Second-Half Rally Gives LVC Narrow Win at E-town

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Jordan Mayr's goal with 1:18 remaining capped off a four-goal rally as Lebanon Valley came back to beat Elizabethtown, 5-4, on the back of a second-half shutout of the hosts.

The red-hot Dutchmen (7-1, 1-0 CC) won their seventh consecutive game as they beat the Blue Jays (5-4, 0-1 CC) for the first time, just a year removed from a 13-2 loss to them at home. LVC trailed 4-1 at halftime but went on a four-goal tear in the second half to win their first game in the new-look Commonwealth Conference.

Malik Pedroso sparked LVC's offense with two goals and two assists - all in the second half - including the third-quarter equalizer and the assist on Mayr's gamewinner. Matt Roupe scored LVC's lone first-half goal, and Ian Schmid scored man-up in the third quarter.

LVC's defense was outstanding, especially in the second half, led by a 10-save game from Mike Moll and Ryan Lanigan's five ground balls and five caused turnovers. Scott Sutton went 7 for 13 on face-offs. Elizabethtown led 20-17 on shots.

Elizabethtown struck first when Sean O'Neill scored at 8:34, but Roupe's goal from CJ Adams leveled the game at 1-1 with 5:15 to go in the first quarter. The hosts tacked on two quick goals, however, as Cory Boushell and Shawn Corcoran tallied 33 seconds apart to end the quarter, and O'Neill's second the only goal of the second quarter to put E-town up 4-1 at the break.

LVC's defense clamped down in the second half, and that helped the offense start their comeback with Pedroso's goal at 9:23 of the third quarter. The sophomore assisted Schmid less than a minute later, then scored the equalizer with 5:17 left in the third.

Neither team could convert a chance in the fourth quarter, despite extra-man opportunities for both; it took Mayr's goal with 1:18 left off a feed from Pedroso to break the deadlock. E-town won the face-off, but Moll saved Boushell's shot in the final seconds to preserve the win.

LVC will head to Messiah on Thursday looking to improve to 2-0 in Commonwealth Conference play.


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