Alvernia Rolls by Lebanon Valley in MAC Semifinal

Reading, Pa. (May 3, 2011) - Fourth-seeded Alvernia (11-6), playing in its first ever Middle Atlantic Conference playoff game, got multi-goal games from seven different players in a 19-6 win over #5 Lebanon Valley (8-8) Tuesday afternoon in quarterfinal action at Schlager Memorial Field.

Junior Sarah George (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) tallied a team high four goals and Alli Bainbridge (Pottstown, Pa./Pottsgrove) scored three goals and dished out four assists. Five other players scored two goals each, Felicia Sippel (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert), Nora Walsh (Hatfield, Pa./Lansdale Catholic), Hannah Dorsch (Mount Airy, Md./Linganore), Sam Landis (Watsontown, Pa./Warrior Run), and Heather Coppola (Fulton, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley).

Junior goalie Jenn Czarnecki (Philadelphia, Pa./St. Hubert) made nine saves in the win--a couple from point blank range to deny the Dutchmen.

Landis opened the scoring for the Crusaders off the opening draw finishing a feed from Dorsch, but the Dutchmen had the answer from scoring leader Hana Kreckel who finished with four. Sippel and Dorsch then scored for a 3-1 lead and the gap hit eight at the break when the Crusaders scored the final five goals of the half for an 11-3 lead. Czarnecki helped keep the lead with a pair of saves in the final 30 seconds, the first on a free position effort.

Bainbridge and George scored the first two goals of the second half to put the Crusaders up 10, and Krechel answered with two for the Dutchmen--the first time the guests were able to put together back-to-back tallies.

Bainbridge scored two more and assisted on another as the Crusaders scored six straight over a 13-minute span to salt away the win--the first MAC playoff win for Alvernia Women's Lacrosse.

The Crusaders will face top-seeded Messiah College on Thursday in Grantham. Third-seeded FDU-Florham will travel to #2 Elizabethtown in Thursday's other semifinal. The final is scheduled for Saturday.

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W. Lax Ends Season In MAC Quarterfinals 5/3/2011 | Women's Lacrosse Women's Lacrosse MAC Quarterfinals Alvernia 19, Lebanon Valley 6

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READING, Pa. - Lebanon Valley's successful sophomore season came to end Tuesday night as the Dutchmen were eliminated from the Middle Atlantic Conference playoffs with a 19-6 loss at Alvernia.

The Dutchmen finish the season at 8-8 after qualifying for the postseason for the first time ever, in just their second season of varsity play. Alvernia (11-6) will advance to play Messiah in Thursday's semifinal.

Hana Krechel scored four of LVC's six goals, leaving her with a new season record total of 71 goals. Lindsey Buckman and Kristin Clift also had goals.

Sarah George led Alvernia with four goals, and Allison Bainbridge had a hat trick to go with four assists. Five other Crusaders scored two goals, as well.

Alvernia controlled the midfield all evening long, winning 18 of 27 draws and holding LVC to just 13 for 23 on clear attempts. That set up a commanding 44-16 shot advantage for the Crusaders.

The Dutchmen hung in after a slow start left it at 1-1 on goals by Samantha Landis and Krechel, but Alvernia slowly pulled away to go up 6-3 midway through the half before ripping off five unanswered to end the half with an 11-3 lead.

Alvernia tacked on two more to start the second before Krechel hit two from the 8-meter arc, but the Crusaders put the game away with another big run, scoring six in a row and holding LVC scoreless for more than 20 minutes until Clift's consolation goal with 2:50 remaining.

Jennifer Czarnecki made nine saves in the win for Alvernia. Erica Ameigh took the loss with two saves in 15:05, while Corinne Palombo stopped 12 in 34:44 of relief with Rachel Denny playing the final 10 minutes.


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