Second Half Struggles Lead to Loss at Home for Women’s Lacrosse

Image taken during the second half of the game.

By Tommy Kulikowski

February 28, 2018

ELIZABETHTOWN, PA– Kate Ziegler scored back-to-back goals, tying the game at 11-11 before the Marymount Saints went on a late six-goal scoring streak, holding women’s lacrosse to an 18-13 non-conference loss at Wolf Field on Wednesday evening. Ziegler scored the first four goals of her career in the loss and Blue Jay senior Carly Thompson recorded the 100th goal of her career.

Abby Wescott scored 1:43 into the game to put Marymount up early, but Carly Thompson took control of the next draw, scoring roughly 13 seconds later to make it 1-1. Marymount responded quickly, taking back the lead and adding two more to go up 4-1 with 22:03 left in the game.

A shot clock violation on Marymount seemed to cause a momentum shift in favor of the Blue Jays shortly after. Emily Garvin, a freshman forward, blew defensive coverage immediately after the violation, sparking a bit of hope for the Blue Jays, who soon went on a two-goal run to make the game 3-4. Under a minute later, Carly Thompson received a pass from Blue Jay senior Madelyn Baker and put it in the back of the net to score her second of the game and 100th of her career.

“It was a great accomplishment, but I knew the work hadn’t been done yet and I had to forget about it in the moment,” Thompson said. Thompson’s goal was followed by two back-to-back goals scored by Baker, putting Elizabethtown up by two, 6-4, with ten minutes to go in the half.

The Saint’s broke their scoreless drought soon after, tying the game 6-6 with two goals in under a minute. Both teams went back and forth for the rest of the half, but not before a lone goal by Katie Thompson and two last-minute goals for Marymount gave the visitors an 8-7 lead going into halftime.

Marymount came into the second half fired up, making an early 3-1 run and putting themselves up 11-8 with 11:48 left to play. Kate Thompson scored another unassisted goal to bring the Blue Jays to within two, and Kate Ziegler added two more goals to tie up the game.

“It was a crazy feeling scoring my first hat trick ever to tie up the game,” Ziegler said.

The momentum shift forced Marymount to take a timeout and allowed them to take control of the game late on. Soon after, the Saints netted six straight goals to take a 17-11 lead with eight minutes left in the game. The Blue Jays fought hard to close the gap, but late goals by Carly Thompson and Kate Ziegler were not enough, leading to an 18-13 loss at home.

“Luckily this wasn’t a conference game,” Garvin said. “Losing is never fun, but a lot of the girls played really well tonight and I think it’s a good sign going forward.”

Blue Jays take lead, only to end in loss



Inning 8. Elizabethtown Blue Jays are down 0-1 to Penn State Harrisburg. Derek Manning, sophomore, doubled which resulted in a RBI, allowing Taggart Hess to score, tying the game 1-1.

Anthony Lippy, number 17, was the starting pitcher for Elizabethtown, while Brandon Riggs, number 34, was the starting pitcher for pitcher for Penn State Harrisburg. The first inning ended with zero hits from either team, making the score 0-0.

In the second inning, Casey Winters, number 19 pitcher and first base, got a single for Penn State Harrisburg, which was then followed by Miguel Torres, number 1. Penn State Harrisburg left the bases loaded after their final strike. Now it’s time for the Elizabethtown Blue Jays to bat. James Kantner, junior, was able to give the Blue Jays a single, but that was as far as they got. The end score of the second inning was 0-0.

In the third inning, Riley McGinley, a sophomore, was able to get a single for the Blue Jays. He later steals second and tags up to third base. At the end of the third inning, the game was still tied 0-0, with Elizabethtown having one guy on third base.

Casey Winters was able to get to first base during the fourth inning. He advanced to second base during a wild hit later on in the game. While Miguel Torres doubles the RBI, Winters scores for Penn State Harrisburg, taking the lead 1-0 over Elizabethtown. Once the Blue Jays were up to bat, Nick Lorenz walked to first, eventually stealing second base. The score was 1-0 at the end of the fouth inning.

Penn State Harrisburg didn’t get any hits during the fifth inning. Riley McGinley, of Elizabethtown, walked to first, while Taggart Hess singled. By the end of the fifth inning, the score remained 1-0.

Ryan McSorley, from Penn State Harrisburg, singled in the top of the sixth, with Mike Christy, from Elizabethtown, throwing error. Everyone was safe, with Penn State having guys on first and third base. Christy, a junior, reaches first base on error, but no score. This ends the inning 1-0.

