Crusaders Storm to Victory at Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. - Elizabethtown continued to show signs of improvement by putting up season highs in several offensive and defensive categories in a 19-3 loss to Susquehanna Saturday afternoon at Wolf Field. The contest marked the first time the two teams competed as Landmark Conference opponents.

The Crusaders (2-3, 1-0 Landmark), the 2013 Landmark Conference champions, struck under a minute into the contest with a goal from Brynn Reid, her first of three in the game.

Michelle McGinniss made it 5-0 Susquehanna at 26:14 before Addie Stang put home Elizabethtown's (0-4, 0-1 Landmark) first of the game just 23 seconds later.

Stang won the draw control and took the ball in the offensive end. Moments after a foul, Stang drove her way in front of the goal and beat Alyssa Rothman for her second goal of the season.

Dana Robidoux recorded her first career goal, one of two in the contest, on a free position shot at 17:13 to give E-town its first multi-goal game of the season.

The Crusaders led 14-2 at the half, outshooting EC by a 21-6 margin. Elizabethtown finished the game with 11 shots, the most its taken in a game this season.

While the final may not indicate it, the Jays' defense played hard once again. They set new season bests in caused turnovers (eight) and clears (ten). Megan DeMichele and Robidoux both had two CTs to led E-town.

Robidoux scored her second goal of the game in the second half on another free position shot. She was two for three in the game. The sophomore midfielder also had three ground balls and four draw controls.

Of the season-high 26 ground balls for EC, seven Blue Jays registered at least three. Stang and Dani Talenti finished with four, while Becky Graessle, Emily Young, Robidoux, Beata Palosz, and Tori Lauder each had three apiece.

Palosz started the game and played the first half, making six saves before Lauder came in to play the second half. Lauder made one save in her first appearance in goal for E-town.

The women's lacrosse team hosts Montclair State on Tuesday, March 18 to round out its three-game homestand. Game time is set for 4:00 p.m.

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. A 19-goal outburst propelled Susquehanna to a 19-3 Landmark Conference-opening victory over Elizabethtown on Saturday afternoon.

The win snapped a brief, three-game slide for SU (2-3, 1-0) and gave the team a winning start to conference play. Saturday's contest was Elizabethtown's first Landmark Conference game since joining the league this season.

Eleven different players picked up at least one goal for the Crusaders with Meredith Crane (Maplewood, N.J./Columbia), Brynn Reid (West Grove, Pa./Avon Grove) and Michelle McGinniss (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) scoring three apiece. McGinniss also added three assists.

As a team, Susquehanna fired off 30 shots to the Blue Jays' 11 and won 17 draw controls while limiting Elizabethtown (0-4, 0-1) to only seven draw control wins all afternoon.

Goalie Alyssa Rothman (Trooper, Pa./Methacton) started the game and Carolyn Figliola (Weston, Conn./Weston) played the final 30 minutes. Each finished with three saves.

A mere four minutes into the game, SU had already jumped out to a 5-0 lead with three goals from McGinniss and two from Reid. Elizabethtown got on the scoreboard at the 25:51 mark to make it a 5-1 game but the Crusaders tacked on four more unanswered goals for a 9-1 lead after less than 10 minutes of play.

A free position goal from the Blue Jays' Dana Robidoux made it 9-2 with 17:13 still to play but SU ended the half with five unanswered goals to go into halftime holding a 14-2 lead.

The Susquehanna defense held Elizabethtown to a single goal over the final 30 minutes of play while the Crusaders added five of their own including two in the final 7:34 of the game.

SU opens its home season on March 22 with a 12:00 p.m. game against Landmark Conference opponent Scranton.


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