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|Etown Keeps Playoff Hopes Alive with 17-9 Win over Susquehanna
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- A 17-9 Middle Atlantic Conference win at home over Susquehanna Tuesday improved Elizabethtown's conference mark to 5-3 and the team's overall record to 7-6, thereby preserving the Blue Jays' hopes of making it to the MAC playoffs this year. The Blue Jays' total of 17 goals was their highest single-game total thus far this year. Susquehanna dropped to 4-6 overall and 2-5 in the conference.
Etown got on the scoreboard early, as J.B. Sheridan (Germantown, MD/Seneca Valley), who finished the game with a pair of goals, scored just 2:33 into the game. Subsequent goals by Matt Newell (Malvern, PA/Great Valley) and Allen Churchman (Aston, PA/Garnet Valley) gave Etown a 3-1 lead by the end of the first quarter.
Etown's offense erupted for five goals in the second quarter, including two scored by Newell, two scored by Bryan Miller (West Chester, PA/Henderson), and one by Matt Seiboth (Havertown, PA/Haverford), to give Etown an 8-3 halftime lead.
The Blue Jays tagged Susquehanna for four more goals in the third quarter, as Sheridan, Miller and Churchman all struck again, and Justin Griffey (Aberdeen, MD/Aberdeen) scored his first goal of the game, giving Etown a 12-6 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Etown added five more goals in the fourth quarter as Griffey tallied his second goal and Brian Ginter (Newtown Square, PA/Marple Newtown), Tom Welch (West Chester, PA/West Chester East), Adam Eddinger (Bally, PA/Boyertown) and Justin McQuaid (Chester Heights, PA/Garnet Valley) all recorded their only goals of the game.
The Blue Jays out-shot Susquehanna 38-26, and Etown scooped up 60 ground balls against just 38 for Susquehanna. Etown also won 21 of 30 face-offs in the game. Mike Dunn (Upper Darby, PA/Monsignor Bonner) led Elizabethtown in ground balls with 12, the most by anyone in a game thus far this season, and he had two assists. Churchman finished the game with a team high of four assists, as well as two goals for a team high of six points, and six ground balls.
Elizabethtown will return to action as the host of MAC rival FDU-Florham (formerly FDU-Madison) in the final game of the regular season Saturday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. Then the Blue Jays will try to win and secure a MAC playoff berth in just their second season of existence. If the team does so, it would have taken the least amount of time since its inception to make the postseason of any program in Elizabethtown College history.
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Susquehanna goals-assists: Andy Nadler 6-0, Justin Mason 2-0, Matt Miceli 1-1, Dan St. Ours 0-1, Pete Dantinne 0-1, Brian Yoder 0-1.
Etown goals-assists: Bryan Miller 3-1, Matt Newell 3-0, Allen Churchman 2-4, Justin Griffey, 2-0, J.B. Sheridan 2-0, Matt Seiboth 1-1, Justin McQuaid 1-0, Adam Eddinger 1-0, Tom Welch 1-0, Mike Dunn 0-2.
Shots: S 26, E 38. Ground Balls: S 38, E 60. Face Offs Won: S 9, E 21. Goalie Saves: Scott Hodgson (S) 13, Chris Swierczek (E) 5, Brian Burke (E) 4, Andrew Johnson (E) 2.
Elizabethtown vs. Susquehanna
April 22, 2003