Courtesy of Elizabethtown Athletic Communications
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. -- Andrew Watts began the scoring for the Elizabethtown less than four minutes into Wednesday afternoon's Landmark Conference semifinal at Wolf Field. The Blue Jays would lead for the remaining 48:59 and never look back in a 15-6 win over fourth-seeded Catholic. Cody Richter led the way with a hat trick, Nick Cost provided three assists along with a goal, and Nick Sicilia scored the first of his career in the win. Tom Mahoney made 11 saves for E-town.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Two of Cost's assists came in the first quarter as Elizabethtown (10-7) got off to a flying start thanks to the attack. Watts scored 3:59 into the game, Ryan Field made it 2-0 less than three minutes later, and Richter had his first of three nearly three and a half minutes after Field's third of the season.
- Mark Tocchio made the Jays pay with a man up goal with a little over a minute to go in the first to get on the board and halt E-town's momentum temporarily.
- Ahead 3-1, Mike Scrafano and Ben Hiltebeitel (2) did the scoring for the Blue Jays in the second. Hiltebeitel's second goal in a 4:24 span came as the shot clock expired. The senior rifled a tight-angle shot at the cage with a tick left before the buzzer sounded and found the twine. His 11th of the season made it 6-1.
- Catholic surged over the course of the final five minutes and was able to get two back to cut the lead in half by halftime, 6-3.
- The third quarter was tightly contested as it remained 6-3 for nearly 12 minutes. Nick Fanelli took a pass from Colin Eustace to get the Cardinals back within two with 3:21 left in the third.
- Mike DiGenova answered with one of his two in the game with 39 seconds left in the quarter.
- Elizabethtown left no doubt it was prepared to fight for its third straight Landmark championship, exploding for eight goals in the fourth quarter.
- Cost, Scott Nizolak, and Richter began the scoring run. Sicilia picked up the faceoff after Richter's second of the game and within nine seconds, had gotten down the field, avoiding multiple defenders to get in on goal, and scored the first of his career to make it four straight for the Jays and 11-4 on the scoreboard.
- Tommy Welch broke up the run with his second of the day, but E-town was right back to with four more from four different players.
- Richter's man up was his hat trick goal, DiGenova netted his second, Watts did the same with his second and 22nd of the year, and Brandon Sankey tallied late in the game, his fourth of the year.
- 11 players recorded at least a point, six players had at least two, and three players finished the game with four; Richter (3g, 1a), Cost (1g, 3a), DiGenova (2g, 2a).
- Mahoney stopped 11 shots and allowed only five goals in a little over 57 minutes. Jack Myers played out the rest of the game for the Jays in goal.
- The defense forced the Cardinals into 18 turnovers and Sicilia and Danny Gilbert helped E-town win seven faceoffs in the fourth quarter.
Elizabethtown awaits the winner of Scranton and Susquehanna for Saturday's Landmark Conference Championship at Wolf Field. A game time has yet to be determined.