Teams Meeting For First Time Since 1996
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's final non-league game of 2010 brings an unfamiliar opponent to Reese Stadium. Lehigh, which is battling for the top seed in the Patriot League Tournament, hasn't come to New Haven since 1995. The Bulldogs and Mountain Hawks meet on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
Yale (2-10-1) is coming off a hard-fought 2-0 loss to 15th-ranked Penn on Saturday. The game was even for the first 67 minutes until the Quakers scored twice in an 11-minute stretch to escape with the win. Andy Shorten continues to lead the Bulldogs with three goals. Andy Hackbarth has scored twice, both on penalty kicks. Bobby Thalman has started all 13 games in goal and has a 1.35 goals against average. Thalman, though, was issued a red card when it was ruled he deliberately tripped a Penn player in the box on Saturday. As a result, he won't be able to play against the Mountain Hawks.
Lehigh (7-5-2) has won three straight games, including a 2-1 victory over American on Saturday. Cameron Omsberg was named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday. Omsberg helped anchor a strong defensive effort which allowed only a single goal in two games last week. Playing out of position at center-back, Omsberg led Lehigh to a 1-0 win over NJIT on Tuesday and the victory over American. The Mountain Hawks allowed only seven total shots on goal in those two games. Joe Puleo leads the Hawks with four goals.
Yale has won both meetings with Lehigh – 2-1 in 1995 and 5-1 in 1996.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity