The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team made a late rally but lost to the nationally ranked Duke University Blue Devils Sunday in Durham, North Carolina, 13-11.
Freshman attackman Tristan Rai led the way for the Mountain Hawks with four goals and senior attackman Reid Weber added another three. Rai now has a team-leading nine goals through two games.
After three late Lehigh goals in the span of a minute, the Hawks pulled within two goals with just 30 seconds left to play. Duke was able to run out the last 30 seconds after winning the final faceoff of the game and retaining possession.
Lehigh got off to a slow start, giving up a goal in the first 30 seconds and trailing by as many as seven goals in the first half. After falling behind 9-2 with three minutes left to play in the first half, Lehigh started roaring back, outscoring Duke 9-4.
Senior defenseman Tripp Telesco and junior defenseman Jason Kozel led the way on defense. Telesco had three ground balls and two caused turnovers while Kozel had eight ground balls and four caused turnovers. Sophomore goalie Adam Sawicki had eight saves on the day.
As a team, Lehigh combined for 44 shots, 31 ground balls and nine faceoff wins. Duke had 36 shots, 32 ground balls and 17 faceoff wins.
The team will take on Furman University next this Saturday in Greenville, South Carolina.