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Lehigh wraps up 17-7 win over Holy Cross

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — The Lehigh men’s lacrosse team outscored Holy Cross 4-0 in the first quarter and didn’t look back, beating the Crusaders, 17-7, Sunday afternoon at Ulrich Sports Complex. Junior Christian Mullet posted season highs in goals (5) and points (6) while a senior Tommy Schelling registered a career-high goal and six assists to lead the offense. Defensively, graduate student Teddy Leggett recorded six ground balls and five turnovers, moving from fifth to a tie for second in program history in career turnovers.

Leggett started Sunday with 68 career turnovers, passing Mike Noone (71) and tying Eddie Bouhall (73) when all was said and done.

“I think today was a great team win,” Lehigh head coach said Kevin Casse. “We’ve been talking for the last two weeks about trying to combine defense and attack, trying hard at the same time. I feel like our first two games, we’d have the defense, we’d have the offense show up , but not necessarily together. I thought the Navy game, we saw it a bit, but today we took another step in that direction.

With Mule’ and Schelling, second year Quinn Armstrong scored three times for his third career and junior hat trick Andrew Mapstone scored a career-high two goals. Senior matte marker also played his first career multi-goal game, finishing with two goals and an assist. Senior Cole Kirst got a goal and two assists.

“Offensively we did a great job sharing the ball,” Cassese said. “If you look at our starting attack, we had nine assists with our starting attack and that’s quite impressive. Our second midfielder has stepped up significantly… six goals from our second midfielder today. I just thought overall we really shared the ball well on offense and played really selfless lacrosse on that side.”

The Mountain Hawks have caused 14 of Holy Cross’ 19 turnovers. In addition to Leggett’s five, nine others recorded a turnover caused each, including starting tight end defenders – seniors Michael Gomez and Antoine Tangredi. As a team, Lehigh posted a season-high 55 balls on the ground.

“I thought defensively, we did a good job and settled in,” Cassese said. “Holy Cross is a really good offensive team. They certainly challenged us in a lot of ways. We were able to vary what we were doing there. We were able to create a bunch of turnovers for sure and pick up the ball from the first kick the defense and get the ball back up.”

Marker scored both of his goals in the first quarter, giving Lehigh a 1-0 and later 4-0 lead after 15 minutes.

Lehigh held Holy Cross scoreless for the first 16:39 of the game, but the Mountain Hawks responded with four of the next five goals – the last two in that streak coming off Mule’ stick (both assisted by Schelling). The latter gave Lehigh an 8-2 lead midway through the second quarter. The Crusaders responded with two goals from Dean DiNanno in less than a minute, but responses from Armstrong and the freshman Dakota Eierman gave Lehigh a 10-4 lead, on the way to a 10-5 halftime advantage.

The Mountain Hawks started the second half with four straight goals, from four different scorers. Armstrong’s second of the day gave Lehigh a 14-5 lead midway through the third quarter.

Lehigh sailed from there, as the 16:15 game finale featured Mule’s fifth, Armstrong’s third and Mapstone’s second.

The final shots were 50-29 in favor of Lehigh while the Mountain Hawks held a 55-30 advantage in groundstrokes. Senior Mike Sisselberger was sensational, winning 20 of 26 with nine balls on the ground – including 16 of 18 in the middle of the two quarters. Lehigh was 2 for 4 on the extra man while the Crusaders were 0 for 3. Graduate student James Spence made three saves in the first 38:20 of the game before the junior Caleb Creasor came in and stopped all four sent his way over the final 11:40.

The Mountain Hawks will now prepare for their first road league game, at No. 12 Army West Point on Saturday in a rematch of the 2019 Patriot League Championship Game. Gametime is set for 12 p.m. on ESPN+.

“Proud of the way our guys played today and I think it was another step in the right direction,” Cassese said. “We’re going to keep pushing forward and trying to play our best lacrosse as we get closer to April and hopefully May.”

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Gallery: (13-03-2022) Men’s Lacrosse vs. Holy Cross, 13/03/22