Courtesy of Elizabethtown Athletic Communications
ELIZABETHTOWN, Pa. -- Susquehanna scored the final goal of the first half and got the first of the second half to put a scare into the Elizabethtown College men's lacrosse team, but the Blue Jays then dominated the third quarter and went on to win their third consecutive Landmark Conference Championship 14-6 over the River Hawks. 10 different players scored, including the first of Alex Klipple's career.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- It didn't take long for Elizabethtown (11-7) to get on the board as Nick Cost started off the scoring with his 11th of the season two and a half minutes into the championship game.
- Goals were at a premium the remainder of the first quarter as Tom Mahoney and Dylan Abplanalp each made three saves to keep it at a 1-0 game.
- Mike Scrafano scored unassisted, his 25th, with 30 seconds left in the first to make it 2-0.
- Michael Hatala got Susquehanna (11-8) going with a low snap shot that found the twine as E-town's lead was halved, 2-1.
- Cameron Goodling scored his first of two in the game with a goal at 8:59 of the second quarter.
- The River Hawks claimed the ensuing faceoff, but a turnover put it back in the sticks of the Blue Jays. After a successful clear attempt, Mike DiGenova made it count with his 14th of the year.
- Alex Klipple forced a Susquehanna turnover after Joe Acquaviva came up with the ground ball on the faceoff. Another Jays' clear turned into another goal as Ryan Field got in tight and put home his fourth of the year.
- Colton Dick, who assisted on Hatala's goal, got one for himself with 5:30 to go in the second to make it 5-2.
- Scrafano answered with his second of the day off a feed from Andrew Watts.
- Susquehanna got back within three with a transition goal with under a minute to go before the half as Jack McLaughlin cashed in on the opportunity.
- Ryan Bucher won the opening faceoff of the third quarter and took it to goal and scored for the River Hawks, who were right back into it at 6-4 with plenty of time remaining.
- Ben Hiltebeitel responded with his first of a pair at 11:47 to get the three-goal cushion back for Elizabethtown.
- A minute and a half after Hiltebeitel's 12th of the year, Scott Nizolak set up Andrew Watts for his 23rd of the season to make it 8-4. A little over a half-minute later, Hiltebeitel had his second of the day in a two-minute span.
- The Blue Jays kept their foot on the gas as Cody Richter and Goodling scored a minute apart to make it 11-4 and forced Susquehanna into a timeout.
- As the third quarter was winding down, Jeff Bloom registered the caused turnover and the ground ball pickup and got the Jays off and running the other way. The ball made it to Richter, who dished to Alex Klipple cutting to goal. Klipple let off a shot that found the lower left corner of the net for the first of his career.
- Scrafano found Richter for the seventh and final goal for E-town in the third with four seconds on the clock. EC led 13-4 going into the fourth.
- Mahoney made back-to-back stops to begin the fourth, one on a man-up opportunity for the River Hawks. The junior made two more stops before Jack Myers took over in goal. Brandon Calle finished out the game for the final 2:19.
- Evan Klipple got his second of the season with a little over two minutes to go. His shot from the right hit the back of goal. Owen Yake sent a pass from the left wing over to Klipple, who scored to make it 14-5.
- Erik Lanyi had the game's final goal with 13 seconds left that made it 14-6.
- Elizabethtown outshot Susquehanna 42-26 and forced the River Hawks into 20 turnovers. The Blue Jays handled the ball well in transition, going perfect on clears (17-17).
- Scrafano, Richter, Hiltebeitel, and Goodling each had two goals. Scrafano and Richter tied for a team-high with four points.
- Jeremy Klipple was named the championship MVP.
Elizabethtown will await the NCAA Division III Selection Show tomorrow night to see who they play, where, and when.