Mayr's OT goal sends Lebanon Valley past Elizabethtown, into league tourney
ANNVILLE, Pa. -- Jordan Mayr scored 2:59 into overtime to send Lebanon Valley College past Elizabethtown 8-7 on Saturday and into the Commonwealth Conference tournament.
With both teams facing win-or-go-home situations for the final game of the regular season, the Blue Jays (8-6, 3-5 CC) matched the Dutchmen (10-5, 5-3 CC) all game long until Mayr's breakthrough in overtime. Elizabethtown outshot LVC 41-27, but a superb 17-save performance by Mike Moll helped propel the Dutchmen.
Mayr's winner was his third of the game, his second hat trick of the season, and Klayton Garman had two goals and an assist. Alex Beard, Ian Schmid and Scott Travers also had strikes for LVC. Dillen O'Dell had three goals for Elizabethtown.
The teams alternated goals in the first half to head to the break deadlocked at 3, but Garman sparked a 3-0 run to open the second half, followed by Travers and Beard to make it 6-3. Elizabethtown responded with its own three-goal spurt, but Mayr put LVC on top 7-6 with 3:19 to go before Tucker Keefer hit at 2:51 to tie it.
In overtime, the Jays won the faceoff, but Ian Repko came up with a key caused turnover of O'Dell to take possession. Out of an LVC timeout, Mayr rifled a shot from the left side with 1:01 showing on the clock, sending the Dutchmen to their second consecutive Commonwealth Conference tournament appearance.
Moll was outstanding all game long, but shined in the second half with 10 of his 17 saves. Chris Wenger stopped eight for Elizabethtown. Ryan Lanigan had another big game on defense with five caused turnovers while Andrew Kruter had three and Repko two to go along with four ground balls.