The Lehigh field hockey team’s strong defensive performance against Lafayette in the first half led to heartbreak in the second.
Despite shutting out the Leopards (8-9, 3-3 Patriot) in the first half, Lehigh’s defense couldn’t hold on as the match came to a close, losing 2-1 Friday night in Easton.
Even a late offensive push by the Mountain Hawks (5-11, 2-4 Patriot), including multiple forced turnovers and a corner shot while down by just a goal, could not help Lehigh tie the game. Lehigh is now eliminated from contention for the Patriot League Tournament.
Throughout the game, Lehigh generated a number of forced turnovers. Freshman forward Amanda Boyer was able to block shots by Lafayette and contributed a shot on the goal as well. Fellow freshman Paige Innarella, who was in goal for the Mountain Hawks, had a difficult game, registering zero saves on two shots.
Senior Janelle High took two shots on the goal during the first half, showing potential for the Lehigh offense even though both shots were blocked by Lafayette goalkeeper Katelyn Arnold. Both defenses kept the other team scoreless, leading to a 0-0 score at the end of the first half.
Lehigh scored its goal in the 57th minute off of a penalty shot by sophomore midfielder Lauren Dice, putting Lehigh up 1-0. Just 1:20 later, however, Lafayette midfielder Amanda Magadan tied the game with a goal assisted by Lisa van der Geest.
And five minutes later, Van der Geest added another goal for the Leopards to make the game 2-1 Lafayette, a score that wouldn’t change for the rest of the night.
Lehigh host Brown University on Sunday in its final game of the season.