Blue Jays Dominate the Action at Alvernia

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Saturday afternoon's third quarter against Albright was a tough pill to swallow for Elizabethtown. The Blue Jays and Lions were tied at five, before Albright pulled away in the first 15 minutes of the second half. Tuesday afternoon against the Commonwealth Conference's other Reading-based school, Alvernia, it was the Jays dominating the third and fourth quarters on their way to an 18-4 victory at Schlager Memorial Field.

Though they had only two substitutes, the Crusaders (5-8, 0-3 CC) hung tough in the first half. Sean O'Neill (Philadelphia, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) (8:49) and Derek Kline (Lancaster, Pa./Hempfield) (4:36) scored unassisted goals to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead, but the home team got on the board via Brian Ray's goal 1:31 from the end of the quarter.

Aiming for its fourth win in four meetings all-time against Alvernia, Elizabethtown (7-6, 2-3 CC) doubled its lead by halftime with second quarter tallies by Kyle Squires (Pasadena, Md./Archbishop Curley) and Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey). Squires' picked up his first goal and point of the season, using a pass from senior Derek Karsten (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) to do so. O'Neill helped out on Corcoran's 16th of the year.

Determined not to be outscored in the second half, as they were, 8-2, Saturday, E-town held firm by putting balls towards the Alvernia net -lots of them. The Jays took 30 second half shots and set a season-high with 50 in the game. It's the first time EC has recorded 50 shots since April 6, 2011, ironically against Alvernia.

Corcoran and Kline each finished with hat tricks, and Corcoran with a game-high five points. In doing so, Corcoran ran his career point total to 108 and hopped over Ryan McCafferty (106 points) for sixth place amongst the Blue and Gray's best career scorers. Elizabethtown wore down the Crusaders, scoring 14 goals over the final two periods while allowing just two against.

Thirteen Blue Jays took turns helping out with the offense. Mike Goode (Ellicott City, Md./Mount St. Joseph), Dino Kotsakis (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser) and Brian Wenger (Kingsville, Md./Loyola Blakefield), along with Squires, all scored their first goals this season. Russ LeClair (Elkridge, Md./Mount St. Joseph) and Colin Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Cape Henry Collegiate (Va.)) returned from injury and made immediate impacts. LeClair had a pair of goals, Corcoran a goal and an assist. The 18 goals in a single game tied for eighth most in program history.

David Latimore (Elizabethtown, Pa./Kiski School (Pa.)) won 14 of 19 face-offs and ended up with a career-high 10 ground balls. Latimore's 10 ground balls are the most in a game by a single player since Mike Kenneally's 15 against Misericordia, April 30th of last year.

E-town's Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy (Ohio)) stopped four Alvernia chances. The senior has been the Jays' goalie of record in all 13 games. He, like the team, bumped his record to 7-6 with the win Tuesday. Alvernia's Kevin Shupp was under fire all afternoon and totaled 19 saves.

The Jays will take a brief break from Commonwealth Conference play Saturday when they head to Drew for their final non-conference game of 2012.

2012-04-18



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