Albright Pushes Past Lebanon Valley in Second Half

READING, Pa. - Four unanswered Albright goals to end the game proved to be the difference, as they came back to beat Lebanon Valley, 6-4, in the Commonwealth Conference Semifinals.

The Lions (16-2) move on to host Widener in Thursday's final, while the Dutchmen end their season at 9-6, the most wins in program history after making their first-ever postseason appearance.

LVC's defense turned in a Herculean effort to hold the Lions to their lowest goal total of the season, but offense was hard to come by in the second half for the Dutchmen, who were held scoreless for the final 25 minutes of the game.

Albright's Darian Meador controlled face-offs 9-4, and that proved to be key in the second half as he won four of five in the third quarter to spark a four-goal outburst in the period.

As in their regular-season meeting, the game was a virtual dead heat on paper, with Albright leading 34-30 on shots and the teams being equal almost everywhere else. Andrew Torak and Mike Moll each made nine saves.

First-quarter scores by Malik Pedroso and Ian Schmid put LVC up 2-1, and Scott Travers' strike midway through the second gave the visitors a 3-1 lead at the half.

The hosts started the second half with TJ Holston's man-up goal before Jordan Mayr tallied with 10:12 left in the third, but that would be the final goal of the game for LVC. Albright scored twice in a 49-second span thanks to Justin Brown and Nick Pisko, and Bryan Smith hit with 0.9 seconds left in the third quarter to take Albright's first lead of the game at 5-4.

Holston found the net again with 4:08 left in the game to cement the lead at 6-4, and LVC never managed a shot for the balance.

2012-05-01



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