Lehigh played at the HEADStrong Classic this weekend at Penn where they competed with the likes of Syracuse and St. Joe’s. Their pre season has come to a close for the rest of the fall.
Lehigh is a young team in a young Patriot League.
Defender Erik DiGiorlanomo has already looked good in pre season play and could earn himself some playing time early in his career.
Reid Weber is out, and the Mountain Hawks are going to have to find out where they are going to generate offense. Tristan Rai is easy to project as their offensive leader now, and this roster is much different than the one led by Weber, Dan Taylor, and Patrick Corbett that made tournaments.
Matt Raposo is also going to have to be one of those leaders with the graduations of Billy Oppenheimer and Ray Mastroianni.
Casey Edenshink and Tripp Telesco are defenders off the roster, and that’s where DiGiorlanomo can step in. Eddie Bouhall will be one of the leaders on defense as well.
Defender Craig Chick could break out to be one of the best in the conference in his sophomore season.
A (Too Early) Projection
This is such a tough conference, and Lehigh opened some eyes last season, but with the bottom teams improving, this might be the year the Mountain Hawks take a step back. Between the established top teams in Loyola, Colgate, and Bucknell, Army, and Navy and up and comers like Holy Cross and BU, it might be too much.