No. 17 Elizabethtown Storms by Wilkes

EDWARDSVILLE, Pa. - In the final regular season contest for Elizabethtown College, 12 different players scored goals as the 17th-ranked Blue Jays defeated the Wilkes Colonels Saturday by a 16-2 final in Edwardsville, Pa.

For E-town (15-3, 11-1), sophomore Becky Porter (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) scored a game-high three goals, all in the first half, while senior Sarah Cullinan (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) tied for second in program history for assists in a game with six. Cullinan also added a goal of her own.

Scoring two goals apiece for the Blue Jays was freshman Michele Grosso (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) and sophomores Kara Solesky (Parkville, Md./Mercy) and Emily Butler (Finksburg, Md./Mount de Sales Academy).

Wilkes (3-14, 0-12) got on the board with a Keri Meerholz free position shot with 18:17 to go in half number one.

Also in the first half, junior Katie Scheurich (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley), freshman Madalyn Schnader (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) and sophomore Erika Hawkins (Havre de Grace, Md./Havre de Grace), scoring the first goal of her Blue Jay career, contributed to the 11-1 E-town halftime lead.

Solesky, Butler and freshman Katie Reeb (Hershey, Pa./Hershey)found the back of the net in the first ten minutes of the second half to extend the Blue Jays' lead to 14-1 with 20 minutes to play.

After the Colonel's Gabby Ford finished a free position opportunity with 10:58 to go, E-town's Meg Cassels (Downingtown, Pa./Great Valley) and Samantha Redles (Coopersburg, Pa./Moravian Academy) scored the final two goals of the game for the 16-2 final score.

E-town's Rachael Waldman (Belmar, N.J./Academy of Allied Health & Science) made three first-half saves in the win, while Wilkes' Cassie Cronin made nine saves on the day.

The Blue Jays set their season low for turnovers with five on the day. Their previous best was seven, which they have done twice this year. E-town also outshot the Colonels by a 33-7 margin and scooped up 23 ground balls to Wilkes' eight.

The Blue Jays, the two seed in the Middle Atlantic Conference, will host a semifinal game on Thursday.

2011-05-01



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