Elizabethtown vs. Messiah
March 26, 2008
The Game Story:
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Visiting Messiah College overcame a 3-0 first-quarter deficit, and held on for a 10-7 victory over Elizabethtown College in Middle Atlantic Conference men's lacrosse action at Wolf Field on Wednesday afternoon.

Bryce Geiman scored three goals while John Murdock and Jeff Ziegler added two goals each for the Falcons (3-3 overall, 1-0 MAC), who won their third straight match following an 0-3 start.

First-year student Kurt Deschner (Kelowna, BC/Kelowna Secondary) led the Blue Jays (2-5 overall, 0-1 MAC) with three goals while sophomore Aaron Weber (Lititz, PA/Manheim Township) dished out four assists.

Elizabethtown led 3-0 after 11 minutes on goals by sophomore Jon Day (Thornton, PA/Bishop Shanahan), Deschner and first-year student Greg Kenneally (Lutherville, MD/Loyola Blakefield), but the Falcons countered with four consecutive goals, including two by Geiman, to take a 4-3 lead at halftime.

The Blue Jays tied the game at 4-4 with 12:58 left in the third quarter on a goal by sophomore Josh Dougherty (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Prep), but Geiman and Murdock scored 16 seconds apart late in the third quarter to put the Falcons on top 6-4 entering the final period.

Murdock tallied 24 seconds into the fourth quarter to give Messiah a 7-4 lead, but Deschner and sophomore Keith Staulters (Ballston Spa, NY/Ballston Spa) scored for Elizabethtown to trim the Falcon lead to 7-6 with 11:42 left.

However, Tim Sandusky and Ziegler scored 33 seconds apart to push Messiah on top 9-6 with 9:58 to go, and Deschner and Ziegler traded goals six seconds apart late in the contest to set the final score.

Messiah finished with a 34-30 edge in shots and held a 40-38 advantage in ground balls. The Falcons won 17-of-21 faceoffs in the contest, including a 9-for-10 effort from J.J. Miller, who led Messiah with eight ground balls.

Sophomore Chris Day (Thornton, PA/Bishop Shanahan) picked up a team-high seven ground balls for the Blue Jays, while Jon Day and senior Eric Peifer (Landisville, PA/Hempfield) had six ground balls apiece.

Senior Chris Schuch (Columbia, PA/Hempfield) played 50 minutes in goal for the Blue Jays and made 11 saves, while first-year student Hunter Malick (Center Valley, PA/Moravian Academy) finished with two stops. Ted Oberg finished with 13 saves for Messiah.

Score by period 1 2 3 4 Tot
Messiah College..... 1 3 2 4 - 10
Elizabethtown Coll.. 3 0 1 3 - 7

Messiah College GOALS: Bryce Geiman 3; Jeff Ziegler 2; John Murdock 2; Tim Sandusky 1; Ian Lee 1; Nick Ricucci 1.
ASSISTS: Phil Wendt 2; J.J. Miller 1; Ian Lee 1; Tim Sandusky 1; Jeff Ziegler 1.

Elizabethtown Coll. GOALS: Kurt Deschner 3; Greg Kenneally 1; Jon Day 1; Josh Dougherty 1; Keith Staulters 1.
ASSISTS: Aaron Weber 4; Greg Kenneally 1; Mike Kenneally 1.



GOALIES - MESS: Ted Oberg (13 saves); ETOWN: Chris Schuch (11 saves), Hunter Malick (2 saves).