Dominican (ca) vs. Grand Canyon
March 21, 2010
The Game Story:
The Grand Canyon University lacrosse team held on to defeat Dominican University of California, 12-11, today in San Rafael, Calif. In doing so, it beat a Division-II opponent for the first time in the program's three-year history.

The Antelopes improved their season record to 2-6 (not counting games against club teams), while the Penguins also are 2-6.

GCU led 4-0 at the end of the first period and 8-6 at halftime. Dominican scored five second-half goals, including three in the fourth period, but they weren't enough.

Freshman attack John Casmedes (Plano, TX/Plano West Senior) scored the game's first goal at 11:30 and found the back of the net again at 10:20. Freshman attack Konner Klein (Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain) and sophomore attack Jacob Hippensteel (Chandler, AZ/Chandler) scored at 5:45 and 2:28, respectively, to give the 'Lopes a four-goal lead after one period. All of the goals were unassisted.

Klein scored again at 14:17 of the second period to make it 5-0. Dominican then got goals from Matt Polizzi (from Reed Upson), Jim Little (from Zach Rodriguez) and Cam Evengelho (from Kyle Mitchell) to bring the Penguins to within two. Klein scored his third goal of the game at 8:56 on an assist from Casmedes; Upson scored for Dominican at 6:43; senior attack Scott Franks (Lakewood, OH/St. Ignatius) had a goal for GCU at 5:25; Jim Little and Rodriguez scored for the Penguins, and Franks scored his second goal at 1:25 to give the 'Lopes a two-goal lead at the break.

GCU scored the first three goals of the second half, by Hippensteel (from Klein) at 11:39, Franks at 8:57 and freshman midfield Kahaiakaponia Sibley (Denver, CO/Northglenn) at 7:41 of the third period.

Little scored two more goals, both on passes from Mitchell, to end the period, and Rodriguez (from Evengelho) and Mitchell (from Little) had goals to make the score 11-10. Franks then scored the game-winner, unassisted, at 2:06. Little notched his fifth goal of the game with 1:41 remaining.

Dominican outshot GCU, 51-26, in the game. It also picked up four more ground balls (31-27), eight fewer turnovers (17-9), won three more faceoffs (14-11) and one more clear (16-15).

The Penguins were 2-for-8 on extra-man opportunities, while the 'Lopes were 0-for-2. GCU was penalized eight times for 7:30, and Dominican was penalized twice for 1:30.

Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Hunter (Scottsdale, AZ/Desert Mountain) made 14 saves to earn the win for the 'Lopes.