E-town Scores Two Goals Late to Deny LVC

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Elizabethtown scored two goals in the final 2:39 of the game to beat Lebanon Valley, 12-10, in the regular-season finale.

The loss means the Dutchmen (10-4, 5-3 CC) will be the #4 seed in the Commonwealth Conference tournament, and will host fifth-seeded Widener Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. LVC beat the Pride, 19-7, back on April 3. The winner of that game will play at top-seeded Stevenson on Thursday. Elizabethtown travels to Messiah in the other Thursday semifinal.

Lebanon Valley outshot the Blue Jays (10-6, 6-2 CC) 34-28, but scoring was at a premium as E-town ran out to an early 4-0 lead. Hana Krechel, Bailey Benz, Sam Boyce, and Anna Pagels each had a pair of goals for LVC, while Leigh Flounlacker led the Jays with four strikes. Blue Jays goalkeeper Rachael Waldman made the difference with 12 saves.

LVC was held scoreless over the opening 16 minutes until Benz and Boyce hit back-to-back to cut E-town's lead to 4-2. The sides traded goals the rest of the half, and the home team led 7-4 at the break.

The Dutchmen opened the second half on a 3-0 run to tie it up at 7-7, then took their only lead of the game midway through the half on goals by Anna Pagels and Morgan Maier. E-town's Katie Reeb and Caitlin Knight swung it back their way, but Mel Modrick's goal with 3:34 tied it at 10.

Flounlacker won the draw control, and that led to Becky Porter's go-ahead goal with 2:39 remaining; Casey Fletcher snagged the next draw for the Blue Jays, and they managed to get an insurance goal from Andrea Russo 50 seconds later. Waldman saved Tori Kuntz's free-position attempt in the waning seconds, LVC's only shot over the final three minutes.

LVC led on shots (34-28) and draws (16-8) but gave up 12 free-position chances to E-town, of which five were converted. Erica Ameigh had six stops in goal.

2013-04-27



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