Sophomore defender Kayleen Kelly clears the ball out of Lehigh's zone on Tuesday, April 5, 2016, as the Mountain Hawks held on to a 9-5 win over Rutgers University. Lehigh has won the past two games. (Michael Reiner/B&W Staff)

Wentzel’s hat trick leads Lehigh women’s lacrosse over Rutgers, 9-5

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The Lehigh women’s lacrosse team took down Rutgers University 9-5 Tuesday night at Frank Banko Field. The Mountain Hawks now have a 9-2 overall record and are ranked No. 2 in the Patriot League.

The Mountain Hawks commanded the field from the start and didn’t let up. Sophomore attacker/midfielder Haley Wentzel and junior attacker Allison LaBeau had back-to-back, unassisted goals in the first six minutes of the game.

Rutgers came back 45 seconds after LaBeau’s goal to score its first goal of the game, but Lehigh fired back with two more goals from Wentzel, assisted by LaBeau, and junior Lauren Beausoleil, unassisted.

The Mountain Hawks ended the half with a goal from LaBeau assisted by Wentzel and three converted free position shots from junior Julianne D’Orazio, senior Kendall Garden and Wentzel.

Lehigh went into halftime leading Rutgers 8-2.

D’Orazio opened the scoring in the second half to give Lehigh a 9-2 lead, but Rutgers came out energized, and answered with three straight scores.

The Scarlet Knights couldn’t sustain their momentum, however, and were unable to score any more goals.

Wentzel led the Mountain Hawks with three goals followed by LaBeau and D’Orazio each with two.

The Mountain Hawks have won their last two games and hold a 3-1 record in the Patriot League. They will face Army West Point on Saturday at Frank Banko Field.

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