Misericordia vs. Elizabethtown
March 24, 2012
The Game Story:
DALLAS, Pa. — A four-goal game from Sean McGuigan and a hat trick from Lee Blair accounted for 70 percent of Misericordia's offense in a 10-5 victory over the Elizabethtown College men's lacrosse team Saturday afternoon. E-town was led by two goals each from Cory Boushell and Sean O'Neill.

Kyle Calabro put the home side up 1-0 3:20 into the game, but four minutes later David Latimore answered with his second goal of the year. Greg Cauceglia assisted on the tally for his first point as a Blue Jay.

Misericordia (5-1) punched three straight goals into the back of the net, including two before the first quarter came to a close. Trevor Bodnar gave the Cougars their one-goal edge back with 3:50 to go in the first and McGuigan picked up his first of the day in the final half minute.

O'Neill rallied E-town (4-3) back to within one by scoring twice in a span of 8:05. The goals came uninterrupted. Derek Neiheiser found the Philadelphia native on the first goal, 9:22 before halftime. Dan Patton set up the other at the 1:17 mark.

With O'Neill's second quarter spurt, the Blue Jays trailed 4-3 at the break.

The game was won for Misericordia, and lost for the Jays, in the third. MU scored five times and its defense shut out E-town. McGuigan, though he already had one goal on the day, scored three straight for a natural hat trick within his four-goal game. Two of his set up men, J.R. Lauri and Nick Santillo each tallied their second assists of the day.

Lee Blair rounded out the third quarter scoring with Misericordia's second final-minute goal. He put a shot past Brendan Corcoran with just 15 seconds to go.

Late in the game, Boushell notched his sixth and seventh goals of the season.

E-town protected the ball better than its counterparts, turning it over 20 times to MU's 27, but the Jays were dominated at the face-off dot. Andrew Reynolds won all 15 of the Cougars face-offs on 19 tries.

Reynolds was rewarded for his face-off prowess with a game-high 10 ground balls. Donnie Krausse and Nick Thompson paced the Blue and Gray with four each.

Corcoran stopped eight Misericordia shots, but Patrick Johnson was able to get the better of E-town's shooters at the other end of the field. Johnson blocked down 13 shots in picking up the victory.