Dominican (ca) vs. Adams State
April 5, 2012
The Game Story:
ALAMOSA, Colo. — Revenge was sweet for the Dominican University of California lacrosse team on Thursday night and it came in the form of a rout.

Kevin Powers netted four goals and fellow freshman Jake Bernstein and junior Cam Evangelho added three apiece as nine different Dominican players scored pacing the Penguins (6-4/5-1) to a convincing 17-4 Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association victory over Adams State College (4-5/3-3). The win, Dominican’s third in a row, avenged a disappointing 14-13 loss to the Grizzlies on March 18, a game in which the Penguins were behind 12-5 in the second half.

“We were expecting we’d give them a better effort this time,” said Head Coach Ned Webster. “We really played well. We really executed the game plan well.”

The Penguins, who had trailed and come from behind in each of their previous five wins this season, jumped on the Grizzlies in the rematch and didn’t give ground, spoiling the home team’s inaugural game in Rex Stadium. Powers who has six goals in his last three games and was named the WILA Offensive Player of the Week last week, put Dominican in front 2-0 then, after an Adams State goal, the Penguins scored 14 of the next 16 goals in the encounter.

“We talked about having a good start, but I didn’t feel like we were finishing very well. We had a lot of good opportunities,” Webster said. “At halftime we focused on that word 'finish' and that’s what we did in the second half. We did a great job of sharing the ball.”

The most dominating stretch for Dominican was a span of 5:02 in the third quarter when the Penguins scored five goals. Powers had two of them and Bernstein, Reed Upson, and Dalton Copeland had the others as Dominican amassed a 14-3 lead.

Powers, the WILA’s leader in points, netted his final goal and sixth point in the fourth period then Conor Doyle, a freshman from Tiburon out of Redwood High School, tallied his first collegiate goal for a 16-3 lead with 7:47 left in the game.

The other goal scorers for Dominican in the contest were freshman Jake Fritz (his 20th), sophomore Blake Crossman (his fourth) and sophomore co-captain Brock Beall, who netted his second goal of the season with an unassisted score to cap the Penguins’ stat sheet.Evangelho had a career-high seven points.

Three of Dominican’s goals were in man-up situations. The Penguins were 3-for-8 with a man advantage, a category in which they are second in the nation in NCAA Division II behind C.W. Post with a .472 scoring percentage.

Defensively, Dominican limited Adams State, the WILA’s second highest scoring team with an average of 9.12 goals per game, to four goals. Sophomore goalkeeper Sean Donohue had 11 saves.

The Penguins, who are a half game ahead of Colorado Mesa in the WILA standings, will be playing for first place on Saturday when they travel to Grand Junction to play the Mavericks. Game time is 12:00 p.m. Pacific time..