Dutchmen Tripped Up at Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Stevenson's defense proved too much for Lebanon Valley as they snapped LVC's program-record nine-game win streak with a 13-6 decision.

The Dutchmen (11-3, 5-1 CC) fell for the first time in Commonwealth Conference play as the Mustangs (8-4, 4-0 CC) used a 6-0 first-half run to take control of the game.

Anna Pagels and Jenny Simensky scored twice for LVC, and Bailey Benz notched her 100th career assist with a pair of helpers. Leah Warner led all scorers with four goals and two assists, and Amanda Legar and Marissa Meiklejohn had three apiece for Stevenson.

Lebanon Valley could still conceivably earn the CC's top postseason seed despite the loss, but would need Stevenson to stumble somewhere in their last three league games. Otherwise, LVC could lock in the second seed and a home semifinal game with a win over Widener on April 23.

Turnovers hurt LVC as SU caused 14 of their 22 giveaways, and the Dutchmen offense never settled in despite leading 12-9 on draw controls. Stevenson led 30-15 on shots, including 16-6 in the first half.

Stevenson's Leah Warner scored the game's first goal before Pagels equalized on a free-position at 25:12, but the Mustangs went on to score the next six goals. Boyce hit off a loose-ball pickup by Benz at 16:02 to end the run, but two more goals put Stevenson ahead 9-2 at the midpoint of the half.

LVC clamped down on defense and held Stevenson scoreless over the final 13:06 of the first, but managed just one goal thanks to Tori Kuntz's tally from Benz at 5:42.

Haley Patrick opened the second half with a goal, but three straight SU goals put the game out of reach at 12-4. Pagels added her second, but Meiklejohn hit a free-position goal with 9:49 to go. Simensky added a late eight-meter strike.

Shelby Morris made 11 saves for LVC; Leanne Bittner had five stops for the Mustangs.

LVC will host Elizabethtown Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.


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