Comeback Bid Falls Short as Muhlenberg Outlasts LVC

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - Lebanon Valley could not climb out of a large first-half deficit, falling to Muhlenberg on Tuesday afternoon, 17-13.

Senior Mel Modrick and junior Anna Pagels each tallied four goals to lead the Dutchmen attack, while junior Bailey Benz racked up the helpers again with six assists and a goal for seven points on the afternoon. Sophomore Sam Boyce tallied two goals, and senior Taylor Kruter and sophomore Haley Patrick each added a marker.

LVC had no answer for the attacking of Muhlenberg's Stephanie Umbach and Michelle Certosimo, each posting five goals and three assists apiece for eight points, respectively. Additionally, Umbach did the majority of her damage with five goals and two assists in the opening 30 minutes of play.

The Mules held the edge in shots, 29-21, and draw controls, 17-15. The Dutchmen picked up 20 ground balls compared to 14 for Muhlenberg, and suffered 15 turnovers in the loss.

Sophomore Shelby Morris made eight saves in the cage, suffering second loss of the year, while the Mules' Kiersten Mulvey picked up the win between the pipes with eight saves of her own.

The Mules jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening few minutes and held that lead for the entire game. A run of five straight goals for Muhlenberg closed out the half with the Valley in a six-goal hole, 13-7.

Halftime adjustments seemed to work as the Valley came out in the second with a renewed energy, scoring the first four goals and cutting the Mules' lead to just two at 13-11 with 12:55 to play.

LVC pulled to within one on a scoring tally from Pagels at 14-13 with 8:58 to play, but would fail to score for the remainder of the game, heading home with the 17-13 setback.

The Valley returns to Annville on Friday for a battle with Ursinus at 4:30 p.m.


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