Kevin M. Neibauer.
LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network
History made at Ulrich Sports Complex in Bethlehem, PA.
The #15 Boston U. Terriers (10-3, 7-0 PL) claimed their first ever Patriot League first place finish in a defensive battle, 9-8.
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks (7-5, 5-2 PL) were the opposition in this one.
The Terriers got the game winner with :05 on the clock when Timmy Ley fired the game winner for his 3rd on the day and 35th of the campaign.
The outcome put a damper on the Lehigh Senior Day.
“I Feel bad for our seniors on Senior Day, Really wanted it for them to be able to get a win, but Boston wanted to win as well and all the credit goes to them for making one more play than we did in the end and boy was it a special play.” Lehigh Head Coach, Kevin Cassese.
To the Battle
The opening quarter was a hint of the defensive battle that would unfold
Roy Meyer (1a) hit a breaking, Vince D’Alto (2g,1a) that gave the Terriers a lead at 9:45.
Scott Cole Hit net at 8:08 and, his second of the day at 2:25 to end the scoring
Things opened up in the second with a combined nine goals
D’Alto evened the score with his 42nd off a pretty Louis Perfetto set-up
Senior, Matt Baugher (1g) pushed it to 3-2 for Boston U. Just forty three seconds later
Tommy Schelling (5a) did the work on a Christian Mule` (4g,1a) marker for a 3-3 affair
Perfetto went back to work setting up game hero, Timmy Ley (3g) for his 33rd.
Thomas Niedringhaus (2g) got it a 5-3 Terrier lead.
Justin Tiernan (2g,1a) and Perfetto (1g,3a) exchanged goals as did Ley and Mule` to end the wild second with a 7-5 Boston advantage.
To the Third
As wide open as the second quarter was, the third was a complete opposite.
Neither squad would bend twine for 14:45 when Mule`secured his hat trick with his 29th set up be Schelling.
The Stage is Set
After going scoreless for 25:00, Niedringhaus potted a Perfetto feed to make it an 8-6 game
Schelling did the work for Tiernan’s 2nd of the game as well as second of the season.
With just 2:26 to play, we had a one goal game at 8-7.
Mule` nailed the tying goal off a Tiernan feed with just 1:04 remaining.
Conor Calderone won the ensuing face off and the Terriers immediately called a time out.
The strategy worked as Co-Captains teamed up with Matt Milburn (1a) finding Ley who buried the game winner with just 00:05 showing.
• Shots had BU firing 32 times with 23 being on net
• Lehigh countered with 28 shots of which 18 were on net
• Turnovers had BU with 21 to the ‘Hawks 16.
• Ground Balls were 34-30 the Terriers way.
• Face offs were a big story. Calderone went 13 of 21 and 8 of 10 in the second quarter.
• Lehigh’s Mike Sisselberger came in with a .669 winning percentage but was shut down.
• With his second quarter goal, Perfetto became a just the 8th Terrier to score 100 goals in a career.
Terriers Take First in Patriot League
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.