Lebanon Valley Downs Drew to Reach ECAC Title Game

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Senior Mel Modrick put together a career-high performance on graduation day to power Lebanon Valley back into the ECAC Championship game with an 18-10 win over Drew.

On an afternoon filled with emotions as seniors Modrick, Taylor Kruter, Sara Vanderbogart, and Corinne Palombo received their diplomas in the 145th commencement ceremony inside LVC Sports Center, the Valley erased an early deficit and ran away from Drew with a 9-4 second-half for an 18-10 victory.

Modrick was on her game all day long, posting seven goals and three assists for 10 points, the first double-digit point game from any player for LVC this season. Sophomore Sam Boyce wasn't much easier to cover, tallying six goals and an assist for seven points offensively, and junior Anna Pagels chipped in with two goals and two assists for the Dutchmen.

The victory puts LVC into the ECAC Mid-Atlantic Championship game for the second straight year, a title they secured last season with a 14-10 win over McDaniel. This year, third-seeded St. Joseph's (L.I.) will be the challenger after defeating McDaniel earlier Saturday, 14-13. The two teams will square off at Arnold Field on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

After Boyce connected with junior Bailey Benz for the opening goal of the game just 44 seconds in, Drew went on a run, scoring four goals in succession to take a 4-1 lead with 20:24 to play in the first half.

At the 14:56 mark, lightning hit the area and forced about a 40-minute delay in play. The Dutchmen regrouped during the intermission as they scored five straight, including three from Modrick, out of the locker room to take a 6-4 lead with 8:43 to go in the first. Drew added a pair and LVC put three more on the board as the teams went into halftime with Drew trailing, 9-6.

Drew's Nikki Kleiman finished a feed from Brooke Gagliano to open the second half, cutting the Dutchmen lead to just two at 9-7, but another five-goal run from the Valley, including pairs of goals from Modrick and Boyce, opened the game up with 10:59 to play and put LVC up comfortably, 14-7. The teams traded goals for the final 11 minutes as LVC ran out the clock on an 18-10 win.

Sophomore Shelby Morris made four saves in the victory to improve her record to 15-4 on the year, while Drew's Gianna Minogue and Jadin James each played 30 minutes in the game, making nine saves combined and Minogue suffering her third loss of the year.

The Dutchmen led in every statistical category, including 36-11 in shots, 23-20 in ground balls, 19-11 in draw controls, and forcing 23 turnovers compared to just 18 for themselves. The ride was excellent once again, forcing the Rangers into 10 failed clears on 23 attempts.


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