Alvernia Stops LVC in ECAC Semifinals

SCRANTON, Pa. - Alvernia's offensive outburst was too much for Lebanon Valley to handle as the Dutchmen saw their season come to a close with a 19-11 loss in the ECAC Mid-Atlantic semifinals.

The top-seeded Dutchmen (9-8) finish an outstanding season, making their first-ever ECAC tournament appearance. The Crusaders (11-8) move on to Sunday's final to face the winner of the late game between host Marywood and Washington & Jefferson.

Alvernia outshot LVC 42-23 - including 22-12 in the first half - and used a 4-0 run midway through the first to erase an early Dutchmen lead and take control for good. The Crusaders put the game away on the front end of the second half, scoring the first five goals to go up 15-6.

Five Dutchmen scored a pair of goals - Allison McGinniss, Christy Wilson, Bailey Benz, Jenny Simensky, and Mel Modrick. Anna Pagels scored and grabbed a game-high seven draw controls. Allison Bainbridge led Alvernia with six goals, and Heather Coppola added five. Both teams were playing with short benches, with LVC missing leading scorer Hana Krechel and Alvernia losing Sarah George for the second half after she picked up her second yellow card.

LVC led 5-4 in the first half, but Alvernia reeled off four goals in a 2:45 span to go up 7-4. Wilson stopped the run at 8:08 and Simensky scored extra-man at 1:16, but in between Alvernia scored twice, and Bainbridge hit with a second left in the half to take a 10-6 lead at the half.

The second period was all Crusaders, starting with five straight goals in the opening 10 minutes before Modrick found the net at 18:52. The two sides traded goals the rest of the game, with LVC ending on a high notes thanks to tallies by McGinniss and Benz.


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