BETHLEHEM, Pa. – As the Lehigh field hockey team continues to reach new heights on the field, the program continues to receive well-deserved recognition. Tuesday, senior Lenke Havas and second year student Maddie kahn were named NFHCA All-Mideast Region (Havas first team and Kahn second team). Havas becomes the first Mountain Hawk named First All-Region Team since Christy Smith in 2007 and just the second First All-Region Team honored in program history. A season after Lehigh had several winners from all regions for the first time in program history (Havas and Drew pecora), he did it again in the spring of 2021.
The Mountain Hawks have now presented five accolades from all regions (three-time Havas, Pecora and Kahn) in the past three seasons, following none of the previous six.
A three-time All-Patriot League winner, Havas became the program’s first four-time All-Patriot League winner (she was named in the second team in first year). Making a difference all over the field, Havas saw significant time in midfield and center back this spring. Offensively, she scored three goals and six points, both tied for the team. Havas scored twice in Lehigh’s 4-0 win over Bucknell, the biggest margin of victory over the Bison in program history. She also scored a big first-half goal at No.20 at Boston University. Havas made a defensive save to American while helping anchor a defense that allowed the fewest goals (and had its best scoring margin) in Patriot League play since 1996.
Named Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Year, Kahn has dominated four games this spring – stopping 29 of 33 shots she had an 87.9 save percentage which was good for second nationally . She was also second in the country in saves per game (7.25). Kahn helped Lehigh make back-to-back shutouts to open the season for the first time since 2000, as the Mountain Hawks beat Lafayette and Bucknell in the same season for the first time since 2004. Kahn followed those shutouts with eight saves against Holy Cross and 10 stops. at American. One of those goals against the Eagles came on a penalty stroke. Kahn has been named Patriot League goalie of the week twice. She posted an average of 1.01 goals against, a program record for a season, while her save percentage was good for fourth place in program history.
Lehigh started the spring with wins over Lafayette (1-0) and future Patriot League champion Bucknell (4-0), the first time since 2004 that the Mountain Hawks have beaten both the Leopards and Bison. Despite losses in the next three, Lehigh gave himself a chance until the very end against Holy Cross, had his smallest margin at American (2-0) since 2001, then despite being understaffed, was given a chance in the second. half to a nationally ranked opponent.