April 6, 2011

Elizabethtown Handles Alvernia to Seize Control of MAC

from press release

MANHEIM, Pa. — In a battle between two of the top teams in the Middle Atlantic Conference this season, the No. 17 Elizabethtown College women's lacrosse team overwhelmed the Alvernia Crusaders with 12 first half goals en route to a 21-8 victory Wednesday in Manheim, Pa.

The Blue Jays (8-2, 6-0) had 11 different players find the back of the net on the afternoon, including four player with three goals apiece. Senior Sarah Cullinan, who recorded her sixth hat trick this season, dished out five assists, tying her for third in school history for assists in a game.

Since March 19, the Jays have played six MAC games. Cullinan has recorded at least five points in all six games with 18 goals and 18 assists along the way.

On Wednesday, Bari Rosenstein, Becky Porter and Samantha Redles as well as Cullinan tallied three goals each, while Emily Bulter and Katie Scheurich both registered two-goal games.

Cullinan's goal 4:48 into the game opened the scoring for the Jays. Less than two mintues later, Bulter converted a free position attempt to extend E-town's lead to 2-0.

Alvernia (8-2, 5-2) cut the Jays' lead in half with a goal with 22:52 to go in the first half.

The Jays responded with three goals in a row to take a 5-1 lead on shots off the sticks of Kara Solesky, Katie Reeb and Redles.

The two teams went back and forth with three goals each over the next six minutes for an 8-4 score with 11 to go before halftime. From there, E-town's offense went to work, putting together a 4-0 run to take an eight-goal lead.

The Crusaders bounced back on two goals from Alyssa Verrillo in the final 1:10 to cut E-town's lead down to 12-6 going into halftime. Verrillo finished with a game-high five goals.

Porter scored all three of her goals in the first five minutes of the second half, as the Blue Jays outscored Alvernia 5-1 over that time. Over the next 13 minutes, E-town tacked on four of the game's next five goals including Michele Grosso's first collegiate goal as the Jays set a season high with 21 goals. The last time E-town reached the 20-goal mark was April 17, 2010 against Manhattanville.

In the ground ball battle, E-town picked up 32 to Alvernia's 24. The Crusaders had more turnovers than the Blue Jays (28-19), but won the draw control battle by a 19-12 margin.

Rachael Waldman matched her season high for saves with 11 in the net. The Crusaders used two goalies, Victoria Kearn and Jennifer Czarnecki, who recorded five saves each.

On Saturday, the Jays will travel to Chester, Pa. to take on the Widener Pride. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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