Strong 2nd Half vs. Albright Clinches Playoff Berth for LVC

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Lebanon Valley used an 11-1 second-half rout to put away Albright on Wednesday evening at Arnold Field.

The win secures the Valley a spot in the Commonwealth Conference Tournament and sets up a showdown for the number-one seed on Saturday at Stevenson.

After falling behind early and falling into a 7-5 hole going into the halftime break, the Dutchmen woke up out of the locker room, scoring seven straight goals out of the break to take command of the game with a 12-7 lead with 15:33 to go.

The Lions broke the streak at the 14:13 mark with a goal from Erin Farrell, but LVC closed it out with four more goals in the final 8:57 to cruise to the 16-8 victory.

Sophomore Sam Boyce and junior Bailey Benz were a force on the offensive end for the Valley, combining for 14 points on the day. Boyce tallied six goals and one assist, while Benz added two goals and five assists, leaving her just two helpers shy of 100 for her career.

Junior Jenny Simensky posted her best game of the year, recording two goals and three assists for five points, and classmate Anna Pagels notched a hat trick of her own with three goals.

Lebanon Valley held the statistical edge in shots, 28-17, and ground balls, 26-14, while Albright won 15 of the 25 draw controls in the game. Additionally, the Valley forced Albright into 21 turnovers, compared to just 13 of their own.

LVC looks to remain unbeaten in conference play and earn the top seed in the CC Tourney when they travel to Stevenson on Saturday. Opening draw is set for 1:00 p.m.


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