found the back of the net for the first time this season off of a corner assist from junior Taylor Mygatt in the 42nd minute. Just five minutes later, Lehigh sophomore Gabby Tofig chipped in a rebound off of the Holy Cross goalie for her fifth goal of the year.
The Mountain Hawks’ offense continued dominating late into the second half when sophomore Marissa Glatt scored off of a feed from sophomore Amanda Granger. However, Holy Cross refused to be shut out, as Crusaders freshman Maureen Connolly netted a goal just before the final buzzer sounded.
The 3-1 victory over the Crusaders set the tone for the Mountain Hawks’ matchup against Sacred Heart University.
Sunday game vs. Sacred Heart University:
The Mountain Hawks continued to roll over opponents Sunday with its 4-2 defeat of Sacred Heart University.
With its second win in two days and third consecutive victory, head coach Stacey Eversley has to be pleased with her team’s performance of late. After starting the season 0-5, Lehigh has improved to 4-1, and it does not seem they have any intention of slowing this momentum.
Junior Erin Ricker got it all started for the Mountain Hawks with an early goal off a penalty corner assist from senior Steph Fratoni. Sacred Heart responded just four minutes later with a goal of its own from freshman Nichole Tolli. Sophomore Gabby Tofig quickly swung momentum back to Lehigh’s side with her team-leading sixth goal.
After 35 minutes, Lehigh outshot Sacred Heart 10-1, and the Mountain Hawks didn’t take their foot off the gas in the second half. Freshman Jackie Renda found Tofig for her second goal of the game. Minutes later, sophomore Amanda Granger continued the assault on the Pioneer defense with a goal of her own. A late Sacred Heart goal on a penalty shot from senior Sarah Bergman was too little, too late for the Pioneers.
Lehigh will face Patriot League opponent Colgate University on Saturday.