Eastern Falls in MAC Quarterfinals to Elizabethtown

The Eagles (10-6) pushed back in the second with six goals to tie the game at seven by halftime. Both teams had already surprassed their season average for goals allowed by the break. Eastern came into play Monday with a four-game win streak in tact and holding opponents to just 5.38 goals per game, best in the MAC. E-town was third in the MAC at 6.29 goals given up per contest.

Zac Ivy tallied twice in the frame and Matt Wagner picked up a man-up goal to get Eastern back in it, but the home side would never grab a lead in the quarter. That changed in the third when Matt Soldano scored his second of the game and David Darling put one behind Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy) to make it 9-7 Eastern with just under nine minutes remaining in the quarter.

It would take nine seconds for Dustin Mulcahey (Honeoye Falls, N.Y./Honeoye Falls-Lima) to bring the Jays back within one and Kline tied it soonafter on a man-up goal assited by Neiheiser. Still, the Jays had to play catch up after Farrar found a way past Corcoran to give Eastern a 10-9 lead heading to the fourth.

E-town held a 45-30 advantage in shots and picked up 35 ground balls to Eastern's 34. Three times the Blue Jays scored on man-up opportunities, making the Eagles pay for their undisciplined play. Eastern took 12 penalties for 11 minutes, while E-town committed a single 30-second infraction.

Kline's hat trick led the Jays offense. Boushell, Shawn Corcoran and Schaff rounded out the multi-goal scorers, as each had two. Greg Kenneally (Lutherville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) scored a second quarter goal as well for E-town. Casey Decker (Morton, Pa./Ridley), Brent Campbell (Baltimore, Md./Mt. St. Joseph) and Mulcahey all shared the team lead with five ground balls. Decker also caused two turnovers.

Brendan Corcoran finished with nine saves for E-town. Aaron Benz had 12 at the other end for Eastern.

The win moves Elizabethtown into the MAC semifinals for the seventh time in school history and seventh time in the last eight years. The Blue Jays have never been to a conference final. They will look to make that first leap to uncharted waters Wednesday when they travel to Chester for a game under the lights against the top-seeded Widener Pride at 7:00 p.m.

E-town and Widener put on a classic at Hersheypark Stadium Apr. 9, with E-town having a goal disallowed that would have tied the game in the final 10 seconds of regulation. Widener left with a 6-4 victory. The Blue Jays will look to rectify the disappointment of that loss against the Pride (13-2), which went unbeaten in the MAC during the regular season.

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2011-05-02



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