LVC Beats M'Ville, Clinches First-Ever Playoff Berth

PURCHASE, N.Y. - Seven goals from Hana Krechel - including three in a decisive 6-2 run to end the game - lifted Lebanon Valley past Manhattanville 16-12 to clinch the program's first-ever Middle Atlantic Conference playoff berth.

The Dutchmen (8-7, 7-5 MAC) were locked in a win-and-in game with the Valiants (7-9, 6-6 MAC), with the winner earning the playoff appearance and the loser staying home. The Dutchmen will appear in the playoffs in just their second season of varsity play, and they have earned the fifth seed and a visit to fourth-seeded Alvernia on Tuesday for a quarterfinal at a time to be announced.

With the game tied at 10-10 late in the second half, Krechel scored two goals in nine seconds to spark a decisive run that saw Lindsey Buckman and Allison McGinniss add two more, putting LVC up 14-10 in a span of just 1:14.

Buckman ended up with five goals of her own, and McGinniss had a four-point afternoon with two goals and two assists. Manhattanville was driven by four goals each by Casandra Honovich and Melissa Goncalves.

LVC took the win out of a very balanced game, with shots at 33-30 in favor of LVC and draw controls even at 15-15. Both goalies were also equal to the task, with M'ville's Kirstin Betsill stopping 11 and LVC's Corinne Palombo making eight saves in the win.

After the Valiants' Kristy Guichard opened the scoring, LVC went up 4-1 on goals by McGinniss, Buckman, and Krechel, but M'ville came back to tie it midway through the period before the two teams traded goals to 6-6. LVC got the edge just before the half as goals by Krechel and Taylor Kruter put them up 8-6 at the break.

Manhattanville quickly tied it up, and goals from Christy Wilson and Buckman around two Valiant tallies brought the game to 10-10 with 15:39 left.

LVC's offense took over from there, with Krechel potting her two in nine seconds before Buckman scored twice around McGinniss' second to blow a tie game into a comfortable 15-10 lead with 10:38 left.

The Valiants managed two more goals from Honovich, but Krechel put the icing on the cake with a free-position goal - her seventh - with 6:51 to play, and the Dutchmen killed the balance of the clock to secure their playoff berth.

2011-04-30



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