Swarthmore vs. Elizabethtown
March 22, 2006
The Game Story:
SWARTHMORE, Pa.- Freshman midfielder Ben Young scored his first
career hat trick and sophomore Ivano Ventresca added a pair of scores
as the Garnet used a big third quarter to defeat the visiting
Elizabethtown Blue Jays on a frigid Wednesday night, 10-6.

After a quiet start to the game, Swarthmore junior midfielder Gavin
Nurick found an opening on the perimeter and slung the ball past
goalkeeper Chris Schuch to give the Garnet a 1-0 lead 4:20 in the
game. Fellow midfielder Ventresca '08 added his third goal of the
season shortly after to extend the lead to two. Local product Frankie
Puzzangara, a 2003 graduate of nearby Strath Haven High School,
scored the Blue Jays first goal; it was 2-1 at the end of the
quarter.

The second period was all Garnet. Young kicked off the festivities
with his first career goal after receiving an Alex Hahn '08 flick
right in front of the net with 11:23 left in the half. Five minutes
later, Swarthmore leading scorer Jay Charles '07 took a Nurick feed
and bounced a shot over Schuch's shoulder and into the net for his
eighth tally of the season. Just 27 seconds later, freshman Will
Predun scored his second career goal to extend the lead to 5-1.

Before the halftime buzzer, Ventresca added his second goal, freshman
Stelios Wilson converted a rebound, and senior Matt Perez scored his
sixth goal of the year with just 17 seconds to play to give the
Garnet a 8-2 halftime edge. Swarthmore was able to control play in
large part because of the faceoff efforts of Charles and Adam Miller
'08, who won six of eight faceoffs in the period and, along with Adam
Winegar '09, controlled 14 of 19 on the game.

Young converted two more goals in the third period to put the game
out of reach. Elizabethtown scored the game's final goals of the
game, including three in the final two minutes, to make the final
score respectable. Garnet goaltender Frank Mazzucco '08 had a strong
fourth period, making four saves to finish with nine on the evening.

Charles finished with a team-high five ground balls; Predun and
freshman Todd Friedman added four each.

Swarthmore will hit the road for its next four games, starting with
Saturday's conference opener at #3 Gettysburg, and will return to
Clothier Field on Wednesday, April 12, facing Drew University at 7:00
p.m.