Dutchmen Edge Goucher to Claim Season Opener

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Five straight second-half goals by Lebanon Valley erased a Goucher lead and gave the Dutchmen a 12-10 win in their 2012 season opener at Arnold Field on Saturday.

Hana Krechel scored five times, including going 3 for 4 on free position opportunities, to lead LVC, but it was a pair of freshmen, Anna Pagels and Bailey Benz, who put LVC (1-0) on top late in the second half as part of that 5-0 run.

Pagels and Benz both scored twice in their debuts, while Christy Wilson and Kristen Rooney added goals and Allison McGinniss dished out two assists to go with her score.

Erin Reifsnyder, Hannah Khin, and Anneke Ossorio scored two each for the Gophers (0-4).

It was a tight game through the first half as LVC clung to a 6-5 lead, but after Krechel opened the second half with a free-position goal, Goucher scored three straight to take their first lead of the game at 8-7 with 18:22 to go.

LVC's run began with another Krechel 8-meter to tie the game 8-8 at 13:35, and Pagels swiped the draw control and ran downfield to score just 14 seconds later to take the lead. Benz tallied twice in three minutes to go up 11-8, scoring the eventual gamewinner off McGinniss' feed, and Rooney capped the scoring with 3:31 left as the Dutchmen went into slow-down mode.

Goucher scored twice in the final two minutes on goals by Ossorio and Reifsnyder, but a comeback wasn't in the cards as Pagels grabbed the final draw control and LVC ran out the clock.

Corinne Palombo made seven saves to pick up the win; Ashley Shaner stopped nine in the loss for Goucher. LVC led 28-22 on shots and 13-11 on draws, including 9-3 in the second half.

The Dutchmen hit the road to play RIT on Tuesday at Edgewood High School in Edgewood, Md.

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Annville, Pa. Five straight goals over a 10-minute span brought Lebanon Valley back from behind to beat Goucher 12-10. Goucher scored three straight goals to pull ahead 8-7 with 18 minutes remaining, but the lead was short-lived as Lebanon Valley (1-0) took control down the stretch.

Hana Krechel scored her fifth and final goal to even the score up, and four more Lebanon Valley goals proved to be the decisive advantage. For Goucher (0-4) Erin Reifsnyder, Hannah Khin and Anneke Ossorio each had a pair of goals.

2012-03-03



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