LVC Scores Five Straight Late to Down Lycoming

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley scored the last five goals of the game - all in the fourth quarter - to come back and beat Lycoming, 7-4, in a defensive battle at Arnold Field.

The Dutchmen (8-2, 2-1 Commonwealth) had two-goal games from Matt Roupe, Malik Pedroso, and Alex Beard, who scored the eventual gamewinner with seven minutes left.

LVC's defense was relentless thanks to six caused turnovers by Ryan Lanigan, four from Andrew Kruter, and a big 10-save performance by Mike Moll. The Dutchmen held Lycoming (4-6, 1-1 CC) to just 14 for 25 on clears while going 22 of 23 themselves, including 14 for 14 in the second half.

The first half had just two goals, but it wasn't for lack of action; LVC controlled the offensive possession and the sides combined for 26 shots. Ethan Payne drew first blood for the Warriors with 5:58 left in the first, and Malik Pedroso evened it up at the 1:56 mark. Neither side managed a second-quarter goal.

Things picked up in the third quarter, and Lycoming looked to take advantage with a Stephen Romano strike at 12:14. A stick-check revealed an illegal crosse, however, and that erased the goal while handing LVC an extra-man opportunity that Matt Roupe cashed in on, converting Pedroso's feed less than 20 seconds later.

Lycoming bounced back with a three-goal run starting with Romano's unassisted tally at 7:51, and then another a minute and a half later when Tom Lurie finished Payne's feed to go up 3-2. The visitors made it 4-2 with Sean Reilly's goal at the 2:42 mark of the third.

The fourth quarter would turn out to be all Dutchmen. Roupe hit twice to start the period, first off Pedroso at 13:21 and then on a nifty breakaway finish from Lanigan at 10:45 to tie it 4-4. Beard scored from an angle for the go-ahead goal, and Pedroso cemented the lead at 6-4 when he converted Beard's pass at 5:17. Ian Schmid's man-up goal at 2:05, also from Beard, all but ended it as Lycoming gave up two costly penalties in the final 3:06.

Andrew Hauk made 10 stops in the loss for the Warriors. LVC outshot Lyco 31-20, including 17-8 in the second half, while the visitors led 8-6 on face-offs.

LVC will look to go to 3-1 in conference play when it hosts Alvernia on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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ANNVILLE, Pa. Lycoming took a two-goal lead into the fourth quarter, but Lebanon Valley scored five straight goals to overcome the deficit and win its first game ever against the Warriors, 7-4, in Commonwealth Conference action on Tuesday, April 10.

Lycoming (4-6 overall, 1-1 Commonwealth) got on the board with 5:58 left in the first quarter, as senior Ethan Payne (Farmington, N.Y./Victor) connected on a pass from junior Stephen Romano (Sewell, N.J./Washington Township), but Lebanon Valley responded four minutes later to tie the game.

The Dutchmen (8-2 overall, 2-1 Commonwealth) took the lead early in the third quarter as Alex Beard scored on a man-up opportunity to make it 2-1 with 11:57 left, but Lycoming followed with a three-goal rally. Romano tied the game with 7:51 left in the quarter, scoring unassisted and less than a minute later, junior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) found the back of the net on a dish from Payne and freshman Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning Painted Post West) gave the Warriors a two-goal cushion with 2:42 left on an assist from senior Ben Walker (Allentown, Pa./Parkland).

The Dutchmen fought back to tie the game in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter and Alex Beard delivered the game-winning tally with 7:00 left before they added two more goals late in the game.

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