April 9, 2011

Ridles' Trick Power No. 17 Etown by Widener

from press release

— The 17th-ranked Elizabethtown College women's lacrosse team raced to a 12-3 halftime lead behind a hat trick from Samantha Redles in Saturday afternoon's 18-5 Middle Atlantic Conference victory at Widener.

Redles and Katie Scheurich each scored four times, propelling Elizabethtown (9-2, 7-0 MAC) to its ninth straight win. The Blue Jays, who have scored 10 goals or more in each game during this winning streak, needed just 64 seconds to take the lead. Scheurich scored an unassisted goal, the first of five consecutive markers for the visitors.

E-town made it 2-0 on Redles' first of the day 1:49 later. The goal —off a free position shot— was one of five such goals for the Blue Jays Saturday afternoon.

A junior from Coopersburg, Redles made it two in a row with a goal at the 6:34 mark. Sarah Cullinan then scored twice in a span of 19 seconds to run the lead to 5-0. The first of the senior's goals was assisted by Becky Porter.

Widener (6-6, 4-4) got on the board behind tallies from Mellany Broomall and Rachel Porter. The homestanding Pride actually scored three of the next four goals to half Elizabethtown's lead, 6-3.

The conference-leading Jays would take over from there, however, holding Widener scoreless for the next 21 minutes. During the defensive lockdown, E-town put up 11 consecutive goals to pull out a 17-3 lead.

Redles completed her hat trick with 8:53 to play in the first half, while Kara Solesky, Emily Butler and Madalyn Schnader each scored via free position shots.

Scheurich joined her classmate Redles with three goals after opening the second half with two straight. It took the nearby Conestoga Valley product 55 seconds to bury the pair of goals.

E-town's impressive run of goals was finished off just before the midway point of the second half. Becky Porter wrapped goals around one from Bari Rosenstein.

The scoring was capped by Redles fourth of the afternoon, which came with 4:51 to play.

Elizabethtown improved to 6-4 all-time against the Pride with the victory, and in doing so remained atop the conference standings at 7-0. Second place Messiah, 6-0 in league play, was idle Saturday and awaits the Jays on Wednesday.

Cullinan, who compiled two goals and a helper on the day, moved herself up the charts in some of E-town's career records Saturday. The senior was tied with Ally Edel '05 in career ground balls at 157, but picked up two to run her total to 159. Cullinan also took sole possession of sixth place on E-town's career goals list, picking up 110 and 111 to move past Anna Ford '09.

E-town outshot Widener by a wide 39-13 margin. Mike Faith's squad also held a 16-8 advantage in draw controls.

Redles and Scheurich led a group of six multi-goal scorers for the Jays. Butler, Cullinan, Porter and Rosenstein each finished with two. Solesky and Schnader picked up one apiece.

Rachel Porter paced Widener with two goals and Linda Salcedo made 13 saves for the Pride in defeat.

Since the season started, this coming Wednesday's date has been circled on the Blue Jays' calendar. One of the league's two remaining unbeatens will suffer its first setback within the Middle Atlantic Conference when Messiah visits Elizabethtown at Ira R. Herr Field. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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