March 22, 2018
By: Erica Rose
The Lehigh University softball team has been leaving it’s mark on the Patriot League for several years now, including this past one when the Mountain Hawks won their 14th title. It was also their 9th in 14 seasons. And with 15 players returning from last year’s roster, including five All-Patriot League performers, don’t be surprised if the Mountain Hawks are hoisting yet another trophy at the end of the season.
While the team is proud of their past accomplishments, that was last year. This is this year and well, the team wants to leave it’s own mark on the program. It shouldn’t be hard for them to do, as head coach Fran Troyan pretty much is set at every position, aside from first base.
In order to see just how special this team can be, Troyan lined up a pretty stiff preseason schedule, which included four tournaments (all in Florida, except for the Duke Inaugural Tournament in North Carolina.) They would also face two nationally ranked opponents. Now, judging from their record after all of that (4-15) it’s easy to assume a lot of work needs to be done, but that isn’t necessarily the case. One of those wins awarded Lehigh with it’s 1,000th in program history; and as I mentioned it was a pretty tough go.
The snow cancelled the Mountain Hawks final two scrimmages, which were also their first games back home; but the real test begins on Saturday, when they welcome in Colgate in the Patriot League opener. They will play the Red Raiders three times over the weekend, before heading to Penn for yet another tough contest.
In my opinion the Mountain Hawks will be just fine, and if I know coach Troyan he will have his team clicking on all cylinders at just the right time.