LVC Earns Wild Overtime Victory Over Widener

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Freshman Lindsey Buckman tied the game with 49 seconds left in regulation before scoring the overtime winner as Lebanon Valley prevailed over Widener - and Mother Nature - in a wild 15-14 (OT) contest at Arnold Field.

The Dutchmen (7-5, 6-3 MAC) won for the fourth time in five outings and helped themselves with a huge Middle Atlantic Conference victory that puts them in a tie for fourth with three games left to play; the top six teams make the playoffs.

The two sides battled it out in abysmal conditions, with pouring rain and 35-mile per hour wind gusts throughout the game.

Hana Krechel once again led LVC with five goals and three assists, but it was Buckman who proved to be the hero, tying the game on a free-position shot with 49 seconds left, then scooping up a loose pass forward and taking it to the net for the gamewinner 2:15 into overtime. That capped a crazy second half that saw both sides blow late leads after Widener came back from two down to take a 14-13 lead with with 3:28 to play.

Buckman finished with three goals overall, and Allison McGinniss also her second consecutive hat trick. Rachel Porter scored four for the Pride (6-8, 4-6 MAC), and Calina Walz had three.

After an even first half ended at 7-7, LVC caught a little breathing room midway through the second thanks to a 3-0 run to go up 11-9 with 11:13 left. Widener responded to knot the game at 11-11 with two goals in 23 seconds by Calina Walz, but the Dutchmen answered in kind, first as McGinniss scored with 7:12 to go, and then when Suzanne Sullivan hit off her own draw control 11 seconds later.

The Pride cut the lead to a goal when Porter scored her fourth with 5:09 left, and after a stoppage in play for the grounds crew to work on the field, Widener kept its momentum with quick goals from Jen Harnden and Walz to take a 14-13 lead with 3:28 to play.

That set up a frantic finish, with Widener winning the draw and stalling before Sara Vangerbogart picked off Liz Glassman to give LVC a final chance with a minute and a half left. After Hana Krechel's shot was saved by Linda Salcedo, Buckman came around the back of the goal and checked the ball out of the goalie's stick. Salcedo was whistled for a foul on the loose ball, giving Buckman an open net from the arc with 49 seconds left. On the shot, defender Sarah Hollywood ran in and entered the crease to negate the goal (picking up a red card in the process), but Buckman made no mistake the second time, beating Salcedo on the re-do to tie the game.

Widener had a late chance to win, but Harnden's free-position attempt was saved by Corinne Palombo with 31 seconds left, and the freshman made another big save late when she denied Costello in the final seconds.

In overtime, both goalies saved free position shots before Buckman picked up a long clearing pass from Krechel to score her 50th of the season 2:15 into OT.

LVC had two more chances to pad their lead on free-position attempts, but Sullivan's try was blocked in front and McGinniss had a goal waved off for going early. Widener had just one shot, a saved try by Porter, as the LVC defense stood tough in the extra period to kill the clock.

Palombo made eight saves and earned the win in relief of Erica Ameigh, who stopped six in the first half; Salcedo made seven saves. The two teams were almost dead even statistically, with Widener holding a 36-35 edge on shots and LVC leading 18-15 on draw controls (including winning all three in overtime). A key difference was at the arc, however, as LVC converted five of 10 free position shots and Widener was just 2 for 11.

LVC will host #15 Messiah on Thursday in the 2011 home finale.


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