No. 20 Elizabethtown Flies by Manhattanville

PURCHASE, N.Y. - Sarah Cullinan (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) finished with three goals and four assists for her fourth career seven-point game to give the No. 20 Elizabethtown Blue Jays an 18-6 win over the Manhattanville Valiants in MAC action Saturday.

Cullinan, the reigning offensive player of the week for the conference, leads the Blue Jays (7-2, 5-0) with 24 goals this season and is currently first on the team and second in the MAC with 16 assists.

In the game, Manhattanville (3-4, 3-3) struck first on a shot by Emelda Ogweta just over two minutes into the game.

E-town's Kara Solesky (Parkville, Md./Mercy) pull the Jays even with 23:46 remaining on the first half clock. The Blue Jays snagged a 2-1 lead less than a minute later on one of Bari Rosenstein's (Owings Mills, Md./Owings Mills) three goals on the afternoon.

Katie Scheurich (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley) and Solesky gave E-town a three-goal cushion with tallies at the 20:01 and 18:42 marks, respectively.

After Manhattanville's Melissa Goncalves cut E-town's lead to two, the Jays scored four unanswered goals on shots from Emily Butler (Finksburg, Md./Mount de Sales Academy), Madalyn Schnader (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur), Cullinan and Katie Reeb (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) for an 8-2 advantage with 10:02 to go before halftime.

The Valiants finished off the first half scoring at the 9:01 mark to pull to within five at 8-3.

Sophomore Becky Porter (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) helped E-town take a 10-3 lead with two quick goals to start the second half. That gives Porter seven goals in her last two games.

Rosenstein, Maddy Jackson (Nottingham, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and Solesky followed suit with three more Blue Jay goals for a comfortable 13-3 lead with just under 22 minutes left in the game.

Manhattanville picked up its offense in the middle of the second half with three of the game's next four goals to trim E-town's advantage down to 14-6.

Over the next three and half minutes, however, the Blue Jays closed the door on the Valiants with three scores to put the lead back to up to 11 at 17-6. E-town netted one more down the stretch for the Jays' third straight win by at least 10 goals.

Saturday also marked the third time in four games that three different E-town players have scored at least three goals in a contest. Cullinan, Rosenstein and Solesky accomplished the feat on the afternoon.

At 5-0 in conference play, the Blue Jays are tied atop the MAC with Messiah. With a lot of lacrosse left to play, E-town still has seven more conference match-up on its slate in the regular season.

On Tuesday, the Blue Jays will take on the Alvernia Crusaders for a 4:00 p.m. start at home.


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