LVC Tops FDU to Advance to ECAC Final

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Hana Krechel broke the conference record for career goals and reached 400 career points to lead Lebanon Valley past FDU-Florham, 18-10, and into the ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship game.

The Dutchmen (12-5) will advance to Sunday's 2:00 p.m. final against hosts McDaniel, who routed Morrisville 19-4 in the earlier semifinal. LVC is making its first appearance in a championship game.

Krechel scored seven goals to go with three assists, and Anna Pagels found the net four times to lead the Dutchmen, who outshot the Devils 34-22, including 20-9 in the first half. The Dutchmen had an 18-10 advantage in the circle, led by Tori Kuntz's six draw controls and Krechel's five.

Krechel is only the fourth player in NCAA Division III history to eclipse 400 points, and now has 404 on 272 goals and 132 assists. She is fourth all-time and could end up third after her final game tomorrow, as she sits two points behind Eastern alumna Andrea Collesidis. Her goal total surpasses the Middle Atlantic Conference record of 268 set by FDU-Florham's Amanda Wayne; Krechel had already held the MAC points record.

FDU's Katie Rolwood, who last week set the MAC single-season goals record, led the Devils with four goals to take her season total to 92. The Devils took an early 2-0 lead, but a 7-1 run by the Dutchmen took full control of the game, and they held FDU-Florham to a single goal over the final 20 minutes of the first half to lead 10-4.

Pagels and Krechel combined for the first four goals of the second half to take a commanding 14-5 lead, and a late 4-0 run, including Mel Modrick's third of the game, put the icing on the win. Corrinne Palombo made 10 saves to pick up the win, while Grace Warburton had eight stops in the loss.

2013-05-11



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