Lebanon Valley Knocks off Susquehanna in Rainy Affair

ANNVILLE, Pa. - On a rain-soaked Arnold Field, Lebanon Valley triumphed over Susquehanna on Wednesday afternoon, 13-10.

Junior Bailey Benz, the nation's leader in assists, recorded a six-point outing with three goals and three helpers, while senior Mel Modrick added a hat trick of her own with three goals. Additionally, junior Anna Pagels and sophomores Tori Kuntz and Sam Boyce tallied two goals apiece for the Dutchmen.

Susquehanna, nationally ranked until this past week's poll had them the first team out, came out in the opening eight minutes and jumped to a 3-1 lead with 22:39 left to play in the half. However, four of the next five came off LVC sticks to give the Valley the 5-4 lead over the next 17 minutes. A goal from each side to close out the half sent the teams into the locker room with the Dutchmen on top, 6-5.

In the second, the Crusaders started well again, connecting on four of the first six goals to take a 9-8 edge at the 23:31 mark. However, the Valley responded with three straight goals to take an 11-9 advantage and worked the clock to secure the 13-10 victory in the end.

Susquehanna was riddled with penalties all game long, earning five cards including three disqualifications. LVC held a 29-19 edge in shots and a 14-11 advantage in draw controls.

Sophomore Shelby Morris earned her fifth win this season in the cage, making three saves and relying on a great defensive effort in front from starting defenders senior Sara Vanderbogart, junior Morgan Heller, and freshman Laura Schmidt. The Crusaders' Alyssa Rothman recorded 11 saves in defeat.

Next up for the Valley is a trip to Misericordia on Saturday. Opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.

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ANNVILLE, Pa. - The Susquehanna women's lacrosse team suffered its third-straight loss after falling 13-10 at Lebanon Valley on Wednesday afternoon.

The Crusaders (1-3) had an early, first-quarter lead and trailed by just two goals late in the game but ran out of time to threaten Lebanon Valley's lead.

Emma Ehler (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) accounted for four of SU's goals with Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) adding three. Three other players had one goal each. Goalie Alyssa Rothman (Trooper, Pa./Methacton) played all 60 minutes and finished with 11 saves.

The Flying Dutchmen (5-2) had 29 shots to SU's 19 and won 14 draw controls to Susquehanna's 11. The Crusaders did connect on 4 of 9 free position shots, though. SU jumped out to a 3-1 lead with Ehler scoring two of those three goals. Meredith Crane (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia) was able to keep her team ahead by two, 4-2, with a goal at the 18:13 mark of the half. However, Lebanon Valley scored back-to-back-to-back goals to go ahead 5-4 with less than six minutes to play in the opening period.

The teams traded goals to end the final minutes of the half and the Flying Dutchmen maintained a one-goal lead (6-5) at halftime.

Lebanon Valley went up 7-5 early in the second half before Ehler and Reid scored back-to-back goals in less than 40 seconds to make it a tie game at 7-7 with 26:24 to play.

It remained tied at eight three minutes later after another goal from Ehler and Emma Jones (Wolfeboro, N.H./Brewster Academy) then put SU ahead 9-8 with a score at the 21:31 mark of the half. Lebanon Valley countered with three unanswered goals for an 11-9 lead before Reid cut that lead to one (11-10) after a goal with less than 15 minutes to play.

The Flying Dutchmen's Tori Kuntz scored with 13:50 on the clock for a 12-10 lead. While the Crusaders held Lebanon Valley scoreless for the next 12 minutes, Susquehanna was also unable to find the back of the net and it remained a 12-10 Lebanon Valley lead until Anna Pagels tacked on an insurance goal for the Flying Dutchmen at the 1:38 mark of the half to essentially seal the win for her team.

Susquehanna opens Landmark Conference play this weekend with a 1:00 p.m. game at Elizabethtown on Saturday, March. 15.


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