Junior midfielder/defender Gianfranco Giammatteo evades Lafayette College senior midfielder Nate Arronson at a game against the Leopards on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2015. Lehigh defeated American University 2-1 to win the Patriot League Championship. (Dallas Basha/B&W Photo)

Lehigh men’s soccer wins Patriot League Championship


The Lehigh men’s soccer team captured the Patriot League Championship Sunday with a 2-1 victory over American University in Hamilton, New York. With the win, the team advances to the NCAA Tournament.

It is the fourth time in history they will be going to the tournament and it also marks the first title for Lehigh men’s soccer since 2006. Lehigh will face Hofstra University in the first round.

The team was led by senior forward/midfielder Jamie Luchini, who finished the day with both of the team’s goals. Lehigh’s sophomore goalkeeper Joe Bogan saved two of American’s three shots on goal.

The two assists came from two standout freshman, forward/midfielder Mark Forrest and midfielder Alex Greene. Forrest’s assist was a cross in the 30th minute to take the lead. Greene’s came in the second half while the game was tied 1-1 with a give and go to retake the lead in the 60th minute.

Lehigh had eight total shots, five of which were on target. American had 16 shots with only three on target.

The tournament MVP was awarded to Luchini after the game. Juniors Justin Worley and Danny Gonzalez and Bogan were also given honors by being selected to the All-Tournament Team.

The team has now avoided a loss in nine games in a row as it gets ready to take on stiff competition in the upcoming NCAA Tournament against Hofstra on Thursday.

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