Men’s Lax Drops Rivalry Tilt in Bethlehem
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Lafayette men’s lacrosse team traveled across town for the 2017 installment of The Rivalry on Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, Pa., dropping a 15-7 decision to Lehigh.
The Leopards couldn’t find the back of the net, unable to convert a 38-33 shots advantage into a scoring edge. The Mountain Hawks jumped all over the visitors, up 5-1 after the first quarter and 7-3 into the halftime break. The lead only grew from there as the home team finished off its 15-7 win.
Conor Walters and Connar Dehnert were the lone multi-goal scorers on the day for Lafayette, netting a pair of markers each. Eric Joseph and Kevin Lewis each added a goal and an assist, respectively, while Jason Sands made his return to the field, helping out with two assists.
Sophomore Jonathan Anastos had just his second game this season with single-digit saves, making seven stops and allowing 15 goals in defeat. On the other side, Lehigh’s Chris Kiernan and Donny Stires combined for nine saves and seven goals allowed, with Kiernan picking up his fourth win of the season.
Lehigh led in ground balls, 39-36, and won 15 of the game’s 26 faceoffs. The home side converted on all four of its extra-man opportunities, with Lafayette scoring on just one of its four chances with the man-up.
The Leopards return from spring break this week, getting back into a routine to prepare for their next contest on Saturday. The Maroon and White head north for a meeting with Boston U. at 1 p.m.