No. 17 Union Scores 9 of Last 10 to Defeat Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - A hat trick from Cory Boushell and two goals by reigning Commonwealth Conference Offensive Player of the Week Craig Hunsberger had Elizabethtown in front of 17th-ranked Union for much of Tuesday's non-conference game, but the visiting Dutchmen scored nine of the final 10 goals to send the Jays to a 12-6 defeat at Wolf Field.

The Blue Jays had the Dutchmen on their heels for most of the first half, using consecutive goals from Hunsberger at 8:38 of the first quarter and 14:38 of the second to grab a 2-0 lead.

Union (4-2) sophomore attackman Richard Gregory gave his group a shot in the arm with a man-down goal 1:55 after Hunsberger had put the home team up a pair. Teammates Greg Mooney and Nolan Stauffer scored unassisted goals in a span of just over two minutes to tie the game at halftime even with their team turning the ball over 15 times in the first 30 minutes.

Elizabethtown, playing its second nationally-ranked team of the season, appeared ready to battle deep into the game. Boushell came out of the locker room juiced up for a shot to topple to Dutchmen, as he scored on nearly identical shots at 14:29 and 13:07 of the third quarter to reopen the Jays' (5-2) lead, 5-3.

It wasn't until 1:36 left in the third that Union turned things around. Trailing 5-4, Nate Greenberg scored his seventh goal of the season a man-up off a pass from Gregory. Joe Cordrey worked his way inside for two more goals in the final 58 seconds and suddenly the Dutchmen had turned a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 lead.

Jake Quinn, Paul Alberti (man-down), Kyle Christine, Peter Griesinger and Charlie Ross (man-up) each scored in the fourth quarter to extend Union's run of nine unanswered goals.

Jordan Bowser got the Blue Jays back on the board with his 10th goal of the season, a man-up, from Tucker Keefer with 1:16 left to play, but there was not enough time to put any more of a dent in the Dutchmen's lead.

Alex Stone earned 11 face-off wins in 18 tries and grabbed a team-high seven ground balls for Union. On defense, Adam Sands was credited with four of his team's 14 caused turnovers and had five ground balls.

Special teams play favored Union, which was 2 of 5 on extra-man opportunities and scored a pair of man-down goals.

Both (6 caused turnovers, 5 ground balls) had strong games, a day after sweeping the conference's weekly awards. Defensemen Jake Snyder and Kyle Lord (two) also pressured the Dutchmen attack into turnovers.

Chris Wenger who faced 33 Union shots, stopped eight. Stefan Basile made four saves at the other end before giving way to Brody Shea with 6:39 remaining.

2013-03-26



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