Albright Cranks up 'O' in 2nd Half to Down Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Thirty minutes into Saturday afternoon's Commonwealth Conference showdown, neither Elizabethtown nor Albright had been able to break free of one another. The Lions came out with all the offense in the second half. They got eight goals from seven different goal scorers en route to a 13-7 victory over the Blue Jays at Wolf Field.

Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey), one of nine E-town seniors playing in their final regular season home game, seemingly put the Blue Jays (6-6, 1-3 CC) on 'Cloud 9' heading into halftime. E-town broke out of its own zone late in the period getting the ball into the pocket of Brian Boring (Laurel, Md./Reservoir). Boring put a pass right in Corcoran's wheelhouse and he blew a shot past Albright's Andrew Torak four second prior to the end of the half.

Albright (12-1, 2-0 CC), in its first year of varsity competition, scored twice in 23 seconds early in the second half and would ultimately seize control from there. Ryan Turner started the scoring at 13:10 and leading goal-getter Dan Foote put home his 32nd at 12:47. Foote had plenty of help on this afternoon, as freshman TJ Holston scored five times to join him in the 30-goal club.

The visitors' doubled up the Jays with a 5-0 third quarter that led to a 10-5 advantage. The story was similar in the fourth as Albright strung together three straight goals including two in 18 seconds. Andy Poitras scored the first goal of the quarter off a pass from Phil Potter. The assist was No. 40 on the year for Potter.

Brian Hicks (Kingsville, Md./Fallston) (man-up) and Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) both scored off passes from Sean O'Neill (Philadelphia, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) in the final three minutes, but the outcome was hardly in doubt by that point.

Eight shots from Kline and six each from Shawn Corcoran and Cory Boushell (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) led to a 30-29 edge in shots for the Blue Jays. E-town and Albright were nearly even in turnovers, ground balls and dead even in face-offs with each team winning 12.

Saturday marked the last regular season home game for Greg Cauceglia (Caldwell, N.J./James Caldwell), Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy (Ohio)), Shawn Corcoran, Derek Karsten, Sean O'Neill, Dan Patton (Media, Pa./Penncrest) and Brian Wenger (Kingsville, Md./Loyola Blakefield). Fellow seniors Derek Neiheiser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) and John Puzzo (Avon, Conn./Avon) were on the sideline but unable to go due to injury.

Cauceglia picked up his third goal of the year in the late stages of the first quarter. Shawn Corcoran (2 g, 1 a) and O'Neill (1 g, 2 a) each scored three points. Brendan Corcoran stopped seven shots from the Lions and tallied six ground balls.

Freshman David Latimore (Elizabethtown, Pa./Kiski School (Pa.)) was a menace at the dot all day, winning 11 face-offs for the Jays. Classmate Jason Kelley (Bethany, Conn./Winchendon School (Mass.)) had a game-high eight ground balls.

The Blue Jays finish the regular season with three straight road games, including two conference match-ups. First up will be Alvernia Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m.

2012-04-14



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