LVC Falls Short of Upset in 11-10 Loss to No. 11 York

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley surrendered a goal in the overtime session and fell just shy of the upset on Thursday night at Arnold Field against No. 11 York.

With 5:20 left to play in regulation and the Valley holding a 10-8 lead eyeing the upset, the Spartans woke up, tallying two goals in the next two minutes to tie the game and send it to overtime.

In the waning moments of the first three minutes, York held the ball in the LVC zone and Erica Mulford drove down the right side, somehow finding the back of the net at the buzzer to take an 11-10 edge into the final three minutes.

The Spartans were able to win the draw control to open the second three minutes and hold the ball all the way to 11 seconds before junior Bailey Benz took it away. The Dutchmen's effort down the field in the final seconds went for naught and LVC fell, 11-10.

Sophomore goalie Shelby Morris was excellent in the loss, making 11 saves on the night in her first collegiate start. Classmate Sam Boyce posted four goals, while Benz added five assists and senior Mel Modrick recorded three goals and an assist.

York held a 31-24 edge in shots and draw controls were even at 12 apiece. The Spartans' Ashley Smith earned the win in goal, making eight saves.

The game was a one-goal scoring margin throughout the night as York's 6-4 lead late in the first half and LVC's 10-8 advantage in the second half were the only exceptions. A back-and-forth affair, two Boyce tallies in the final five minutes pushed the game into the break tied at six apiece.

In the second, Modrick and juniors Jenny Simensky and Anna Pagels were the goal-scorers for the Valley, while Mulford came alive, scoring all three of her tallies in the second 20 minutes, including the gamewinner.

LVC turns right around on Saturday, hosting Shenandoah at Arnold Field. Gametime is set for 2:00 p.m.

2014-02-21



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