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Mountain Hawks host Holy Cross on Seniors Day Saturday

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — Buoyed by its third straight win, the Lehigh women’s lacrosse team returns home for the second time in four days as the Mountain Hawks host Holy Cross on Saturday. Game time is set for 11:30 a.m. on ESPN+ and it will be senior day. Lehigh is coming off a dominating 16-6 victory over rival Lafayette, in one of the Mountain Hawks’ most potent efforts of the season so far.

Lehigh will pay tribute to his eight seniors after the game: Jenna’s Garden, Nora Giordano, Claire Keller, Maggie Kelly, Emma Mc Gillis, Kerry McHugh, Lily Salcedo and Jackie Stoler.

“We are going to miss this senior class and each of their eight individual personalities,” the head coach said. Jill Redfern. “They have been part of an outstanding success and have served our program with resilience and pride.”

As Associate Head Coach Sammy Cermac added: “We are very pleased to honor the Class of 2022 at Saturday’s game. It has been a pleasure to see their growth and success over the past four years. Thank you for your continued dedication to our program and for all the laughs and smiles along the way.”

On Wednesday, Lehigh led 9-2 after a 7-1 run in the first half, then Lafayette shot 10-5 at halftime. The Leopards’ momentum was short-lived, however, as the Mountain Hawks scored six of the game’s seven goals in the second half to dispel any doubts. Junior Katia Carnevale led offense with eight goals to tie a career high (program record is 11). Classmate Gaby Schneider set a program record for assists, getting seven. It all came in the first 32:29 of the game. Carnevale’s seven assists are tied for second in NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse this season, while Carnevale’s eight goals are tied for seventh.

Giordano and junior Emma Eberhardt each recorded three goals and an assist, with Giordano eclipsing 50 career points in the process. She ranks fifth on the Mountain Hawks in goals this season (21) and points (29), both smashing past career highs. First year Quinn Meyer scored her first career goal in the second quarter to give Lehigh that 9-2 lead as a junior Cassie Marte had a goal and an assist. McGillis and Garden each caused two turnovers to lead the defense, while totaling three and four balls on the ground respectively. Second year Hayley Hunt made 11 saves in goal, while McHugh made one in the final 4:09.

The victory brings Lehigh’s mark in the Patriot League to 3-3, tied for fourth in the standings (with Monday’s opponent American). The Mountain Hawks are only half a game away from being out of the top six, with Bucknell and Colgate currently tied for sixth at 3-4. On Saturday, Lehigh will face a Holy Cross team that is 2-5 in the league but has two convincing wins under its belt — 19-12 over Boston University and 16-4 at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross is 5-9 this season, 2-5 in Patriot League play, after losses to Navy (13-9) and Colgate (16-15 in overtime). The Crusaders’ championship wins have come at Boston University (19-12) and Lafayette (16-4). Jolie Creo leads the offense in goals (51) and points (75); she ranks sixth nationally in points per game (5.77) and 10th in goals per game (3.92). Jordyn Arakelian (14 goals, 19 assists) and Isabella Miller (24 goals, seven assists) are second and third respectively on the team with 33 and 31 points. Finley Cassidy leads the Crusaders with 44 draw checks while Maggie Cooney 21 has caused team-leading turnovers. Goaltender Grace Flink leads Holy Cross in rushing balls (29) with a 13.68 goals-against average and 42.1 save percentage.

Lehigh has won six straight against Holy Cross to take a 20-10 lead in the all-time series. The teams did not play in 2020 or 2021, with the Mountain Hawks winning the last meeting in Lehigh, 12-8 on April 13, 2019 (which was also senior day). The previous season, Lehigh earned a thrilling 16-15 overtime win over the Crusaders in the Patriot League quarterfinals. Holy Cross’ last victory came on April 19, 2014 at Lehigh via a 9-6 finish; which marked the Crusaders’ third straight win in the series. Lehigh has won the first seven meetings of all time (from 1992 to 1998).

After Saturday’s game, the Mountain Hawks stay home to host the Americans on Monday, April 25 at 7 p.m. on ESPN+ in a game originally scheduled for Saturday, April 9.

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