Tyler Aug, a sophomore at Penn State, in the top of the seventh inning, eventually stealing second base. Elizabethtown didn’t get any hits during the inning, keeping the score the same.

In the eighth inning, Jared Witner, a junior, became the pitcher for the Blue Jays. Taggart Hess singled, while Colby Smith, senior, sacrificed a bunt. That ultimately led to Hess advancing on second. Manning  doubled the RBI, allowing Hess to score. This tied the score 1-1 for Elizabethtown. Brennon Snyder, a senior at Etown, tripled the RBI, leading Manning to score, Etown leading 2-1 at the end of the eighth inning.

Winters singles at the top of the ninth inning. Torres tripled the RBI shortly after that, tying the game 2-2. Chris Iocca, a senior at Penn State Harrisburg, walked up to first, with Scott Angstadt, a junior, doubled the RBI. This gave Penn State the lead over Elizabethtown.

The game ended with Penn State taking the lead 3-2. Elizabethtown had six hits in the entire game, while Penn State Harrisburg had nine.

The Deciding Shot

The Christian Youth Organization game at the Nook athletic facility always seemed to have an interesting ending. The teams consisted of a solid mix of skill, often leading to a close game ending. The teams, were made up of younger and older players. Will Riva, Richard Riva Jr. and Chris Carl were the top scores of the game, all on the blue jersey team. Although recently deciding to start playing for the CYO catholic team, they were an unstoppable group. Will Riva, the team’s main point guard, said “ The CYO events give me the opportunity to show my skill. Being at a collegiate level at Villanova, I can’t play unless I make the team. With my major being in accounting, I just don’t have the time.”

The game would be the blue jersey team against the white jersey team. Although the white uniform dressed team didn’t look like much, they were fast. They would start off the game with two three point shot bringing the game to a 6-0 lead within 30 seconds. Though this lead would be lost within the next minute. Riva Jr. would go on to knock down three two-pointers with two rebounds in the process. Though, this would only be the beginning for the white team. Will, Richard, and Chris would go on 22 point drive. Six rebounds, two steals and a plethora of points, the white dressed team appeared to have control of the rest of the game.

The white’s lead drive couldn’t go on forever. With sinking a clean three-point shot through the net, Richard celebrated. The distaste could be seen in the face of the competitors in blue. They were motivated for some revenge. They would return with a 8-2 run, attempting to at least get close to even the score. The board read 24-14 white. Chris Carl, a 14 year-old player, showed little emotion “We were going to beat them, it doesn’t matter by how much, I just know I am walking home another victory heavier.”

Going into the second half of the game, there was intense defense. The game went on in favor of the blue team due to the large amount of players they had on the bench. The score tied going into the last 20 seconds of the game. With the white team heading up the floor, Chris Carl would complete the unusual strategy. With Riva heading up the court, the chance of winning fell upon his shoulders. Chris charged towards Will, in an attempt to try and confuse the opposing team’s player. It worked perfectly, the defender started to rush towards Chris’s open corner, only to turn and see that Chris was the one yelling “I got point!”

Will Riva drained the deciding three. When asked if there was any doubt, Will responded “When I play golf I don’t think about my swing, and it goes in with my skill. It’s no different when it comes to shooting in basketball.” That was that, the white team was walking away a winner, a win heavier. There was no cheering or celebration. The team simply said their thanks and quietly walked out as a band of brothers. They knew they were good, there was just the want to be humble.

Accelerate Giant in ‘Big Cap’; Bolt d’Oro Golden in San Felipe

Ascending to the graded-stakes stage after beating world-champion Arrogate in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap last July, John Sadler-trainee Accelerate collected his first Grade 1 victory, romping over the wet-fast surface in the $600,000 Santa Anita Handicap as the favorite going a mile and a quarter on Saturday, March 10 at Santa Anita.

Sitting close to the front behind pacesetter Mubtaahij, jockey Victor Espinoza and Accelerate waited till the far turn to advance, overtaking Mubtaahij turning for home with Giant Expectations close. Accelerate extended his lead to five-and-a-half lengths at the wire. Mubtaahij finished second, with Fear The Cowboy closing to finish third seven lengths back.

A five-year-old stallion by Lookin At Lucky, Accelerate, competing for owner Hronis Racing LLC, won his sixth race in 17 starts, surpassing the million-dollar earnings plateau with $1,262,480 compiled. He paid $7.00 to win.

