LVC Downs St. Joseph's (NY) to Win 2nd Straight ECAC Crown

ANNVILLE, Pa. - A trio of eight-plus point performances led Lebanon Valley to its second straight ECAC Mid-Atlantic Tournament title with a 15-11 victory over St. Joseph's (L.I.) on Sunday afternoon.

Senior Mel Modrick earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player award after posting six goals and two assists in the championship game. Modrick tallied five goals in the quarterfinal win against SUNY Canton and put up a career-high 10 points with seven goals and three assists in the semifinal win over Drew.

The Leesport, Pa. native finished the season on a tear, recording 31 goals in her final six games in the Blue and White. She finishes her career in Annville with 138 goals and 36 assists for 174 points, good enough for third in the all-time record books.

Junior Bailey Benz tallied an incredible nine assists in her final game of 2014, leaving her with an even 100 points on the season. Sophomore Sam Boyce racked up six goals and two assists for the Valley, putting her over the century mark on the season in points as well.

LVC led from the opening draw to the final horn, but St. Joseph's (L.I.) hung around for the majority of the game and made the Valley work for their title. Boyce and Modrick opened the scoring with two goals in the first two minutes, and Modrick added two more after an Eagles tally to push the lead to 4-1 with 19:53 to play in the first.

After Boyce finished a feed from Benz to make it 5-1 LVC, the Eagles came back with three of the next four goals to cut the lead to two at 6-4 with 9:35 remaining in the half. The teams traded a pair of goals in that final 9:35 and the game went into the locker room with LVC leading by a score of 8-6.

Modrick came out of the locker room with two straight, and Boyce and senior Taylor Kruter added two more to extend the Dutchmen lead to six at 12-6 with 20:14 to play. The Eagles would never get closer than four goals for the remainder of the contest as LVC ran out the clock on another ECAC crown.

The win moves LVC's final 2014 overall record to 16-4 and slides St. Joseph's (L.I.) to 15-6 on the year. Sophomore Shelby Morris was excellent in the cage with four saves for her 16th win of the year, while the Eagles' Courtney Wickline stopped two LVC shots in the loss.

The game was tighter statistically than the score may have showed as LVC held a 21-15 edge in shots, but the Eagles held advantages in ground balls, 17-16, and draw controls, 14-13.

Playing in their final games for the Blue and White, Kruter recorded two goals and Sara Vanderbogart was consistently solid on the defensive end. Congratulations to Mel Modrick, Taylor Kruter, Sara Vanderbogart and Corinne Palombo on a great four years in Annville and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

2014-05-11



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