Sophomore forward/midfielder Matt Ernst blocks Cornell Univeristy junior midfielder Domenic Massimilian in a game against Cornell University at Goodman Stadium on Saturday, April 16, 2016. Lehigh fell to Army West Point in the Patriot League quarterfinals, 13-6. (Chris Barry/B&W Staff)

Army eliminates Lehigh men’s lacrosse in Patriot League Tournament

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The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team was eliminated from the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals after losing to Army West Point 13-6 Tuesday afternoon in West Point, New York.

Lehigh (6-9, 4-4 Patriot), the fifth seed in the tournament, got within three goals late in the third quarter, but failed to score a goal for the next 18 minutes as Army ran away with the game.

Senior attackman Reid Weber and freshman attackman Andrew Pettit each had a pair of goals for Lehigh, while junior attackman Matt Raposo and junior midfielder Ian Strain each had a goal as well. Weber finished the season as the team’s leading goal scorer with 36.

Army won in nearly every statistical category as Lehigh continued to lose a vast majority of its faceoffs, an area the team has consistently struggled with all season. The Mountain Hawks won just 4-of-22 faceoffs, also losing the ground ball battle 36-21.

Lehigh also struggled to defend Army’s man-up situations, allowing the Black Knights to convert on 4-of-6 extra man opportunities. Two of these were part of a four-goal run to end the game.

The Hawks finished the season losing their last five games, as well as eight of their last 10. The team will graduate 10 seniors.

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