“I’m a hometown boy—I’ve seen a lot of big caps and ran [horses] in a few of them; ran a few pretty well, but didn’t win one until today,” Sadler, winning his first “Big Cap”, said. “[Victor Espinoza] did exactly what we wanted him to. We thought this horse has a high cruising speed he was exactly where we wanted him to be.”

Following a long inquiry resulting in the disqualification of even-money favorite McKinzie, Bolt d’Oro was placed first in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes, run before the rains downgraded the track, at Santa Anita.

The disqualification of McKinzie came after a stewards ruling of interference at the top of and through the stretch. McKinzie bumped into Bolt d’Oro, who was closing on the leaders moving around the turn. The bump forced Bolt d’Oro wide into the stretch and finishing second by a head, a margin small enough for the stewards to declare McKinzie won with an unfair advantage.

In his first start of the season, Bolt d’Oro, a three-year-old colt by Medaglia d’Oro, won his fourth race in five starts, earning $780,000 for owner Ruis Racing LLC and trainer Mick Ruis. Javier Castellano was aboard the $630,000 yearling purchase, who paid $4.40 to win.

“We just wanted to see a good race out of him,” Ruis said. “He broke well, then it looked like we were going to win by a couple there. Losing by [a] head was okay; I didn’t even pay attention to the inquiry.

“To be able to beat a horse like McKinzie, and how fit Bob [Baffert] had him, that is incredible. With Bob, if I run even within a nose of him I feel like I won. So, even in defeat, I would’ve been okay with it.”

The San Felipe, reserving 50 points on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard for the winner, put Bolt d’Oro at the top of the standings for the first Saturday in May, leading Gotham-winner Enticed and Risen Star-winner Bravazo.

“We’re looking forward to the Santa Anita Derby. And then, coming good out of that one, there’s that other race that we’re looking for.”

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Silver Linings: Blue Jays Lose to the Saints, while Thompson Scores 100th Goal

Through blinding sunlight, blisteringly cold wind and the loud voices of both spectators and benched teammates, the women of Elizabethtown College’s and Marymount University’s women’s lacrosse teams were kept warm from the heat of battle alone on Wednesday February 28.

The Blue Jays and Saints fought keeping spectators on the edges of their seats, not knowing who was going to win the game until the very end. When the clock hit zero, it was the Saints who took the match, with a lead of 18-13 in their favor.

Etown and Marymount’s women’s lacrosse teams came to this game unfamiliar with each other, never having faced off before. The Saints came in with a record of 2-0 undefeated while our Blue Jays were 1-1. The Blue Jays, however, had the home field advantage on their side. It was hard to tell at first just how this match would wind up. Spectators rooting for Etown and Marymount alike were worried.

“Normally, when we go up against teams out here in the country, those kids are fast,” A spectator said before the game started. “So hopefully, they aren’t that fast!” The spectator declined to giving his name, though he said he was a family member to a Marymount player.

As the match begun, Etown got control of the ball first, although that control would be taken away. Marymount’s Abby Wescott, 26, would score the first goal unassisted. Etown got the second goal, then Marymount got the third. The first half of the game would continue on like that, both teams going back and forth the whole time.

In the thick of the first half, the Blue Jays’ Carly Thompson, 8, scored her 100th career goal, tying the game at 4-4 at 14:34. Thompson, a senior here at Etown, went on to say how the announcement caught her off guard.

“I tore my ACL last season,” Thompson said in an interview after the game. “I knew I was very close at the end, but then I mean … I wasn’t really worried about it to be honest; more worried about team winnings and getting back to normal, so honestly had no idea.”

In the second half, the Blue Jays and Saints continued their back and forth of points, until Blue Jays’ Kate Ziegler, 6, tied the game 11-11 with 19:46 left. After that goal, the game changed. Marymount scored six consecutive goals. Etown’s score stagnated at 11 goals for the majority of the second half. The final three goals were scored by Thompson, Marymount’s Bridgette Stacom, 9, and then Ziegler. The Blue Jays lost 13-18.

Thompson continued to get a team high for the game, scoring six points (three goals and three assists) by the end. Ziegler scored her first four goals of her college career. Madelyn Baker, 7, had a hat trick for Etown this game.

“I would have taken a win after that instead of an announcement, but that’s okay,” Thompson said.

Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania Citizen Journalism