Cullinan Leads No. 17 Elizabethtown by Stevenson

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - It was another five-point game for senior Sarah Cullinan (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) on Thursday as the No. 17 Elizabethtown Blue Jays got by the Stevenson Mustangs by a 9-4 final in non-conference action in Owings Mills, Md.

After dishing out two assists in the first half, Cullinan registered three tallies in the final 22 minutes of play to pick up her 11th five-point game this season.

It took a little bit for the Blue Jays (14-3) to get going offensively. The Mustangs (10-7) held E-town off the board for the first 16 minutes of the first half, as Stevenson took a 1-0 lead on a Mandy Marston free position shot with 23:22 to go in the half.

The Blue Jays broke through to tie things up at 1-1 when junior Samantha Redles (Coopersburg, Pa./Moravian Academy) fired home her 22nd goal of the season off a Cullinan feed at the 13:50 mark.

Just over two minutes later, the offense struck again when sophomore Kara Solesky (Parkville, Md./Mercy) found the back of the net on a free position attempt to take a 2-1 lead. Later in the half, E-town stretched its lead to 4-1 on strikes by senior Meg Cassels (Downingtown, Pa./Great Valley) and freshman Katie Reeb (Hershey, Pa./Hershey).

Then with 1:22 on the first half clock, the Mustangs trimmed their deficit to 4-2 on a shot by Megan Weiss.

In the first 15 minutes of the second half, the Blue Jays beat Stevenson goalie Jenny Schroeder three times. Schroeder finished with eight saves on the day. Over that 15-minute stretch, Cullinan finished two shots, while sophomore Maddy Jackson (Nottingham, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) recorded her sixth goal of the season.

After a Stevenson goal to make the score 7-3 in favor of the Jays, sophomore Becky Porter (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) scored an unassisted goal with 10:59 left in the game. Cullinan followed up with her third of the game and 45th of the year for a 9-3 lead.

The Mustangs inched closer with a goal with 1:31 on the clock, but would get no closer.

E-town's Rachael Waldman (Belmar, N.J./Academy of Allied Health & Science) turned away nine Stevenson shots on the day to pick up the win in goal. The Jays outshot the Mustangs by a 27-21 margin, and turned the ball over 17 times to Stevenson's 28.

The Blue Jays will finish off their regular season schedule with a Saturday afternoon road contest against the Wilkes Colonels. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.


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