Elizabethtown Takes MAC Match vs. Manhattanville

HERSHEY, Pa. - For the second game in a row, Elizabethtown College put together a convincing win over a Middle Atlantic Conference opponent. On Saturday, the Blue Jays topped the visiting Manhattanville Valiants by a 14-5 score at Hersheypark Stadium to move above .500 for the first time this season.

Right off the bat, the Blue Jays (4-3, 2-2) had their offense rolling. Senior Greg Kenneally (Lutherville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) assisted Derek Neiheiser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) on the game's first goal 3:46 into the game, then scored a goal of his own with 5:39 to go in the opening quarter for a 2-0 E-town lead.

Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) extended the Jays' lead to 3-0 with just under two to go in the first, then with one second left on the first quarter clock, Brian Schaaf (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) netted his third goal of the season to put E-town up 4-0 heading into the second.

Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) found his offensive rhythm with a strike to kick off the second quarter and give the Jays a 5-0 advantage. Sophomore Cory Boushell (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) made it 7-0 a little over 30 seconds later.

Kline, Schaaf and Corcoran all found the goal again later in the quarter for a 9-0 lead with 6:51 to play in the half.

Manhattanville (2-6, 0-4) was able to breakdown E-town's defense with two goals in the last 3:16 of the half to cut their deficit to 7 at 9-2 with one half to play.

After five scoreless minutes in the third, senior defender Dustin Mulcahey (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima), who scored his first collegiate goal on Wednesday against DeSales, struck again for his second career goal with 9:42 on the clock in the third. Four and a half minutes later, the Valiants fired back with a tally to put the score at 10-3.

Corcoran found the back of the net again to put the Jays up by eight going into the final 15 minutes of play.

Kline scored his third of the game, followed by Corcoran's fourth of the afternoon in the first three minutes of the fourth quarter for a 13-3 advantage. Corcoran and Kline are now tied for the team lead with 14 goals apiece this season. For Kline (three goals, two assists), it was the first five-point game of his young career.

Manhattanville added two late goals, and E-town's Brian Hicks (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) scored his fourth goal this season in the last eight minutes on Saturday.

On faceoffs, Brent Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) went 10 of 14, while Brandon Costik (Middletown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) was 3 of 3 and Neiheiser went 3 of 4 for the Blue Jays.

Derek Karsten (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) picked up a game-high nine ground balls. That number ties Neiheiser for most ground balls in a game for E-town this season. As a team, the Jays registered 46 ground balls to the Valiants' 26 and outshot Manhattanville by a 47-18 margin.

Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy) made five saves in goal for the Jays, while Dom Poletto turned away 18 shots for the Valiants.

E-town will travel to Reading, Pa. on Wednesday to take on the Alvernia Crusdaders in another MAC contest. Game time is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

2011-04-02



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