Dutchmen Hold off Warrior Rally for Narrow Victory

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley held off a second-half rally by Lycoming to win a tight 14-12 game and move into the top half of the Middle Atlantic Conference table at 3-2.

The Dutchmen (4-4, 3-2 MAC) were led by five goals from Lindsey Buckman, including two key strikes midway through the second half that stopped a 4-1 Warriors (1-8, 1-4 MAC) run.

Lycoming's Grace Gargiulo scored eight, including five in the second half, to keep her side in the game, but timely goals by Buckman, Hana Krechel, and Suzanne Sullivan, along with 11 saves from Erica Ameigh, helped LVC hang on.

Krechel scored three with an assist, and Kaitlin Montgomery added a pair of first-half scores. Allison McGinniss, Christy Wilson, and Taylor Kruter also added goals for LVC. Brooke Strausser netted four as Lycoming's only other goalscorer.

LVC led 32-29 on shots and 16-12 on draws, but won the game at the 8-meter arc, going 4 for 6 while holding Lycoming to 1 of 7, including three saved by Ameigh. Libby Stoesz stopped 12 in the losing effort.

The Dutchmen got off to a great start, going up 7-3 midway through the first half on their way to a 9-5 lead at the break. The Warriors caught fire in the second half, however, starting off with a 4-1 spurt that included three straight goals by Gargiulo to cut the LVC lead to 10-9 with 16:15 to go.

However, Buckman gave the Dutchmen some breathing room with two goals in a 1:51 span to make it 12-9, and Krechel neutralized another Gargiulo goal with her free-position goal at the 10-minute mark.

Strausser scored to make it 13-11 with 9:31 to go, but Sullivan added a key goal with five minutes to play, working with Wilson off the clear to go up 14-11. Lycoming had a chance late as Krechel was sent off with a yellow card, and Gargiulo capitalized from the arc, but LVC shut down the Warriors from there, playing slowdown after Mel Modrick won the draw control.

LVC will head to Wilkes Friday in a make-up of their previously snowed-out contest.

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ANNVILLE, Pa. Junior Grace Gargiulo (Branchburg, N.J./Immaculata) tied a career high with eight goals as she moved within one goal of the school's single season top 10 to lead Lycoming, but Lebanon Valley built a 9-4 lead in the first half and was able to hang on for a 14-12 win in Middle Atlantic Conference action on Wednesday afternoon, April 6.

Gargiulo, posted three goals in the first half and five in the second, with her final goal bringing the Warriors (1-8 overall, 1-4 MAC) within one goal in the second half and giving her 43 on the season, which is tied for 11th in school history.

The Dutchmen (4-4 overall, 3-2 MAC) posted two goals to start the game, but the Warriors fought back to tie the game at two 10 minutes into the game after goals from Gargiulo and sophomore Brooke Strausser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weister Area). The Dutchmen took control of the game, though, with seven of the next nine goals before Gargiulo scored with 29 seconds left in the half to make it 9-5 at halftime.

Strausser's third goal helped the Warriors draw within three points before a goal from the Dutchmen's Christy Wilson made it, 10-6. Gargiulo took over from there, scoring three goals in a span of three minutes to make it 10-9 with 16:15 left.

However, a pair of goals from Lindsey Buckman in the next three minutes made it 12-9 and the Warriors couldn't get closer than two points during the final 13 minutes.

Strausser finished with four goals, an assist three caused turnovers and three groundballs and senior Meagan Pittius (Sparta, N.J./Sparta) added an assist. Freshman Amber Graybill (Pasadena, Md./Northeast) led the defense with five groundballs and three caused turnovers.

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