Season preview: New year, same goals for the Mountain Hawks

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Lehigh’s women’s lacrosse team has made its presence felt in the Patriot League, qualifying for each of the league’s last seven tournaments. Last season, the Mountain Hawks qualified for the championship game for the first time in a decade – earning victories in the Patriot League tournament over Navy and Army West Point. Lehigh also beat the then 21st-ranked Navy in the regular season.

It may be another year, but the goals remain the same for the Mountain Hawks.

Specifically, Lehigh’s biggest goal is to be the best version of himself, especially in championship games and the playoffs. That’s exactly what happened in 2021. After starting 0-2 in February, the Mountain Hawks have continued to improve, and it has paid off. Lehigh won nine of 10 heading into the championship game at Loyola.

“I believe our success last year definitely builds momentum and engenders confidence in our student-athletes to know what’s possible with hard work,” the Lehigh head coach said. Jill Redfern. “I think it’s also a reflection of our recruiting efforts, which continue to add up for us.”

The 2022 Mountain Hawks bring back plenty of experience on offense and defense, and opportunities for student-athletes to step into midfield. The attack unit Gaby Schneider, Emma Eberhardt and Katia Carnevale started together from day one and had 222 points (131 goals and 91 assists) in just 21 games in 2020 and 2021. Last season, Schneider was named second-team All-Region and is a preseason winner All-Patriot League heading into 2022.

“The minutes those three played definitely provide the competitive experience we need,” Redfern said.

Speaking of experience, the defense also includes seniors Jenna’s Garden, Emma Mc Gillis and Claire Keller, who have spent a lot of time together since their rookie seasons. Garden and McGillis started all 17 games as freshmen, while Keller started seven, so it’s as veteran a group as anyone could ask for to anchor the tight end defense.

There are plenty of Mountain Hawks ready to take on bigger roles in 2022. It doesn’t matter what role each plays on game day Feb. 16 at Saint Joseph’s, or for the Patriot League opener on March 19 against Loyola. , one thing is certain.

Everyone will play an important role in the success of the team.

“The team is focused on everyone’s contributions, having fun and executing our game plan together,” Redfern said.

After Wednesday’s season opener at Saint Joseph’s, the Mountain Hawks travel to Rutgers of the Big Ten on Saturday, February 26. The Scarlet Knights just entered the NCAA Tournament last season. Lehigh’s home opener is Wednesday, March 2 against La Salle – the first of three home games in seven days.

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