Lebanon Valley Falls in Battle with Eastern

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley hung with Eastern for the full 60 minutes, but ultimately fell just short as Eastern held on for a 5-3 win in a defensive battle at Arnold Field.

The Dutchmen (3-4, 1-1 MAC), who lost to the Eagles (3-3, 2-0 MAC) 18-6 last year, showed their improvement as they played some outstanding defense, but the Eagles were just as good at the back while getting two goals apiece from Will Johnson and Shawn Farmer along with Zac Ivy's game-sealing behind-the-back goal in the fourth quarter.

LVC was paced offensively by Matt Roupe's double, and CJ Adams opened LVC's scoring in the second quarter. The game was a virtual dead heat statistically, with Eastern edging LVC on shots (18-17) and ground balls (29-28), but LVC led on face-offs (7-5) while turnovers (20-20) were even.

Bryan Lockward made six stops in the loss, while Aaron Benz also stopped six to pick up the win for Eastern.

Neither side found the net until David Darling put a shot off Lockward's stick late in the first quarter that Farmer plucked out of midair and buried for the opening goal. Adams leveled the game early in the second quarter, blasting a long-ranger past Benz 1:47 in.

Eastern put some space in the score late in the quarter, however, as Johnson struck twice in a 1:41 span, both unassisted strikes, and the Eagles led 3-1 at the break.

Farmer added his second to start the third quarter, but LVC rallied for two quick goals by Roupe, first off of Alex Beard's feed and then a man-up goal from Ryan Leonard to cut the lead to 4-3.

Despite the comeback, LVC never found another goal as Eastern's defense clamped down. Ivy hit the insurance strike with 10:13 left in the game, scrambling for a lose ball and scoring behind the back in traffic to make it a 5-3 final.

LVC will visit Misericordia on Wednesday.

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ANNVILLE, Pa.- Headed into this afternoon's MAC contest at Lebanon Valley College (3-4, 1-1 MAC), the Eastern University lacrosse coaches knew that their squad would be tested by a young and talented Dutchmen side. The hosts did not disappoint, but the Eagles (3-3, 2-0 MAC) were able to hold on for a hard-fought 5-3 win. Shawn Farmer and Will Johnson each scored twice in the victory.

From the start, the game was about patience and possession. After 12 minutes without any score, the Eagles struck first. Farmer did the damage as he grabbed the rebound of a Dave Darling shot and popped it in for his fourth of the year. The Eagles held the 1-0 lead at the end of a first quarter that had only seven total shots.

The Dutchmen drew level on a CJ Adams strike early in the second period before Will Johnson scored both his goals in a two-minute stretch late in the half. The sophomore midfielder scored his first on a roll from behind the crease. After faking high, he dropped the shot low. On his second tally, Johnson dodged the alley to his left hand and fired a strong shot just inside the far pipe. The Eagles held a 10-7 advantage in shots at the intermission.

Farmer made it 4-1 five minutes into the second half, but the hosts won the next two face-offs and converted that possession into a pair of Matt Roupe goals. The second came on a man-up chance.

The Eagles won the next two face-off, but they were unable to build on their one-goal advantage until Zac Ivy delivered a highlight reel goal in an unsettled situation five minutes into the final period. While being checked away from the goal, he caught everyone off guard with a behind the head shot for his third tally of the year.

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2011-03-26



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