Lehigh’s epic overtime victory captures Patriot League title and secures first NCAA Tournament berth in program history

WASHINGTON — The Lehigh field hockey team won its second Patriotic League championship in program history by defeating No. 1 Boston University 2-1 in overtime at Jacobs Complex on the University’s campus. American to secure first-ever berth in the program’s NCAA Tournament.

Second year Guusje Hogendoorn scored on a penalty corner 7:14 into the first overtime to spark Lehigh’s celebration as the Mountain Hawks claimed their first league title since 1994. Lehigh improved to 13-7 with the win. The 13 wins tie the 1984 team for third most in school history.

 

Lehigh placed four student-athletes on the Patriot League All-Tournament Team. senior goalkeeper Maddie Kahn was selected as the tournament’s most valuable player, while fellow senior Sarah Bonthuisjunior Julia Gatelein and Hogendoorn were also named to the All-Tournament Team.

“I think we worked very hard to be calm in critical moments throughout this race,” commented the head coach. Caitlin Dallmeyer. “I’m really proud of how hard this team had to work to get this far. The commitment to making that dream come true and believing in themselves.”

The Mountain Hawks and Terriers went scoreless in the first period with Boston University attempting nine shots as Lehigh was held without a shot. Boston University also got five penalty corners while the Mountain Hawks didn’t get one. Kahn made four saves in the first 15 minutes as a freshman Zoe day recorded a defensive save with a minute remaining and would head into the second quarter tied at 0-0.

 

The second period saw Lehigh dominate on offense, taking eight shots including six from the goal, but the two teams were still tied at 0-0 before intermission.

“It hasn’t been easy,” Dallmeyer added. “BU managed us well in our first game this season, and did a good job of managing us in the first quarter and had to make adjustments throughout the game. Our nerves were really on edge, but once we we settled down, we started making bigger plays.”

A tied third quarter had a total of nine shots, five for Boston University and four for Lehigh. The Terriers got on the board in the 42nd minute to take a 1-0 lead in the third period and carried it through to the fourth period.

Just over four minutes into the fourth quarter, first year Maddie Kandra deflected a pass sent from outside the circle by Bonthuis and found herself at the bottom of the cage to tie the game at 1-1. Lehigh had two excellent chances to score the winner late in the fourth period, as a penalty corner was awarded to the team just before time expired. Boston University was able to deny any scoring chances and the Mountain Hawks headed to overtime in back-to-back games.

 

During the extra period, the Terriers had four shots, all of which were saved by Kahn, and a penalty corner. Lehigh recorded two penalty corners and two overtime shots and the Mountain Hawks made the second count. With less than three minutes remaining, Lehigh earned a penalty which was inserted by junior Lotte Smorenburgstopped by a senior Sydney White and slammed into the back of the cage to send the entire Mountain Hawk team onto the field in pure jubilation.

“It was a complete team effort. We didn’t receive a major winner on this team, but we were a well-rounded team and finished as league champions,” Dallmeyer commented. “I credit our team’s composure for being able to continue to perform under pressure and not be rattled. We knew what we had to do to change the script of the game. Once we went into extra time, I knew that we had a good chance of coming up with a win, because we had the best practice with American a game ago.”

Kandra’s goal was his seventh of the season while Bonthuis recorded his 11th assist of the year. Hogendoorn scored his fourth and second game-winning goal of this historic season. Defensively, Kahn recorded 12 saves on the 14 shots she faced, with Day earning her second defensive save of the season.

Lehigh clinched his first-ever NCAA Tournament berth by capturing the Patriot League’s automatic bid. The Mountain Hawks will find out their opponent and where they will be going when the roster is announced during the 2022 NCAA DI Field Hockey Tournament Selection Show, which airs live on NCAA.com Sunday at 10 p.m.


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