Big Second Half Lifts Lebanon Valley Past Wilkes

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Hana Krechel tied a career-high with seven goals, including her 50th of the season, to lead Lebanon Valley past Wilkes, 15-6, in women's lacrosse action on Saturday.

The Dutchmen (6-5, 4-4 MAC) moved over .500 with the win over the Colonels (1-9, 0-8 MAC), who were forced to play shorthanded the entire game due to lack of players.

Despite the lopsided final score, it was a one-goal game at the break as LVC led 6-5, but the Dutchmen scored the first eight goals of the second half, holding Wilkes scoreless for more than 26 minutes as they ran away with the win.

Krechel racked up seven goals and an assist to go with six draw controls, and Amanda Cubbage and Allison McGinniss also notched hat tricks for LVC. Amanda Tilley led Wilkes with three goals. LVC led 40-22 on shots and also controlled midfield, going 22 for 24 on clears to Wilkes' 19 for 31.

Defensively, Erica Ameigh made nine saves to earn the win; Cassie Cronin had 14 stops in the loss, including 11 in the first half to keep her team in it.

It was a back-and-forth open as Wilkes' Tilley scored the opener from the 8-meter arc just over a minute into the game, but Rachel Murkey tied it up seconds later. Erica Sundburg gave Wilkes the lead back, but that would be the final time as goals by Krechel and Suzanne Sullivan# put the Dutchmen on top 3-2. The two sides traded goals for the rest of the half, with Krechel scoring LVC's last two to take a 6-5 lead into the break despite holding a 25-11 shots advantage in the half.

The floodgates finally opened in the second half, however, as Krechel and Cubbage scored seconds apart to start an 8-0 run that wouldn't stop until Tilley's final goal with 3:43 left in the game. By that point, LVC had worked up an insurmountable 14-5 lead, including three free-position goals.

Krechel's sixth goal of the game was her 50th of the season, and she stands at 51 for the season. LVC will visit Alvernia on Wednesday.


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