#16 Elizabethtown Runs by FDU in MAC Semifinals

HERSHEY, Pa. - For the fourth season in a row, No. 16 Elizabethtown is heading to the Middle Atlantic Conference Finals after defeating the FDU-Florham Devils, 15-6, Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium in the MAC semifinals.

The second-seeded Blue Jays (16-3) led from start to finish to pick up their seventh straight win and set up a rematch with the top-seeded Messiah Falcons on Saturday with the MAC crown and a automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line.

The Blue Jays jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals off the sticks of Sarah Cullinan (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East), Kara Solesky (Parkville, Md./Mercy) and Becky Porter (Phoenixville, Pa./Phoenixville) in the first five minutes. Solesky finished with two goals, while Cullinan scored a game-high five tallies. She also tied her career high for goals in a season with 51, which she set last year.

The third-seeded Devils (12-6) made a comeback with two goals on free position shots at the 22:49 and 16:23 marks to cut E-town's lead to 3-2.

The Blue Jays were able to get those goals back with quick strikes of their own by Emily Butler (Finksburg, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) and Katie Scheurich (Lancaster, Pa./Conestoga Valley) for a 5-2 advantage with 8:39 left in the first half.

Over the next eight minutes, Cullinan scored three times, and Butler tacked on another to give the home team a 9-2 lead with 53 seconds on the first half clock.

In the final half minute before the halftime buzzer, Samantha Redles (Coopersburg, Pa./Moravian Academy) scored the first of her three goals to give the Jays an eight-goal advantage.

In the first nine minutes of half number two, the Devils and Blue Jays exchanged goals. Then after ten minutes of scoreless action, E-town went on a 4-0 run that started with a Redles goal at 11:05, and ended with her third goal of the game at the 3:20 mark. In between, Cullinan and Solesky found the mark to help the Jays take a 15-3 lead.

The Devils managed three goals in the final 2:20 of play, but it was the Blue Jays who came away with the 15-6 win.

Lindsey Miller (Ocean City, Md./Stephen Decatur) secured a game-high five ground balls as E-town had the edge in ground ball, 26-16. The Blue Jays also outshot the Devils by a 36-14 margin in the contest.

In goal, E-town's Rachael Waldman (Belmar, N.J./Academy of Allied Health & Science) stopped six saves, while Ashley Smith recorded six saves on the other side for the Devils.

The Jays, the defending MAC champions, will look to retain their title when they travel to Grantham, Pa. to battle No. 12 Messiah in the finals. Saturday's game is set to get underway at 1:00 p.m.

2011-05-06



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