Scranton vs. Elizabethtown
March 29, 2003
The Game Story:

SCRANTON, Pa.—Senior attacker Kyle Eaton (Old Bridge, N.J./Milford Academy-Conn.) scored an unassisted goal with 1:35 remaining in the fourth period to lift The University of Scranton to a 6-5 victory over Elizabethtown College in Middle Atlantic Conference action Saturday afternoon at Fitzpatrick Field.

After Eaton’s goal, the Blue Jays won the face-off and got off four shots, but were unable to get one past Royal junior goalkeeper Thomas Kenyon (Chittenango, N.Y./Chittenango), who finished with 11 of Scranton’s 13 saves. The win was the second straight for the Royals, now 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the MAC. Elizabethtown, which overcame a 2-0 halftime deficit and led 5-4 on the second of two unassisted goals by sophomore midfielder Justin Griffey (Aberdeen, Md./Aberdeen) in the fourth period, fell to 3-3 overall and 1-2 in league play.

Scranton took a 2-0 lead on goals by junior midfielder Jeffrey Lange (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) and senior midfielder Brian Lipski (Philadelphia, Pa./LaSalle) at the 10:38 and 3:31 marks, respectively, of the second period.

The Blue Jays cut the lead to one on a goal by sophomore attacker Matt Newall (Malverne, Pa./Great Valley) off an assist by sophomore attacker Bryan Miller (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) at the 13:48 mark of the third period. Royal sophomore attacker Peter Doran (Cicero, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) push the lead back up to 3-1 with a goal off an assist by senior midfielder Joseph Stofega (Chatham, N.J./Chatham) at the 8:41 mark before Elizabethtown’s Justin McQuaid (Chester Heights, Pa./Garnet Valley) scored off an assist by Newall with 6:52 remaining to cut the lead to 3-2.

Scranton’s Tim Miller (Glen Cove, N.Y./Chaminade) added an unassisted goal four minutes later to give the Royals a 4-2 lead entering the final 15 minutes of play. Elizabethtown’s Allen Churchman (Aston, Pa./Garnet Valley) cut the lead to 4-3 with an unassisted goal at the 9:35 mark before Griffey tied it up less than two minutes later. The momentum seemed to be swinging the Blue Jays way, when Griffey gave Elizabethtown its first and only lead of the game at the 6:34 mark. Stofega answered with a critical unassisted goal with 4:10 left before Eaton provided his game-winning heroics.

Sophomore goalkeeper Chris Swierzczek (Media, Pa./Penncrest) made a game-high 13 saves for Elizabethtown.

The Royals will take on the Crusaders of Susquehanna University in Middle Atlantic Conference action this Tuesday, April 1, beginning at 4:00 p.m. in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania.