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In a word, hectic sums up the 2011 baseball season. With rain hammering Kevin Scott Boyd Stadium throughout March and April, E-town felt as though it had to play against Mother Nature and its Commonwealth Conference opponents. A 4–3 victory over Lebanon Valley in its final home game of the season left E-town one win away from a conference tournament berth heading into the last day of the regular season. The Blue Jays used every game to gain that berth, clinching the league’s final postseason spot with a 6–1 victory in game two of a doubleheader at Annville. Once the Blue Jays stepped on the field for their 14th straight season with postseason play, they were all business. Three times during the regular season, E-town came agonizingly close to taking down conference power Alvernia. Each time the Blue Jays left with a 5–4 defeat. That changed in the playoffs. Strong pitching and timely hitting helped the Jays eliminate the Crusaders—at the time ranked eighth in the country—from the tournament. E-town advanced all the way to the championship before falling to Messiah.

Junior Steve Motika ’12 was unquestionably the team’s best hitter throughout the 2011 campaign, and ranked among the best batsmen in the Commonwealth Conference. Motika hit .409,

collecting team-highs of 56 hits and 29 runs batted in. Dillon Tagle ’13 was a source of additional pop at the plate. The sophomore catcher finished with a .342 batting average and a team-best 17 doubles. On the mound E-town had a number of reliable starters, including Rob Cressman ’13, Wayne Leonard ’11 and Matt Ruth ’13. Ruth was 3–2 with a 1.89 earned run average in 10 appearances. He struck out 31 and opposing hitters managed to hit just .232 against him. Cressman and Leonard shared the team lead with five wins each. In late inning situations, Todd Leister ’12 was the go-to guy. Leister led the team with five saves, the third most in a single-season in school history. Elizabethtown finished the year 19–19 overall and was 10–8 within the conference.


Senior leadership and past championship experience proved vital to Elizabethtown’s third Commonwealth Conference title in the last four years. Under 2007 alum and first-year head coach Bob Pyrz the Blue Jays pulled away on the final day of the Commonwealth Conference Championships in Hershey to claim the program’s third league title, taking a guaranteed spot in the NCAA Division III Championships in the process.

Geoff Quinque ’11 and Nick Iacono ’11 paced the team all season long. Both seniors averaged 77.9 strokes per round. Fellow senior Dan Senkler ’11 also had an average round in the 70s in 2011 with a 78.5 stroke average.

The trio made the All-Commonwealth Conference First Team with top-five finishes at the conference championships. There, Senkler was second, Iacono third and Quinque fourth. E-town defeated Messiah by nine strokes breaking the deadlock between the teams after the first day of competition. The Blue Jays traveled to Greensboro, N.C., for nationals, tying for 35th in the tournament. Quinque shot a two-over par 74 during his second round to wind up 84th in the overall standings, the best of any Blue Jay. Elizabethtown featured three individual medalists over the course of the regular season. Senkler won the Immaculata Invitational; Quinque won the two-day Glenmaura National Collegiate; and Iacono registered the low score in the Swarthmore Tri-Meet.

Men’s Lacrosse

The Blue Jays sneaked into the MAC Tournament as the No. 6 seed, a season removed from losing an All-American attack and numerous other seniors. Terry Corcoran’s team grew up over the course of the season, and when the playoffs rolled around, the Blue Jays were ready. E-town traveled to Eastern University for a quarterfinal game against the Eagles. Having fallen to the same team, on the same field, earlier in the year, E-town responded with a 13–10 upset of the No. 3 seed, to advance to the semifinals.

Blue Jay Athletics 2010–11 Spring Sports Recap

by Matt Heffelfinger

Summer 2011 | 17

J ay S ports d e s k


The golf team used a strong second day score to secure its third conference championship in the last four years.

Junior Steve Motika hit over .400 for the year as the baseball team advanced all the way to the conference championship game.

Junior Shawn Corcoran and the men’s lacrosse team won nine games, including an upset of No. 3 seed Eastern, in the MAC Playoffs.

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