No. 14 Stevens eliminates Lehman
Lightning drop first NCAA tournament game in school history
HOBOKEN, N.J. -- Making its first ever appearance in the NCAA tournament, Lehman was eliminated from competition on Saturday evening by Stevens Institute by a 3-0 margin on the Ducks home field.
Sporting a 15-game winning streak, Stevens jumped on the Lightning in the sixth minute when Zach Adler was the beneficiary of a Lightning defensive miscue and subsequent foul in the goal box. Presented with a penalty kick, Adler calmly placed his shot into the bottom right corner past Lightning keeper Marcos Coto-Batres for the 1-0 lead.
The Lightning were fortunate to end the half down only 1-0 as the Ducks finished with a flurry over the final five minutes that nearly added to their lead before time expired.
Lehman was not as lucky once play resumed as Stevens clearly looked to push the tempo. The Ducks' persistence paid off immediately in the 46th minute. Dribbling down the left side of the field, Victor Daza found Stephen Dunbar with a pretty pass off his left foot which Dunbar easily booted past Coto-Batres for the 2-0 lead.
Daza nearly had a goal of his own in the 58th minute when his blast clanged off the left post, hit a sprawling Coto-Batres in the back, and came within inches of trickling into the net before Coto-Batres recovered and fell on the ball.
Three minutes later Zach Bowman put Stevens up 3-0 on a feed from Adler in the 61st minute. Bowman's goal would prove to be the final tally on the night.
Despite fighting hard until the end, the Lightning never mustered much of an attack, registering only two shots on goal. Much of Lehman's stagnant offense could be attributed to the excellent ball control by the Ducks who possessed the ball in Lightning territory for a majority of the match.
In fact, Lehman's best chance of the night came very early on in the fourth minute when Guihounou Guede got loose behind the Ducks defense long enough to fire a shot that Ducks keeper Paul Killian steered aside.
With the loss, Lehman completes a stellar 13-6-1 season that included a 7-1 record in the City University of New York Athletic Conference and a subsequent CUNYAC championship match victory against Baruch.