Lehigh’s Seesaw Season Swings Up, Beat Binghamton 13-7

Lehigh Mountainhawks

From the Lehigh Press Release:

Box Score

BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A strong defense set the tone early while an explosive offense took over late as the Lehigh men’s lacrosse team cruised to a 13-7 win over Binghamton on Tuesday evening at the Ulrich Sports Complex. Sophomore David DiMaria led the offense with two goals and three assists while senior Richard Bradley registered a season-high seven groundballs and five caused turnovers to lead the Mountain Hawks (6-4, 2-1 Patriot League) to their second straight victory.

Lehigh scored the game’s first eight goals before Binghamton got on the scoreboard at 2:57 of the second quarter. The Bearcats eventually clawed back to as close as 10-7 early in the fourth, but the Mountain Hawks responded with the game’s final three goals to erase any doubt.
“Getting out to the 8-0 lead was important, but I’m disappointed we let them back in the game,” said Lehigh head coach Kevin Cassese. “This is a big non-league win for us; we try to get better every week. We’ll need to elevate our game to come up with a win on Saturday [against No. 20 Penn State].”
The victory marks Lehigh’s fourth in as many home games, tying the squad’s best home start since 2008. A 6-4 record also gives the Mountain Hawks their best record after 10 games since the 2006 campaign.
DiMaria tied a career high with his five points behind two goals and three assists. Fellow sophomore Dante Fantoni posted four behind two goals and two assists. In the process, they each extended their point streaks to 20 and 23 games, respectively.
“Dante really helped us extend our lead while David did a nice job of quarterbacking our offense,” said Cassese.
Junior Roman Lao-Gosney gave a struggling Mountain Hawk offense an early lift with a career-high three goals, all coming within the game’s first 20:12.
“We got a great spark from Roman,” said Cassese. “He’s been pressing of late. He came out and got a few big goals in the early going.”
The Bearcats slowly inched back, netting five of the first seven second-half goals to pull as close as 10-7 at 10:05 of the fourth quarter. But Lehigh responded with goals from Cameron Lao-Gosney, DiMaria and Drake to seal the victory.
The Mountain Hawks led the final shot count, 38-15, while holding the groundball edge, 39-19. Lehigh was 15-of-17 on clear attempts while Binghamton was 13-of-18. The Mountain Hawks finished 2-of-3 on the extra man to the Bearcats’ 3-of-4. Lehigh sophomore Dan Carr finished with three saves across Kraig Heston, who made seven.
Lehigh remains home on Saturday when it welcomes Keystone State rival and No. 20 nationally ranked Penn State for a special 1 p.m. faceoff in Goodman Stadium. Tickets are available online at Lehighsports.com and be calling 610-7LU-GAME.
“Saturday is big, our first-ever game in Goodman,” said Cassese. “This win gives us tremendous momentum leading into that game. We want to get on a roll as we head into the meet of our Patriot League schedule. It’s also a big opportunity to get a top-20 win.”
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