MLax Upended by Lehigh, 14-8


Bethlehem, Pa. -The Penn men'slacrosse team completed its four-game road trip to open the 2005 season with a 14-8 loss at Lehigh on March 16. Despite two goals eachfrom senior tri-captain Brian Amen and junior James Riordan, the Red and Blue could not keep pace with the Mountain Hawks and head home with a 1-3 record.

Lehigh got out to a quick start and scored four unanswered goals in the first quarter. Riordan put Penn on the scoreboard with 1:22 remaining in the first off a feed from Patrick Rogers and tri-captain DJ Andzrejewski scored unassisted to open the second quarter to bring the Quakers within two, 4-2, at 12:14. Lehigh scored four-straight goals to push its lead to 8-2 before Amen scored his first goal of the season at 4:29, unassisted. Lehigh found the net once more before the end of the half, and went to the sidelines with a 9-3 lead at halftime.

Penn came out on fire in the second half, finding the back of the net three-straight times to stymie the Mountain Hawk defense a bit, as Luke Dixson, Amen and Joe Shanagan each scored a goal for the Red and Blue to cut the lead to 9-6 with nine minutes to go in the third quarter. Unfortunately, Lehigh senior Andrew Lucas took it upon himself to score the first of three-straight goals to give the Mountain Hawks a six-goal lead at the 8:18 mark of the final quarter. Riordan netted his second goal of the game at 4:35 and senior Greg Voight netted his first goal of the 2005 seasonwith 3:12 remaining in the game, but Lucas put the icing on Lehigh's cake with 1:25 left to give the Mountain Hawks a 14-8 victoryat their home field.

"We really got out-played today," Head Coach Brian Voelker said. "We did not come ready to play and Lehigh really took advantage of that from the get-go. Our team has some major work to do as we head into our Ivy League season."

The Quakers outshot Lehigh, 34-31,and forced 22 Lehigh turnovers.Rogers andDixson led the Quakers with five shotseach, whileDenis Cole saw his first action of the season in goal for the Quakers and made two saves in the second half.

Penn is now 1-3 on the season and will open the 2005 Ivy League campaign and home scheduleon March 19 against Yale at Franklin Field at 3 p.m. Penn finished the 2004 schedule with a perfect record at Franklin Field, and will host Yale with a seven game home winning streak on the line.

Written by Carla Zighelboim