Shenandoah Falls to Elizabethtown in Blue Jays' Opener

WINCHESTER, Va. - Visiting Elizabethtown College opened its 2012 men's lacrosse season with a 16-5 non-league victory over Shenandoah University Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Jays (1-0) scored the first eight goals of the game and cruised to the 11-goal victory over SU (0-3).

Shenandoah was held scoreless for the first 18:40 of the contest until senior Mac Hedrick scored off a David Estoclet assist at the 11:20 mark of the second.

Hedrick's goal started a 3-1 run for the Hornets that lasted until Shawn Corcoran fed Cory Boushell just one second before halftime to give the 'Jays a 10-3 halftime advantage.

The goal was one of three that Corcoran was involved in the final 30 seconds of a period. He scored unassisted with 23 seconds remaining in the first and 13 seconds left in the third.

Elizabethtown sealed its victory by scoring five of six third-period goals and holding the Hornets off the board from the 7:44 mark of the third until Hedrick tallied with just 38 seconds remaining in the game.

Hedrick led SU with three goals while Bryan Pope added two and Estoclet the lone assist.

Corcoran, with two goals and two assists, and Derek Kline (3,1) had four points each for the visitors.

E-town outshot Shenandoah 41-24 and won 52 of 89 groundballs. SU, on the strength of seven wins in the final 10 faceoffs, held a 12 of 23 advantage at the 'x'.

The Hornets are off until hosting Keuka (N.Y.) on Saturday, March 3, at 1:00 p.m.

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WINCHESTER, Va. - Elizabethtown opened its 2012 season Saturday afternoon with a statement. Looking to put the program at a new level, the Blue Jays rolled into Winchester, Va. and stomped their way to a 7-0 lead on Shenandoah after the first quarter. E-town continued its first half dominance with a hat trick from Donnie Krausse (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley), who finished with four goals, on the way to a 16-5 victory.

Elizabethtown (1-0) held the Hornets (0-3) to just six shots in the first half. E-town scored seven unanswered goals in the first period, holding the Shenandoah offense to just a single shot on net. Krausse, a junior, sparked the Jays' offensive attack in the first two periods, netting a hat trick by the midway point of the game. He scored twice in the first, and once in the second period. Krausse would tack on another early in the third quarter for his fourth of the day. Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) was active early around the net, scoring two of his eventual three goals in the first quarter.

E-town was relentless in the offensive zone. The transitional game, particularly in the later stages of the contest, can be attributed to the Jays' strong movement out of the backend and capitalizing on turnovers. The Blue Jays pressure resulting in ample ground ball opportunities. E-town forced 16 turnovers and collected 52 ground balls. Shenandoah outshot the Jays in the final period, 10-6, but the Hornets were only able to find the back of the net once in that span.

After commanding an 11-4 lead halfway through the third, the visitors showed they are brimming with talent throughout. The Blue and Gray responded to a SU goal by rattling off five goals from five different scorers over the next ten minutes. Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey), an All-MAC Second Team Attackman last year, scored his second goal of the day in scoring spree.

Having little adversity to face in the first half, senior goalie Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy) earned the win with seven saves. Davis Miracle (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) saw his first collegiate action with the Blue Jays, and Adam Moore (Norwood, Pa./Interboro) also protected the E-town goal in relief of Corcoran late in the contest. Miracle stopped two shots.

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