Eastern Falls in MAC Quarterfinals to Elizabethtown

The Blue Jays controlled the next face-off out of a strange scrum and Dustin Mulcahey went straight to the cage and put away his fourth of the year. Another Eastern penalty was assessed on the play, and the Blue Jays had more time to hold the ball with an extra man. The Eastern man-down group fought off the first short-handed situation, but after both teams turned it over, a penalty on the ride put the Eastern group back on the field. Kline scored to tie it up.

Darling took the ball behind the goal after the next face-off and found Farrar with a skip pass to restore the Eastern lead at 10-9. The Eagles ended the period down a man, so the visitors started the final period up a man and in possession.

Etown scored a transition goal and another unsettled goal on a broken clear to grab the lead for good. The Eagles fought to gain possession, a pair of good plays by the Elizabethtown close defenders kept Eastern from leveling the score. Schaaf scored as the Eastern defense scrambled to try to force a turnover, and Shawn Corcoran added his second of the day against an empty net.

The end of the season brings an end to the career of Matt Mandia. Mandia and Matt Colello, who has missed the season with injury, are the two seniors on the Eastern roster. Mandia was recognized last evening with the Male Award of Excellence, and has been a standout defender for four years.

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ST. DAVIDS, Pa. - Monday afternoon's MAC quarterfinal featured two of the stingiest defenses in the league. It's a bit ironic then that the match-up turned into an offensive display that featured 23 combined goals. When the game was on the line, it was Elizabethtown's defense that rose to the occasion, however. The sixth-seeded Blue Jays, the last team into the playoffs, used a 4-0 advantage over the final 15 minutes to down No. 3 seed Eastern, 13-10, and advance to Wednesday's semfinal round at Widener.

The Blue Jays have found a way to blank the opposition in 16 quarters over the course of the season. Two of those -including the fourth quarter- came at Eastern back on Mar. 23 in a 7-4 defeat. Make it 17 quarters. Eastern would not solve the Blue Jays' defense in the fourth once again, yielding four goals to the visitors in the process.

Eastern couldn't contain Elizabethtown's (9-6) offense in the fourth, either, as the Jays controlled possession over the final 15 minutes. Defensively they blocked two shots, forced two turnovers and watched the Eagles commit two other giveaways.

Derek Karsten's (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) first goal of the season tied things at 10, before freshman Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) scored the eventual game-winner 8:54 into the quarter. Brian Schaaf (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) and Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) added insurance markers in the final three minutes to close out the victory. Eastern managed just three shots in the fourth, and none of them found their way on goal.

Elizabethtown showed it was ready from the start Monday, scoring three straight goals to open the contest. Cory Boushell (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) and Kline both potted goals in the first 1:31, before Derek Neiheiser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) made it 3-0 midway through the quarter.

A goal by Eastern's Chris Farrar with 4:34 to play in the opening quarter cut the Blue Jays' edge to two, but it was quickly answered by a Schaaf marker 2:28 later. Schaaf was assisted by Dino Kotsakis (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser), the second helper in as many games for Kotsakis.

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