Lebanon Valley Scores Late to Nip Lycoming

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Junior Matt McCaffer (Marcellus, N.Y./Marcellus) became the 13th player in school history to reach 40 goals in a season, as he led Lycoming with his sixth hat trick of the year, but Lebanon Valley scored with 4:41 left and held on for a critical 5-4 Commonwealth Conference victory as rain poured down at the Shangraw Athletic Complex on Wednesday, April 24.

Tied at three entering the fourth quarter, Lebanon Valley (9-5 overall, 4-3 Commonwealth) took the lead three minutes into the quarter as Andrew Dennison fired it high into the net on a drive.

The Warriors (4-10 overall, 3-4 Commonwealth) tied the game less than 2:30 later, though, as they took advantage of the only Flying Dutchmen penalty of the game, with sophomore Sean Reilly (Corning, N.Y./Corning-Painted Post West) finding McCaffer in front of the net for his 40th goal of the year.

However, Lebanon Valley was able to strike late, with Matt Aldridge scoring with 4:41 left. The Warriors got the ball back with 1:55 left and fired four shots on net in the last 67 seconds, but last second shot was blocked away by a Dutchmen defender.

Lycoming jumped out to a 3-1 lead, with sophomore Steve Troup (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Mendon) scoring with 10:23 left in the opening period. After Lebanon Valley tied the game two minutes later, McCaffer dented the twine twice in the next 13 minutes. However, Lebanon Valley struck twice in 12 seconds with five minutes left in the half to tie it, setting up the second half dramatics.

McCaffer finished with three goals and three ground balls and Reilly and senior Tom Lurie (Bel Air, Md./Bel Air) adding an assist. Freshman Michael Wagner (Pasadena, Md./St. Mary's) and sophomore Thomas Hanson (Tucson, Ariz./Catalina Foothills) led the defense with four ground balls and a caused turnover each.

Five difference Lebanon Valley players scored, with Matt Aldridge leading the team with a goal and assist. Scott Sutton led the team with seven ground balls and Ryan Lanigan posted five ground balls and three caused turnovers.

In net, sophomore Alex Wylly (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) stopped 10 shots for the Warriors and Mike Moll made nine saves to earn the win for the Dutchmen.

The Warriors wrap up the season on Saturday, April 27, when they travel to new Commonwealth Conference foe, No. 4 Stevenson, for a 7:00 p.m. game.

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WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Matt Aldridge's late goal gave Lebanon Valley a critical win over Lycoming, 5-4, putting LVC's destiny in their own hands for a postseason berth.

The Dutchmen (9-5, 4-3 CC) now face a win-and-in situation Saturday at home against Elizabethtown. A victory would give LVC the #4 seed.

Scoring was at a premium despite 69 combined shots in the game, and the game remained tied at 4-4 until late in the fourth quarter when Aldridge scored from Ian Schmid - Schmid's 100th career point - to put LVC on top.

Lycoming's Steve Troup opened the scoring early in the game, and Alex Beard knotted it before Matt McCaffer rattled off the next two goals for Lyco to lead 3-1. The Dutchmen tied it up by halftime, though, thanks to Malik Pedroso's 39th of the year and a Ryan Lanigan strike.

After a scoreless third, Andrew Dennison opened the fourth with an unassisted goal, but McCaffer's third tied the game up at 4-4. Aldridge scored with 4:41 left to retake the lead, and LVC's defense had to withstand five Lycoming chances in the final minute to earn the win.

Mike Moll made nine saves, and counterpart Alex Wylly stopped 10 for Lyco. Lanigan led LVC's defense with three caused turnovers and five ground balls; Scott Sutton had a good day on face-offs, winning nine of 12.


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