Susquehanna Outguns LVC to Win Third Straight

SELINSGROVE, Pa. A season-high 18 goals helped propel Susquehanna to an 18-12 win over visiting Lebanon Valley College on Thursday afternoon. The victory was SU's third-straight and improved the squad's record to 4-3.

Junior Erin Dyer (West Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell) tied for the game-high with seven goals and a trio of teammates added three goals apiece in Sarah Wright (Princeton, N.J./Princeton HS), Lindsey Derstine (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) and Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph). Derstine and Wright also chipped in two assists while Dyer added one.

SU goalie Emily Stankaitis (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) recorded nine saves and played a solid final 30 minutes, limiting the Flying Dutchmen (2-3) to only four goals.

Her fellow defenders allowed Lebanon Valley to get off only nine shots during that span and SU caused 17 Flying Dutchmen turnovers over the 60 minutes of action, led by four from Ainsley Rossitto (Rocky Hill, Conn./Kingswood-Oxford).

The Crusaders held a 36-27 edge in shots, won 17 of 32 draw controls and committed only 19 turnovers.

The teams traded goals to open the first five minutes of action, with the Lebanon Valley briefly taking a 3-2 lead with 25:30 on the clock. SU then strung together three goals from three different players to grab a 4-2 edge.

Back-to-back scores from Dyer and Derstine made it 6-3 at the midway point of the half, but Lebanon Valley scored four of the next five goals to knot it at seven-all.

Dyer and Ally Bauer (Kinnelon, N.J./Kinnelon) added unassisted goals within a 90-second span and the Crusaders withstood a Lebanon Valley goal with 1:12 on the clock to maintain a 9-8 halftime lead.

It was all Susquehanna in the second half as the team out-scored Lebanon Valley 9-4, including a run of seven unanswered goals over a 12-minute stretch that made it 17-9 with 12:35 to play.

Derstine capped off the game's scoring with a goal at the 7:10 mark and Susquehanna shut down the Flying Dutchmen for the remainder of the game to come away with the 18-12 victory.

Next game: Thursday, March 31 at McDaniel 4:00 p.m.

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SELINSGROVE, Pa. - A 7-0 second-half run by Susquehanna broke open a one-goal game as the Crusaders went on to win in a shootout, 18-12, on Thursday.

Hana Krechel and Lindsey Buckman combined to score all 12 goals for the Dutchmen (2-3, 1-1 MAC), with Krechel potting seven and Buckman five. Kristin Clift added LVC's lone assist.

The Crusaders (3-3) were led by Erin Dyer's seven goals and hat tricks by Sarah Wright, Lindsey Derstine, and Michelle McGinniss.

The teams combined for 63 shots (SU led 36-27), but the Crusaders outshot LVC 19-9 in the second half as they pulled away from a 9-8 halftime lead.

A back-and-forth first half saw LVC got down 7-4 before storming back to tie the game at 7-7, and SU ultimately ended up with the one-goal lead at the break.

Dyer and Krechel traded goals to start the second half, but SU then reeled off seven straight, holding LVC scoreless for more than 16 minutes in the middle of the second half to turn a 10-9 lead into 17-9. Buckman and Krechel combined for three goals in a 1:08 span late in the half, but it wasn't enough to spark a rally as they ended up down 18-12.

Emily Stankaitis made nine saves to get the win, while Corinne Palombo made 15 saves in the losing effort for LVC.

LVC heads to Wilkes on Saturday in a return to MAC play.


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