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Tuesday, November 2, 2004

Elizabethtown Defeats Lebanon Valley 1-0 to Advance to Conference Championship Game

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College defeated Lebanon Valley College 1-0 in the first round of the Commonwealth Conference playoffs at home Tuesday night to improve to 13-3-3 overall and advance to Saturday's conference championship game. Lebanon Valley drops to 10-5-2 overall with the loss.

The only game of the goal was scored just 5:04 after the opening whistle when Brian Healy (Newark, DE/A.I. DuPont) scored his team-leading 10th goal of the season off a Mike Helsel (Palmyra, PA/Palmyra Area) assist. Healy flicked the pass from Helsel straight into the goal.

Etown had a close call with another goal opportunity with 8:20 left in the game, when Healy headed a serve from Andrew Kummerer (Glenmoore, PA/Coatesville) into the net, but Healy was called offsides.

Etown out-shot Lebanon Valley 13-7 over the course of the game, and LVC goalkeeper John Mentzer (Myerstown, PA/ELCO) made six saves. Etown goalkeeper Edwin Tichenor (Mechanicsburg, PA/Cumberland Valley) made five saves to preserve the Etown shutout.

Elizabethtown will next face Messiah on the road Saturday at a time to be determined in the Commonwealth Conference championship game. Messiah, the top seed in the playoffs, defeated Widener 3-0 at home Tuesday night.

Lebanon Valley (10-5-3) vs. Elizabethtown Coll. (13-3-3)
Goals by period      1 2  Tot

Lebanon Valley...... 0 0 - 0
Elizabethtown Coll.. 1 0 - 1

1. 5:04 ETOWN Brian Healy (10) (Mike Helsel) - one-timer on a give-and-go play

Shots: Lebanon Valley 7, Elizabethtown Coll. 13
Saves: Lebanon Valley 6 (John Mentzer 6), Elizabethtown Coll. 5 (Edwin Tichenor 5)