Widener Scores Final Six to Down Elizabethtown

CHESTER, Pa. - Junior Cory Boushell (Chambersburg, Pa./Chambersburg) scored twice and senior Sean O'Neill (Philadelphia, Pa./Bishop Shanahan) had a multi-point effort, but it wasn't enough for Elizabethtown to upset defending Middle Atlantic Conference champion Widener Saturday afternoon in Chester. The Pride freed themselves from a 5-5 deadlock with six straight unanswered goals to end the game for an 11-5 win. The loss eliminated E-town from playoff contention and closed the book on its 2012 season.

O'Neill's 14th goal of the year at the start of the third quarter had the Blue Jays right in the game, as the marker tied the game at five. It was the closest E-town (7-8, 2-4 CC) had been to the lead in over two quarters, but Widener was able to find another gear to close out the game.

Ryan Shewell scored consecutive goals at 10:39 and 7:57 of the third quarter. Teammate Robert Clemens did the same at 7:05 of the third and 12:16 of the fourth for a four-goal Widener lead.

For the first 30 minutes, however, E-town played Widener dead even. Boushell and Russ LeClair (Elkridge, Md./Mount St. Joseph) scored 55 seconds apart to lift the Jays to a 2-1 first quarter lead. Widener responded with two straight goals from Johnny Casey and a devastating third goal in a row from Josh Fox one second before the end of the half.

The Blue Jays were outshot 37-17, but stayed in the game. They only dropped the face-off battle, 11-8, and were good on 13 of 15 clears.

Shawn Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) scored the 86th and final goal of his career off a pass from O'Neill on a man-up opportunity at 9:37 of the second quarter. Corcoran averaged nearly two points per game for his career, finishing with 111, sixth most in program history. The man up goal also held significance in that it was the 15th of his career, tying him for the program record with Frankie Puzzangara '07.

Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, Pa./Western Reserve Academy (Ohio)) made 11 saves in defeat for E-town. Corcoran's 154 saves for the year are the third most in any season by a Blue Jay goalie. Mac Nestler earned the win with three saves in just under 55 minutes of action. Tommy Hoopes played the last 5:06 and turned aside two E-town attempts.

Widener, which was a perfect 16 of 16 on clear attempts, was led in the scoring department by three points each from Clemens, Shewell and Kyle Blakemore. All three players potted two goals and added a single assist. Fox scored a pair of goals on a game-high seven shots. Casey had two on four attempts.

Elizabethtown needed a win, plus victories from Lycoming and Messiah to earn a spot in the postseason. The loss ends E-town's 2012 season at 7-8 overall and 2-4 in the Commonwealth Conference. Seniors Brendan Corcoran, Shawn Corcoran and Derek Karsten (Reinholds, Pa./Cocalico) played in their final games. Fellow seniors Derek Neiheiser (Wernersville, Pa./Conrad Weiser), John Puzzo (Avon, Conn./Avon) and Brian Wenger (Kingsville, Md./Loyola Blakefield) were unable to go Saturday, but also saw their E-town careers wrap up.

2012-04-29



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