LILacrosseNews.com, Posted 3/10/12
From Press Releases and Staff Reports
Just days after becoming the first Patriot League team to defeat a nationally-ranked opponent, Lehigh did it again last Saturday with a 9-8 upset of No. 4/4 North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C., firmly lifting the Mountain Hawks into the national conversation as the 2012 season continues on.
Lehigh – coached by Comsewogue alum Kevin Cassese – has been doing it with defense, and that threat continued Tuesday when it wrapped up its three-game road trip with a stifling 6-2 win at VMI. The Mountain Hawks have surrendered two of the three lowest goal amounts for an opponent in any game this season. Lehigh also blanked Manhattan 13-0 earlier this season, producing the first shutout in the NCAA in nearly two years.
While Lehigh has done it with defense, Colgate picked up two victories last week based on its offense. Junior midfielder Peter Baum tied a Patriot League record with eight goals in a 24-14 victory at Robert Morris last weekend, and scored six more in Tuesday’s 18-8 win over Hobart. The Raiders are 4-1 this season and open Patriot League play against another team that has played well of late in Holy Cross. The Crusaders won two games in Florida last week, beating Jacksonville 13-11 and Mercer 12-6.
Army went 1-1 last week. The Black Knights went up against No. 7/3 Cornell on the road Saturday and came home with an 18-7 loss, but rebounded with a 9-8 victory over visiting Rutgers Tuesday. It was part of a 4-0 day for Patriot League teams that day, with Colgate, Holy Cross and Lehigh capturing the other wins.
PATRIOT LEAGUE NOTEBOOK
LEHIGH MOVES UP IN RANKINGS
The Mountain Hawks also corralled some significant upward momentum in the national polls as a result of last week’s victories at Penn and North Carolina. Lehigh surged to No. 16 in the USILA Coaches Poll and to No. 15 in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media rankings released Monday.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
GOALKEEPER OF THE WEEK
MATT POILLON, LEHIGH Fr., GK, Mount Sinai, N.Y.
Poillon finished with a .556 save percentage, facing 27 shots on goal with 15 stops and posting two victories as Lehigh defeated No. 19/18 Penn and No. 4/4 North Carolina on the road. The freshman from Mount Sinai, N.Y., came up with his biggest save of the week with just 27 seconds to go on Saturday, as he stoned Marcus Holman to preserve the Mountain Hawks’ 9-8 win over the Tar Heels in Chapel Hill, N.C. For the season, Poillon has a .579 save percentage while his performance against two NCAA Tournament teams from last season lowered his season goals-against average to 6.00.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
RYAN WALSH, COLGATE Fr., A, Wantagh, N.Y.
Walsh collected his first career hat trick and added three assists for six points in the Raiders’ 24-14 drubbing at Robert Morris on Saturday. The Wantagh, N.Y., native is third on the team with 11 points with five goals and six assists. He more than doubled his offensive output for the season in the 10-goal win against the Colonials.
DAVID DiMARIA, LEHIGH Jr., A, Dix Hills, N.Y.
DiMaria scored three goals and dished six assists for nine points in Lehigh’s two victories over nationally-ranked opponents. He scored twice, including the eventual game-winner, and finished with five points in Tuesday’s 10-4 win at No. 19/18 Penn. He added a goal and three assists for four points in Saturday’s 9-8 triumph at fourth-ranked North Carolina.
JOHN HANNAN, HOLY CROSS Jr., M, Manhasset, N.Y.
Hannan tallied five goals on the week, including four in Sunday’s 13-11 win at Jacksonville. At 2-2, Holy Cross has its best record through four games since starting 3-1 in 2008.