Elizabethtown Shuts Down Lebanon Valley

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Behind hat tricks from Derek Kline and Cory Boushell, Elizabethtown held Lebanon Valley scoreless in the first half on the way to a 13-2 win on Tuesday.

The win kept Elizabethtown (7-6, 5-5 MAC) alive in a critical game in the MAC playoff race, while ending any chance the Dutchmen (5-10, 3-7 MAC), who had to win their final two games to make the postseason field of six.

The Blue Jays dominated the game offensively with a 41-29 shots advantage (24-10 in the first half), and they also had an outstanding defensive effort as Brendan Corcoran made 11 saves.

Malik Pedroso and Jordan Mayr provided the scoring for LVC, with Ian Schmid picking up an assist.

A slow start to the game picked up quickly as the Blue Jays scored six in the final six minutes of the first quarter, starting with two strikes from Kyle Squires around a Boushell goal, and then with three in the final 2:50 on goals by Kline, Derek Neiheiser, and Sean McGraw.

E-town added two more in the second quarter and another to start the third before LVC got on the board with Mayr's tally midway through the third, making it 9-1. Despite 19 second-half shots, however, the Dutchmen couldn't get back into the game, with Pedroso's goal to start the fourth their only other score.

Bryan Lockward made seven saves in the first half and took the loss; Mike Moll (4 saves) and Ethan Hilberg (2 saves) provided relief. Corcoran stopped 11 to earn the win, and Adam Moore made three saves in 4:42 of clean-up.

LVC will host Manhattanville on Saturday in the season finale.

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Behind balanced scoring and goals from some new faces, Elizabethtown turned an 8-0 halftime lead into a 13-2 Middle Atlantic Conference win Tuesday over the Lebanon Valley Flying Dutchmen in Annville, Pa.

The win also puts the Blue Jays (7-6, 5-5) in control of their playoff destiny. Currently in the sixth seed, a win over seventh place Misericordia on Saturday clinches a playoff spot for the Jays.

After nine minutes of scoreless action on Tuesday, during which E-town fired off six shots and Lebanon Valley (5-10, 3-7) had one, the Jays were able to break through on their seventh shot, courtesy of Kyle Squires (Pasadena, Md./Archbishop Curley). For the sophomore, it was the first tally of his E-town career, and it gave the Jays a 1-0 lead with 5:56 remaining in the first quarter.

Sophomore Cory Boushell (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) pushed the lead to 2-0 less than a minute later. Just 50 seconds after that, Squires found the back of the net for his second career goal and a 3-0 Blue Jay advantage with 4:27 on the first quarter clock.

Before the first half was all said and done, Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield), scored two of his three goals in the game. Tuesday marked Kline's tenth multi-goal game this year.

Also in the half, junior Derek Neiheiser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) lit up the score board, as did sophomore Sean McGraw (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven), his first of the season. The Jays fired 24 first-half shots to the Flying Dutchmen's ten.

At the beginning of the third, Kline completed the hat trick with a shot with just under five minutes gone in the half to make it 9-0.

For the remainder of the quarter, the play went back and forth with Lebanon Valley getting on the board with 8:32 left, and Boushell and McGraw scoring again for the Jays. It was Boushell's third three-goal game of the season and sixth of his career.

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