Messiah Storms Past Elizabethtown in Falcons' Opener

GRANTHAM, Pa. - Addie Stang scored the first goal of the season and took a game-high six shots in Elizabethtown's 18-1 loss to Messiah Saturday in Grantham. The Falcons were led by hat tricks from Lizzy Keeney and Shayna Delaney.

E-town (0-2) showed improvement from its season opener last Tuesday at Dickinson, and though it didn't carry over to the scoreboard, it was a sign of progress from a roster of players nearly unfamiliar to one another.

The Blue Jays were able to generate eight shots and earned five free position attempts in the contest.

Stang, from Dover, Del., converted on one of her three tries with 26:28 remaining to get the Blue Jays on the board.

Sophomore midfielder Dana Robidoux won three draws and Kasey Scully two. As a team, E-town took 8 of 20 draws, a stark contrast from Tuesday when Dickinson held the Jays without a single draw.

Messiah (1-0), one of the top teams in the Commonwealth Conference, was able to balance its scoring with 11 different players recording at least one point. Carly Bajus, Claire Stikeleather and Courtney Farlling scored two goals apiece, giving the Falcons five multi-goal scorers in the game.

Beata Palosz made five saves in 51 minutes for Elizabethtown before giving way to Leah Nissley, who stopped a single Messiah attempt in the final nine minutes. Sarah Dolan earned the win with four saves in 48 minutes for the Falcons.

Becky Graessle picked up a game-high five ground balls for E-town. She also caused a turnover and accounted for one of the team's eight draw controls.

Elizabehttown returns to the field March 5 at Rutgers-Camden.


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