30-10-2022 | 1 o’clock in the afternoon
Oct 30 (Sun) / 1:00 PM
History BETHLEHEM, Pa.–The Lehigh hockey program recorded its second consecutive shutout and third of the season, winning 5-0 against Colgate in Patriot League action on Saturday afternoon as the Mountain Hawks celebrated Senior Day.
Lehigh improves to 11-6 overall and 4-2 in the Patriot League competition, achieving the same number of wins and conference victories as he had a season ago. This is the first time since 1985-86 that the program has achieved double digits in consecutive years. Colgate closes their season with a record of 3-15 and a score of 0-6.
“I’m very happy with how we ended the second half,” said head coach Caitlin Dallmeyer. “We were very slow in the first half and we didn’t play with the urgency I needed to get into this game.”
Prior to the start of today’s game, Lehigh honored their seven graduating seniors with their families. After that, the Mountain Hawks didn’t need much time to take the lead. Three minutes into the first period, junior Lotte Smorenburg, who drove into the first penalty corner of the game, tapped in a pass from senior Sydney White to give Lehigh a 1-0 lead.
“Hey Siri, show me some highlights from Senior Day.” 🎬 pic.twitter.com/uKM2Gy30Ly
— Lehigh Field Hockey (@LehighFH) October 29, 2022 The Mountain Hawks tried three more shots in the first period, but no one could find the back of the net. The Raiders took control of the second period, holding Lehigh without a single shot, and Colgate took three shots with two on target, but senior goalkeeper Maddie Kahn saved both. The Raiders and Mountain Hawks went into halftime with Lehigh leading 1-0.
A strong third period allowed Lehigh to withdraw from the Raiders, starting with a goal from sophomore Guusje Hogendoorn, who was assisted by freshman Kiki Mes just over a minute into the period. Five minutes later, the Mountain Hawks extended their lead to 3-0 when freshman Maddie Kandra defeated the Colgate goalkeeper on a pass from Mes for her second assist of the day. Lehigh scored another goal in the third when Hogendoorn contributed her second goal of the game from a penalty corner assisted by Smorenburg and White to give the Mountain Hawks a 4-0 lead en route to the fourth period.
Lehigh would score his fifth and final goal of the game with about seven minutes left when Kandra scored her second goal of the afternoon on a record-breaking assist from senior Sarah Bonthuis to give the Mountain Hawks a 5-0 advantage.
“We had to adjust our mentality in the second half to perform as we had to,” Dallmeyer continued. “We are lucky to have great leadership on the pitch and our team responded well to the level we should be playing at and I appreciate that.”
Both Kandra and Hogendoorn scored twice in the win, with Kandra’s season tally growing to six and Hogendoorn now with three markers this year. Smorenburg’s goal was also her third of the season, adding her second assist. Mes registered two assists to bring her tally to five, while White’s two assists were her first assists of the year.
Seniors Sarah Bonthuis and Sydney White after their Senior Day win at Colgate. pic.twitter.com/Jn7yRYhLJ2
— Lehigh Field Hockey (@LehighFH) October 29, 2022 Bonthuis’ lone assist to come on Kandra’s second goal broke Lehigh’s single-season assist record, marking her tenth of the year. Bonthuis has now passed the recent alum, Lenke Havas, who provided nine assists in her first year in 2018.
Defensively, Kahn registered three saves to record her second shutout in a row, the third of the season and the ninth blank of her career. Lehigh’s defense held Colgate without a penalty corner in the second half and only allowed two in the game. The Mountain Hawks also limited the Raiders to just four shots in total, with three shots on target, while Lehigh tried 14 shots in total, with 10 shots into the cage, earning eight penalty corners.
Dallmeyer concluded, “It’s a great group of people to work with and I couldn’t be happier with a win for this group on Senior Day.”
Lehigh remains in Bethlehem for the final game of the regular season, as the Mountain Hawks close their schedule at 1 PM with an out-of-season game against Columbia.
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