Elizabethtown vs. Widener
March 20, 2007
The Game Story:
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Entering Tuesday's home game against
defending Middle Atlantic Conference champion Widener University,
the Elizabethtown College men's lacrosse program was 0-6 all-time
against Widener. The Blue Jays chalked up their first win ever
against the Pride Tuesday, winning 9-7 to improve to 3-1 overall and
1-0 in the MAC. Widener, which received votes but did not make the
top 20 in the latest USILA national poll for NCAA Division III,
dropped to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the MAC with the loss.

Elizabethtown built an early lead an never looked back,
taking a 4-1 advantage by the end of the first quarter. The Blue
Jays tallied the game's first three goals, beginning with a Frankie
Puzzangara (Wallingford, PA/Strath Haven) goal off an Andrew Wagner
(Bel Air, MD/C. Milton Wright) assist at 9:38. Aaron Weber (Lititz,
PA/Manheim Township) scored the next Etown goal off a Puzzangara
assist at 8:07, and Josh Dougherty (Ocean City, MD/Worcester Prep.)
made it 3-0 with a goal off a Weber assist with 1:29 left in the
first quarter. With 1:13 left, Widener got its first goal of the
game when Chris Matthews (Drexel Hill, PA/Monsignor Bonner) scored
off a Brian Stromko (Maplewood, NJ/Columbia) assist. Etown got one
more first quarter goal with 14 seconds left when Chris Senese
(Leonardtown, MD/Unionville) scored unassisted.

The visiting Pride climbed back into the game in the
second quarter, out-scoring Etown 3-1 to cut the Blue Jay lead to
5-4 by halftime. Clint Quedenfeld (Chalfont, PA) scored off a Justin
Upp (Camden, DE/Caesar Rodney) assist for Widener with 14:31 in the
period. Etown's Puzzangara struck back with a goal at 9:40. With
3:59 left in the half, Widener's Luke Weber (Lititz, PA/Manheim
Township) scored off a Gavin Goane (Springfield, PA/Springfield)
assist, and Stromko finished the second quarter's scoring with a
goal off an Adam Ardary (Springfield, PA/Springfield) assist with
1:44 left.

Only two goals were scored in the third quarter, and
Elizabethtown had both of them. Dougherty tallied a man-up goal with
3:02 left in the third to give Etown a 6-4 lead, and Aaron Weber
made it 7-4 in the Blue Jays' favor with a goal with 21 seconds left
in the period.

Etown went ahead 8-4 with 10:34 left in the fourth
quarter when Puzzangara scored his third goal of the game.
Elizabethtown was playing man down at the time. Widener scored the
next two goals to cut the gap to 8-6, with Goane scoring off a
Stromko assist at 9:52 and Stromko scoring off a Matthews assist at
6:54. Aaron Weber added an insurance goal for Etown, his third of
the game, with 1:30 left in the fourth. Stromko scored the final
goal for Widener off a Matthews assist with 26 seconds left in the
game.

Widener out-shot Elizabethtown 34-29, and Etown
goaltender Chris Schuch (Columbia, PA/Hempfield) made eight saves
and had one ground ball. Widener goalie Andrew Johnson (Wallingford,
PA/Strath Haven) made eight saves and had one ground ball as well.
Elizabethtown held a 29-23 advantage in ground balls, and the Blue
Jays won 12 out of 20 face-offs.

Puzzangara led Etown in ground balls with ten and went
9-for-14 in face-offs, in addition to scoring three goals and one
assist for four points. Aaron Weber also finished the game with
three goals, one assist and four points for Etown, and Dougherty had
two goals.

Stromko finished the game as Widener's leading scorer
with three goals and two assists for five points. Ardary led the
Pride in ground balls with 6.

Elizabethtown will return to action on the road
Saturday, March 24 against MAC rival Drew University in a 12:00 p.m.
game.