Elizabethtown Bounces Back to Top King's

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - After one-goal losses in the Blue Jays' last two outings, Elizabethtown College bounced back with a crucial 9-6 win over Middle Atlantic Conference opponent King's on Saturday in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

With the win, the Blue Jays (6-5, 4-4) take possession of the sixth and final playoff spot in the MAC with three conference tilts still on the schedule.

On Saturday, junior Derek Neiheiser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) opened the scoring for E-town on a shot with just under six minutes gone in the opening quarter. Then with 7:27 left in the first, senior Brian Schaaf (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) made it 2-0 in favor of the road team.

The Monarchs (5-8, 3-5) evened things up with back-to-back goals from Pat Bonnot at the 6:08 and 2:30 marks in the first.

Freshman Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) finished the quarter by scoring the first of his two goals on the afternoon to give E-town the 3-2 edge heading into the second quarter.

Senior Greg Kenneally (Lutherville, Md./Loyola Blakefield), another two-goal scorer on the afternoon, made it 4-2 just 1:34 into the second quarter. Over a 3:20 span, E-town was able to extend its lead to 7-2 with 6:51 to go before half on two shots off the stick of sophomore Cory Boushell (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) and another from Kline.

The Monarch's third goal of the game occurred with 6:03 left in the second quarter to make the score 7-3 heading into the final 30 minutes of play.

After just over eight minutes of scoreless play in the third quarter, Kenneally put the Jays back up by five goals with an 8-3 E-town advantage.

King's was able to get back in the game as the the Jays saw their lead dwindle late in the third. The Monarchs found the back of the net three times in the final 3:17 of the third quarter, including Bonnet's third of the day, to cut their deficit to 8-6 with just the final quarter to play.

Then in the fourth, junior Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) iced the game with a goal with 8:56 left in the contest to give the Jays a 9-6 edge. Despite three King's shots in the final minute of play, E-town held the Monarchs off the board down the stretch to earn the 9-6 road win.

Senior captain Mike Kenneally (Lutherville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) filled up the box score with nine ground balls to tie Neiheiser and Derek Karsten (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) for the most in a game by an E-town player this season. Kenneally is now tied with Eric Peifer for sixth in program history with 190 career ground balls. He also tied a career-high for caused turnovers with five in the game. It is the second time this season and fourth time in his career that he has matched that number.

The teams' final stat lines looked almost identical with 26 shots each and were almost even in ground balls, with E-town recording a 33-32 edge.

In goal, E-town's Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy) stopped eight shots, while Kevin Conzola and Brendan McCrudden combined for eight saves for the Monarchs.

Next up for the Blue Jays is another MAC test against the fourth-place Lycoming Warriors on Thursday. The game is scheduled to be a home game set for 7:00 p.m.

2011-04-16



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