Elizabethtown vs. Manhattanville
March 28, 2009
The Game Story:
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Senior Ryan McCafferty (Orlando, FL/Boone) scored the winning goal with 2:05 remaining in the fourth quarter to give Elizabethtown College a 9-8 victory over Manhattanville College in Middle Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action on Saturday afternoon at Wolf Field.

Sophomore Greg Kenneally (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield) finished with two goals and four assists while McCafferty and junior Aaron Weber (Lititz, PA/Manheim Township) added three goals apiece for the Blue Jays (5-2 overall, 2-2 MAC), who saw a 4-1 halftime lead slip away as the Valiants (3-5 overall, 2-1 MAC) tied the game at 7-7 with 7:14 left and again at 8-8 with 3:52 to play.

Mike Strauss paced Manhattanville with three goals while Joey Hasbrouck had a goal and three assists and Charlie Ogalin scored twice for the Valiants, whose eight goals were a season high.

Elizabethtown led 6-5 entering the final quarter, and Weber scored just 1:07 into the period to give the Blue Jays a 7-5 lead. However, Andrew McMillan scored a man-up goal with 9:09 left and assisted on Strauss' tying goal to knot the game at 7-7 with 7:14 to play.

Weber scored off an assist by Kenneally with the man advantage with 3:57 remaining to give Elizabethtown an 8-7 lead, but the advantage lasted just five seconds as McMillan won the faceoff and passed downfield to Ogalin, who scored to even the game at 8-8.

Manhattanville had a chance to tie the score in the last minute of the game, but sophomore Hunter Malick (Center Valley, PA/Moravian Academy) made his 11th and final save of the day on a shot by McMillan, and the Blue Jays ran out the clock.

McCafferty scored the only goal of the first quarter to give Elizabethtown a 1-0 lead, but Manhattanville evened the game at 1-1 just 46 seconds into the second quarter on a goal by Vinny Menzenski. Kenneally scored twice in a 75-second span and Weber added a goal 50 seconds later as the Blue Jays took a 4-1 lead with 4:53 left in the second quarter.

Strauss and Hasbrouck scored early in the third quarter to trim the Blue Jay lead to 4-3 with 10:36 left, but McCafferty answered just 56 seconds later to restore Elizabethtown's two-goal advantage.

trauss scored with the man up with 4:24 left in the third to bring the Valiants within 5-4, only to see the Blue Jays respond 36 seconds later on a goal from sophomore Brian Schaaf (West Chester, PA/East). Ogalin closed the third-period barrage 35 seconds after Schaaf's goal to send the Valiants to the fourth quarter down 6-5.

Elizabethtown finished with the advantage in shots (35-33) and ground balls (35-28) while Manhattanville won 10 of the game's 18 faceoffs. Both teams finished 2-for-6 with the extra man, while the Valiants committed 29 turnovers to 25 by the Blue Jays.

Junior Phil Robinson (Downingtown, PA/Downingtown West) led the Blue Jays with five ground balls while junior Chris Day (Thornton, PA/Bishop Shanahan) and sophomore Brent Campbell (Baltimore, MD/Mt. St. Joseph) had four ground balls apiece. Andrew Predun made 17 saves for the Valiants while also collecting a team-high four ground balls.