Strong Widener Fourth Quarter Dooms LVC

ANNVILLE, Pa. - A 4-1 Widener advantage in the fourth quarter helped the Pride complete the comeback over Lebanon Valley on Tuesday evening in the regular-season finale.

With the Valley hanging on to a slim 5-4 lead entering the fourth, senior Malik Pedroso slotted one past Widener goalie Mac Nestler with 10:05 to play, seemingly shifting momentum to the LVC sideline.

However, that was not the case as the Pride woke up and played like a one-conference-loss team, tallying four straight goals to turn a two-goal deficit into a two-goal advantage and one they would hold to the final buzzer with a final of 8-6.

The game was knotted at two apiece going into the halftime break in a defensive battle. Widener came out in the third with two scores to take a 4-3 lead, but freshman Cooper Gerus and junior Matt Lubawski turned it around with back-to-back tallies to make it 5-4 after 45 minutes.

With the loss, the Dutchmen finish the 2014 regular season with an overall record of 7-7 and 3-5 in Commonwealth Conference play. Widener moves to 8-5 on the year and 6-1 in conference action, the likely two-seed in the CC Tournament.

Pedroso led the Valley attack with two goals and two assists for four points on the night, while senior Matt Roupe added two goals and Lubawski chipped in with a goal and an assist. Senior Kevin Krasely made his second start of the year between the pipes, making five saves and sliding to a 1-1 record for the season.

The Dutchmen led in shots, 29-27, and ground balls, 30-28. Senior Scott Travers was solid at the faceoff dot, winning 12 of 18 draws, but the Blue and White lost the turnover battle, 20-18. Additionally, Nestler was excellent in the cage for the Pride, making 12 saves in the win.

Sitting at 7-7, LVC is eligible for an ECAC Tournament bid and will await the chance to participate in postseason play.


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