Alvernia vs. Elizabethtown
April 17, 2012
The Game Story:
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. — Elizabethtown College men's lacrosse ran away from Alvernia Tuesday afternoon with a 14-goal second half to defeat the Crusaders 18-4 in a Commonwealth Conference game at Schlager Memorial Field.

Though they had only two substitutes, the Crusaders (5-8, 0-3 CC) hung tough in the first half. Sean O'Neill (8:49) and Derek Kline (4:36) scored unassisted goals to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead, but the home team got on the board via Brian Ray's goal 1:31 from the end of the quarter.

Aiming for its fourth win in four meetings all-time against Alvernia, Elizabethtown (7-6, 2-3 CC) doubled its lead by halftime with second quarter tallies by Kyle Squires and Shawn Corcoran. Squires' picked up his first goal and point of the season, using a pass from senior Derek Karsten to do so. O'Neill helped out on Corcoran's 16th of the year.

Determined not to be outscored in the second half, as they were, 8-2, Saturday, E-town held firm by putting balls towards the Alvernia net —lots of them. The Jays took 30 second half shots and set a season-high with 50 in the game. It's the first time EC has recorded 50 shots since April 6, 2011, ironically against Alvernia.

Corcoran and Kline each finished with hat tricks, and Corcoran with a game-high five points. In doing so, Corcoran ran his career point total to 108 and hopped over Ryan McCafferty (106 points) for sixth place amongst the Blue and Gray's best career scorers. Elizabethtown wore down the Crusaders, scoring 14 goals over the final two periods while allowing just two against.

Thirteen Blue Jays took turns helping out with the offense. Mike Goode, Dino Kotsakis and Brian Wenger, along with Squires, all scored their first goals this season. Russ LeClair and Colin Corcoran returned from injury and made immediate impacts. LeClair had a pair of goals, Corcoran a goal and an assist. The 18 goals in a single game tied for eighth most in program history.

David Latimore won 14-of-19 face-offs and ended up with a career-high 10 ground balls. Latimore's 10 ground balls are the most in a game by a single player since Mike Kenneally's 15 against Misericordia, April 30th of last year.

E-town's Brendan Corcoran stopped four Alvernia chances. The senior has been the Jays' goalie of record in all 13 games. He, like the team, bumped his record to 7-6 with the win Tuesday. Alvernia's Kevin Shupp was under fire all afternoon and totaled 19 saves.

The Jays will take a brief break from Commonwealth Conference play Saturday when they head to Drew for their final non-conference game of 2012.