Second-Half Spurt Sparks Lebanon Valley Past Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa.-Lebanon Valley scored five consecutive goals during an 8-minute span midway through the second half and held off a late rally to defeat Scranton, 12-9, in non-conference action Monday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

Sophomore Sam Boyce (Bel Air, Md./Patterson Mill) led the Flying Dutchmen, now 4-2, with three goals and an assist and juniors Bailey Benz (Ellicott City, Md./Howard) and Anna Pagels (Hampstead, Md./North Carroll) and senior Mel Modrick (Leesport, Pa./Schuylkill Valley) scored two goals apiece.

Junior Emily Goss (Morristown, NJ/Morristown) paced the Royals, now 1-1, with three goals and seniors Christine Dredger (Glen Head, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy) and Erin Green (Merrick, NY/Sandford Calhoun) each had a goal and an assist.

The Royals also received a goal apiece from senior Kerry Sullivan (Oceanport, NJ/Shore Regional), sophomore Erin Allen (Syosset, NY/Our Lady of Mercy Academy), and freshmen Meaghen Kerr (Warwick, NY/John S. Burke Catholic) and Nikole Sullivan (Sparkill, NY/Tappan Zee).

The Royals paid dearly for committing infractions in front of their own goal during Lebanon Valley's game-changing run, as the Flying Dutchmen scored three of their five goals on free position shots.

Scranton did manage to cut the lead to three on goals by Green and Dredger late in the second half, but the Flying Dutchmen held the Royals scoreless over the final 8:06 to hang on for the victory.

Sophomore Shelby Morris (White Hall, Md./North Harford) made a game-high 11 saves in goal for the Flying Dutchmen while Scranton's Emily Towey (Abington, Pa./Abington) stopped eight shots.

With three goals today, Goss moved into a tie for 14th place on the Royals' all-time scoring list with 111 total points (103 goals, 8 assists).

Scranton returns to action Wednesday, March 12, against Elmira College, weather permitting, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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SCRANTON, Pa. - Lebanon Valley used five straight goals midway through the second half to seal a 12-9 victory over Scranton on Monday afternoon.

After a back-and-forth opening few minutes, a three-goal spurt with scores from juniors Anna Pagels and Bailey Benz, and senior Taylor Kruter, opened up a 5-2 lead with 16:49 to play in the half.

The Royals battled back to tie the game at 7-7 early in the second half, but that's when the Dutchmen made their move. Two goals from senior Mel Modrick and one apiece from Benz, sophomore Sam Boyce, and junior Jenny Simensky took over the lead for good at 12-7.

LVC allowed a pair of late goals, but was able to work the clock in the final moments, coming away with the 12-9 victory.

Boyce led the Dutchmen attack with three goals and an assist, while Benz posted two goals and two assists and Simensky added a goal and three assists. Modrick and Pagels also chipped in with four goals and an assist between the two of them.

Sophomore Shelby Morris picked up her fourth win of the season between the pipes, making 11 saves and allowing nine goals on 27 Scranton shots. Scranton's Emily Towey suffered the loss, making eight saves. Additionally, the Royals' Emily Goss posted three goals for the Scranton offensive unit.

The Royals led in shots, 27-25, but the Valley held the edge in ground balls, 22-21, and draw controls, 14-9. Each team converted on four free-position goals, respectively.

Next up for LVC is a return home on Wednesday for a battle with Susquehanna at 4:00 p.m.

2014-03-10



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