Lebanon Valley Midfield Dominates in Win vs. Ursinus

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley's midfield and defense distrupted Ursinus all game long, shutting down the Bears to spark an 11-4 win at Arnold Field.

The Dutchmen (3-2) benefited from Sam Boyce's four goals on offense, but the defense and midfield transition set the tone as LVC had 17 caused turnovers and held the Bears (1-1) to only 7 for 23 on clear attempts.

Boyce had two assists to go with her goal total, and she also played aggressively in midfield with four draw controls and five ground balls. Anna Pagels added two goals and two assists.

Tori Kuntz and Bailey Benz led the midfield, as Kuntz scored a goal with an assist and scooped a game-high six ground balls with four caused turnovers; Benz scored and had two helpers to go with three GBs and four CTs. Sara Vanderbogart caused three turnovers on defense with four ground balls.

The game got off to a slow start, tied 2-2 after 22 minutes of play, but the Dutchmen hit a 4-0 run to end the half on goals by Mel Modrick, Boyce, Benz, and Kuntz to lead 5-2 at the break. That would be the start of a 7-0 streak wrapped around halftime as LVC held Ursinus scoreless for more than 25 minutes while building the lead to 8-2.

Ursinus finally scored with 14:45 left but was quickly answered by Taylor Kruter, and late goals by Boyce and Haley Patrick iced the game.

Shelby Morris made five saves to earn the win. Her counterpart Margaret Philbin stopped 10. LVC led 25-12 on shots, 27-18 on ground balls, and 9-8 on draws.

LVC will head to Scranton on Monday.

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ANNVILLE, Pa. After taking a 2-1 lead, Ursinus saw Lebanon Valley score seven straight goals, as the Flying Dutchmen (2-3) defeat the Bears (1-1) 11-4 on Friday afternoon at Arnold Field.

LVC held the Bears to just 12 shots on the day. The Bears were led by senior attack Amber Moyer who had two goals while senior midfielder Nicole Kovacs and freshman attack Emma Ebert had a goal each in the loss.

Sam Boyce had four goals for the Flying Dutchmen.

Individually, sophomore defender Mary Deliberti had four ground balls and two draw controls. Freshman Lisa Grous had two caused turnovers, with Deliberti and sophomore midfielder Devin Brakel each had two draw controls.

In goal, sophomore Margaret Philbin had 10 saves.

Ursinus will be at Cabrini on Monday.

2014-03-07



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