Elizabethtown vs. Widener
April 9, 2003
The Game Story:
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. --- Defending Middle Atlantic Conference champion Widener defeated Elizabethtown in Etown Wednesday, 14-8. The Blue Jays drop to 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference with the loss, while Widener improves to 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the MAC with the win.

Etown controlled the pace of the game for the opening nine minutes, but failed to score. With 5:22 remaining in the first quarter, Widener scored the first of what would become five consecutive goals in six minutes as the control of the game lurched in the Pioneers' favor. Etown broke out of its funk with a Matt Seiboth (Havertown, PA/Haverford) goal, assisted by Matt Newell (Malvern, PA/Great Valley), at 12:06 remaining in the second quarter. Newell scored a goal of his own at 10:47 and added another at 6:32 as the Blue Jays quickly cut Widener's lead to 5-3. Two more Widener goals at 5:35 and with 14 seconds left gave the Pioneers a 7-3 lead heading into halftime.

Widener out-scored Elizabethtown 4-1 in the third quarter, while Etown out-scored Widener 4-3 in the fourth quarter. Widener scored on three of five extra man opportunities, while Elizabethtown scored on just two of 13 extra man chances.

Newell finished the game with two goals and four ground balls, and Justin Griffey (Aberdeen, MD/Aberdeen) scored two goals as well for Etown. Seiboth and Allen Churchman (Aston, PA/Garnet Valley) each finished with a goal and a team-high of two assists.

Justin McQuaid (Chester Heights, PA/Garnet Valley) notched a goal and an assist, while Ryan Smetana (Conowingo, MD/John Carroll) added another Etown goal. Brian Ginter (Newtown Square, PA/Marple Newtown) and Dave Eshleman (Lancaster, PA/Manheim Township) each had a single assist. Ryan Leister (Bally, PA/Boyertown) and Mike DiBartolomeo (West Chester, PA/Henderson) led the Blue Jays in ground balls with five each.

Steve Littlewood (Bala Cynwyd, PA/Archbishop Carroll), Brian Manion (Malvern, PA/Episcopal Academy) and Kyle Swezey (Swarthmore, PA/Strath Haven) led Widener in goal scoring with four apiece, and Swezey led the Pioneers with six ground balls.

Elizabethtown will return to action on the road Saturday, April 12 against MAC rival Drew in a 2:00 p.m. game.