Lebanon Valley Defeats Alvernia in MAC Opener

Reading, Pa. (Mar. 23, 2011) - Lebanon Valley College (3-3, 1-0) tallied four goals in the second quarter for a 5-0 halftime lead en route to a 10-3 decision over Alvernia University (2-3, 0-1) in the MAC opener for both schools Wednesday evening at Schlager Memorial Field.

Alvernia threw in a late spurt with all three goals coming in the final five minutes of the game. Rick Reid (Drexel Hill, Pa./Monsignor Bonner) netted a pair and Brian Ray (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) added the third.

Neithere team could crack the net for the first 13-plus minutes of play until the Dutchmen broke through on an unassisted tally by leading scorer Malik Pedroso. Ryan Leonard, who finished with a game-high four scores, hit paydirt twice in the second quarter as the visitor's lead grew to 5-0.

LVC tacked on a goal in the third and three more in the first seven minutes of the fourth before the Crusaders got on the board.

Alvernia junior Kevin Shupp (Cranford, N.J./Cranford) made 11 saves for the Crusaders. LVC split time between a pair of netminders who combined to stop five.

Alvernia returns to action Saturday when it hosts King's College in another conference tilt.

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READING, Pa. - Freshman Ryan Leonard scored four goals with an assist to lead Lebanon Valley to its first Middle Atlantic Conference win in modern program history, routing Alvernia 10-3 on Wednesday.

The Dutchmen (3-3, 1-0 MAC) dominated from start to finish, holding the Crusaders (2-3, 0-1 MAC) scoreless until the fourth quarter as they built a 9-0 lead on the way to the win.

Leonard scored all four of his goals in that span, while Malik Pedroso added a pair of scores. Four other Dutchmen - CJ Adams, Matt Roupe, Ian Schmid, and Ty Fosnacht - also scored, and nine in all recorded a point.

LVC stormed out to a 5-0 halftime lead, opening with a lone first-quarter goal by Pedroso before Leonard started a four-goal second quarter. Roupe scored before Leonard's second, and Schmid tallied to end the half.

In the third, Leonard scored the only goal off Alex Beard's assist, then tacked his fourth on with a man-up feed from Jordan Mayr to start the fourth. Adams and Pedroso piled on insurance goals before Alvernia's Rick Reid got the hosts in the board with 4:12 left in the game, starting a quick three-goal spurt. Fosnacht put the exclamation mark on the the game with an unassisted goal with 27 seconds left.

Bryan Lockward was perfect in the win, making four saves and not allowing a goal in three quarters of work. Connor Effinger made one stop in a quarter of relief. Alvernia's Kevin Shupp made 11 saves in the losing effort.

Scott Sutton went 12 for 17 on face-offs, and LVC held a 30-17 advantage on shots.

Lebanon Valley will host Eastern on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.


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