Lebanon Valley Falls in Thriller at Messiah

GRANTHAM, Pa. - A fourth-quarter rally by Messiah overcame Lebanon Valley's lead, and a frantic finish by the Dutchmen couldn't send the game to overtime as Messiah won, 11-10, on Thursday night.

The loss snapped a seven-game win streak for the Dutchmen (7-2, 1-1 CC), who led until early in the fourth quarter after the Falcons (6-3, 1-0 CC) scored five unanswered to negate an 8-5 LVC lead.

Malik Pedroso scored four goals with two assists, and Matt Roupe added a pair. Kyle Sproles scored four with an assist for the hosts, who outshot LVC 33-30 and 20-13 in the second half.

Ian Schmid and CJ Adams scored the lone goals of the first half to carry a 2-0 lead, but Messiah quickly tied the game to kickstart eight combined goals in the second quarter. Pedroso scored two goals just over two minutes apart, and Roupe and Alex Beard added tallies around a pair of Messiah goals as LVC took a 6-4 lead into the half.

Messiah's Heath Kupecky scored out of the break, but Roupe and Pedroso padded LVC's lead to three with goals midway through the third quarter. Things quickly unraveled for LVC as Messiah outshot them 12-5 in the quarter, start a five-goal run with tallies by Sproles and Kevan Schellenburg, and opening the fourth quarter with three straight goals to take a 10-8 lead.

LVC rallied back as Jordan Mayr scored with 2:56 remaining, but Schellenburg hit 30 seconds later to take the lead back to two goals at 11-9.

Pedroso gave the Dutchmen life with an unassisted strike with 1:08 to go, and LVC was gifted with an extra-man opportunity after Jared Nies' illegal body check on the goal. A man-up for nearly the entire final minute, the Dutchmen got two great chances, but Mayr hit the crossbar with 25 seconds left, and Ryan Lanigan's last-ditch shot was saved at the horn.

Mike Moll stopped eight in the loss; Steve Kozuhowski made 10 saves for Messiah. LVC was 0 for 4 on EMOs while Messiah converted one of their two fourth-quarter chances.

LVC will host Lycoming on Tuesday.

2012-04-05



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