LVC Earns First Postseason Win, 13-7, Over Widener

ANNVILLE, Pa. - A methodical offense and tough defense led Lebanon Valley to its first postseason win in program history, 13-7, over a determined Widener team Tuesday night in the Commonwealth Conference quarterfinals.

The Dutchmen (11-4) were frustrated by the hot play of Pride (8-9) goalie Megan Dunn, but pulled away late after Widener made an early second-half comeback. Hana Krechel had three goals and five assists, including her 50th helper and 100th point of the season, while Bailey Benz had three and three and Sam Boyce scored four.

Lebanon Valley advances to the semifinals and will head to top-seeded Stevenson Thursday at 4:00 p.m. Stevenson edged LVC 9-8 in the regular season.

LVC outshot Widener 25-11 in the first half, but couldn't solve Dunn early on after taking a quick 3-0 lead. The Pride pulled a goal back and looked to threaten for more, but Boyce, Modrick, and Krechel combined for four in a row to put the game firmly in LVC's advantage heading to halftime. Meghan Garvey and Krechel traded strikes before the break to make it 8-2.

It was a different game in the second half as Widener opened with three of the first four goals, pulling as close as 10-6 at the 17:41 mark. After a long scoring drought for both sides, LVC got the turning point it was looking for when Boyce chased down Dunn on a clear, checked the ball out of her stick, and fed Benz for an easy score to go up 11-6 and halt Widener's comeback hopes with 6:41 to play. A man-up goal by Anna Pagels and Allison McGinniss' late insurance goal ensured the result.

Dunn ended up with a career-high 16 saves. Erica Ameigh was outstanding for LVC, as well, picking up the win with 10 saves, eight in the first half. LVC led 36-22 on shots, while Widener dominated draw controls 15-7 led by Mackenzie Lindquist's nine grabs.

LVC's defense had 17 caused turnovers, including three each by Suzanne Sullivan, Sara Vanderbogart, Mel Modrick, and Benz. Morgan Heller had four ground balls.

2013-04-30



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