Dutchmen Shut Down Messiah, Move on to CC Semis

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley put on a defensive clinic to win its first postseason game in program history and advance to the Commonwealth Conference semifinals, shutting down Messiah 12-3.

The Dutchmen (11-5) controlled the game from start to finish, outshooting the Falcons (6-9) 46-26 while racing out to a 6-0 first-half lead. They move on to play at top-seeded Stevenson Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Malik Pedroso scored four goals and Klayton Garman had three to lead the offense. LVC built its first-half lead thanks to Scott Sutton, who went 11 for 19 on the X, including 9 for 10 in the first half.

Defensively, Mike Moll, who was named the CC Defensive Player of the Week earlier Monday, made 12 saves in another excellent outing, and Ian Repko and Ryan Lanigan had four caused turnovers apiece.

Pedroso opened the scoring seven minutes into the game after an unsettled start, and Sutton made it 2-0 off the ensuing face-off, winning the ball and racing in for the score. Garman, Pedroso, and two from Alex Beard began the second quarter before Messiah's Kevan Schellenberg finally got them on the board, but Jordan Mayr ended the half with a strike to put LVC up 7-1.

Lanigan whipped a shot from Steve Wildberger to open the second half, and that set the tone for the second half as Garman and Pedroso had goals in each quarter. LVC's defense limited the Falcons to a lone goal in each period as Schellenberg and Kyle Sproles scored.

2013-04-29



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