LVC Holds off Neumann in Crosse Out Cancer Opener

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley fought off a Neumann comeback in the fourth quarter to outlast the Knights on Saturday afternoon at Arnold Field, 8-6.

The victory was the opening game in this weekend's Crosse Out Cancer event, with all proceeds going to benefit the American Cancer Society and LVC's Relay for Life. The event, in its second year, raised more than $5,000 for the cause in last season's inaugural game.

After a dominant performance through three quarters and the Valley holding a comfortable 7-3 advantage, the previous game against Marywood seemed to creep into the minds of the players and fans at Arnold Field. On Wednesday, the Valley surrendered an 8-2 lead at the end of the third, falling 11-8.

Senior Matt Roupe connected with classmate Alex Beard to open the fourth, but three straight from the Knights cut the lead to two at 8-6 with 5:35 remaining.

Showing they've learned their lesson, LVC controlled the clock for the final minutes and senior Mike Moll was excellent with key stops down the stretch in the cage. When the final buzzer sounded, the Dutchmen were victorious with a final of 8-6.

Beard was impressive on the day, leading the Valley with three goals and two assists. Additionally, senior Malik Pedroso added two goals and classmates Jordan Mayr, Matt Roupe, and Scott Travers each posted a marker.

Moll was excellent in the cage, making eight saves and allowing six goals on 27 shots faced. On the other side, Neumann's Alex Becker kept the Knights in the game all day long, posting an astounding 18 saves on 46 shots faced in defeat.

Next up for the Dutchmen is game two of Crosse Out Cancer weekend tomorrow against La Roche at 1:00 p.m.


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