Dominican (ca) vs. Whittier
April 19, 2013
The Game Story:

Lacrosse Senior Day comeback falls short vs. Whittier
Dave Albee
4/19/2013 6:31:00 PM


Seven Dominican seniors were honored in a pregame ceremony on Friday.
Box Score

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — Freshman Cody Bernstein and sophomore Kevin Powers both had two goals and an assist, but the Dominican University of California men's lacrosse team couldn't recover from a 7-1 first-half deficit and ran out of time in a 9-8 loss to Whittier College on Friday.

The defeat snapped a school record five-game winning streak by the Penguins (7-5). Dominican, trailing 9-6, scored three goals in the final minute of the game, yet one of them was waived off because a Dominican player entered the crease.

“I don't think there was ever a point where we were nervous or not confident that we couldn't come back. What hurt us was the way we tried to come back,” said Dominican Head Coach Ned Webster. “Defensively we were very solid, especially in the final three quarters, but at the offensive end it was a combination between us making some poor decisions and obviously their goalie was the MVP.”

It was the final home game for Dominican seniors Kory Engle, Cam Evangelho, Tai Sing Hee, Jim Little, Kyle Mitchell, Pat Platon, and Ryan Williams, who were honored in pregame ceremonies at Kennelly Field in the John F. Allen Athletics Complex, which was followed by a moment of silence for the victims of the Boston Marathon on Monday.

“It's a special day – Senior Day – because we love our seniors,” Webster said. “But we just lacked the intensity that's necessary early in the game [when Dominican fell behind 5-0].”

Evangelho, Jake Bernstein, Dalton Copeland, and Grant Clifford were the other goal scorers for the Penguins, who outshot the Poets (5-7) 11-1 in the final period, 31-21 for the game. They were thwarted by Whittier senior goalkeeper Jon Cairone, who had a season-high 16 saves, several that denied Dominican of seizing momentum in the non-league contest.

Taking a page out of Dominican's shot efficiency book (the Penguins are third in nation this week in NCAA Division II in team shot percentage, .357), the Poets scored seven goals on their first 10 shots in the game to take a 7-1 lead with 11:08 left in the second period. However, Dominican rallied on a Cody Bernstein goal off an assist by Jake Fritz, a Copeland goal after a Hee caused turnover, a Clifford goal following a Brian Raaka forced turnover, and Powers' second goal of the game.

That goal, with 12:01 left in the third period, pulled the Penguins to within 7-5 on the scoreboard. But Whittier, following a Dominican turnover, scored again and extended its lead to 9-5 after Fritz hit the post with a shot.

The Penguins' defense didn't allow a goal over the final 22:45 of the game, yet its offense couldn't quite catch up with the Poets. Jake Bernstein made it 9-6 but Cairone robbed Fritz of a goal from point-blank range.

Cody Bernstein tallied a goal with 51.8 seconds remaining in the game then he scored again with 19.5 seconds to go. Yet that goal was waved off because of a player entering the crease. Still, the Penguins had a man-up situation and Evangelho made it count with his team-leading 25th goal and the 61st of his career with 8.9 seconds left.

The Penguins came into the game second in NCAA Div. II in man-up offense with 22 goals in 48 chances (.468), but only had two man-up opportunities on Friday

Dominican's seniors will play the last game of their Penguins career on Saturday night, April 27, in the annual “Battle For The Bay” at Kezar Stadium in San Francisco vs. Notre Dame de Namur. The game begins at 7:00 p.m. and presale tickets are on sale now at www.dominicanathletics.com/battleforthebay. Presale tickets are $5 online and day-of-game tickets will be $8 cash only. Live stats for that game may be found at www.dominicanathletics.com/live.