Second-Half Surge Carries LVC by Alvernia

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley used an 8-3 second-half surge to slip past Alvernia on Wednesday afternoon, 13-10.

The Valley came out positively with three straight goals, including the 100th career goal for senior Mel Modrick. However, the Crusaders countered with five-in-a-row to take a 5-3 lead at the 19:05 mark in the first. The two teams traded markers for the remainder of the half as LVC went into the locker room trailing, 7-5.

A pair of Modrick tallies to open the second half tied it up quickly at seven, but Alvernia regained the lead on a Jacquelyn Strange score with 20:04 to play.

With 8:09 left and the Dutchmen still trailing, 9-8, junior Bailey Benz put in an unassisted tally to spark a four-goal spurt and put LVC up, 12-9, with 4:44 to go. The defense held tough and sophomore Haley Patrick put one in with 25 seconds to play to seal the deal on a final score of 13-10.

The win moves LVC to 4-0 on the year in conference play and 10-2 overall. Sophomore Shelby Morris, the defending Commonwealth Conference Defensive Player of the Week, was solid again in goal, making nine saves for her 10th win of the year. Alvernia's Colleen Reilly stopped eight shots in the loss.

Modrick was a force on the attack for the Valley, tallying six goals on the day, and senior Taylor Kruter chipped in with four helpers. Benz recorded three goals and two assists, while sophomore Sam Boyce, junior Anna Pagels, sophomore Tori Kuntz, and Patrick were the other goal-scorers with Pagels adding an assist as well.

LVC led in shots, 28-23, and Alvernia picked up 17 ground balls compared to 13 for the Valley. The Dutchmen won 17 of 25 draws on the afternoon with Boyce tallying seven and Pagels adding five.

The Dutchmen return to Arnold Field on Wednesday for Kids' Day against Albright at 5:30 p.m.


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