LVC Punches Playoff Ticket with OT Win at Widener

CHESTER, Pa. - Four goals in overtime punched Lebanon Valley's ticket to the Commonwealth Conference playoffs as the Dutchmen overcame a late equalizer in regulation by Widener to win 19-16.

Hana Krechel led the Dutchmen (9-5, 4-1 CC) with another monster game, scoring nine goals with four assists, including two and two in overtime. The junior scored her 200th career goal with her first, tied her single-game goals record, and has now scored 31 goals and 22 assists over five conference games this season.

LVC will make its second straight conference playoff appearance in just three years of existence, and this time it controls its own destiny for a home tournament game; a win at home on Tuesday over Elizabethtown would clinch the #2 seed, while a loss would relegate the Dutchmen to the #3 seed and a road trip. The semifinals take place May 2.

Bailey Benz scored three goals with seven draw controls, and Mel Modrick also had a hat trick with an assist. Rachel Porter led Widener with five goals, and Jen Harnden scored four.

It was a tight game throughout, with neither side holding more than a three-goal lead at any point until LVC scored four in a row to start overtime. The visitors led 39-36 on shots and 22-17 on draw controls; LVC's midfield held Widener to just 11 for 21 on clear opportunities.

Widener led 11-9 at the half, but LVC began the second with a 5-0 run, holding Widener scoreless over an 18:32 span to take a 14-11 lead.

However, the hosts found their scoring touch with a 4-1 run to end regulation as Harnden hit twice and Angie Groff brought it to 15-14 with 1:31 left. Mackenzie Lindquist drew a foul with 50 seconds remaining and converted her free-position shot to send the game to overtime.

The extra period was all Dutchmen as Krechel won the draw and assisted Benz less than a minute in, and Krechel added two straight goals before assisting Taylor Kreuter with 1:58 left. Harnden hit a late consolation goal off an 8-meter shot, but Anna Pagels won the draw and Widener never got another chance.

Corinne Palmobo relieved Erica Ameigh in the first half and earned the win with six saves, including two in overtime. Widener combined two goalkeepers with Megan Dunn taking the loss with seven stops.


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