Lebanon Valley Holds on to Edge Muhlenberg

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley held off a late Muhlenberg rally to win its season opener, 13-12, to earn new head coach Jackie Dando her first career win.

The Dutchmen (1-0) were playing their first game on the new FieldTurf and under the lights at Arnold Field after last summer's renovation, and the fans got their money's worth in an entertaining game that saw the Mules (0-1) come back from a 7-3 halftime deficit to make it a game in the second half.

Hana Krechel, the reigning Commonwealth Conference Player of the Year, picked up where she left off, scoring three goals and distributing five assists, while freshmen Sam Boyce and Morgan Maier also had hat tricks, as did junior Mel Modrick, who scored all three of her goals in a critical 5-1 LVC run midway through the second half.

Stephanie Umbach led Muhlenberg with seven goals and an assist; Molly Davin had two of each, and Michelle Certosimo handed out four assists to go with a goal.

The Dutchmen were dominant in the midfield, out-drawing the Mules 21-6 and holding them to 16 for 26 on clears, but when the visitors did managed to get it through the transition, they were effective on offense as they used quick-strike scoring to outscore LVC 5-1 over the first part of the second half.

Lebanon Valley settled the game down after Modrick's first goal at the 17:35 mark, and after Boyce and Certosimo traded goals to make it 10-9 LVC, Krechel sparked a 3-0 run that was followed by two Modrick goals to give LVC a 13-9 margin with five minutes left.

Muhlenberg wouldn't go away, as Umbach scored two quick goals outside of two minutes, but LVC managed to stall long enough to render Davin's final goal, with nine seconds left, meaningless after Boyce grabbed the final draw control.

LVC outshot Muhlenberg 26-22. Both goalies had six stops, with Erica Ameigh earning the win and Tiffany Kreider taking the loss.

The Dutchmen will visit Goucher on Saturday.


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