LVC Tops McDaniel to Capture First ECAC Championship

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Four goals in a 1-minute, 43-second span turned a three-goal halftime deficit into a 7-6 lead for Lebanon Valley en route to a 14-10 victory over McDaniel in the championship game of the 2013 ECAC Mid-Atlantic women's lacrosse tournament on Sunday.

Anna Beaudry (Amherst, Mass./Amherst Regional) and Anna Molhenrich (Towson, Md./Mercy) led the Green Terror (11-9) with three goals apiece.

Hana Krechel, who was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player, paced the Flying Dutchmen (13-5) with six assists to give her 410 points for her career to finish third all-time in Division III history.

Trailing 6-3 after Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney) raced to goal and scored 2.0 seconds remaining in the first half, Krechel found Anna Pagels for the first of her three second-half markers with 27:48 on the clock.

Tori Kuntz won the ensuing draw control and went right to go to trim the margin to 6-5 just 13 seconds later.

A Mel Modrick-to-Sam Boyce tally 45 seconds later evened the game before Modrick found the back of the back of the net another 45 seconds later for Lebanon Valley's first lead.

Back-to-back Krechel-to-Boyce connections extended the advantage to 9-6 with 19:08 on the clock before Krechel made it three straight helpers, finding Pagels for a four-goal edge.

Beaudry snapped a 12-minute, 18-second stretch without a goal, scoring off a Bridget Bopst (Westminster, Md./South Carroll) assist with 17:44 to play.

Goals from Modrick, Jenny Simensky and Pagels, however, in a span of 3:47 stretched the lead to 13-7 with 10:47 on the clock.

Samantha Barbeito (Myersville, Md./Middletown) found Monica Parcell (Prospect Park, Pa./Interboro) with 8:52 showing and Beaudry converted a free-position attempt three minutes later to trim the margin to four.

Kuntz and Beaudry each scored in the final 2:35 to set the final margin.

Two Molhenrich goals keyed a 4-0 start to the game.

Entrot found Messersmith just 43 seconds into the game, staking McDaniel to an early 1-0 lead.

Molhenrich extended the advantage to two with a free-position goal 54 seconds later.

Goals from Entrot and Molhenrich pushed the lead to 4-0 with 20:38 showing to force a Lebanon Valley timeout.

With 16:03 to play, Krechel found Modrick to break up the shutout but Molhenrich completed her hat trick a minute and a half later to reestablish the four-goal advantage.

Back-to-back Bailey Benz tallies 50 seconds apart closed the deficit to 5-3.

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WESTMINSTER, Md. - Lebanon Valley captured the first trophy in its young history, winning the 2013 ECAC Mid-Atlantic championship 14-10 at McDaniel on Sunday.

Tournament most outstanding player Hana Krechel had six assists after her seven-goal, three-assist semifinal performance on Saturday to guide the Dutchmen (13-5) to the title. The win established a new record for wins in a season for the fourth-year program. Krechel ends her career with 410 points, ranking third all-time in NCAA Division III.

The Dutchmen were making their second ECAC appearance after making it to the semifinals last year. They were the top seed in this year's tournament, knocking off FDU-Florham in the semifinals 18-10 to advance to Sunday's final.

Anna Pagels, Mel Modrick, and Sam Boyce each had hat tricks for LVC, which had to overcome a 6-3 halftime disadvantage by scoring the first seven goals of the second. The Dutchmen outscored the Green Terror (11-9) 11-4 after halftime.

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