Elizabethtown vs. Lycoming
April 14, 2009
The Game Story:
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Rick DeNenno scored five first-half goals as Lycoming College held off Elizabethtown College 11-8 in Middle Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action on Tuesday afternoon.

DeNenno scored three goals during a 6-0 run over the final eight minutes of the first half that turned a 4-4 tie into a 10-4 Warrior lead at intermission, and Lycoming (9-4 overall, 7-1 MAC) made the lead stand despite scoring just once in the second half.

The Blue Jays (8-3 overall, 4-3 MAC), whose five-game winning streak came to an end, were sparked by junior Aaron Weber (Lititz, PA/Manheim Township), who scored four goals and dished out a pair of assists on the afternoon.

Weber scored three times as the Blue Jays pulled within 10-8 with 8:35 to play, but Lycoming's Ethan Payne tallied with 5:17 left to thwart the comeback. Payne finished with three goals and two assists for the Warriors, while Nate Walter had two goals and an assist.

Senior Ryan McCafferty (Orlando, FL/Boone) scored a pair of goals for the Blue Jays, with sophomore Greg Kenneally (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) and sophomore Ben Landis (Talmage, PA/Conestoga Valley) added one goal apiece for Elizabethtown.

DeNenno opened the scoring with 8:44 left in the first quarter, but the lead lasted just 33 seconds as Landis and Weber scored 15 seconds apart to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead. Payne scored a pair of goals for the Warriors before Kenneally and DeNenno alternated goals to leave the Warriors ahead 4-3 after one quarter.

McCafferty scored 22 seconds into the second quarter to knot the score at 4-4, but the Warriors had two three-goal outbursts to take a 10-4 lead to halftime. DeNenno scored three goals during the run, while Walter added two and assisted on a goal by Shea Conway.

Weber scored the lone goal of the third quarter to pull Elizabethtown within 10-5, then McCafferty cut the deficit to 10-6 with 12:43 left in the fourth quarter. Weber tallied twice in a 41-second span to bring the Blue Jays within 10-8 with 8:35 to go, but Elizabethtown managed just one shot the rest of the way.

Lycoming finished with a 39-28 advantage in shots over Elizabethtown and held a 36-30 edge in ground balls. Michael Doherty won 14-of-18 faceoffs for the Warriors and had a team-high eight ground balls, while junior Josh Dougherty (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Academy) led the Blue Jays with five ground balls and four caused turnovers.

Sophomore Hunter Malick (Center Valley, PA/Moravian Academy) started in goal for the Blue Jays and made seven saves over 28 minutes, with first-year student Brendan Corcoran (Hershey, PA/Western Reserve Academy) making five stops over the final 32 minutes. Kyle Gilfoy finished with 11 saves for the Warriors.