| CENTER VALLEY, Pa. --- Elizabethtown College defeated DeSales University 14-9 on the road Saturday to complete the regular season with a 10-4 overall record and 7-3 mark in the Middle Atlantic Conference. The win also helped secure the #2 seed in next week’s MAC playoffs, the highest seeding the Blue Jays have ever attained heading into the conference postseason. DeSales ended its season 7-9 overall and 2-8 in the MAC with the loss.|
Frankie Puzzangara (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) led the Etown offense with six goals, three assists, nine points and 14 shots. He also had seven ground balls in the game. Eric Peifer (Lancaster, PA/Hempfield) and Aaron Weber (Lititz, PA/Manheim Township) led Elizabethtown in ground balls with eight apiece, and Weber scored one goal and tossed out three assists for four points. Ryan McCafferty (Orlando, FL/William R. Boone) scored three times for Etown, and Phil Robinson (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West) scored a pair of goals. Keith Staulters (Ballston Spa, NY/Ballston Spa) and Andrew Wagner (Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) each scored a goal and had an assist for Etown, and John Day (Thornton, PA/Bishop Shanahan) and Gary Senese (Leonardtown, MD/Tatnall School, DE) each had an assist.
Dan Thomer led DeSales in scoring with three goals and one assist, while Matthew Brancaccio scored twice and assisted two more Bulldog goals. Joshua Van Hart had two goals and an assist for DeSales, and Danny Larkin scored a goal and notched an assist. DeSales goalie Ben Conry made 15 saves.
Because Elizabethtown has the second seed in next week’s MAC playoffs, it receives a bye in Monday’s quarterfinal round. The Blue Jays will return to action in the MAC semifinals at home Thursday, May 3 at 4:00 p.m. against the highest winning seed from Monday’s quarterfinals.