Blue Jays Slip by Mighty Macs for Victory

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Searching for its first win of the season, Immaculata came to Wolf Field Saturday afternoon ready to play from the start. Elizabethtown was up to the challenge of their visitors, though, slipping past the Mighty Macs 9-7 on the strength of a Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) hat trick and four points from freshman Russ LeClair (Elkridge, Md./Mount St. Joseph).

Though they were outscored 91-42 in their first five games this season, the Mighty Macs (0-6) got on the back of their leading scorer Joey Shallow to grab a 1-0 lead 1:33 into the game. Derek Neiheiser had the push back for E-town, scoring his fourth goal of the season less than a minute later to tie the game.

Neiheiser also picked up his fifth goal, while Cory Boushell (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) and Shawn Corcoran each got their first of the afternoon as the Blue Jays tacked on four straight goals to take a 4-1 lead early in the second quarter.

Similar to its game this past Wednesday against Frostburg State, E-town had its moments -both good and bad- against Immaculata. The Mighty Macs scored three of the final four goals in the first half, closing to within 5-4 on Ryan Cipriani's goal with 1:09 remaining.

The third quarter provided E-town a chance to regain control of the game, and it did so with three unanswered goals. Corcoran reached double digits with his 10th at 11:00 minutes. Donnie Krausse (Aston, Pa./Sun Valley) and LeClair also scored in short order as E-town increased its lead to 8-4. LeClair had three assists to complement his goal for a four-point game, the best of his brief six game career to date.

Shallow scored a pair of unassisted goals to wrap up his hat trick in the fourth quarter. The Blue Jays, now 6-0 all-time against IU, were able to get an insurance marker on the man advantage from Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield). LeClair assisted on Kline's seventh of the season.

A combined 73 shots were fired in Saturday's game, with the Blue and Gray holding the slimmest of margins, 37-36. Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy (Ohio)), E-town's goalie of record in every game this season, stopped 12 Mighty Mac attempts. Max Bonhage equaled that number at the other end for IU.

David Latimore (Elizabethtown, Pa./Kiski School (Pa.)) returned to the E-town lineup after a one game absence and was outstanding when pressed into face-off duties winning 5 of 6. Brandon Costik (Middletown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) won 8 of 13 as the Blue Jays went 13 of 19 at the dot.

Coach Terry Corcoran has multiple rookies making impacts and Saturday was no different. Jason Kelley (Bethany, Conn./Winchendon School (Mass.)) was all over the field, grabbing a game-high eight ground balls. Junior Brian Boring (Laurel, Md./Reservoir) came up with five, freshman Dillon McDevitt (Medford Lakes, N.J./Shawnee) had four and junior Nick Thompson (Wallingford, Pa./Strath Haven) three. Eight E-town starters collected multiple ground balls, the team finished with 40 for the game.

Misericordia is up next for the Blue Jays a week from today. Elizabethtown travels to Dallas for a 4:00 p.m. start. Last year this game would have been a conference contest, but with the Middle Atlantic Conference splitting into the Commonwealth and Freedom Conferences for men's lacrosse this season, it is just one of nine non-conference games on the 2012 schedule.


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