Elizabethtown Bounces Dutchmen in Semifinals

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - A first-half barrage gave Elizabethtown a lead it would not relinquish as the Blue Jays jumped over Lebanon Valley, 19-6, in the semifinals of the Commonwealth Conference tournament on Tuesday.

The Jays (12-5) move on to the CC final on Saturday, while LVC ends its season with a program-best 9-7 record and a second straight playoff appearance in just the third year of play in the modern era.

Bailey Benz and Mel Modrick each scored twice for LVC, and Allison McGinniss and Jenny Simensky added goals. Hana Krechel had five assists. Anna Pagels came up with eight draw controls as LVC led 14-13.

Leigh Flounlacker scored four to lead E-town, which held a 28-17 shots advantage and got eight saves from starter Rachael Waldman.

Elizabethtown scored the first three goals of the game, but LVC answered with strikes by McGinniss and Benz to cut the lead to 3-2 midway through the first half. The momentum was short-lived, however, as Elizabethtown went on a 6-0 run, including four over a 2:40 span late in the half to carry a 9-3 lead into the break after Simensky closed the period.

The second half was all Blue Jays as they scored the first eight, holding LVC scoreless until Modrick went back-to-back at 14:21 and 13:09. Benz added a late consolation goal.


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